With Arsenal throwing away a 3-0 lead to end the game at 3-3 against a very young and mediocre Anderlecht side, questions will legitimately be asked about Arsenal’s character. With the game seemingly won, it was indeed an event of epic catastrophic mishaps which saw Arsenal getting just the 1 point from this Champions League encounter. With the quest for the top spot in the Champions League virtually over for Arsenal, we take a look at how the players performed on the night against Anderlecht.
Wojciech Szczesny: 3/5 You cannot really fault the Pole for the three goals he conceded although question marks can be asked regarding whether he needed to come out for Anderlecht’s third goal. Szczesny on the goal line would have dealt with Mitrovic’s header with ease.
Kieran Gibbs: 2.5/5 A bit of mediocre defending from the fullback in the end. Also should have dealt with the cross which turned out to be Anderlecht’s equalizer, much better.
Per Mertesacker: 2/5 The German was unexpectedly poor once again and this was yet another bad game from the BFG this season. He was especially at fault for the third goal where he really should have gotten his head to the ball before Mitrovic.
Nacho Monreal: 2/5 This was one game which showed the world that Arsenal is truly lacking a centre back. Nacho Monreal had risen to the challenge of covering for Laurent Koscielny brilliantly but this was one game where his shortcomings were exposed brutally. He was definitely at fault for the penalty.
Calum Chambers: 2.5/5 Had a solid outing and also was good offensively. However his learning curve means that there is an error or two in him every game.
Mikel Arteta: 3.5/5 The Arsenal captain did most things right when he was on the pitch. Also scored a cool penalty and kept the shape of the team intact when he was on the field.
Aaron Ramsey: 2.5/5 At the moment it feels like the Welshman is trying to hard to replicate the form from last season. Always looking to score when perhaps he would have done well to err a bit on the side of caution with his team leading 3-0 and 3-1.
Alexis Sanchez: 5/5 We rarely give anyone a 5/5 but the Chilean truly deserves it. Not only did he keep his scoring run going with another incredible goal but also kept his incredible work rate going all game.
Santi Cazorla: 2.5/5 The Spaniard did not have the worst of nights but could not do anything special either. It looks like he will benefit greatly from a rest from football for a week or two.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain: 4/5 The Ox was full of running all game and was direct in his approach which caused the Anderlecht defence all sorts of problems the entire time he was on the pitch. Also took his goal really well after Alexis Sanchez harried an Anderlecht player off the ball.
Danny Welbeck: 3/5 Had a decent outing and also won the penalty for Arsenal which Mikel Arteta duly converted. However could not bring anything special to the table.
Mathieu Flamini: The Frenchman came on for Mikel Arteta and did a reasonable job. While he was not responsible individually for the goal but perhaps he could have offered a bit more protection to the Arsenal back four.
Lukas Podolski: N/A
Tomas Rosicky: N/A