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How the Arsenal players rated in their heavy defeat to Liverpool

How the Arsenal players rated in their heavy defeat to Liverpool

Arsenal fell to an embarrassing defeat to Liverpool on what was another terrible day in their recent history. They have many issues at the club and they all came to the fore on Sunday. The 3-4-2-1 system got them some good results towards the end of last season, but they have persisted with it, despite not having the players to make it work. They were run ragged by the Reds and the decision to keep Arsene Wenger is already looking like a mistake. Here are how their players rated:

Petr Cech – The goalkeeper made six saves and did his best to keep the score-line down. He is no longer as great as he once was, but he couldn’t be at fault for the result at Anfield. 6

Rob Holding – There is reason to be optimistic about the defender in general, but he was poor today. He struggled to cope with the Liverpool attack, with his positioning being very questionable at times. However, the tactics were to blame rather than the player himself. 4

Laurent Koscielny – The Frenchman made his first Premier League appearance of the season and it was one to forget. His return should have improved the organisation of the defence, but it didn’t. There were some examples of good defending, but it is difficult to be positive about his overall display. 5

Nacho Monreal – The Spaniard can play in a three-man defence, but he can be targeted by a good opposition attack. Mohamed Salah caused him a lot of problems and he was caught out of position on a few occasions. A day to forget for the usually consistent Monreal. 3

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – It is clear that he no longer wants to be at the club as his performance lacked the usual determination and work rate that we have come to expect from him. 5

Aaron Ramsey – The central midfield pairing is another example of why this formation isn’t suited to Arsenal. They provide no defensive cover and the gap they leave in front of the back four was targeted over and over again. He worked hard, but he was dispossessed too easily at times. 4

Granit Xhaka – The Swiss international started the season in great form against Leicester City, but his lack of consistency is a problem. He was outbattled by the Liverpool midfielders and failed to make one ball recovery. Not a day to remember. 4

Hector Bellerin – It is unfair to criticise the 22-year-old too heavily as he isn’t a left wing-back. It was laughable that Wenger started with him in that position and he struggled to cope. His error for the third goal was laughable and there are increasing doubts regarding his ability to be a Champions League calibre player. 2

Mesut Ozil – The German is an easy target for the media and he didn’t play well on Sunday. However, it is a fault of the team rather than an individual one. Ozil needs to be playing in a system that suits him and ahead of a midfield that is prepared to cover him defensively. Arsenal don’t have either and highlighting his flaws as a player. 4

Alexis Sanchez – He wasn’t fully fit and his lack of a pre-season was evident during his time on the pitch. The body language wasn’t great either and it could be a huge error if the club decide to keep him past the transfer deadline. 5

Danny Welbeck – The Englishman works hard and there was some logic to Wenger’s decision to start him. However, his lack of quality on the ball is a huge problem and prevented him from offering a real threat. 4

Francis Coquelin – He was brought on to improve the defensive unit and he failed to do that. The Frenchman can tackle well, but his overall positioning and reading of the game are poor. He was shown up by the superior Emre Can at Anfield. 3

Olivier Giroud – The striker offered more than the rest of the attack, but it was too late for him to make an impact. The game had gone. 6

Alexandre Lacazette – Like Giroud, it was too late for him to make a meaningful impact. The decision to put him on the wing was another strange call from Wenger. 6

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