I do not know about you but the games against Utd and Everton today reminded me (almost) to the end of the Emery area…It was lacking personality, bravery, intensity, pace…It was all very much a structured and safe approach but in the end, it bit us in the back for a few reasons, including (i) missing big chances by Nketiah to take the lead or Auba to tie the game with the last kick of the game; (ii) poor coaching by Arteta, leaving Partey (just struggling with his game) and Xhaka (physically struggling in the last third) on the field.
We got away thanks to the VAR two times but in the end, Everton showed did not steal their victory. Of course, if Nketiah scored, we would have won the game but to be honest, it was not a game where we deserved to win. Everton came back in the second half with intent and we just were too passive.
Here are the grades:
Ramsdale – 6, not at fault
Tomy – 4, a poor game by his standard
White – 5, nothing too good nor too bad
Gabs – 6, our rock
Tierney – 5, an assist but then faded
Partey – 3, another night to forther
Xhaka – 4, gave his all but was tired.
Saka – 6, tried especially in the second half
Ode – 6, a good performance in the last 20 meters but otherwise, not influencial
Martinelli – 5, a quiet night
Laca – 5, anonymous
Nketiah – 4, a big miss and then provides a glorious assist but was full of running but that miss is just criminal.
Auba – 4, a big miss too…
Tavares – 5, brought his energy to the game.
MOTM: D. Gray, Richarlison and A. Doucoure.