So another disappointment in the EPL today. It is becoming a bad habit and within that bad habit, we are now including a new bad habit, which is to give away leads and easy goals right before half-time although we dominate the first half…What a disaster!
A great opening 30 minutes totally thrown away by Xhaka’s howler. We could have scored at least another goal before Xhaka’s mistake. Xhaka has more errors leading to goals than any other EPL players since 2016/7 and amounting to 8 in total. So for all his improvements, there is always an error in him and today, there was the error and a really bad one too. It is going to be the worse EPL mistake of the year by any players…Nowhere to hide, Granit. Nowhere…
The second half was really upsetting, especially the first 15 minutes where Burnley was by far the better team. We were much better once Laca came on and then Pepe also added impetus to our game. We were then robbed of a valid PK by the VAR and then the VAR decided that it was ok to actually do the right thing and not give us the PK for a shoulder clearance from a Burnley defender. But the last 15 minutes of the game were frantic with a sitter missed by Burnley through Wood and another one missed by Pepe: 1-1 also in missed big chances…Yet and in the stoppage time, we were again denied a win by the post after a good shot from Ceballos that had Pope beaten.
So this game kind of summed up our season in the EPL: promising at times, stupid at times and frustrating overall…
Leno – 5.5. A great save vs Woods and some improvements in his aerial abilities but should have just cleared the ball out rather than passing it to Xhaka on the goal.
Chambers – 5.5. A good performance after a long time away.
Luiz – 6.5 – A solid performance overall
Mari – 6. Reliable
Tierney – 6. Not at his best but still one of the ray of lights.
Xhaka – 3.5 – A howler and no revolt in the second half. A game to forget.
Partey – 5. Seems to need more games to get the necessary rhythm back.
Willian – 5.5. A decent performance especially in the first 30 minutes before fading away.
Odegaard – 5. Hardly average. Needs to pass the ball quicker and make more runs.
Saka – 6. Not at his best but still on of the ray of lights.
Auba 5.5. A good goal, a missed chance and then nothing in the second half until that blocked shots in the dying minutes of the game.
Laca – 5. Did add something to our game but did not come to fruition either.
Pepe – 5.5. Should have been awarded a PK, had a great look at goal on his volley but also missed a sitter. Conflicting performance but clearly added a threat.
Arteta – 5 – He will feel like we should have won but could not find a way to win the game. Another draw. Another 2 points dropped.