Loads of possession – Mkhitaryan one-on-one and a Lacazette header perhaps should have been dispatched. Bate look a poor side but still had a couple of good efforts on goal. Simple goal for them when it came. Poor.
Lots more possession with very little to show for it. The number of times there was a poorly weighted pass was ridiculous. Yes, it was a terrible pitch, but really?
Auba came on with us needing a goal and then played in a withdrawn inside right position. Utterly ridiculous – get him hanging round the goal or leave him in his sleeping bag.
As fgg says, we should win next week by a few, so maybe this isn’t as bad as it seems right now, but playing against a team which isn’t even fit as their season doesn’t start until March, we looked toothless and almost completely ineffective. Oh, if only we had a player who can play that killer pass to open up the bus!
Cech – blocked a couple – picked the ball out of the back of his net … 5
Mustafi – not really required to do a huge amount of defending – passing very average … 5
Koscielny – slightly above average in a poor team performance … 6
Monreal – again, not much to do against a team content to defend … 5
Maitland-Niles – saw a fair amount of the ball and didn’t really achieve much with it … 4
Kolasinac – his one decent cross found Laca marginally offside according to the lino – dreadful attempt at goal when the ball came back to him on the corner of the 6 yard box … 4
Xhaka – looked rusty – silly booking – didn’t add much … 4
Guendouzi – telegraphs his passing often leading to interceptions … 4
Iwobi – a game made for him but somehow he produced very little of note …5
Mkhitaryan – pretty anonymous when we needed him to take up the creative mantle … 4
Lacazette – Frustrated with the quality of chances created for him but lacked sharpness when half chances came – in some ways the elbow into the chin of the Bate player was for all of us – him missing from the second leg may work out ok if Auba gets a hat-trick … 5
Aubameyang – the lad is a striker not a withdrawn midfielder – no efforts on goal in over 20 minutes … 4
Torreira – we needed something different than the Terrier offers – his 30 yard effort at the end was laughable … 5
Suarez – at first sight looks a typical Wenger signing, lightweight midfielder – might have been better to have left plan A (the Wardrobe cut-back) on the pitch … 4
Emery – not the result he or the Arsenal supporters were after – having neither Ramsey or Ozil on the pitch seems even more ridiculous now … 3