A North London derby defeat doesn’t make for much in the way of fun reading, but all the same Arseblog News gets its rate-o-meter 3000©® out to pass judgement on yesterday’s performances.
Wojciech Szczesny: 5/10 - Not to blame at all for either goal, left horribly exposed by his defence.
Carl Jenkinson: 6/10 - Played quite well, got forward and got in some decent crosses from the right hand side. Lack of experience showed at times though.
Nacho Monreal: 4/10 - Impressive for the first 37 minutes, not quite sure what he was thinking for their second though. Suspect lack of communication skills was an issue, would a player more comfortable in English have given Vermaelen a shout?
Thomas Vermaelen: 3/10 – Another stinker from the skipper. Not the first time this season either and when he plays badly, it’s usually very costly.
Per Mertesacker: 5/10 - Forced the goal and was all right at the back, reads the game well, but the sight of him being pushed up front as we desperately search for a goal is depressing.
Aaron Ramsey: 5/10 - Will run and run all day, and was once again shoved into the right back position late in the game. Had a good chance to score but dragged his shot wide.
Mikel Arteta: 5/10 - I thought he was going to pick up a booking for persistent fouling, got away with it, but looks like the legs are a bit heavy at this point of the season.
Jack Wilshere: 5/10 - A game in which you hope you’ll see the best of Jack, instead he was in one of his quieter moods. The talent, the potential, is all there. The consistency is not.
Santi Cazorla: 5/10 - The recent goalscoring hero found it tougher yesterday. Worked hard as usual, was clearly targetted by Sp*rs and was on the receiving end of some hefty challenges which left him struggling to get into the game.
Olivier Giroud: 4/10 - Had a very good chance early on but took a touch too many, allowing the defender to block his shot. At this level those are chances he should be taking. Put himself about but looked limited.
Theo Walcott: 4/10 - Spent most of the first half central and as far away from Carl Jenkinson as he could. Had a 100% pass completion stat, but only made 12 passes in the entire game.
Lukas Podolski: 6/10 - Not given anywhere near enough time to make an impact.
Tomas Rosicky: 6/10 - Added some energy but little end product.