Player Ratings: Toothless Arsenal blow it against Barcelona

By on February 23, 2016

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Arsenal blew their chance yet again after a frustrating night saw Barcelona leave the Emirates with a 2-0 victory thanks to a double from Lionel Messi.

Here are my ratings:

Cech  7.5/10 – Made a great stop to deny Neymar just after half-time. Was done by Messi for the first goal but couldn’t fault him.

Bellerin  7.5/10 – Did well up against Neymar, putting in one excellent tackle in particular, and carried the ball well out of defence.

Mertesacker  7/10 – Made a couple of crucial blocks and was putting in an excellent display, but was caught far too high up the pitch for the first goal and poor clearance led to the killer penalty.

Koscielny  8/10 – A towering performance at the back. Made some crucial tackles and interceptions.

Monreal  7.5/10 – Silly early booking put him under pressure but Nacho rose to the occasion and did well up against the best attack in world football.

Coquelin  7/10 – Worked hard and patrolled in front of the defence, cutting the space in which Barca could operate.

Ramsey  6.5/10 – Ran his socks off in the first half but was frustrating when on the ball. Missed a couple decent chances.

Oxlade-Chamberlain  6/10 – Missed a great chance to open the scoring midway through first half and a heavy touch cost us on a promising break. Off just after half time with injury.

Özil  6/10 – Showed some neat touches and relieved some pressure on the defence at times but wasn’t able to show his quality where it mattered most – in the final third.

Alexis  6/10 – A frustrating night for the Chilean international. Worked hard as always but his dip in form continues.

Giroud  6/10 – Saw a decent header well saved by ter Stegen and worked hard but was


Walcott  6/10 – On for The Ox just after half time but saw little of the ball.

Welbeck 7/10 – Another encouraging display. Should start at Old Trafford.

Flamini 4/10 – What is there to say? Gave away a stupid penalty one minute after coming off the bench. Why on earth are we still relying on him?!


  1. Victor

    February 23, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Personally I don’t dislike flamini but sporting wise he shouldn’t be playing for Arsenal. To blame him for the 2nd goal is absurd. What was bambi Mertersacker doing cushioning the ball to flamini in the 18 yard box ? Flamini didn’t see Messi lurking by the time he tried clearing the ball, messi seeing the mess before him darted in to win the penalty. Mertersacker should have been hitting row z. Surprisingly everyone’s blaming Flamini. That’s just plain stupid and ridiculous

  2. Zane

    February 23, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Woah. You’d give the team that played in red and white today at the Emirates almost a 7 on average? Sorry to say it mate, but I’m not sure you’re really aware of how this all works. Bellerin being overly aggressive in the tackle on the right flank was far more to blame for their first than anything Mertesacker OR Flamini did wrong for their second. The ran and ran, but both Ox and Walcott looked pretty out of their depth as well. Ramsey was a passenger as was Welbeck when he came on, “start at Old Trafford,” you say? Methinks not.

    It’s one thing to give an analysis of the match, or the players for that matter, but posting tripe like this is nothing but a feeble attempt at papering over some real obvious cracks.

    • Melbo

      February 24, 2016 at 1:09 am

      I agree fully. Wenger’s “British core” is rubbish and will never lead to Arsenal dominating the league much less having success in Europe. Ramsey plays every minute but has been terrible for two years. Walcott, what can we say, he is a lucky boy with that salary but took us to 10 men when he came on. I think the OX is improving and Welbeck has spirit but none of them are at the same technical level as the European players.

  3. Juan Weyrauch

    March 12, 2016 at 11:08 am

    One of Liverpool’s more influential players. Tricky and skillful – a lot of creativity but no one around him could take advantage.

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