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How we rated the Irons v Arsenal


CandH ratings man Niall McDonald hands out the marks on a grim afternoon



Hart: Didn’t spill one of ‘those’ shots with Ramsey hovering, made a superb fingertip save on 72 mins and even better on 78, yet still let in 4! Who’d be a goalkeeper… 7
Zabaleta: More right-back than wing-back today. Took his 9th yellow card prior to the opener 6
Ogbonna: Marshalled defence well until the 2nd went in 7
Rice: Well I don’t think we’ll ever see him duck under a cross like that again 5
Cresswell: Another who looked comfortable until things fell apart 6
Masuaku: Very sketchy in defence – moved off the post allowing the ball to pass him for first goal 4
Noble: Seems to be left to do an awful lot of running and harrying in this line-up, doesn’t shirk it 6
Kouyate: Huffed and puffed, looking a little weary 5
Joao Mario: Some nice touches early on. Very poor corners and faded 5
Fernandes: Bright start. Not best suited to wide right role 4
Arnautovic: Had the beating of Koscielny from the start. Has now scored 10 (ten) goals!!! 7

Lanzini: Instinctive pass to Marko, needed in the starting 11 quickly 6
Hernandez: Immediately found himself unmarked from a free kick. Had few glimmers after that 4
Carroll: On too late for any heroics or to leave any imprints on the Arsenal defence 3

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2 comments on “How we rated the Irons v Arsenal

  1. IMO Rice made a terrible mistake but I also believe there was no communication from Hart. He was also beaten at his near post for the third which is inexcusable even though took a slight deflection. We will not get another point if he continues in goal. If Moyes is consistent he needs to bring Adrian back in for the next game. I thought Cresswell and Noble were way off the pace today. I believe Moyes should have taken Noble off when we sent on so many offensive players. I feel for Kouyate who has to do so much running. Mario did not have a great game but what I do like about him is his workrate. I would love to see Lanzini in with Kouyate and Mario just in front.

  2. And so the torment goes on, easy to blame Rice and Hart, but we had a major chance to secure our Prem future against Stoke, one player up front, not even a centre forward, if we escape, and it is a big if, please do not appoint Moyes, let’s have a brave decision, Arsenal we’re there for the taking, and we get hammered, get across the line with a perhaps a point, and please please sort it

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