Arsenal player ratings vs West Ham Utd 9.8.15



Petr Cech – 4
Where to begin? Hailed as the messiah upon his signing, Cech was to blame for the two goals shipped as he blindly went to punch an inbound set piece delivery and was horribly out of position for Zarate’s long range strike.
There are 37 games yet to play and few know this as well as the veteran shot stopper so Cech would do well to forget his league debut quickly.
Mathieu Debuchy – 6
Debuchy performed capably down the right at first but was caught too far up the pitch on several occasions.
The Frenchman looked less rusty than his preseason struggles but did not do quite enough to convince Arsene Wenger that Hector Bellerin should continue to serve as his deputy rather than overtake him.
Per Mertesacker – 6
Two different BFGs were present today in both halves as the Big F*****g German bossed the first half, winning crucial tackles and commanding his area.
The big friendly gentleman was, unfortunately, brought on in the second half and his arrival coincided with Francis Coquelin’s substitution.
Mertesacker’s pace was exploited and Arsenal’s back four, in general, was put under intense pressure.
Laurent Koscielny – 5.5
What’s with the world class players having nightmares? Koscielny put in an incredibly rare awful performance as he struggled to keep Payet at bay, notably getting destroyed late in the second half.
Nacho Monreal – 5.5
Nacho Monreal operated for much of the game in a purely attacking role as he had cross after cross denied.
The Spaniard deserved to start today but Wenger has every right to chop and change as much of the starting XI as he likes and Monreal did not do enough to ensure his place next week.
Francis Coquelin – 5
For someone who carved out a niche for playing the game simply last season, Francis Coquelin seemed incapable of resisting to play Pirlo-esque long passes all game.
He enjoyed one rare foray forward, beating his man to play a cross in but that was a sign of him shirking his defensive duties.
A poor display from the Frenchman and one that saw him subbed off.
Santi Cazorla- 5.5
Cazorla was one of the many first half suspects who failed to string passes together. The Spaniard was shunted out to the wing and brought back to a deep lying playmaking position as Coquelin was brought on but never really found the rhythm he enjoyed last season, dictating play with his metronomic passing.
Aaron Ramsey – 4.5
Selfish, greedy and… selfish. Ramsey’s downfall came in the first half, before West Ham got the nightmare off to a start. The Welshman had Mathieu Debuchy completely unmarked to his right but chose to shoot from distance rather than play the simple and correct pass down the side.
Mesut Özil – 6.5
The German was marked out of the game by 16 year old West Ham debutante Reece Oxford for portions of the game but could have had several assists given how well he danced between defenders to create chances for others. Those around him were clearly not on the same wave length.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7
A livewire from start to finish, beating defenders and taking shots. Perhaps if he had opened scoring after one of his trademark lung busting runs, we’d be looking at a different score line. He was, however, partially at fault for West Ham’s second as he tried to run the ball out of the Arsenal box, giving it away, rather than clearing or playing it out to a teammate.
Olivier Giroud – 6
While wasteful with a handful of chances, Giroud was given hardly any support for much of the game and was forced to carve out chances on his own. On a different day, he’d have continued his fine scoring record against West Ham.
Theo Walcott (substitute) – 5.5
Anonymous after coming on. Let Özil down on more than one occasion as his first touch left plenty to be desired.
Alexis Sanchez (substitute) – 7
Maybe the one player on the pitch who looked like making the difference and just with just six days of training under his belt. It’s a huge shame we had to call on him and an even bigger one that he didn’t score the chances he helped create for himself.



Mahmoud Jaber

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