Ratings: Mertesacker has shocker as Arsenal thrashed by Saints

By on December 26, 2015

Our title challenge took a major setback after a shocking performance and some questionable refereeing decisions saw us lose 4-0 at Southampton tonight.

The first three goals were all scored in controversial circumstances but that shouldn’t detract from just how poorly we played. We didn’t deserve a thing from the game.

These are my ratings:

Cech  5/10 – Poor off his line for some crosses, especially the Fonte header.

Bellerin  6/10 – Got forward but his delivery was poor. Given plenty of problems at the back.

Koscielny  6/10 – Unusually shaky but should have been awarded a free-kick for a clear foul in the build up to the second.

Mertesacker  4/10 – Shocking performance. Poor clearance for the first and was given a torrid time by Long’s pace all evening.

Monreal  5.5/10 – Caught out of position a few times and was given some problems by Mane.

Flamini  5/10 – Offered very little. Couldn’t get near the likes of Mane and slowed down our attacks.

Ramsey  7/10 – Played a couple of superb passes but Rambo and Flamini is not the answer in the middle of the park.

Walcott  5/10 – Struggled to get in the game and couldn’t utilise his pace.

Özil  5/10 – Marked out of the game by Wanyama and Clasie. Just couldn’t get on the ball at all and missed a decent chance late on.

Campbell  5/10 – Another who struggled to make any impact on the game. Worked hard to cover his full-back though.

Giroud  4/10 – Barely touched the ball. He had very little service but I didn’t see him making too much effort to find space for himself.


The Ox 5/10 – Put a couple of crosses in but not much else.

Chambers N/A

Iwobi N/A


  1. Truth

    December 26, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    It was Koscielny who had the shocker. Too easy to point at Mertesacker, Koscielnly was utterly inept from start to finish, one of the worst defensive performances I’ve ever seen. He was terrible and a joke!

  2. john

    December 27, 2015 at 7:36 am

    When will Wenger realise that Mertesacker cannot cope with pace. I’ve been saying this for years but still that stubborn man keeps on playing him with the obvious happening once again. Koscielny cannot carry the extra burden every game. Why did we buy Gabriel?

    What we badly need is a WANYAMA and that’s not exactly new.

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