Player Ratings: WBA 3-1 Arsenal
Arsène Wenger’s future at Arsenal has taken another negative turn this afternoon as his side went down 3-1 at West Bromwich Albion.
Craig Dawson scored a brace from corners for the hosts, either side of Hal Robson-Kanu’s goal following some poor defending, leaving Arsenal outside the top four with their challengers still to play this weekend.
Alexis Sánchez had equalised in the first half for the Gunners with a fine finish following some poor marking, but in truth Wenger’s side were second best today.
Here are CSAR’s player ratings from West Brom 3-1 Arsenal:
Petr Čech N/A – Went off with an injury in the first half at 1-1. Didn’t have much chance with the opening goal and had made a fine save to deny Darren Fletcher shortly before going off.
Héctor Bellerín 6 – Was shoved over to prevent the Spaniard from clearing the ball for West Brom’s second goal. James McClean had a little success versus Héctor Bellerín who himself didn’t offer much going forward for once.
Shkodran Mustafi 6 – Salomón Rondón had the beating of the German once but fired his effort wide in the first half. Otherwise Shkodran Mustafi wasn’t under too much threat from open play.
Laurent Koscielny 7 – Made a couple of interceptions and tackles and was generally sound in open play. Wasn’t the player man-marking Craig Dawson for West Brom’s two goals from set pieces.
Nacho Monreal 5 – Nacer Chadli had the beating of the Arsenal left-back a couple of times as well as being left in space at times. Nacho Monreal ventured forward a lot in the first half but only got into one good position, trying to set up Theo Walcott in the six-yard box.
Aaron Ramsey 4 – Shocking attempts to deny Craig Dawson two free headers from which he scored on both occasions. The Welsh midfielder let the West Brom defender run freely to connect with two corners whilst waiting outside the six-yard box. Aaron Ramsey didn’t offer too much going forward either after drawing a fine save from Ben Foster at 1-1.
Granit Xhaka 6 – Provided the pass for Arsenal’s goal. Wasted a free kick at 1-2 and generally didn’t feature much in the match. Didn’t win the ball back for his side as often as you’d expect Francis Coquelin would have.
Theo Walcott 5 – Very quiet game out on the right wing. Saw one half chance early on but otherwise not involved greatly in Arsenal’s attacks, nor threatening Ben Foster.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 5 – Saw a lot of the ball but aside from a couple of runs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain didn’t do much with it. No shots on target, no chances created.
Alexis Sánchez 7 – Fine finish in a good first half from the Chilean before going quiet after the break. Subbed in the final 15 minutes with what appeared to be an injury.
Danny Welbeck 6 – Hit the bar with one effort but otherwise saw very little support and few touches as the sole striker.
David Ospina (53 mins) N/A – Came on at 1-1. Failed to deal with a cross that set up Hal Robson-Kanu’s goal. Stood on his goalline for the third.
Olivier Giroud (26 mins) N/A – Barely got a touch of the ball and failed to get a shot in.
Alex Iwobi (13 mins) N/A – Replaced Alexis Sánchez who had been quiet in the second half and didn’t add any threat to Arsenal’s attack in the few minutes he was on the pitch.