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[Player Ratings] West Brom 1-1 Arsenal: Iwobi woeful, Wilshere lively

By on December 31, 2017

Arsenal were robbed of two vital points after Mike Dean gifted West Brom a late penalty and a 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns this evening.

We were poor for the majority of the game but should have snatched a win when Alexis Sanchez’s deflected free-kick gave us an 83rd minute lead.

Step up Mike Dean. The ‘referee’ couldn’t wait to award West Brom a ridiculous 89th penalty when Kieran Gibbs kicked the ball at Calum Chambers’ arm – which was in a natural position in front of his body – from 2 yards away.

Jay Rodriguez made it 1-1 from the spot, obviously, as Petr Cech doesn’t save penalties, so we were robbed of two points at the Hawthorns today.

Here are my player ratings:

Cech  6/10 | Dropped a simple catch early on but had very little to do in terms of shot-stopping. Once again, didn’t save the penalty which went straight down the middle.

Koscielny  6/10 | Had a solid game before limping off with 18 minutes to go. Looks like his Achilles is playing up, which I did warn about in my match preview! Poor management from Wenger.

Chambers  7/10 | Another encouraging performance from Chambers and was very unlucky with the penalty decision.

Mustafi  7/10 | Kept the West Brom attack quiet for much of the game.

Bellerin  6/10 | A rather subdued performance from Hector. Didn’t offer much down the right.

Xhaka  6/10 | Went through the motions. Kept the ball moving through midfield but kept things too safe at times.

Wilshere  7/10 | Jack produced a few lovely runs and was a driving force at times but couldn’t create many clear-cut chances.

Kolasinac  6/10 | Forced off after 32mins with a knock. Hopefully it’s not too serious.

Sanchez  6/10 | Got the ‘goal’ with a deflected free-kick but was otherwise fairly average. We didn’t see the kind of effort he put in at Crystal Palace unfortunately.

Iwobi  5/10 | Another disappointing performance. No idea why he started ahead of Welbeck. Wasted a couple of decent chances and adds very little creativity to the side.

Lacazette  6/10 | Worked hard leading the line. Created a couple of opportunities for himself but was starved of service once again. Link up play wasn’t great.

Subs:

Maitland-Niles  6/10 | Calm and composed display from the youngster when he replaced Kolasinac.

Mertesacker  5/10 | Why on earth did Wenger bring Mertesacker on at 0-0 with 15 minutes to go?!

Welbeck  5/10 | No real impact in his 15 minute cameo.

WATCH THE GOALS FROM WEST BROM 1-1 ARSENAL

In truth, we were poor today but should have gone away with a hard fought 1-0 win. Once again the officials let us down. Chelsea at home up next on Wednesday.

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2 Comments

  1. Alan

    January 1, 2018 at 9:12 pm

    “Once again the officials let us down”???? What about the cast iron penalty at 0-0 when Rodriguez was hacked down in the box at the Emirates Stadium? Would have been a very different match. You were unlucky with the penalty last night but lucky in the first match. These things tend to even out.

  2. ADEBAYO

    January 1, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Iwobi was woeful but Welbeck was worst and watching last three games, Danny offered absolutely nothing after coming on.. reason why Wenger keep starting Iwobi

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