A second defeat in four days, this time at the hands of a quality Bayern Munich outfit, doesn’t make for entertaining reading. Here are the player ratings after another disappointing night at the Emirates.
Wojciech Szczesny: 4/10 – Picked up where he left off against Blackburn, teeing up Thomas Muller beach volleyball style for Bayern’s second. Looks increasingly nervous with the ball at his feet.
Bacary Sagna: 5/10 – Battled hard, but needed an outlet in front of him to maximise attacking intent. Left exposed at the back dealing with Mandzukic for the visitors’ third.
Thomas Vermaelen: 4/10 – Out of position and seemingly out of his depth. Hampered by an early booking he got a proper rollicking from Wilshere for backing off Muller in the first half. Not aided by lackadaisical midfield it was telling that all three goals stemmed from action on his wing.
Laurent Koscielny: 5/10 – Unnecessarily hasty clearance led to Bayern’s first goal and nowhere to be seen when Muller scored second from inside six-yard box. Needs to take more responsibility for pushing forward when fed ball by Szczesny.
Per Mertesacker: 3/10 – Didn’t track Van Buyten for second and given run around by Mandzukic who came close to scoring a third with his head before half-time. Didn’t enjoy being closed down quickly by Bayern attack which took toll on passing quality.
Mikel Arteta: 5/10 – Picked up a booking putting himself about a bit, but his dedication to being a defensive midfielder means he takes no risks when passing. So much sideways distribution hints at Denilsification.
Jack Wilshere: 7/10 – It’s getting repetitive pinpointing him as the best of a bad bunch, but that was again the case. Led the charge after half-time and always willing to take on a man before pushing forward.
Aaron Ramsey: 6/10 – Shunted into a wider position after his promising stint in Arteta’s role he gave it his all but doesn’t have the pace to provide an attacking threat on the flanks. Passing for the most part was neat and simple.
Santi Cazorla: 4/10 – Pretty much anonymous all game. Went looking for the ball in central positions leaving Sagna having to pound up and down the right on his own. Switched to left in last 15 minutes but let Lahm race past him unhindered in build up to Bayern’s killer third.
Theo Walcott: 5/10 – Arsenal needed his pace on the wings but resorted to using him as a target man which expectedly didn’t work. Dante seemed to learn lessons from recent England-Brazil friendly to nullify his threat.
Lukas Podolski: 4/10 – Got a goal but did next to nothing on the left-wing. Rarely troubled Lahm, seldom went looking for the ball and might as well have been learning the rest of London.
Updated…and here are the substitute ratings.
Olivier Giroud: 5/10 - Had a chance to equalise with his first touch but fired straight at Neuer. Little service after that.
Tomas Rosicky: 6/10 - Quick to turn defence into attack his influence was soon dampened by Bayern’s third which killed tempo of the game.10,535 views