Arsenal Player ratings vs Liverpool 24.08.15

Petr Cech – 9

That’s the type of performance that saves you points and that’s the display we’ve been waiting to see from big Pete. Easily the man of the match as he denied Coutinho what would have been a glorious wonder goal with a glorious wonder save. Also denied Benteke from point blank and to give perspective to how close he was to scoring, Brendan Rodgers was on the touchline celebrating as he saw the chance unfold. Thanks for giving us a moment like that, Petr.

Nacho Monreal – 6.5

Nacho was perhaps the most comfortable of a very inexperienced, makeshift back four but he suffered from the lack of stability provided by Gabriel and Chambers.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Nacho Monreal of Arsenal under pressure from Roberto Firmino of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool on August 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Nacho Monreal; Roberto Firmino

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Nacho Monreal of Arsenal under pressure from Roberto Firmino of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool on August 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Nacho Monreal; Roberto Firmino

Gabriel – 6.5

A promising display from our Villarreal recruit but one that you have to feel would have been a stellar performance had he been fielded alongside either Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny.

Calum Chambers – 4.0

I read before the game that this was the perfect chance for Chambers to revitalize his Arsenal career. It proved to be a fantastic night for him to boost his Liverpool credentials, unfortunately. On a more serious note, he struggled to contain Benteke and seemed flat footed any time Coutinho touched the ball. His distribution was a huge liability as he invited Liverpool back into the game with numerous stray passes.

Hector Bellerin – 5.5

Bellerin suffered more than Monreal as he was fielded alongside Chambers and it showed. He didn’t have the calming presence of Per Mertesacker nearby but was shaken by the fact that he knew letting his man beat him would mean presenting Liverpool with a scoring chance, given how shaky the rest of the defense was.

Francis Coquelin – 8.5

It’s never a very good thing when Coquelin is such a prominent performer that you’re regularly shouting ‘Oh, yeah, nice one, Coq!’. It generally means that we’ve been disjointed in our attack and given up far too much of the ball. Our fiery Frenchman made sure that we didn’t suffer from our mistakes too much as he made a number of key recoveries and did his interception-tackling stat-packing duties.

Santi Cazorla – 7

He was put under pressure once or twice from the Liverpool front line but he’s become so crucial alongside Coquelin that it hardly matters if he gives away possession once or twice. He played in more than one incisive pass to create a chance.

Mesut Özil – 6.5

The hallmark of the German’s game, his ability to patiently wait for an opportunity to present itself, and then pass to it, was quite clearly absent in the first half as he struggled to find his teammates going forward. He improved greatly in the second half and was influential going forward.

Aaron Ramsey – 7.5

Wrongly ruled offside goal. Wrongly ruled offside goal. Wrongly ruled offside goal. And what did Brendan Rodgers say about it? His SHIRT was offside? That tells you all you need to know about Ramsey’s night. Energetic up and down the pitch and a wrongly ruled offside goal.

Alexis Sanchez – 6

It’s becoming painfully obvious that Alexis is not match fit. Our feisty Chilean seemed exhausted, physically and mentally as he chose to pull back rather than challenge defenders. Where he would normally try the audacious, he opted for cautious and still managed to give the ball away. Missed the biggest chance of the game excluding Ramsey’s wrongly ruled offside goal.

Olivier Giroud – 5

It was less about a lack of service as seems to be the case at times and more about Giroud’s lack of quickness that let him down. Only had one real chance throughout the game and Mignolet decided to turn into prime Buffon in time to parry it away.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: Olivier Giroud of Arsenal challenged by Dejan Lovren of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool on August 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Olivier GIroud;Dejan Lovern

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Olivier Giroud of Arsenal challenged by Dejan Lovren of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool on August 24, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Olivier GIroud;Dejan Lovern

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6.5

Came on for Coquelin with 10 minutes to go and added enough pace to warrant a starting spot next weekend. Brought us close to a winner.

Theo Walcott – 5.5

Was not a threat even though he came on for the anonymous Giroud.

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