EPL 2016/17: Arsenal 0-0 Middlesbrough - Player Ratings
- Arsenal frustrated by a brave and resilient Boro defence.
Arsenal failed to keep their run of eight wins in a row going after sharing the spoils with Middlesbrough at The Emirates. Despite numerous chances from both teams, the game ended scoreless with both defences in top form. Arsenal enjoyed
Arsenal enjoyed majority of the possession throughout the game but it was the away side that had the better chances.
Aitor Karanka will be delighted to leave London with a point after a disastrous run in recent weeks. The Gunners were frustrated by an organised and brave Boro team and lost a chance to go top of the league table.
Petr Cech: 8/10
Arsenal needed Cech to be at his very best and the Czech stopper did not disappoint. An impressive double save in the first half from Adama Traore and Alvaro Negredo were the first of a string of impressive saves.
Cech then somehow kept out Gaston Ramirez’s header from point-blank range to keep the scores level. The 34-year-old was also on hand to cut out any threat from Boro in the second half.
Hector Bellerin: 6/10
The Spaniard was given a tough time by Ramirez although he looked up to the challenge on most occasions. Bellerin used his pace to bomb forward and support Arsenal’s attack at every chance that he got.
Laurent Koscielny: 8/10
Koscielny has been one of the best defenders in the league so far this season and put in yet another top-class shift in the centre of the Gunners defence. The Frenchman judged his tackles to perfection and rarely put a foot wrong.
Shkodran Mustafi: 7/10
Like his centre-half partner, Mustafi was also rock solid at the back. Some careless play, followed by a slip in the second half caused him to bring down Ramirez for which the German received a booking.
Nacho Monreal: 5/10
Despite his own impressive pace, the Spanish full-back could not keep up with the brilliant Traore. Monreal was left for dead on more than a few occasions by the winger and will be glad that his side could see out a clean sheet. The left-back moved forward with intent but couldn’t deliver a meaningful crossed.
Mohamed Elneny: 5/10
Elneny was drafted into the first-team to replace the injured Santi Carzola, operating deep in the centre of midfield. He didn’t hesitate to move further up the pitch when his side attacked but was guilty of being out of position a few times when Boro hit Arsenal on the counter. The Egyptian was replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlin for the final 15 minutes.
Francis Coquelin: 6/10
Coquelin was the deepest of the Arsenal midfielders and the Frenchman rarely went up the pitch. He was tasked with breaking up Boro’s play and did a fairly good job at that.
Theo Walcott: 6/10
After a poor opening 45 minutes, Walcott came to life in the second. The Englishman has been in fine goal-scoring touch in recent weeks but was unable to find a way past the Middlesbrough defence. He missed the chance to capitalise on a Valdes error after he scuffed his effort.
Mesut Ozil: 5/10
Fresh off a hat-trick in midweek, the German will be disappointed with his performance. Ozil was invisible for majority of the game and was largely ineffective when did get involved. He managed to put the ball in the back of the net towards the end of the game, only for the flag to be raised for offside.
Alex Iwobi: 6/10
The youngster enjoyed a decent outing and was excellent whenever he had possession of the ball, although, the Nigerian was often invisible for most of his time he was on the pitch. He was subbed off for Lucas Perez just after the hour mark.
Alexis Sanchez: 6/10
The Chilean provided the main threat for Arsenal in attack and had a number of good efforts on goal. Valdes’ superb form accompanied by a resilient Boro back line denied Sanchez a goal on the day.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin: 5/10
The midfielder replaced Elneny, as Arsenal pressed forward for a winner, but struggled to get into the pace of the match. Dropped deeper as the game neared its end.
Lucas Perez: 4/10
The Spaniard did not threaten the Boro goal on even a single occasion and is evidently finding it more and more difficult to break into this Arsenal side.