Lacazette changed the game Player Ratings
By Matty Sadler
August 25 2018
Not a great performance by any means but I put 3-1 Arsenal on my Super 6 prediction so I'm happy. I thought Lacazette changed the game. A word on Bellerin today, a player I've been very critical of. In truth, we do ask a lot of him, basically cover the entire right side while Mkhitaryan offers little in the way of help. He struggled defensively quite a bit in the first half today but comes away with two quality assists.
Cech - 6. Slow getting down to Arnautovic's shot but otherwise had a good game.
Bellerin - 6. Bombed forward at every opportunity offering a constant outlet down the right, getting two good assists, but often struggled defensively, particularly in the first half.
Mustafi - 5. Some good moments defensively but looked weak on the counter and was poor on Arnautovic's goal.
Sokratis - 5. Ditto. Made a good block on Anderson.
Monreal - 6. Scored but wasn't great defensively. Beaten by Snodgrass too often.
Ramsey - 6. Put himself about but was poor early on, with some particularly sloppy passes. Improved towards the end, but I'm not seeing £200k p/w worth of player at the moment.
Xhaka - 6. Often exposed and struggled with West Ham's counters. Better after Torreira's introduction.
Guendouzi - 5. Some good passes, some not so good. Looked a little lost at times.
Mkhitaryan - 5. Played some good final third passes in the first half but was a real mixed bag otherwise.
Aubameyang - 5. No impact in the first half. Better when Lacazette came on.
Iwobi - 5. Energetic but ineffective. Shame he couldn't build on last week.
Lacazette - 7. Thought he changed the game, personally. Offered much more of a presence upfront and made the own goal.
Torreira - 5. Okay but passing needs to improve.
Welbeck - 6. Offered legs late on and sealed the win.