We missed our chance to go top of the table in a big way on Boxing Day, crashing to a 4-0 defeat against Southampton. We’ll still be confident of our chances to lift the title this season, but after that performance questions will obviously be asked.
Here’s how we rated the players from our 4-0 loss against Southampton:
GK) Petr Cech – 5.5
He couldn’t really have done anything either of the first two goals, and you can hardly blame him for the third. He wasn’t his usual commanding self though, and certainly could have done far better for the fourth goal.
RB) Hector Bellerin – 5.0
Whether it was down to instructions or a lack of discipline, neither of our full-backs offered much support to our centre-backs. Bellerin was also poor going forward, and his crossing was really shocking.
LB) Nacho Monreal – 5.0
Just as absent defensively as Bellerin, which is not like the senior Spaniard at all.
CB) Per Mertesacker – 2.5
The German was truly shocking tonight, and this rating may even be a little kind. He couldn’t handle the pace of Shane Long or Sadio Mane, and he wasn’t exactly dominant in the air to make up for it. We played a high line against a team full of pace, and Mertesacker was punished.
CB) Laurent Koscielny – 2.5
Koscielny has been the best centre-back in the league this season, but you couldn’t tell by his performance against Southampton. He was slipping and sliding all over the place, making shocking mistakes, getting outplayed by Shane Long, and looked totally amateur.