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[Player Ratings] Arsenal 4-3 Leicester: Giroud the hero but Ozil flops

By on August 11, 2017

Olivier Giroud came off the bench to score a dramatic winner as Arsenal twice came from behind to beat Leicester 4-3 in a thriller at the Emirates tonight.

Lacazette put us ahead early on before Leicester went 2-1 up through goals from Okasaki and Vardy thanks to some woeful defending. Welbeck equalised with a tap-in just before half-time before the Foxes went 3-2 up thanks to a Vardy header.

Ramsey came off the bench to make it 3-3 in the 82nd minute before Giroud scored a dramatic winner with a lovely header to secure a vital 4-3 win.

Here are my ratings:

Cech  5/10 | Poor decision making and positioning for the first two goals.

Holding  5/10 | All over the place at times in the first half and was especially poor for the second goal. Substituted midway through the second period. Not fair asking a rookie to play in such a make-shift back three.

Monreal  5/10 | Played out of position in the middle of the back three and looked way out his depth. No idea why Mertesacker didn’t start.

Kolasinac  7/10 | An absolute tank but showed he’s got the skills to match. Committed in the challenge, set-up the second goal and made some important interceptions. Going to be a fan favourite.

Bellerin  6/10 | Pushed too high up the pitch at times which exposed Holding and we got caught out as both the first two goals came down his side.

Elneny  6/10 | Lovely cross set-up the opener but he’s such a limited player. I just don’t see what he brings to the team. Average. Average. Average.

Xhaka  7/10 | A mixed bag. Controlled the game for long periods, showed off his passing range and got two assists. However, was badly at fault for the second due to a wayward pass and was poor for the first goal, too.

Oxlade-Chamberlain  6/10 | Another who was hit and miss. He had some excellent moments but once again his final ball and shooting was poor.

Ozil  5/10 | Didn’t look match fit. Not his usual self on the ball and was wasteful. Disappointing start to the season.

Welbeck  7/10 | Wasted a couple of big chances in the first half but on hand to score the vital goal before half time.

Lacazette  7/10 | Poachers finish to open his account and his movement/work rate was excellent. Will score plenty of goals – if only our defence could prevent them going in at the other end.

WATCH THE GOALS FROM THE GAME HERE

Subs:

Ramsey  8/10 | Great contribution as he came off the bench to score the vital equaliser with a superb finish.

Giroud  8/10 | Trademark header to win it at the death. Whatever you say about Giroud, he’s an absolute weapon to have off the bench.

Walcott  5/10 | Could have grabbed a goal at the end.

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One Comment

  1. Barus123

    August 11, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Don’t know how come Ozil was in the starting line up probably due to some late fitness information. If Arsene Wenger will push for the title than player like Ozil must be managed well and not to force him in a tedious match day 1 game.

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