Arsenal’s miserable away record continued on Sunday as they were beaten 1-0 by Everton at Goodison Park, and they will drop out of the Champions League qualification spots on Monday night if Chelsea avoid defeat against West Ham United.
The Gunners have taken 44 points from a possible 51 at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League this season, but they have only picked up 19 points on the road – the loss against the Toffees was their sixth in 15 attempts on their travels during the current campaign.
In another disappointing performance, the following two players will surely have gone down in manager Unai Emery’s estimations following below-par showings.
Whether he has been featuring as a left-back or a left wing-back – the latter more in recent weeks – the Bosnia and Herzegovina international looked to finally be showing that he could be relied upon to be a regular starter for Arsenal.
Emery may well have been thinking that buying a left-sided defender during the summer wasn’t of paramount importance, but his mind may have been changed after the 25-year-old’s latest outing.
After being dispossessed on two occasions and failing to make an impact at either end of the pitch for his team, he was hooked by his manager at half-time – his pass percentage being below 54% before he went off probably tells you all you need to know.
Having been a starting XI regular earlier in the season, the young Frenchman has found that he has been in and out of the side in more recent times.
With Lucas Torreira, Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Mohamed Elneny to compete alongside, the 19-year-old should know that he needs to take his opportunities when they come his way if he wants to be a consistent pick for Emery.
He hardly did himself any favours at Goodison Park though in what was always going to be an interesting midfield battle, picking up a silly yellow card in the sixth minute following a foul on Lucas Digne.
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When a mature performance was needed, Guendouzi instead produced an immature one that left him walking a tightrope for the remaining 84 minutes on Merseyside.