In what was arguably one of our poorest performances this season, the Gunners came away with a 1-0 victory at home against Huddersfield Town. Here are my player ratings for that match.
Leno – 7/10
Was hardly tested throughout this game. No brilliant moments but no dull ones either. Got his first clean sheet!
Bellerin – 7/10
Really played well! Found spaces behind the defenders and did some good running today. His face after Torreira’s strike was priceless.
Lichtsteiner – 6/10
Probably shouldn’t have got that involved after the tackle on Torreira. Booked for his reaction. But at the same time, we need defenders who don’t take shit from anyone. Played well enough for the half.
Mustafi – 6/10
Pulled his hammy and I hope it’s not too serious. Was a threat in their box once again, and should have won a penalty after being fouled. Got booked for a dive instead and misses the next game.
Sokratis – 8/10
The man has got passion running through his veins! Had a really good game. Ran well, tackled well and called Depoitre a diving bastard. Celebrates good tackles like he’s won the league. Love it!
Kolasinac – 6/10
Kola wasn’t the main outlet today, as it looked like our attacks were coming in from the right. He was limited in the second half when we switched to a back four, but for the times he did go forward, he showed good speed to get in behind the defenders and try to pick out a cross.
Torreira – 9/10 *
Where would we be without our little Uruguayan Lion? That’s another stellar performance he’s put in, and he grabbed the winning goal with a beautiful acrobatic volley. Also had a beautiful shot saved. Arsenal fans really loving him now. My MOTM goes to him.
Xhaka – 7/10
Captained and controlled the side well today. Got the first yellow card of the game. I think we missed him in Manchester.
Guendouzi – 6/10
Had an off day in my opinion. Passing wasn’t the greatest and he was given the responsibility of creativity in the midfield. Booked for a silly dive, but was responsible for that lovely ball floated into the box which eventually led to our goal.
Lacazette – 6/10
Had a torrid time out there. Fucked a beautiful chance up by slipping. Also had a goal wrongly disallowed. Subbed off at half time, which will probably dent his confidence a bit.
Aubameyang – 7/10
Didn’t have a great game either. Missed his chance to get his 11th of the season. Frustrating day for him as he didn’t get the service he wanted but at least he chipped in with an assist in the end.
Iwobi – 6/10
Sent on to provide width and creativity. Had a few bright moments but other than that, nothing special.
Mkhitaryan – 6/10
Same as Iwobi.
Monreal – 7/10
Came on for an injured Mustafi. Slotted right in and handled the back 3 well. Nice to have him back again!
Emery – 6/10
Nearly got it wrong this time but when you have limited options due to injuries I guess you have to make do with what you got. I thought the decision to bring Lacazette off so early was the wrong one. Celebrated greatly though and managed the team on the sideline throughout the game.
Fans – 5/10
From what I could hear, the fans were not at it today. For long periods of time the stadium was quiet. Not good enough.
Refs – 0/10
The ref was absolute horse shit on the day. First time at the Emirates, but will hopefully be his last. So inconsistent with his decisions. Booked 3 of our players for diving, but when the other team dived, all we got was a free kick. Lacazette’s goal unfairly disallowed! And what was up with the 7 minutes of stoppage time at the end? Did he combine the first half’s stoppage time with the second half’s? I suspect he works for Fergie.
There you have it. Let me know whether you agree or disagree in the comments below.