Arsenal start the premier league season with a defeat which meant the players were booed off again which sounds like a familiar story. Arsenal were excellent for the first 44minutes but a moment of magic changed the pattern of the game. Arsenal took the lead through a Walcott goal which came a minute after he missed a penalty. A sublime free kick levelled the match which was underserved but three excellent goals followed from Lallana, Coutinho and then Mane. Arsenal pulled one quickly back through Oxlade-Chamberlain and Chambers scored the third.
Cech – 6 – Cech played okay and was not at fault for any of the goals. He had no chance for the free kick.
Bellerin – 6 – Wasn’t at his usual attacking best but this may have been down to trying to help the inexperienced centre backs.
Holding – 6 – Thought Holding had a decent debut when you consider he has not played at this level before. Committed the foul which led to the free kick but it was a soft free kick awarded.
Chambers –6 – Scored the third goal and looked commanding in the first 20 minutes.
Monreal -6 – Went forward with good effect and couldn’t really do anything about the goals.
Elneny – 7 – Worked tirelessly in the first half and was essentially in keeping it tight with the two centre backs.
Coquelin – 7 – Had a very good game and won the tackle which allowed us to take the lead.
Walcott – 7- Missed a penalty but redeemed himself by getting the goal a minute afterwards.
Ramsey -6 – Was okay in the number ten role but went off injured again which looks like it may be his hamstring which is a worry.
Iwobi – 6 – Got an assist for the first goal but also went off injured.
Sanchez - 6 – Nothing to note throughout the game and is not a centre forward. Performance in that role can be summed up as woeful
Oxlade – Chamberlain – 7 – Made an instant impact once coming on a substitute.
Cazorla – 6 – Didn’t really do anything once he came on.
Xhaka -5 - Was not the greatest of debuts from the bench. Committed several fouls, booked and often gave the ball away cheaply. Hopefully improves as the season goes on.
The performance was okay and probably deserved more but the reality is Arsenal need to get organised and quickly. This may be in the way of transfers or utilising the resources they have. However, the fans do need to get behind the boys instead of booing them off.