Another poor performance by Arsenal against a tough team, where a win wasn’t impossible against Everton, but with the wrong formation and poor performance the team showed today against the Magpies. Arsenal had a very poor first half, where they conceded early in the match and were close to conceding on several occasions, but Everton failed to convert the chances.
Unai Emery started the match with a wrong formation, where he started Mohamed Elneny alongside Matteo Guendouzi in the midfield where both have the same defensive role, and this led to Arsenal’s lack of creativity and the poor performance Alexander Lacazette and Mesut Ozil, alongside Henrikh Mkhitaryan who disappeared in the first half.
Arsenal’s loss today was a huge favor for Tottenham Hotspurs, Chelsea FC, and Manchester United where Arsenal is one point under Tottenham Hotspur, the same number of points of Chelsea with a goal difference, and two points above Manchester United. This is a huge loss and disadvantage for Arsenal in the road to the Champions League qualification for next season, even though Arsenal’s upcoming matches are easier on papers than their rivals.
We will rate our players after every match, here is Arsenal Insider players ratings:
Brend Leno: An average match, made some risky clearances outside of his box. Couldn’t keep a clean sheet away from home as well. But made a couple of good saves as well. 6.5/0
Shkodran Mustafi: Was able to do better in Everton’s first goal. 6.5/10
Sokratis: Was average, couldn’t do much in Everton’s first goal. 6.5/10
Nacho Monreal: Wasn’t so good today. 6/10
Sead Kolasinac: Wasn’t so good today, his poor clearance led to the first goal as well. Got subbed in the second half. 5.5/10
Ainsley Maitland-Niles: A very poor match, one of his poorest this season. 5/10
Matteo Guendouzi: As well, one of the poorest matches this season and was always losing the ball. 5/10
Mohamed Elneny: Clearly not in Arsenal’s level, was so poor in the first half and had the same role on the pitch as Guendouzi. 5/10
Mesut Ozil: Was dropping to the midfield to create and receive the ball, couldn’t d much in such defensive formation. 6/10
Henrikh Mkhitaryan: He went missing in the first half, did nothing. He had a very dangerous shot on the 71st minute. 5/10
Alexander Lacazette: Can’t be blamed, he had no service at all. He was frustrated in the first half due to the lack of service and creativity. 6.5/10
Aaron Ramsey: Made a direct impact after getting on the pitch in the second half, he had to start in such a crucial match. 6/10
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: We didn’t even notice that he came on the pitch. 4/10
Man of the match: None of Arsenal players impressed today. But Brend Leno deserves a mention for his effort.
Unai Emery: A wrong formation, even though he made early subs but it was too late. 4/10