A woeful first half left hearts in mouths at the Emirates, with Liverpool dominating us in almost every way in the opening 45. Petr Cech produced a number of world class saves to keep us in it though, and we really grew into the game in the second half.
Arsene Wenger was forced to field a makeshift defence due to illness and injury to Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny respectively, and the back four looked like strangers at times.
Here are the player ratings for Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Liverpool:
GK) Petr Cech – 8.0
Liverpool were unquestionably the better side in the first half, and would have been two or three ahead if it weren’t for Cech. He produced two top quality saves to deny Philippe Coutinho, and somehow kept out Christian Benteke from point blank range. The West Ham debacle is already forgotten, and he is looking like an excellent signing.
RB) Hector Bellerin – 6.5
Our best defender on the day, Bellerin was once again tasked with running things on the right hand side for much of the game. He got forward well and looked like the senior defender in the side during a poor first half.
LB) Nacho Monreal – 6.0
Solid defensively, but going forward was somewhat anticlimactic from the Spaniard. His crosses were woeful, and were almost always hit way over or straight into the arms of Simon Mignolet.
CB) Gabriel – 5.5
It was a shock to see the Brazilian start alongside Calum Chambers, and he was tasked with being the more experienced and level headed of the two. He showed glimpses of real quality, but our defending as a whole was pretty poor – especially in the first half.
CB) Calum Chambers – 3.0
Arguably the worst first half performance seen from an Arsenal player in a long time, the young defender looked totally out of his depth. He was dominated by Christian Benteke, and was beaten all ends up both in the air and on the ground.
He improved drastically in the second half, but really doesn’t look ready to play in games of this magnitude at the moment.
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