A really disappointing loss against a sub-standard Manchester United team we really should have beaten. They were riddled with injuries and fielding a number of youngsters, but whether we took them for granted or were just a little jaded after Barcelona, we looked totally uninterested and unwilling to do what was necessary to get the win.
We can’t expect to win the league with performances like that, and this loss may have already cost us the title for all we know.
Here’s how we rate the Arsenal players from our 3-2 loss against Manchester United:
GK) Petr Cech – 6.5
He may have conceded three goals, but there wasn’t much he could do for any of them. He got no help whatsoever from his defence for the first two, and a wicked deflection got the better of him for the third.
RB) Hector Bellerin – 6.5
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Not a bad performance from the right-back, who seemed more energetic than most of his teammates. He still needs to work on his crossing though, as when he gets forward his good work often amounts to nothing.
LB) Nacho Monreal – 6.0
Given the runaround a little too much, but was often caught without enough support. Alexis Sanchez was uncharacteristically sloppy defensively, and often failed to track back.
CB) Gabriel Paulista – 4.5
A couple of really sloppy mistakes led to Manchester United taking a 2-0 lead, and the Brazilian was at fault for both. He replaced Per Mertesacker, but this display may see him returned straight to the bench.
CB) Laurent Koscielny – 6.0
Couldn’t really get out of the way for the third goal, and was unlucky to see it deflect past Cech. He didn’t have his best game, but we were really let down by other players rather than Koscielny.
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