Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool Player Ratings: Wonderful Wilshere

Firmino fires Reds level – bbc.co.uk

Arsenal drew 3-3 with Liverpool on Friday night in an enthralling game in North London. Here’s our Player Ratings.

Arsenal

Petr Cech – possibly at fault for the opener and definitely at fault for the second goal, both looping over him. Nowhere near the level of the top goalkeepers in England. 1

Hector Bellerin – struggling to combat Robertson’s first half runs. Had more of his own way against the Scot in the second half, when he made countless forward forays, making one well-judged cross to the back-post for Sanchez’s goal. 6
Laurent Koscielny – dominated Firmino early on, but slipped to allow a breakaway opening midway through the first half and appeared to lose confidence from there. Deflected the ball onto Coutinho for the opener and was at fault on numerous occassions. 1
Nacho Monreal – picked up an injury on 35 minutes and was then taken off at the break, but didn’t establish himself as a dominant centre-back. May not suit him playing in a central duo. 2
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – lost Firmino at the back-post a couple of times in the first half and got caught too far up the pitch for the opener. Had plenty of energy though and might be better used further up the pitch. 3

Granit Xhaka – had a tendency to switch off defensively at key moments and didn’t offer enough quality in possession to make up for this. Rewarded for having the audacity to have a shot with his goal but it wasn’t exactly a perfect hit. 3
Jack Wilshere – looked full of energy, linked play well and was one of the few players making covering runs. Everything good that happened in Arsenal’s midfield came through Wilshere. 8

Alex Iwobi – a willing presser, often swapping places with Sanchez. Selfless in possession and laid the ball off for Xhaka’s goal, without necessarily setting the world alight. 5
Mesut Ozil – got into some good areas early on before moving into a deeper role where he pulled the strings, having proved capable in that role for Germany. Combined superbly with Lacazette for the third. 7
Alexis Sanchez – struggled to get the better of Gomez in the first half. Did so for the first goal with his back-post dart, but was not a primary influence behind Arsenal’s three-goal haul. 6

Alexandre Lacazette – struggled in the first half but never lost his appetite and played an excellent backheel to Ozil for the third goal. One gains a sense that he wants to be at the club which isn’t quite there with Sanchez. 7

Shkodran Mustafi (on 45) – looks a different player to the centre-back that dominated in the North London Derby. 2
Danny Welbeck (on 78) – didn’t offer too much when he came on. 4
Theo Walcott (on 87) – wasn’t on the field long enough to make an impact. 5

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet – made a real hash of the strike from Granit Xhaka and went down too quickly for the third goal. Liverpool badly need a goalkeeper that can save them during the sticky spells. 1

Joe Gomez – largely got the better of Alexis Sanchez in the first half, but naïve defensive positioning after the break saw him beaten for the Chilean’s goal. 4
Ragnar Klavan – fell apart for that 10-minute spell after the second goal, seemingly losing his bearings. Hard to imagine him playing in a defence that seriously challenges for the title. 3
Dejan Lovren – has come in for criticism after this game and one can understand why – he has a habit of self-combusting when he’s needed most. 3
Andrew Robertson – made some powerful runs in the first half, but got pushed back more after the interval. Arguably the best player in the back four. 5

Jordan Henderson – taken off injured after 10 minutes, but had struggled with the intensity of the game in his short time on the pitch. 4
Emre Can – didn’t have the biggest influence on the game. Liverpool’s better moments came through simplistic balls down the channels, rather than precision play from Can. That said, the German did assist Firmino’s equalizer. 4
Philippe Coutinho – quiet early on but appeared to improve when he switched to the right after Henderson’s injury. Scored a looping header for the opener and played some nice passes in the first half. 8

Sadio Mane – always a threat on the counter but a tad selfish at times andlacking somewhat in product. Ballooned one scissor kick over the bar just before the break and it is questionable that he was directly involved in any of the goals. 6
Roberto Firmino – showed great work rate, assisting Salah’s second and scoring the third. On paper a false nine but often dropped deeper than Salah and Mane, due to the duo’s counter-attacking qualities. 8
Mohamed Salah – the best attacking player on the pitch. Not only was his movement remarkably quick, it was also very clever, drawing markers away. Fully deserved his two goals. 9

James Milner (on 13) – played some good balls over the top that led to the first and second goals and gave the midfield some nice balance when he came on. 7
Georginio Wijnaldum (on 80) – more defensively aware than Mane. Did well. 6
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (on 84) – certainly received his fair share of stick from Arsenal fans. 5