Arsene Wenger named a hugely changed side to face Sheffield Wednesday, looking to rest a number of key players. We were poor right from the off, and the way we played we deserved no more than we got from the game – which was nothing.
There were a huge number of youngsters and second string players in the side, although it was arguably the more experienced players who let us down.
Here’s how we rate the players following our 3-0 loss against Sheffield Wednesday:
GK) Petr Cech – 5.0
The Czech international wasn’t at fault for any of the goals, but he didn’t pull off any spectacular saves either. Nothing he could really do, unless you want to blame him for not organising his defence better.
RB) Mathieu Debuchy – 1.0
The Frenchman was the most infuriating player on the pitch tonight, and really looked like he just didn’t want to be there. He rarely got beyond a gentle jog, he was poor going forward, was lazy defensively, and really doesn’t seem to have a future at the club.
His lethargy was a large part of the reason we conceded for the first goal, and he seemed to get worse as the game went on.
LB) Kieran Gibbs – 3.0
One of the better players on the pitch, and that’s really not saying much. He did his job for the most part, but like the rest of the team looked totally out of ideas going forward.
CB) Per Mertesacker – 2.0
His performance was fairly poor, but the worst thing about his display was his lack of leadership. He was the captain, and yet he did nothing to rally the troops. He didn’t marshal his players during set pieces, and we were punished for it.
CB) Calum Chambers – 2.0
The youngster really looks out of his depth at times, and gets bullied off the ball far too easily for a defender of his size. His positioning was poor during set pieces, and he needs to get tighter to his man.
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