Arsenal 2-1 Burnley – player ratings

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Nice to win again, nice goals scored, nice to see Elneny debut, nice to get Coquelin back, it was all mostly quite nice.

Here’s how the players rated.

DO
13
6
CC
21
7
G
5
6
LK
6
6
KG
3
6.5
FC
34
6.5
ME
35
7.5
AI
45
7.5
AOC
15
6.5
AS
17
8
OG
12
6
DO
13
6
CC
21
6.5
G
5
6
LK
6
6
KG
3
6.5
FC
34
6
ME
35
7
AI
45
7.5
AOC
15
7
AS
17
7.5
OG
12
6.5
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13: David Ospina

6
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6
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Having watched Petr Cech dominate the area most of the season, a stay-on-your-line keeper like Ospina is a big change. Cech might have taken that cross.

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21: Calum Chambers

6.5
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7
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35

What a superb finish that was. Perhaps a little rusty defensively at times, but he hasn't played much this season so that's understandable.

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5: Gabriel .

6
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6
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44

Outjumped a little too easily throughout the game for me.

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6: Laurent Koscielny

6
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6
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5

Has picked up a worrying tendency in recent games to make one big clanger - thankfully today's wasn't punished, and he grew into the game.

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3: Kieran Gibbs

6.5
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6.5
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23

Attacked well in the first half. What a foul on Coquelin too!

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34: Francis Coquelin

6
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6.5
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40

Great to see him back, and those 70 minutes will do him good.

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35: Mohamed Elneny

7
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7.5
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51

A decent debut, some shots on goal, and tidy on the ball. Will have had his eyes opened to the physicality of English football too.

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45: Alex Iwobi

7.5
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7.5
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46

This kid looks a real prospect, it shows how much Wenger rates him when he plays him in the middle. Some great touches and vision today.

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15: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

7
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6.5
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12

Could, and maybe should, have scored today, but this was a better performance than in recent weeks. Got the assist for the winner too!

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17: Alexis Alexis

7.5
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8
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38

He makes a difference, got the winning goal, and some minutes under his belt ahead of Tuesday.

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12: Olivier Giroud

6.5
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6
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29

He did a lot of backheels and took a lot of kicks

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7: Tomas Rosicky

6
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6.5
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6

Great to see him back

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8: Mikel Arteta

6.5
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6
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7

Really kept things ticking in the final 20

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14: Theo Walcott

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3.5
Readers
11

Not on long enough to rate, but he could really have done with scoring that great chance late on.

Vote is now closed

Bonus rating: Go fuck yourself/10 for Joey Barton, who shoved Alexis over the advertising hoardings, elbowed Arteta, and was generally a wanker every moment he was on the pitch,

52 COMMENTS

  1. Winning always feels good. But we haven’t been really convincing since the Southampton game.

    But I guess winning with players who are not necessarily first team regulars or are coming back from injuries is a positive.

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    • Second Bonus Rating: 10/10 for the huge cheers for Rosicky’s every touch during his first few minutes on the pitch.

      That made me happy.

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  2. Elneny will need a month or two to adjust to the pace and physicality of the league but isn’t it lovely to have alexis back?

    P.s I look forward to a world where joey barton isn’t a thing anymore

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    • I’ve seen a lot of complaints about Barton today, but the dirtiest play of the game goes to that bloke that completely knee’d Ospina after he caught/saved the ball. That’s bush league behaviour…

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  3. Decent enough performance, we’ve got a good squad now the injuries are clearing, and a very strong first XI, hopefully confidence starting to return.
    Really liked Elneny

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  4. Iwobi is such a revelation and an inspiration. He links well with the players who want to push forward like Sanchez. Very creative and confident for that age. I really rate him.

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    • Iwobi really looks at home playing #10 position with the first team. He slots right in surprisingly seamlessly. I’ll be honest, I’ve been wondering lately if he might be more useful on the flank to us than Walcott at the moment, and today he confirmed to me that he probably would be.

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  5. Elneny was impressive; strong and hungry for a goal. However, I’m hoping that he was just particularly eager on his debut. He will have to be a lot more disciplined if he has Ramsey next to him, as opposed to Coquelin.

    Also great having sexi lexi back <3

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  6. I like iwobi. He’s got pace, skill and strength. Also good to see Sanchez back and among the goals and Also good to see elneny have a good debut and see rosicky and the coq back. COYG

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  7. How about that Iwobi though? He looks, I dunno, very elegant on the ball, very sure footed in the way he moves with it and receives it. I really like him

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  8. Looked to me like Giroud has forgotten that he’s a striker. Too many cute flicks where he should’ve really taken a shot.

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      • Agreed, but apart from that pre-pre assist, Giroud was quite wasteful with his chances. Seems quite knackered to me at the moment, given that he’s almost played non-stop for the last few months.
        Now that we have the squad depth back, we should give a breather to the HFB and a run out to Theo as a striker. Early on in the season Feo was a totally different player as a striker, running around a lot, getting the tackles in.
        Burnley away comes to mind as one of the best games where the attacking of the Gunners clicked very well.

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    • For sure. This was one of Giroud’s worst games in recent times. He never looked like scoring. It was almost as if he was afraid to score. I would say that he gave the ball away at least 65% of the time. He’s a great player but he didn’t play well this game. If Walcott would’ve started, we would have had more goals. At least Walcott knows how to get into scoring positions, even if his finishing is sub-par at the moment.

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  9. Bonus bonus rating: 3/1 for chuba akpom’s hattrick today. (Utilising the corporal jenkinson rating system, naturally.)

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  10. Also, seeing Rosicky back on the pitch excited me almost as much as the first time I saw Ljungbergs calvin klein shoot. Hero.

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  11. I was actually very impressed with ElNeny. Sure it will take some time for him to adjust to English football but he was always involved and his energy levels were fantastic.

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  12. We looked a little like a team who hasn’t played together very often today – which is kind of understandable. Great to see so many players returning from the injury bench! Wenger is going to have his work cut out finding the best partnerships in different areas of the pitch. It’s obviously a good problem to have but getting it right (& quickly) is going to be key to the end-of season-push.

    Happy to see El Neny looked so promising on his debut – he has a nice strike! Welcome aboard lad.

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  13. Only saw the highlights but Iwobi looks to be progressing very nicely indeed.

    Further to my rant elsewhere on this site: STOP PRESS – West Brom are releasing Gnabry (that’s if the Star is to be believed). If it’s true, brilliant news for the kid.

    A while back I predicted the mean-spirited fuckers might do it like this, waiting till the very last day of the window. Anything to stop us loaning him out to another Premier League club, where he might shine and show Pulis up, might even take points off West Brom and contribute to sending them down. I guess Wenger has no choice but to send him to the Championship now. Just hope he gets a decent manager and manages to escape getting injured. I see Toral was taken off with a bad-looking knee injury this afternoon. Studs-up, knee-high, obvious red-card-deserving tackle – such is Championship football. Hopefully once the swelling goes down it will turn out not to be as bad as it looks. I love Toral. Check out his incredible goal last week if you’ve not seen it already. He’s got as much talent as Bellerin and has been so unlucky to have lost more than a year from a knee injury earlier in his career. Next season, with Arteta, Flam and Rosicky leaving, should be his chance of breaking into the first team – as it should be Gnabry’s. Wish we could lend Gnabry to some place where he’s loved and gets decent coaching. Wish we would keep him ourselves. He’d be better than an out-of-sorts Walcott on the right, that’s for sure.

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  14. Elneny looks a player, just needs a little time to adjust to pace and regularly wankery (and I’m talking about you, Joey Barton) he will face in the English game. Iwobi is such a joy to watch, so positive and energetic, can’t wait to see more of him. Nice to see our Coq out on the pitch again and those 70 minutes will have done wonders to prepare him for rest of the campaign. The Ox seems to be slowly emerging as the player we all know he can be, and Wenger’s patience with him is a real virtue.

    Was expecting a dominant performance from Kos/Gab and they came up a bit short. Kos got muscled and turned on at least two occasions and Gab really should have won the header that they scored against us.

    What I really must take issue with in Blog’s ratings is both HFB and Arteta. Giroud was like our designated “cooler” (will William H. Macy play him in the biopic?) thru much of the game, where scoring chances go to die. Fine quality in a center-back, not so good from a striker. His slow play was in stark contrast to all else around him and a real mismatch for me. It is not so much what Arteta does with the ball that troubles me, but the overwhelming number of balls that he never gets to/challenges he never wins. He looks a shadow of the player from 2-3 years ago and I fear he has very little left to contribute on the pitch (though his class and leadership in the locker room may yet be another matter). If there is any truth to that assessment, it is just an inevitable outgrowth of number of miles on his odometer. Theo, on the other hand, seems to have completely unraveled for reasons that are far less explicable and makes the return to full-fitness of Welbeck feel rather essential to our title run.

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  15. Elneny took to his debut quite well I thought, and it looks like he knows how to strike the ball. He was seemingly always available and getting involved in the play in a Ramsey sort of way but stuck mostly to the middle 1/3 other than popping up once or twice outside and his run for Alexis and kept tidy, crisp passing. That was a pleasure to see from him. Chambers gets a point boost from me for the goal and linking play with Ox, but lost a little getting beat a bit too easy a few times defending.

    It was fabulous to see Coquelin back so quickly. He needs some match fitness and to get his touch back. A few too many heavy touches and turnovers today, but that’s a bit to be expected.

    Alex Iwobi. 19? Impressive. Creative, confident in tight spaces, and strong on the ball and at keeping the ball. Definitely looking a keeper so far.

    Ox, man, stop thinking too much about it, deep breath and PLACE the shots.

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    • Unfortunately it appears they’re going to have to pry the pitch from his cold, dead hands. I am shocked every time I see him that he hasn’t gotten anyone’s red mist up enough to just go through him enough to bring that retirement on.

      ‘That kind of player’ to be sure.

      I thought it quite astute of the Burnley coach to recognize Barton’s history against the gunners and keep him off the starting lineup to limit the potential damage to both sides.

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  16. Really good to have Rosicky back on the pitch. Loved some of the things he did.

    Iwobi too. (Who knows how far he can go.)

    And, only because it can’t be said often enough, “fuck off Barton, you fetid, puffed-up, wank-shaped twat”.

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  17. Really happy with the win and the way the team played! Disappointed in Giroud today. He had the ball in the box so many times, but did very little with it. He might need a rest or something.

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  18. Rosicky gets a 10 in my book for just being back out on the field. I was afraid we might not see him on the pitch again after another long term absence, but even though he didn’t do anything too spectacular just seeing him run around as the best part of the match for me.

    Coquelin certainly had some rust to his game as expected, but really showed what we miss when he’s not out there. GREAT to have him back.

    Solid debut for Elneny, I think was playing not to make mistakes (and he didn’t) with lots of safe passes and not much dribbling, but watching his movement and awareness of positioning closely he certainly looked the part and I think will be a good squad addition. He didn’t have to battle physically much or go in for tackles too often so that part of his game in the PL will take time, but his work rate, mobility, confidence to show for the ball, cleanliness on the ball, and of course his great shooting from distance in this first match show that he really could be a great buy at the price we got him for. May not step in and be a starter, but certainly first option off of the bench for either of the two def mid positions would be my expectation for him this year.

    Iwobi had another solid outing, for a 19 year old to come into a squad with so many veteran players like we had today and show as he did in the attacking role says quite a lot about him and his potential.

    Overall nobody was really outstanding, but all did a fairly good job though Ospina scares the crap out of me going for crosses still (though he did great in handling and 1 v 1 as does Chambers when he is defending deep on the wing.

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  19. Iwobi is excellent in the things that he does simple.
    I have seen him play for the U21s and he has exceptional trickery and skills but he does not over do it…Looks like he went to the Santi and Tomas school rather than Ramsey and Ox one.

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  20. How on earth can a professional gk not be able to kick beyond the halfway line? Doesn’t help release pressure as the ball always seem to return straight away!

    Iwobi looked so positive and sharp, and Ox had a good game too- let’s hope he builds on this.

    Was amazing finally seeing such a strong bench, and still have ozil and Ramsey. Will be critical for the run in.

    Scrappy win but a win nonethless. Let’s build on this

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  21. Coquelin – great to see him back. That said, we were still a bit too loose in midfield and defensively. However instant unease when Arteta came in for Le Coq. A useful game for Le Coq to get back into the swing of things

    Elneny – Some people are over hyping him and frankly setting him up for a fall. He did decent. He will need to get use to the physicality as he was pushed off the ball a little too easily at times. Tried a couple of shots which was encouraging. Again, I think he was brought in as emergency back up for Flamini till Coquelin returned and more importantly as an alternative to Ramsey as the engine room/link role. This especially with Jack still crocked. He isn’t suddenly Patrick Viera or Gilberto or even Flamini but he needs time to settle in and understand the team so a good start.

    Alexis – The difference. He simply makes things happen. We will need him for this final push.

    Gabriel – Like Elneny, there are those simplistic voices who think Gabriel is ‘better’ than the slow Metersecker or Elneny (who had not played) was better than the less dynamic Flamini (who covered 13.3km against Chelsea). Gabriel is an improving player with great potential but the German’s positioning tends to be better. That said, good shift covering back on two ocassions

    Gibbs – Aside from not closing the cross down quickly enough which led to their goal, a good performance today.

    Chambers – As I mentioned before, he is a natural RB. Debuchy’s possible departure has open the way for him and he can thrive in a settled and familiar role. Technically he is better than Jenkinson and he tends to put in the ball with his head up. Good finish, some mistakes at the back but otherwise encouraging.

    Walcott – Short on confidence? His touch has improved but he fluffed it at the end didn’t he? Needs to start proving the doubters wrong again. not up to potential at the moment.

    Overall tricky end to the game and we should have made more count. Ox was particularly energetic today as was the hard working Iwobi.

    Ospina’s disadvantage is in height. I think he does not want to risk it coming out for the ball bc of so. Tidy otherwise.

    Postive to see Rosicky back as well. good option to have.

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  22. had Ospina come out to meet the goal and failed then he would’ve been bashed for coming out just exactly the way it happened in that Wes Brom game last season. It’s like damn if he does damn if it doesn’t but yet no word mentioned here on how he save Koscielny’s blushes in that Burnley chance in the first half.

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  23. That was fun. The real test is in a couple of days. Great to see some of the old guards back, and Elneny looks pretty decent for 23year old.

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  24. Nice win! Good to see Ossssppppiiiinnnnnnaaaaa in goal again with his calm self. Blogs i watched that cross a few times and i do not think even Cech would have gone to even punch that out (Thoughts of West ham anyone). He saved some shots was neat and could do nothing for that goal. He did well!

    Coquelin is so immense…. i was so impressed with his bringing the ball under control and passing off to teammates intelligently…. just like Iwobi.

    Elneny reminds me of a quicker Ramsey… lol!

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  25. Promising debut for elneny. didn’t seem daunted by the occasion but was eager to get stuck in. didn’t do anything spectacular, kept the passes short and simple. was caught unawares at times and some touches when receiving the ball were awkward. doesn’t have electric pace but long strides with his long legs enables him to catch up. it’s just his first game, but overall the signs are good.

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  26. One thing needs to be addressed and that is the lackadaisical home crowd: 2/10 for a passive bunch of supporters occupying the seats at the Emirates. The only noise they made was to boo Joey Barton and to cheer the Little Mozart when he appeared on the pitch, and while these were both worthwhile efforts, they do not excuse the silence from these fans–a silence which the commentators on FOX Sports were only too glad to keep harping on. Come on. guys, the Burnley supporters, all one thousand of them, made more noise than the assembled Gooners.

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  27. Agree entirely. Great club. Great stadium. Best players we’ve had for a long time challenging for trophies but no atmosphere.

    COYG……

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  28. Again Ospina being criticized harshly. For me, he had a pretty good game and I completely disagree on those who make him responsible for the goal, at least the only one. If he goes out to try to punch the ball he wouldn’t had reached it… the center was too quick and the defense was caught misplaced. Apart from that it was a good performance and a deserved victory. Sorry for my poor english.

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