Arsenal once again failed to get off the mark in the Premier League on Saturday, suffering defeats to important divisional rivals in subsequent weekends. In fairness, the 3-2 loss to Chelsea could have panned out incredibly differently; the Gunners managed to level the score during a period in which they could have netted five or six, although the introduction of Eden Hazard late on proved to be the difference.
Following the defeat at Stamford Bridge, we asked Arsenal fans to issue player ratings for each of those involved. Here’s a rundown of the three players who provided some real silver linings by impressing them the most, receiving the highest average scores…
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 6.3: It was by no means a perfect performance, especially defensively, but considering how anonymous he was against Manchester City the weekend previous Arsenal fans saw massive improvements from Mkhitaryan on Saturday. The Armenian attacker grabbed a goal and an assist and could have probably added to both tallies were it not for some wayward finishing from himself and his team-mates.
Alex Iwobi – 6.7: Iwobi’s equaliser was just rewards for an afternoon of hard work down the left wing, which is where Arsenal caused Chelsea the most problems during a 15-minute burst of irresistible attacking play. His influence waned soon after but the 22-year-old appears to be maturing and because of the lack of natural wide men in the Arsenal squad, he could become a surprisingly important player this season.
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Matteo Guendouzi – 7.4: It was another impressive performance from the teenager at the base of Arsenal’s midfield, always committed and never reluctant to get himself involved despite facing quality opposition. The promising Frenchman made the most tackles and interceptions of any player on the pitch, while completing 94% of his passes. A very encouraging start in the Premier League for the Arsenal youngster.
View the results in full below…