Arsenal 2-0 West Brom – player ratings

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Arsenal survived some hairy first half moments and put in a very solid second half display to come away with a deserved three points and a 2-0 win over West Brom tonight.

Here are our player ratings. Remember, you can rate yourself, and leave comments below.

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my name is bob
my name is bob

I’m beginning to get a warm, fuzzy feeling about lacazette…

Rook
Rook

Elneny was a good fit in the middle of field today, he was only second to Monreal today, you can play him and xhaka with ozil upfront comfortably

Cyprus The Immortal Gooner
Cyprus The Immortal Gooner

And where would Ramsey fit then?

Arun
Arun

On the freaking bench obviously, and if that means it adds balance and stability, then so be it!

And against the big teams, bench Ozil please. Can’t understand why this is so complicated to execute for Arsene, it’s been obvious for a few years already.

Purr Mertesacker
Purr Mertesacker

Oh really? And which club are you the manager of, Dear Sir?

Michael Bolton Wanderers
Michael Bolton Wanderers

The fact that an elneny and xhaka midfield is our best option right now is worrying. Against the best teams they will be to slow, to simple and to similar.
Really hope Jack can stay fit

Islam Ismael
Islam Ismael

Both were already making things too easy for West prom to execute their pressure, clearly no creativity no solutions However, one of them is a good option besides a good and creative number 8 signing in January ( am dreaming 🙂 )

MIAMI Gooner
MIAMI Gooner

Why with Xhaka? Play him with somebody else not named Xhaka. I lost confidence on this guess, he is too slow and makes mistakes with his passing. Bench Xhaka so he gets better.

GoonerJust
GoonerJust

Good win, great 3 points and great performance overall. But, it is clear that we are still vulnerable on the counter, we are lucky to getaway with Mustafi’s challenge in the 9th minutes! And we are lucky to have Monreal clearing the ball in front of goal.

Arun
Arun

Time to play Kos in the middle and allow Holding to learn his trade.
He wouldn’t be any more rash than our liability in the form of Mustafi.

Mustafi is not calm enough to be a center half, always felt he was overrated early last season with our unbeaten run. It was more like we somehow remianed unbeaten despite Mustafi playing than we remained unbeaten since Mustafi played.

Dan
Dan

Thought the fingertip save from cech earned him an 8

Rich
Rich

Thought his distribution was spot on as well.

Confucius
Confucius

As was clearing while hugging a goal post with his balls.

Ex-Priest Tobin
Ex-Priest Tobin

Waiting to see Lacazette perform against a bigger club. I think his lack of size may count against him at the highest level. But certainly looks to have the potential to bully smaller clubs – so a good enough striker to aim for fourth place then, which is, of course, the goal…

TDog
TDog

I worry that you might be a bit of a dick

JPPP
JPPP

He’s bigger than Messi and Aguero, just to name two.

spanish gooner
spanish gooner

I hate to say it but it’s true. For all the Messi, Iniesta etc’s technical brilliance there’s a reason Peter Crouch won multiple Balon D’ors in his illustrious career

The Limp Bar
The Limp Bar

Baaahahahahhaa

Dotman
Dotman

Spanish gooner thats cold. Haha

Cechmate
Cechmate

Ouch!

Tapps

…and don’t forget the late, great Ian Ormondroyd (not sure if he’s dead, actually, but it sounds good).

A different George
A different George

So, really, are you a genuine Arsenal supporter who has become so embittered that he has lost all sense of perspective, or are you a troll?

Mpls
Mpls

Waiting to see ex-priest Tobin contribute anything other than a pissy whinge.

Martin
Martin

Aguero seems to have a good touch for a small guy!

Jimbo Jones
Jimbo Jones

Think you have anger issues man. That’s what happens when you didn’t get laid I suppose. Bless you ?

Jimbo jones
Jimbo jones

Name thief!

Jimbo Jones
Jimbo Jones

Bollocks. I was here before you.

Jimbo Jones
Jimbo Jones

You can be Kearney Zzyzwicz

Little Mozart
Little Mozart

Great stuff from Lacazette and Monreal.

Pulis can fuck right off.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

Goes without saying

arsepedant
arsepedant

Could thumb up your last sentence an infinite number of times.

Guns n Bosses
Guns n Bosses

LacaZette is better than Aguero

TDog
TDog

No, he’s not. But he might be the most exciting striker we’ve had since van Persie was fit for a season & a bit

spanish gooner
spanish gooner

I just love how switched on he seems to be. I don’t think he’ll score the Van Persie ridiculous individual goals but if there is ever a loose ball bobbling in the 18 yard box Lacazette will cunt it in every time

Rg21
Rg21

I expect the thumbs ratio for this comment is a good measure of the ratio of miserable people out there

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Time for Mustafi to get benched. Tired of his stupid tackles.

Rich
Rich

For who exactly?

Cdm995
Cdm995

Holding? Chambers? Or, and this one may seem a touch absurd, our club captain
and most experienced CB Per Mertesacker. Rumour has it he is actually still alive.

Dennis
Dennis

I think you could make the case that centre back is the deepest position in the squad. Mertesacker and Holding have both played superbly in huge matches against top class opposition in the last four months. Chambers was one of the better young defenders in the league last season. We could absolutely be giving any one of them more game time starting immediately.

Playing centre back in the Premier League is something that often takes some adjustment to, and I think there’s a pretty good chance Mustafi will come good. But I think until he does that he’s likely to be costing us points on occasion, and we can’t afford for him to cost us even one. If that had been given it could have been a very different result. Respect to Rodriguez for playing on and trying to score himself though.

A different George
A different George

Chambers is injured. Holding has looked very much out of his depth his last two prem matches; I think there’s a real risk of shattering his confidence. And we have a midweek game.

dBCD
dBCD

Mertesacker.

Paul
Paul

My Mum for one

monrealismotm
monrealismotm

there must be a reason the boss is playing mustafi in the middle of a back 3 but i just can’t help to feel that he doesn’t have the composure and reading of the game to play there and he and koscielny should swap position. maybe then we can see the return of the mustafi when he first joined who I thought was pretty decent

Dodalacazette
Dodalacazette

Bring in Holding. He’s great at holding ut up. I’ve been holding out for him to start. We need a holding player.

Tapps

stop it now.

Bob\'s Mexican Cousin
Bob\'s Mexican Cousin

…and overhit passes. Don’t know why, he drives me crazy with those.

TeeCee
TeeCee

Then again, it’s difficult to dislike any player whose individual efforts cause Pubis to go that particular shade of puce, regardless of how he achieves it.

David C
David C

or at least play Kos as the central CB and have Must as RCB…

or Kos – Mert – Monreal

MerteXhaka
MerteXhaka

I think the boss plays Mustafi in the middle because he’s the most vocal

Jack
Jack

I think I have a man crush on Kolasinac. Those arms like boughs of sturdy English oak.

lee dicks on
lee dicks on

Bosnian birch

NW Gooner
NW Gooner

Excellent peepshow reference.

fengunner
fengunner

Who would love, just once, when we are so short up front, to see Kolasinac play as a marauding centre forward?

arsepedant
arsepedant

10 out of 10 for Maitland-Niles. Didn’t misplace a single pass. Didn’t miss a single tackle. Never gave the ball away once. Ran hard every second he was out there. Need more players like him.

PatJ
PatJ

Created nothing, never gave a pass, never took a shot, never blocked anything.
What are we paying him for?

Cdm995
Cdm995

He’s got PASHUN’ and I definitely saw him run ’round a bit.

Santi\'s Smile
Santi\'s Smile

He’s such an inspiration. When his teammates saw him stride onto the pitch, they knew he’d guide them to victory.

Punnersaurus
Punnersaurus

A good second half performance, but our lack of passing quality at the moment is more than slightly worrying.

Sean
Sean

A bionic Santi would be glorious right about now ?

Anthony
Anthony

And if we can’t have a bionic Santi, I’d settle for a bionic Wilshere.

Thaatarsenalguy
Thaatarsenalguy

Hahahaha pulis the prick

Martin
Martin

I thought Alexis was far better than 6.

kaius
kaius

Yes so did I, but he’s still missing too many of the passes he normally makes when he’s in top form. He did his usual good job drawing defenders and dropping deeper to help the build-up but unless he uses the ball better the team can’t take advantage of the space that creates.

Joel
Joel

Alexis taking the piss out of us with those attempted kick ups mid game

painsupp.
painsupp.

Ramsey was poor. Back to his famous stupid backheel flicks with zero end product. Ozil or ramsey as playmaker? Mesut 100% of the time.

Robbo
Robbo

what game were you watching. Ramsey’s work rate is probably the best in the league

Sauce
Sauce

Please! What work rate? We almost conceded twice when he directly gave away balls upfront, one for the penalty that should have been and the other that was cleared off the line by monreal..
Even doing the basics looked like too much trouble for him but then he’s a favorite out here so we’re fine.

The arsenaut
The arsenaut

I think Elneny was superb today, what an allround midfielder he is. I think in the absence of “the sainty”, he is the engine we need. In the secound half he showed brilliant short passing and exellent movement. He’s basically the opposite to Xhaka, a static player who prefers long passes (he really likes to switch play).

Welbeck\'s hi top fade
Welbeck\'s hi top fade

We need a chant that refers to him as “Duracell Neny”

Jonas
Jonas

This. His touch on give and goes and long range switches were excellent. His touch over the defenders to Giroud at the end was fairly sublime. The best offensive performance from him yet. Yes, he was dispossessed 2x from behind. Not awesome. But nothing came of those. He still covers a ton of ground and provides a constant outlet. That is a very boring but super helpful contribution.
Nothing about his game makes me nervous to watch. That’s gotta count for something right?

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

I think the 2 of them can work brilliantly together. Have done for a while now. Xhaka and Ozil have the passing game, Elneny is nifty in those little 1-2 situations and triangle play the gunners do so well outside the box to pull defenders away from the goal area. Elneny is great at that stuff, Xhaka not so.

Goonerink
Goonerink

I need to rewatch the game I thought he was poor :/
I’m ready for the thumbs down boys but I will re-watch!

fengunner
fengunner

You were watching the wrong game Goonerlink. He’s as cool as a cucumber. As is Lacazette. Footballers with brains.

Ausdrexler
Ausdrexler

Its ok not to agree with everyone else. Footballers seem to make an impression on supporters and can never be swayed the other way. It happens. I personally thought he played well, did some clever stuff. Covered for Xhaka, and Ramsey even, nicely.

Kelechi

I thought so too. He wasn’t scared to play and i hope he gets proper game time

Victor Tractor
Victor Tractor

Boa noite muchachas. Enjoyed match, but still have no idea why Granit Xhaka exists. He was almost invisible tonight and I think coffee maker or microwave would be more effecient. Loved Nacho and Ramsey, those two really run off their tits, thats the spirit! Yay! Sanchez dont worth a comment. Hey, there are three defenders in front of you, where you will go? You can go to the left, you can pass…ups, late, already crushed into the wall. I am not in love with this guy, not a single bit. Selfish play, horrible decisions. Elneny great, always moving, but some silly loses of ball. But I bet he is funny guy to have a pint with.

Also, I would like to highlight that Cech’s fingernails save. Thats the difference between him and “average” goalkeeper, in saves like that. In this case, we werent 1 down thanks to him and match was still open. He deserves at least like bambilion points. Or half of bambilion. Also, I made some steaks tonight with rice, so I would score myself around 9 out of ten.

And I liked the referee so much, what was his name? Finally someone who just didnt give a funk.

Auf viedersehen.

Jimbo Jones
Jimbo Jones

I want to vote you both up and down

Jonas
Jonas

Kinda suspect Elneny won’t be joining anyone for a pint…

PVS
PVS

I’d love to join you for some stakes and rice

Bryce
Bryce

Alexis looked cocky on the ball and he lost it accordingly. Big head…

Philip
Philip

Mustafi. Agreed, needs to stay on his feet. Put Kos in center, demand he stats on feet, or go with Mert (3 or 4)?

Mpls
Mpls

It’s really an interesting problem the way I see it – Mustafi is more of the ‘last ditch’ tackle guy who gets left horribly out of position when he does it upfield, while Kos has always been strongest when he can step forward and get a jump on the play. So on paper the current roles almost make sense. But yeah, Mustafi has got to get control of those wild tackles.

Puta
Puta

Perhaps why we were looking to offload him to Inter Milan?

Edzo
Edzo

In the first half, West brom carved us up each time we lost the ball. God help us when we lose the ball against a good team.

PeteyB
PeteyB

A good tEAM not even required, just one that can finish. See Liverpool.

The arsenaut
The arsenaut

Basically any team with a good offensive game will cause us trouble at this time. City and Sp*rs spring to mind. I think in Wenger’s mind, Kos and Mustafi are meant for the same role, so he goes for the biggest and slowest in the middle? Why not try Chambers or the Captain in that role? Is Blogs rating Mustafi ahead of what’s bound/going to happen in the future?

A different George
A different George

Chambers is injured.

santori
santori

Cech made a critical safe as did Monreal. Like the rollicking Monreal dished out thereafter.

Actually thought Elneny did well powering into the box but also his long passes have been decent (which may give us a back up to Granit). Still a bit soft standing up to opponents some times and gets pushed off too easily but he’s full of running.

Mustafi should not have dived in for that tackle which could easily have been a penalty against us. That said, played well throughout otherwise.

Surprised by Ramsey’s inclusion further up but that is his best position as he can prey with his better instincts to attack.

Alexis you expect to take on players. Great catalyst for us but I think he can cut out the showboating till we are truly 3 up and dominant.

Lacazette… good predatory instincts. Wish Wenger kept him on a bit longer to get his hatrick.

Not sure why Wenger bothered with Maitland Niles coming on.

I think midfield though is still a worry (and fullback) bc we just don’t have much back up. It is hard to rotate in those positions (unlike the attack) without adding some risk to experience or efficiency.

Bob\'s Mexican Cousin
Bob\'s Mexican Cousin

Glass half full here, but we’ve got Mordor, Stanfraud Bridge and Ansfield out of the way already…

Samgunz
Samgunz

Elneny motm.

Faz
Faz

That hegazi dude was pretty good!

Thierry Walcott
Thierry Walcott

Xhaka needs a ‘rest’. Surely he’s been below par so far this season, Get Wilshere in there for a game or two… if Xhaka isn’t benched for his numerous mistakes he might not get that he needs to improve on them.

Ant Lester
Ant Lester

Didn’t realise how tall Nacho is.

Sir Henry Norris\'s Brown Envelope
Sir Henry Norris\'s Brown Envelope

I think we were, poor, static and predictable. Get the ball to the halfway line, take a tea break. Wait for opposition to get into position, give the ball away. That has been out tactic for years now.
The second half was better and when ozil came on we gained momentum. WBA were probably finished and that allowed us to play a more dynamic style
The referee should have known that penalty was afoot before Mustafi fouled Rodriguez, I knew a penalty was coming it was sooo predictable. We dodged a bullet there

Frank Bascombe
Frank Bascombe

Jeez…. Thanks for putting the rest of us straight.

KingKolo
KingKolo

Lacazette was great. Nearly had a hat trick, thought he should have gone for it first time…

On the Elneny-Xhaka axis there is not enough quality between the pair of them but I would be inclined to replace Xhaka in there. What Elneny provides is security, to me Xhaka is supposed to be providing what we miss from Santi (I know, irreplaceable) and he’s not even close to being as clever and mobile as the front 3 need him to be. How Arsene treated getting a midfielder in the summer as an after-thought is pretty shocking stuff…

PTAFC

Don’t see value in Xhaka at all – just gives the ball away and doesnt do much else. We’re up to seventh and Sixth is where we will end up.We’ve not enough quality in midfield to challenge for the title. Elneny did ok last night but what top club would want him? In this country not Switzerland

Paul
Paul

If Mustafi can’t cut out the mindless slide tackles then he needs to be benched. Bring back BFG, Chambers or Holding. No idea how and why that wasn’t a penalty. Our attack is starting to look good now and I like the options that we have.

Jimbo Jones
Jimbo Jones

Cech – a good reminder of how class he can be on his day.
Bellerin and Kolasinac – probably the best wing back pair in the league, certainly on par with anyone else in the league. Relieved that Hector seems to be playing himself back into form, and being back on the right no doubt helps. Kola has certainly hit the ground running.
The three center halfs – does it say something worrying that a left back seems the better than all the specialist center halves at the club? Not sure if I’m honest? Wenger needs to find the right balance somehow because we have plenty of talented options. It’s a shame that Kos for all his brilliance isn’t the natural organiser who could sit in the middle, doesn’t talk enough to direct the others etc Mustafi a liability when left exposed but he isn’t as experienced as we seem to assume
Elneny – neat, tidy and energectic as always and played with a little more ambition than normal. A very good squad option but we shouldn’t get carried away
Xhaka – he puzzles me immensely! Don’t think he was awful but there’s something not right. Not sure he knows what his role is nor does Wenger still. Worrying much
Ramsey – he splits opinion so much. I rate him highly and see how effective he is for Wales as a season ticket holder when he is given responsibility and a role. He enjoyed being further forward and some amazing runs. He is about our only player who gets between the lines to pull the opposition out
of position, you won’t get a stat for this but without it we just amble sideways. Biggest concern is that he finally nailed the CM role against Chelsea then we move his position. Why?
Alexis- not fully fit, nice free kick, deserves a 7
La Casette – predatory. He’ll get 20+ goals for sure. Settling in nicely without setting the world alight. I’d love to see him alongside Giroud against weaker opposition at some point.

ArsenalFan83
ArsenalFan83

Loved watching Elneny play. Kept the midfield ticking.

DDay
DDay

I watched only Xhaka for a ten minute period last night, admittedly there were 2 substitutions in that period and West Brom lined up (expectedly) 2 banks of five for periods of the game, but . . . he touched the ball 11 times in that period. For me, that doesn’t resemble a part of the team who in my opinion is supposed to be ‘the heartbeat’ . . . He cost us quite a bit of money as I remember.
Monreal was sublime last night.

Mootilated
Mootilated

l think Alexis’ biggest flaw is himself. He thinks he is way better than he actually is. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a good player, but sometimes it feels like he enjoys the smell of his own farts a bit too much.

denilson
denilson

we played well today. up to 7th place

Badaab
Badaab

Nacho MOTM. He was always on hand to cover an extra position when someone went bombing forward or someone went to ground too easily.
Mustafi was… pretty awful in that first half. Hard to find much good to say about him now, his head doesn’t seem to be in it anymore. Needs serious improvement in his positional awareness, short passing, and obviously his tackling.

MIAMI Gooner
MIAMI Gooner

Guys I’m starting to respect the work that Elneny is putting in. I think it will not be too long before we see him starting over Xhaka. And what’s up with Alexis and his attitude??!!

Elcamino
Elcamino

I thought Mustafi was woefull. Two times he slid in the box and almost cost us. Monreal save the day!

The really should have scored. I love seeing the Hulk bomb forward….like a run away freigh train.