So what do we know after this game?
1. Leno will make the odd mistake but will be solid throughout. Better than Scezesny? Not sure but definitely a good GK
2. Xhaka is a disaster despite his warrior attitude.
3. Pepe is great and Auba and Laca are legends. I hope Laca is not too injured
4. Guendouzi’s workrate never disappoints. I thought he was our MOTM, just based on his second half.
5. Sokratis is not very solid and Luiz is not really having a Van Dijk effect
6. Kola and AMN had a good game I thought.
7. Torreira cannot be our playmaker. He is a lot more comfortable as a BTB.
8. Ceballos has such good ball control and his passing Is good but he needs to beef up and play quicker.
9. Mkhy can be useful because he always did the right runs and good passes BUT he is slow now and cannot beat anyone one to one. He needs to play as a false nine or as an 8.
10. We only have 7 points after 4 games but we have played Liverpool away and Tottenham at home. Now the break is welcome and when we resume, we need to pick up the pace and the points
11. Emery messed up his starting line-up according to me and our players need to understand better the transition in defensive phases because we conceded well too many chances.
Leno – 5.5 – At fault for the goal but kept us in the game as well.
AMN – 6 – Did well at both ends
Sok – 4.5 – Not his best day at the office and could have conceded a PK at the end or gotten a red card.
DL – 5 – Anonymous
Xhaka – 4 – Usual Xhaka showing. Runs a lot. Tackles a lot. Fouls a lot and picks up a card. Has a decent distribution but gives away PKs for fun.
Guendouzi – 7 – Great work rate. Possibly his best showing in an Arsenal shirt. Really stepped up when others were not playing well. An assist, countless runs and ball recoveries. Well done!
Torreira – 5 – Anonymous.
Pepe – 6.5 – An Assist. Some chances. Desire to get behind the ball and have a go. What a recruit!
Laca – 6.5 – A goal and his usual fighiting spirit. Hope he s ok.
Auba – 6.5 – A difficult first half but a good second half and a good goal.
Ceballos – 6 – Instant impact.
Mkhy – 5 – Good runs and decent passes but heavy and sometimes heavy touches. Cannot dribble anyone with this type of pace. Needs to work on his pace and also needs to stop double guessing himself.