Arsenal player ratings – terrible defence, inadequate midfield, dull forwards

Another poor display from most of the Arsenal team today with just two players worthy of a decent score.

The game started brightly for Arsenal but every time the Canaries attacked the vulnerabilities in defence were exposed.

A draw was probably a fair result but Norwich City was second bottom and a draw is just not good enough.

Player Ratings

Bernd Leno 9 – Man of the match. His saves, especially at the end made sure we came away with one point.
Saed Kolasinac 3 – Did nothing in either defence or going forward, made just one good tackle the whole game.
Calum Chambers 3 – His crossing was woeful, he struggled in defence and did nothing going forward.
Shkodran Mustafi 3 – Was given an opportunity today and he blew it, can you imagine him against Liverpool?
David Luiz 3 – Incapable of staying in position, poor with his tackling and poor with his passing.
Granit Xhaka 5 – He did about average and that is just not good enough against a team like Norwich.
Joe Willock 2 – Both Norwich goals came from him losing the ball, rightly subbed, very poor game.
Matteo Guendouzi 3 – Another game where he does nothing but runs around for no apparent reason.
Mesut Ozil 5 – Started well and then went AWOL. No longer the player he once was and that showed today
Alexandre Lacazette 3 – Terrible game, could not hold the ball up and was all over the place doing nothing.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 8 – Two goals and saved Arsenal once again, only consistent Arsenal player

Subs

Bukayo Saka 5 – Not his fault he came on instead of Nicolas Pepe but did very little anyway.
Gabriel Martinelli 5 – Was not on long enough or given any opportunity to make a difference.
Lucas Torreira 5 – Very pragmatic when he came on and helped stiffen up the defence.

Manager

Freddie Ljungberg 2 – Appaling team selection, horrendous substitutions, bad first game.

Hopes were high that with a new manager boost Arsenal would get the win today. It was certainly a golden opportunity for them facing a relegation fighting team.

In the match preview here, I said that Freddie needed to get the team selection right. He did not.

As for Freddie, he had a great chance to put a marker down but was found wanting. That is why the likes of Nuno Santo are considered front runners for the job and not him.