Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool – player ratings

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So, after a 2-2 draw against Liverpool last night, it’s time to get our ratings on. Full disclosure: there is nothing to disclose. We were going to do a ‘most annoying cartoon character’ special but then we thought of Scrappy Doo and got the rage on. It’s too early in the day for rage.

Wojciech Szczesny: 5/10 – Good shot stopping, careless distribution, silly antics in his own box, must do better

Bacary Sagna: 5/10 – Unfortunate slip for the first, still looks a bit like he’s running through treacle at times

Per Mertesacker: 5/10 – Lazy ‘tackle’ led to their second, careless pass in the first half led to danger from a corner, but played ok apart from that

Thomas Vermaelen: 5/10 – Ridiculous non-clearance for their first goal, but like his partner was acceptable enough afterwards

Kieran Gibbs: 6/10 – Did fine, losing him for three weeks is a real blow

Aaron Ramsey: 7/10 – Worked very hard in a crowded, pressured midfield, make some good defensive tackles, stymied offensively though

Jack Wilshere: 6/10 – Drove forward well but needs to be more aware of his defensive duties when playing further back in the midfield

Santi Cazorla: 6/10 – You can never fault him for effort but looked a bit off the pace, suspect the knock he carried into the Brighton game isn’t healed

Lukas Podolski: 7.5/10 – Great delivery from the left again, Giroud and Walcott should probably have scored, shooting a touch wayward though. Knocked the wind out of Jamie Carragher for a bonus .5

Theo Walcott: 8/10 – Lively and decisive all night, should have scored a simple enough header but took his goal exceptionally well. Looks confident in front of goal.

Oliver Giroud: 8/10 – Had a good battle with Carragher and Agger, his goal was very good, his link-up play excellent and some of his touches are fantastic to keep the ball for us. Unlucky with the late chance.

Subs

Andre Santos: 5/10 – The misplaced pass at the end will colour people’s view of his performance, other than that it wasn’t really bad, but he’s a guy short on confidence and it shows. Makes you wonder if it’s gone past the point of no return – but with Gibbs out he’s our left back unless something is done in the transfer window today. Mindlessly abusing him on Twitter won’t help anyone.

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