West Brom 0 – 4 Arsenal.
Well now that was a joy to watch on a cold and wet Saturday night! We will analyse the game over the next couple of days, but here are the player ratings.
Leno: 7 – Not much to do but one decent low safe and good involvement with the rest of the team. Once again enjoyed the aerial protection of both Holding and Mari.
Bellerin: 6.5 – Worked hard to support the attack but final ball into the box remains below par. It is costing us goals.
Holding and Mari: 7.5 and 7 – Kings in the air and really up for the fight. They kept it simple except for a couple of loose passes. Half a point extra for Robbo for his Tierney assist.
Tierney: 9 -MOTM – superb attacking game on the left and he scored the all important first goal – his second goal for the club. He had an assist and could have had a hat-trick of assists tonight.
Ceballos: 7.5 – a few great attacking balls over the top and he kept it relatively tidy in midfield. A bit more composure in attack would make him even more effective.
Xhaka: 7 – a very tidy performance sitting between attack and defence. Nothing fancy but Granit was constantly available and did the simple passing and positioning well.
ESR: 8 – great assist for the goal of the season (so far) and Emile really linked up play between the lines well once again. He is our linkup Beast and key to Arteta’s new system. Loved his shot that led to Laca’s first goal.
Saka: 8.5 – The Silk scored a great team goal and he just offered that extra class in creating chances. Also some fine defensive contributions. Rest him for a while now, Mikel.
Auba: 6.5 – no goals again but he was close and Pierre wanted it so badly but it just did not come off.
Laca: 9 -MOTM – superb display but Alex who really loves playing in our 4-2-3-1 system. Took both his goals really well and he also had a good part to play in our second (team) goal. He played for the team and the team rewarded him with two goals.
Maitland-Niles: 7 – took over well from Hector.
Willian: 6.5 – got involved quite a bit but struggled to be effective – final ball still too tame.
Willock: 6 – really struggling to come on and adjust to the tempo of the game. Needs a start.