That was exhausting, in a kind of reaffirming way. All the passion and desire that had been missing from this Arsenal team was on show last night.
We didn’t win but boy it felt like we’d moved into a new era. Coming from behind against 10 men is about as good as it gets when you’re on a run of drawing games. This was a good draw.
Arteta’s decision not to add Holding when Luiz got sent off was so important for the confidence of this team. If we want them running through brick walls for each other and Mikel then they can look back on this game with pride.
Player ratings from RC78
Well well well…2 shots in the whole match, all in the second half and 2 goals and an unexpected draw playing 10 vs 11 🙂
MoTM = Martinelli
Sub of the match: Guendouzi
Opponent of the match: Hudson-Odoi
Leno 6; good on his line but poor in the air (tale of his season)
Bellerin 7; a goal and a shift but needs to gain defensive sharpness.
Mustafi 4.5; a first half to forget but played fine in the second half
Luiz not fair to rate him…although he could have done better
Saka 6.5; what a shift and he is really good going forward
Xhaka 6; did well in the second half as CB
Torreira 6.5, we have our defensive pitbull.
Ozil 5; totally absent for 30 mins and then played ok
Pepe 5.5; poor first 30 minutes and then a good shift but he could have done better in some attacking situations. A talent that needs more time than expected to shine
Lacazette 5.5; A for effort and then the rest was not there
Martinelli 9. A goal, a shift and a constant threat.
Guendouzi 6 – did well and added grit to our team. Needs to be better when defending set pieces…
Holding 5. He comes in and we concede a goal. The guy needs to play in reserve for a few games to regain sharpness.
Arteta 6.5. His grit is now rubbing off on the team but thought he did not set up the team properly until we had a player off.