Sutton United 0-2 Arsenal – player ratings

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sutton 0-2 arsenal 2017

Not really a game to write home about. In fact, I wouldn’t write to somebody else’s home about it as a prank, but we went through 2-0 and into the quarter-finals of the cup.

Here’s how the players rated tonight.

DO
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4
G
5
5.5
SM
20
5.5
RH
16
6.5
NM
18
6
GX
29
5.5
ME
35
5.5
J
54
4.5
AI
17
4
TW
14
6
LP
9
8
DO
13
4
G
5
7
SM
20
6
RH
16
7.5
NM
18
7
GX
29
6.5
ME
35
6
J
54
5
AI
17
5
TW
14
7
LP
9
8
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13: David Ospina

4
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4
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36

Scary

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5: Gabriel .

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5.5
Readers
44

Decent

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20: Shkodran Mustafi

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5.5
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54

Imprecise

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16: Rob Holding

7.5
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6.5
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52

Mature

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18: Nacho Monreal

7
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6
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14

Solid

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29: Granit Xhaka

6.5
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5.5
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53

Showed he can get a yellow and stay on

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35: Mohamed Elneny

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5.5
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51

Injured

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54: Jeff Reine-Adelaide

5
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4.5
Readers
50

Struggled

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17: Alex Iwobi

5
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4
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46

Much like the Jeff he was off the pace

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14: Theo Walcott

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6
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11

100 goals, fair play

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9: Lucas Perez

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55

Should be playing more, he's good and so productive

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15: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

6.5
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6.5
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12

Added some fizz to the second half, final ball lacking though

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55: Ainsley Maitland-Niles

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56

Tidy

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7: Alexis Alexis

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In the 93rd minute with the game won he went mad at Rob Holding for not giving him the ball!

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Bonus rating: 10/10 for the bloke miming a headbutt at Oxlade-Chamberlain. Hilariously Sunday league.

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Anthony

Professional performance. Showed Sutton respect but was cautious on an unfamiliar surface.

Job done.

Runcorn Gooner

Awful game to watch but job done.
That tackle by the fat centre half on Iwobi was disgraceful.Its how Ramsey,
Eduardo and Diaby got horribly injured yet all the pundits virtually laughed it off as Robust.We all know if that had been Xhaka he would have been sent off and slaughtered by the media…double standards.

RosickyLegend7

Look we all know that Sanchez is world class and a great athlete but his attitude stinks in my opinion. Always the first to go down the tunnel and never thanks the fans. I love him but would love him even more if he fixed up a bit. Also congratulations to Theo for a 100 goals and hopefully more to come. Only negative tonight was fans behaviour towards Wenger, disgraceful.

Xxxrob

I may have to see it again, but regard to Sanchez tantrum in the 93rd minute.. I don’t think it was that he didn’t get given the ball. It looked to me like he just wanted us to hold the ball and not try to spray it 40 meters for nothing.

I don’t like how he has carried himself recently but these are the 1% moments of stupidity we keep repeating and (if I’m right and that’s what he blew up about) I agree with him on this one.

Rectum Spectrum

About 10 minutes after coming on, with the away end singing his name, he waved, pointed across at them all and clapped. This was shortly after winning a corner I think.

I think he was 1st down the tunnel cause 1400 Sutton fans legged it onto the pitch at the whistle.

Wenga Boys

I saw this too… He clapped the away support so…

Pete

Lucas’ determination and commitment tonight was the best I’ve seen in an Arsenal shirt for a long while (obviously Alexis aside)

Should be in starting line up personally!

AusDrexler

Mustafi.. So many of his ‘through balls’ were intercepted. I would be interested to see how many he made were intercepted, would be a very very high number. Its not his thing, yet he attempts it again and again. Such a shame cause he can defend and its his transition from defence to offence thats letting him down at moment.

Yorkshire Gunner

It because he gets impatient to move the ball forward after passing it square for 5 minutes. Xhaka needed to drop off to pick the ball up from him more.

AusDrexler

Agree in this circumstance, for this game.
But its been happening regularly last couple of months. Maybe its a confidence thing? Feeling the pressure of the fans and media and results, and he is trying to force things when he needs to be more patient.

Copelandão

He always waves to the fans during games, even yesterday. I think he’s probably frustrated at the moment with the team, with himself (because he does give the ball away ALOT) and with the media. He’s never been fond of the media and he’s seeing them go after him, ozil, xhaka, Wenger… Can’t fill him with joy.

Cagooner

He does it every single game, and it started the first game he played for us. I agree he defends pretty well and is passionate but I can’t help thinking Gabriel or Holding might be a better option as our number one pairing with Kos. For all the stick Gabriel gets, I don’t think he makes too many defensive mistakes and while things went ary when he replaced Kos vs Bayern i think it was Mustafi who screwed up way more.

I also like Holdings composure and would like to see him get more first team time. The season is really over besides FA Cup so why not try something different until end of season.

Elcamino

Good observation. I would say most of the time Mustafi bombs forward he promptly loses the ball resulting in a fast break the other way. I think he secretly wants to be a wing back.

SuperNova

Lucas Perez is the new Joel Campbell

Block 93

Perez is already way more productive than Campbell ever was which makes his recent lack of game time even more bewildering…! Glad we’re through although far from convincing. BBC commentary was doing my head in – how desperate were they for a Sutton goal?

SaintSanti

I thought Lucas had a good game, but he does need to work on his right foot. Always cutting inside is getting predictable. Otherwise, surely a starter for me.

goonero

It’s worked for Arjen Robben hasn’t it?

Rodriguino

Was the pitch more narrow than usual or did we just plain lack any width? A big
F-you to the referee for allowing the tackle against Iwobi go without a booking. Disgraceful.

Ozil's Boggly Eyes

Think Jeff is great and all, and I hope for a really bright future, but he was poor tonight, really poor. Not to say Sutton weren’t ‘spirited’ and ‘getting it up us’ (thanks Michael Oliver for being a tad generous towards them by the way), but in a way it really does show Ozil’s value. Our play goes through the centre. Jeff couldn’t hold it at all. As such we really couldn’t get any momentum going, and I think that brought a lot of players performances down. Yes there were moment’s where others missed passes, or misplaced a pass, but our game seems now to revolve around getting the ball, in centre, around the 18 yard box. And if we can’t do that (which Jeff couldn’t handle) we struggle to get a team performance together.

That said, Lucas always impresses me, should play more, and seriously unlucky not to get more minutes. He has quality, but also a ton of that thing called grit that goes missing so often.

Shonky

We’ll get spanked by Chels or Spudz at Wembley….what’s the point? Waiting for Wenger to go…

Godfrey Twatschloch

Someone shank the shonky!

Gardenov

We’re all going to die eventually. What’s the point of life?

onenil

It felt unconvincing in terms of performance (even when the score was comfortable). It was Sutton, and we did not dominate them. There was a gap in class, there should have been a gulf.

Dan Hunter

That was actually their second goalkeeper!!!

Skotuah

Yawn…highlights of the day was the Sutton manager munching a pie

Mesut O'Neill

Actually it was the reserve goalkeeper. He did it once all three of Sutton’s substitutes had been used.

Taff

Keeper not manager

Elcamino

That back the backup keeper eating the pie…he was also at the bar at half time.

SFGiants

A little respect. That was the Sutton Glutton.

Skotuah

I mean we couldn’t even beat our on fans convincingly in an FA cup match. More than half of the entire team are Arsenal fans.
Something has to be done!

Skotuah

Own*

Godfrey Twatschloch

“Something has to be done!”

Eat more pies!

santori

At least we did not show mental fragility and succumb to having to replay Huddersfield like City and the genius Guardiola.

Sure we got massacred by Bayern but they weren’t Ghent.;)

Something has to be done.

santori

Ospina – Again we heard some foolish voices bemoaning Wenger for not starting Ospina in the league. As mentioned before the gaffer more than knows he has two capable keepers but each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Ospina is an excellent reaction stopper, but he is suspect commanding the box. Cech is good in the box but not as good with his reactions. Terrible pass by Ospina which if it were better opponents, they may have taken better advantage of.

Monreal – Got an assist. Decent covering but at times exposed (By Gomis). But Gibbs (who is quicker) was abject against Bayern. Again we do not have the complete package. Both players are getting on in age too. We need to be looking at Lbacks this summer (Cohen Bramall not withstanding)

Mustafi – Some mistakes but a better player than some would deem to rate him. Remember Koscielny first season? Littered with red cards, own goals and penalties conceded. What is the complain? He will get better.

Holding – Another excellent buy by Wenger. Assured and for a young player, makes very sensible decisions. A huge future ahead of him. How much did the gaffer pay for him? He should have listened to the media and bought Stones.;)

Gabriel – That we are playing for him would suggest Jenko is technically crap and Debuchy is mentally MIA. OK he isn’t a Rback and won’t give you the extra offensive edge but at least he is no nonsense covering that flank.

Granit – If he can curb his enthusiasm, he will be a very instrumental player in a midfield now facing a paucity of options. Good distribution and strength. We will need him to improve and hopefully find better balance with Coquelin. I think the key would be for Coquelin not to sit as deep and play forward a little where he is strongest, turning the ball over quickly but that may also a bit of adjustment from Ozil to find closer relationship to Coq on the field.

Elneny – He is what he is, a pair of lungs. I don’t understand how some people can big him up (as they do Jenko). He is an average player. But one content with a bench role and to his credit a hard worker. That said, dissapointed to see him take a knock as we need as many experienced options in midfield right now

Iwobi – I think his confidence was a bit shaken after the mauling in Germany. BUT the gaffer is doing the right thing in throwing him back in as soon as possible. He will find his feet again quickly this way.

Lucas Perezksi – We need to play him more. He lost the ball twice but at least he hunted it back (once successfully). OTOH his movement is excellent and decision making/composure key. He can relieve a bit of pressure off of poor Alexis, there by freeing some of the attention off of the Chilean and help carry the load a bit. What I like about Perez is his creativity and he has an eye for the goal.

Walcott – He scored but dissapointing for me. For a 27yr old senior player, he is too predictable when on the ball (even against non league). He also tends to wait for the ball to come to him, he has to go meet it. He has goals in him and happy century. But I would have liked to have seen him sold frankly last summer. I think Wenger had to consider he was already bringing in Granit, Mustafi, Holding, Perez so he needed some continuity. Next summer (should Wenger still be on helm), would like to see someone like Mahrez (regardless if Alexis stays). The heat will be off his price given Leicester’s inability to repeat last season.
We need a bit more guile and craft IMO.

Adelaide – OK for a youngster. Still a little wet behind the ears but he has so much technical quality on the ball. All in good time. Don’t understand how anyone would be dissapointed in him at this stage.

Ox – Night and day when he came on for Elneny. He provides plenty of drive from deep and his close control can be emmaculate at times. One careless moment but otherwise may be a very important option for us in midfield. We will need to find the right balance there till end of season, it is above anything the reason why we have been a bit disassociated over recent month.

Maitland-Niles – He looks like he should be in a plaid shirt with bell bottoms from some movie in the Ghetto back in the 70s. Have to love him, no nonsense approach versatility. I don’t know what to make of him. He isn’t particularly special in any department but he fits in seemlessly.

Alexis – Why was he even on? He needs to take a moment. Trying too hard at the moment. Tries to pass players taking too much time on the ball when he should trust teammates more. Understandably, there is reason for his mistrust but he is slowing the transition down if he tries to take too much on hand. If only we had two of him. Alas.

Sutton – Excellent for non league. So little difference considering the gap in capability on paper. I suppose speed and physicality they can match or close to but technically/vision, they will find harder to do so. That said, they lasted the course and you can see how the football landscape has changed in England since Wenger’s early days with the number of quality foreign players plying their trade even at this level now.

Well played Sutton (particularly the reserve keeper tucking into a pint and pies)

Don Cazorleone

@Santori
Far be it from me to start a fire..
And I acknowledge your right to write/comment whatever you want (this is a comments section after all)…
but why don’t you start your own blog rather than piggybacking on the success and readership of Arseblog with these far-too-long and self-indulgent “sub blogs” that you post week in, week out?

Goonerest

Or just for Blogs for a regular column ; )

OD

I think Iwobi was better today than what people give him credit for. There seems to be a subtle determination by some fans to prove that he’s low in confidence or should be starting less.

Most games where he’s been singled out, the whole team tend to have struggled as well but cos he’s young people say lack of experience n all that.

I love the guy man and I understand that he shouldn’t start EVERY game but he should definitely start more games than not.

santori

Shout to Craig Eastmond and Rorie Deacon.

Eastmond once an Arsenal potential now plying his trade non league examplifies how close the gap in quality is these days.

Deacon with that powerful shot which rattled the goal.

We’re off to Lincoln next and a good shot at yet another FA cup final. Not the biggest prize but surely nothing to sniff at either.

AusDrexler

The positive is we won!!! Regardless of the opposition, a win was expected and a win was achieved. Thats gotta be something worth celebrating right?

Arsensarmy

Let’s take what we can get. Beggars can’t be choosers and all that. A wins a win at the end of the night. Well done arsenal.

Amusa

Blogs Sanchez didn’t go crazy at Holding not giving him the ball.
He went crazy because he lofted it upfield and Sanchez wanted him to hold it.
He gestured and yelled easy easy.
P.s: Sanchez did acknowledge the fans today.

Xanat

I think the worst thing about this match that you can’t fairly judge players because that type of pitch.
In my country – Lithuania, my national team plays on artificial pitch and saw from few feets distance Chamberlain scored a goal and yesterday had a cracking game too bit it’s clear that pitch affected with passing etc.

Mark

Don’t think we can blame it on the pitch, in my opinion it’s a better pitch than some of the muddy ones PL teams have to play on in the FA Cup to lower tier sides this time of year. It’s been some time since we’ve had a convincing performance, not sure what the issue is, but whether it’s a top team or a team we should walk over we just have not come out with much fire for as many games as I can remember.

Nobody really stood out tonight other than Lucas, nobody was horrible, but just kind of average. Don’t know what Lucas has to do to earn more playing time, but he certainly did all he could tonight to show he deserves an opportunity.

Elcamino

Also what does Lucas have to do to be played centrally. He’s always out wide…I’d like to see him played as central striker

Kwame Ampadu Down

Ospina was really, really horrible.

Cliff Bastin
Granit(e) hard!

Its gestures like this that makes arsenal special and such a class act and why we gooners are so so proud of the club. Well done Arsenal!

Elcamino

Not a very inspired performance …we should be killing a non league side but as it was they had some chances to make it interesting. When will.we stop.giving it away in our half?

I like Holding more each time I see him apart from one lapse in concentration he looked very composed.

Ox had everything but the final ball…I love his runs….nobody else on the side can do that…he also need to stop.giving away cheaply in our half.

Apart from that Perez looked good and that’s about it the Jeff didn’t impose himself as he did last time and Iwobe had little impact.

I liked Niles as well. He.looks.like a proper DM

Brock Landers

If it were to come out Ospina actually had a servers visual impairment and makes saves based mostly on scent and intuition, would anyone be surprised? I think this would explain a lot.

Carlos_Santana

Was actually a very nice game of footy last night.. Can understand why the players weren’t all over them.. Those plastic pitches are very different to grass when wet.. Could see how they struggled to control the ball a bit..

dholio

Job done. Let’s build up some confidence again. Please keep Holding in the side for next FA Cup match. And please let Lucas play more than just FA Cup matches

George

Painful stuff. Horrible looking turf too.

And I’ll never understand why we bring on A. Sanchez in games like this. Ludicrous.

ClockEndRider

If he comes in, Wenger is risking him needlessly.
If he doesn’t, we’re destroying the romance if the cup.
Honestly, there’s no need to create things to moan about.

Cornelius P. Snuffington III
Cornelius P. Snuffington III

“If he doesn’t, we’re destroying the romance if the cup.”

Yeah, when people complain about top sides fielding weakened squads, what they’re saying should happen is star players should come on for the last 15 minutes of already-won games.

Wait, no. That’s not the case at all.

George

“If he doesn’t, we’re destroying the romance if the cup.”

Christ, I already feel stupider for having read this crap.

If Sanchez, who hasn’t had a proper fucking rest for about 10 years, tore his knee up playing garbage time vs pub players on that sheight of a pitch, then we’d have deserved every inch of it. Wenger panders to him too much.

Sane

Our next game is the 4th of March, so he will have plenty of time to rest

UpNorth

Not so much to take from this match besides that Iwobi is totally out of form, Lucas should play , Ox replacing Coq and despite Wellbeck didn’t play he should entre the start line up.
That should give the team pace and strength and a style of play suiting Alexis better.
Looking forward, it’s a team better suited with the high pressure game of Klopp also, but I guess Wenger will fall down on the tested and failing set up yet again.

k9ine

The negativity around the club is so toxic. It’s just football guys, chill.
We won and people still want to moan. Doesn’t matter what you think about Wenger but as a fan you should be able to enjoy a win right.

Petit's Handbag

That fake headbutt was hilarious, up there with the pie/burger moment

Pete

Lucas was so committed and determined last night, best I’ve seen in Arsenal shirt recently (Alexis aside obviously)

Should be starting him each week!

Sam

At least we all now know the answer to football’s time honoured riddle : who ate all the pies?

Pissed Off Pete

Theo Walcott – 10 years at one of the worlds top football clubs – and he still can’t run with a football without either i) getting it caught up between his legs, or ii) running straight towards the 6’4″ defender standing directly in front of him and falling over. Not even an overweigh non league one.

Lamb Gooner

Walcott 100 goals is fair enough, but really thought he struggled last night (and last few seasons). Consistently gave away possession, lacked any kind of fight, it looked to me as if he met his match with Sutton. What amazes me, is that he keeps getting game time with the likes of Perez and Welbeck proving far more effective when played. I know this sounds negative, but the lad strolled round looking like he was better than the opposition. He epitomises the flat track bully, and is part of the big issue at Arsenal presently. Watching Lucas Moura lately, seems he would be a ideal replacement.

Stillmatic

Would like to see a forward 3 of…

Welbeck—-Perez—-Sanchez.

Bin

Re: Sanchez shouting at Holding. He has every right to moan, his mentality is what’s needed throughout the squad. If you are annoyed at his “petulance” then you too are the problem with the club at the moment, everyone afraid to upset one another, nothing changes because when people make a mistake everyone goes silent and doesn’t call anyone out. Fair enough Holding is just a young lad, but it shouldn’t matter, pretty sure at Barcelona or any other elite mentality club if you spray an aimless 40 yard pass to someone as shit in the air as a Theo Walcott you’d get bollocked for it as well.. people need to toughen up.

Stillmatic

If you believe what you’re saying then Sanchez deserves the most shouting at when he needlessly and consistently gives the ball away trying to dribble through a maze rather than make the easy pass.

Or will you counter that pay then switching back and claiming “he’s trying to do something positive and make something happen, he’s the only one doing it, give him a break” even though that same argument could be used right now for what Holding did.

Bin

I agree, he should be shouted at if he does a needless dribble and loses the ball, but all our players are too pussy to do that. There’s a difference between trying a pass or dribble where the odds are hugely beneficial if it comes off to Rob Holding smacking the ball straight to Theo Walcotts head when he’s at the corner of the box. When players try the correct but difficult pass and it doesn’t come off you’ll see Sanchez or Ozil give them a thumbs up, but when it’s plain fucking shit they’ve got every right to say so.

Andres

Looking Arsenal team on this kind of pitch(hort and from close view), I’d realise what is missing on it players; No explosion and velocity
Iwobi, Mustafi, Xhaka, Holding, Coquelin, Gabriel, Elneny and Adelaide(of course Giroud, Ozil, etc) are too slow and with no explosion. Thats why when Arsenal recovers the ball the oponents teams are allready with their bus parked

Wenger's coat zipper

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Iwobi “on the pace”. He should be benched.

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