Watford 2-1 Arsenal – player ratings

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Arsenal dropped three points with a horrendous second half performance at Vicarage Road. Tom Cleverly’s injury time winner was the result of a timid team and manager being unable to react to their equaliser, and the 2-1 defeat is a real blow.

Paralysed by fear, their second goal felt inevitable. Here’s how the players rated today.

PC
33
5.5
LK
6
5
PM
4
6.5
NM
18
6
HB
24
5
GX
29
3
SK
31
4
DW
23
4.5
AI
17
5
ME
35
4.5
AL
9
5
PC
33
6
LK
6
6
PM
4
7
NM
18
6.5
HB
24
6
GX
29
4
SK
31
5
DW
23
6
AI
17
6
ME
35
6
AL
9
6
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33: Petr Cech

6
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5.5
Readers
45

Could do little about either goal

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6: Laurent Koscielny

6
arseblog
5
Readers
5

Didn't really look at his sharpest, went off injured

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4: Per Mertesacker

7
arseblog
6.5
Readers
3

His thumping header put us ahead, defended stoutly but let down in the end by laziness from those around him.

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18: Nacho Monreal

6.5
arseblog
6
Readers
14

Solid and consistent

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24: Hector Bellerin

6
arseblog
5
Readers
37

Had a good first half, but is failing to get close enough to the wide players to stop crosses. It's a problem now.

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29: Granit Xhaka

4
arseblog
3
Readers
53

Got an assist but he stood watching as Cleverly waited in acres of space for the ball to come to him for the winner. Disgraceful 'defending'.

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31: Sead Kolasinac

5
arseblog
4
Readers
57

Clearly not even close to being fit

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23: Danny Welbeck

6
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4.5
Readers
39

Looked rusty due to coming back from injury but had some nice moments. Now injured again.

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17: Alex Iwobi

6
arseblog
5
Readers
46

Very bright in the first half, but probably should have scored when set up by Ozil in the second.

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35: Mohamed Elneny

6
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4.5
Readers
51

Ran around

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9: Alexandre Lacazette

6
arseblog
5
Readers
58

Not great really, but maybe keeping your record signing striker on might help you score goals.

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11: Mesut Özil

5
arseblog
3.5
Readers
28

Made a super chance for Iwobi but fluffed his own lines in front of goal. Instead of it being 2-0 Arsenal it was 1-1 seconds after his miss.

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12: Olivier Giroud

5
arseblog
3.5
Readers
29

Such was the paucity of our organisation and performance, ended up almost at right back in the final couple of minutes. Barely involved.

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16: Rob Holding

N/R
arseblog
3.5
Readers
52

Not on long enough to rate

Vote is now closed.

0/10 - Watching the same thing happen again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again. And again.

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