Arsenal 1-1 Leicester City: Player Ratings

Arsenal played to a draw, 1-1 at Leicester in a disappointing encounter that sees them to their second draw in three league games. It’s a match that should have seen Arsenal take three points from. It’s getting a bit late in the game for this team to be this disjointed. Here are your player ratings:

Szczesny: 7.3

Read the cross Ulloa headed home a bit wrong, but he was always going to be on his heels to keep that out. Fantastic save after a two-on-one. Shown yellow for…something…apparently…after being dragged down by Moore.

Debuchy7.1

Alexis dropped in from the right to give him a channel on the flank and he did well to rampage into that space. Still needs to realize play doesn’t always have to go forward. Lucky to be fouled in the early stages when he was caught trying to slip two opponents in a dangerous position.

Mertesacker7.2

Typically excellent play defending balls into the box. Pulled up a bit early in the lead up to the goal, but he wouldn’t have been able to get a head to it anyway.

Koscielny: 6.7

Not sure how he passed the concussion tests as it looked bad at impact. Came back on and couldn’t get off the ground to defend Ulloa’s header. Bad position to ask a foggy player to operate in.

Monreal: 7.3

He’s a player Arsenal fans should feel comfortable with backing up Gibbs. He’s a voracious defender who can sometimes be out-muscled but was very good with his positioning and is a headache down the left.

Flamini7.0

Had a couple wonderful interceptions in the box. His positioning is very good and if the temper is kept in check, he’s effective enough to operate in Arteta’s stead. However, quality gap distribution-wise is  readily apparent.

Ramsey7.0

Things aren’t firing on all cylinders for the Welshman yet. He’s linking well enough and driving from deep positions effectively enough, but lacking the 2013/2014 polish.

Cazorla7.3

Coming on well this season after a stuttering start. The little Spaniard picked his passes nicely and did well on the ball in the final third.

Ozil7.2

Floated down the left as he normally does. Made some good forays into the middle of the pitch (where he should spend the majority of his time) and played a couple wonderfully disguised little passes. The Hollywood balls aren’t there, but Arsenal and Ozil are better when it’s Giroud or Alexis up top.

Alexis7.7 – Man of the Match

He doesn’t have an off-switch. Maybe even more impressive than his fantastic skill is his ability and willingness to run himself into the ground. A lack of quality at striker can dim his play a bit when deployed on the wings but he scored when he got the chance today.

Sanogo6.5

A very frustrating footballer to watch, Sanogo just IS NOT ready for this. He has potential but he’d be better served on loan. His first touch is often appalling, and he possesses an alarming inability to pass in the final third.

Chambers7.0

Forced into a couple hasty challenges, one of which should have seen Leicester go up 2-1 from a one-on-one with Ulloa. Has a real tendency to slide early. Going to start costing him as some point.

Oxlade-Chamberlain: 6.8

Got on and battled hard driving down the right, but picked up a knock in the final stages.

Podolski6.8

One near-chance right near the death but had it stabbed away in a bit of fine defending.

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