Player ratings from Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb

By on September 16, 2015
arsenal's olivier giroud

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Olivier Giroud had another night to forget in the Champions League after being sent off during our 2-1 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday night.

The Frenchman received two needless bookings, the second of which came when we were already 1-0 down, to leave us with a mountain to climb. The hosts made it 2-0 after half time before Theo Walcott pulled one back late on but we couldn’t salvage a draw.

Here are my ratings:

Ospina  5/10 – Unlucky for the first goal as he actually made a decent save. Looked all over the place at times though. Lucky when he came dribbling out his area.

Debuchy  5/10 – Tucked in way too tight to allow Pivaric the space to force the first goal.

Gabriel  6.5/10 – Not at fault for either goal but let down by those around him. Made a superb late tackle.

Koscielny  5/10 – Also at fault for the second goal as he lost his man. Not at his best.

Gibbs  5/10 – Poor for the second goal and wasn’t up to speed in the game.

Oxlade-Chamberlain  6/10 – Will be disappointed with the own goal as he switched off and let his man go but was positive going forwards at times.

Arteta  4.5/10 – A complete passenger. His legs have gone. Barely got himself off the ground to attempt a headed clearance for the second.

Cazorla  5/10 – Disappointing deliveries from the Spaniard and he lost the ball countless times.

Sanchez  5/10 – Grabbed the assist for Walcott’s goal but was otherwise very quiet.

Ozil  5/10 – Had no real impact on the game. No place for a luxury player like Mesut when you’re down to 10-men.

Giroud  3/10 – Missed a sitter early on before being sent off for two stupid yellows. Both were harsh, but avoidable. Another night to forget for the Frenchman.


Coquelin  6/10 – Did more in 5 minutes than Arteta did in 65. Won an important header in the build up to the goal.

Walcott  7/10  - Superb finish to make it 1-2.

Campbell 5/10 – Put in a couple of poor crosses. Also booked.



  1. Tiza

    September 17, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Wenger, has started another blunder, must he use Giroud, because is from france, walcot better than that useless idiot called giroud, arsenal should better pursue wenger, if they want to take any trophy. regret been arsenal fan.

  2. Tiza

    September 17, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Every year wenger is the first coach to identify a good striker, he is the last not to buy any one at the end of the transfer market, that is stupid manager, 10 solid years without a major trophy. after every loss he is busy blaming himself with big grammar, for me your tactics and ideaologies are over.Go home is rest.

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