It was always going to be a long shot, so much so that A range of bookmakers have Arsenal at 33/1 to win the Premier League, but two weeks in to the new season, they have managed an underwhelming 0 points. While this isn’t a good start, they have come up against two top teams; champions Man City and Chelsea. Most recently, Gunners fans had to endure a crushing 3-2 defeat to Chelsea. Sadly, the score line doesn’t reflect how Arsenal played, with a poor defence and at times lacklustre attack. But how did each player get on individually?
Made a few fine stops - including one against Barkley in the second half. Couldn’t do a lot for the goals. 6
Defensively sloppy, and to blame for the first goal. Positionally all over the place. Fairly effective going forward. 5
Good tackling throughout. However, once he’s caught out of position there’s no hope, as he’s too slow. 6
Out of the game for the first half, and was bypassed easily. Improved in the second half, but is still at the heart of Arsenal’s defensive woes. 5
Good going forward to help score Arsenal’s first. Caused some problems with his runs down the left side. 7
Fantastic showing from the young midfielder. 100% past accuracy in the first half. Emery has a real talent in his squad. 8
Got his season off to an awful start, and can’t see him starting for much longer. In my opinion, a loose cannon who should be replaced. Caught out too often. Reckless too, with two yellows in two games. 3
Excellent performance from the Nigerian. Direct attacking and caused real problems. One of Arsenal’s brightest sparks at the moment. Scored the key equaliser. 7
Couldn’t make an impact on the match, and we saw another quiet performance from the #10. Had one good chance early on, but otherwise invisible. Needs to improve. 5
Scored Arsenal’s first goal to make it 2-1. A good finish. Played well and set up the second too. 7
Missed two easy chances, including one from 6 yards that went blazing over the bar. Yet to score in the league, and needs a confidence boost soon. 4
Looked lively when he came on. Caught out by Chelsea’s attacks a few times - but still better than Xhaka and should replace him.
Quiet after coming on, not making much of an impact. 5
Disappointing mistake for Chelsea’s third goal, and didn’t track back to make amends. 4
The Gunners still need time to adjust to Emery’s style of play, as they were uncomfortable playing the ball out from the back. On too many occasions, Cech would pass the ball out to a centre back - only to get it back again and send it long. Like I said, Arsenal need time to adjust. But a lack of points is starting to take its toll. Now that they are through a rough patch (facing Chelsea and City), we should start to see Emery’s tactics come to fruition.