Arsenal 0-0 Liverpool: Player Ratings
Arsenal are still waiting for their first win at home this season after Monday night’s clash with Liverpool turned into a goalless affair. In fact, the Gunners are still awaiting their first goal at home this season. Even for all the dominance, the Londoners failed to break down Liverpool, who incidentally had the better of the clear cut opportunities.
The result sees Liverpool sit in third place, tied on points with Leicester and their big rivals Manchester United. Arsenal meanwhile are getting back into things after their horror show of a start against West Ham, with four points from their opening three encounters.
It was not supposed to be a goalless draw, but someone forgot to tell Petr Cech and Simon Mignolet that. Monday night football became the night for the goalkeepers as both custodians stole the limelight. A clash that was meant to produce fireworks certainly did, but not of the kind many expected. The highlight reel for this one would contain the moment goals were denied, not ones where the crowd erupted to the bulging of the net.
But how did everyone fare? Here are the ratings for the game:
Petr Cech: 9/10
Start of the show. His two saves from Philippe Coutinho and Christian Benteke were what stood between Arsene Wenger and his first ever campaign where Arsenal have lost their first two home games. If he had left with his tail between his legs after his home debut against West Ham, he could certainly walk out of The Emirates with his head held high.
Hector Bellerin: 6.5/10
He caught the pass bug as well. Gave away possession cheaply but surprisingly looked more composed than the centre backs. Unlike in other games, wasn’t a real threat going forward than he normally is.
Gabriel Paulista: 7/10
The best amongst the rest we might say. He was probably the surest within the wobbly back four. His pace came in handy to thwart off many a dangerous situation, especially in the first half.
Callum Chambers: 5.5/10
Too casual with the ball at his feet in the first-half. His giving away of possession in dangerous areas in the first 45 minutes could well have cost Arsenal the game. Came to terms as the game went on.
Nacho Monreal: 7/10
Wasn’t as error prone as the others in the backline. His sumptuous cross early in the game should have been headed in by Alexis Sanchez.
Santi Cazorla: 6.5/10
Neat in possession. His superbly weighted pass for Aaron Ramsey’s disallowed goal is what embodies “the beautiful game”. Was caught out defensively on a few occasions in the first half that could have led to more trouble on another day.
Francis Coquelin: 7.5/10
Another robust performance from the Frenchman at the heart of the Arsenal midfield. His two recovery challenges on Philippe Coutinho and Christian Benteke just as they were about to pull the trigger caught the eye. Arsenal finally seems to have found the blue collar guy for their midfield that they have long been searching for.
Mesut Ozil: 6/10
Another night where the German again showed flashes of brilliance but nothing to really put his mark on the game. Arsenal need much more from the German in the coming days if they are to challenge for the title.
Aaron Ramsey: 6.5/10
The Welshman’s dynamic movement saw him pop up all over the pitch. Sorely out of luck to have been flagged offside for what seemed to be a clean goal in the first-half. Had a couple more decent efforts on goal as the match went on.
Alexis Sanchez: 6.5/10
He has certainly had better halves than the opening 45 minutes where he was largely erratic. Should have buried a header early on in the game as Monreal served up a sumptuous cross from the left. He also managed to hit the post in the second-half.
Olivier Giroud: 6/10
Had one golden opportunity, but scuffed his effort when it mattered the most, allowing Mignolet to palm his effort away. Starved of regular service throughout the game.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7/10
Really brought an energy and vigour to Arsenal’s cause in the second-half. He is not knocking the door down for a starting place, but he is certainly knocking on it. One of his fierce crosses could have easily been put into his own goal by Martin Skrtel.
Theo Walcott: 6/10
Given 15 minutes to shine, but never saw enough of the ball to make a telling difference.