Nobody likes to lose, especially not at home but if it had to happen, it’s good that it happened tonight in the Capital One Cup clash against Southampton.
We didn’t play our best football, some of our best players were given a rest and some of our experienced candidates for the starting eleven failed to show up. Nevertheless, there are more important matches to come.
Here are player ratings from tonight’s game.
David Ospina | 6.5: Made a few good reactions but failed to cope with Clyne’s fantastic shot. Not the best way to start a career at a new club but we should have patience for the Colombian – his last game prior to his move to Arsenal was against Brazil in the World Cup quarterfinals. Long shots aimed at top corners might be his soft spot.
Hector Bellerin | 8.0: Arguably one of the best on the pitch. Had to deal with the pacey Mane but managed to keep him at bay and showed unreal composure on a few occasions. He also made a few runs forward and created the best chance for us to equalize but Alexis didn’t score. What potential!
Calum Chambers | 6.75: Did well against his former club. He neither excelled nor disappointed.
Isaac Hayden | 7.0: Had a better game than he had last term against West Brom. If Hayden is ready to step up, it’s the second biggest positive from this match.
Francis Coquelin | 6.75: Was hardly involved going forward but did his job at the back. It was expected to happen – Coquelin is a defensive midfielder that was sent to left back. In today’s football where full-backs have important role in the attack too, Coquelin can’t contribute as much as a left full-back should. He had one great interception in the middle of the pitch – that’s where he should play his next game.
Abou Diaby | 6.75: Abou is back! He played 66 minutes before he was replaced by Cazorla. Had a few nice moves, tackled and fired the ball at goal but didn’t get injured. Promising.
Jack Wilshere | 7.0: He looked lively in the first half, created two good chances for Rosicky and Podolski but neither of them managed to score. Faded a bit before he made a final attempt to turn the game around in the second half.
Tomas Rosicky | 4.5: He captained the side but didn’t show too much on the pitch. Conceded a penalty, had a heavy touch and failed to put his stamp on the game. One of the worst performances from the Czech in the last few years.
Joel Campbell | 6.0: Whether he was distracted by his first start for Arsenal in a competitive game but the Costa Rican forward didn’t offer enough tonight. He can do much, much better.
Lukas Podolski | 4.5: A really poor performance from the German. Had a great chance to equalize but Forster saved the shot that Poldi usually stabs into the net.
Alexis Sanchez | 8.0: Arsenal MoTM. Scored one of the best free-kicks I’ve seen Arsenal score and constantly tried to make things happen. However, his delivery from the following set-pieces looked like something that he should improve.
Santi Cazorla | 6.75: Almost made an immediate impact with a dangerous cross but it went wide.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain | 6.75: Attacked down the right side but failed to punish his former club.
Chuba Akpom | N/A: Had just five minutes to shine.