Arsenal 3 Anderlecht 3: Player ratings as Alexis Sanchez stars

Player ratings as Anderlecht come from three goals down to draw 3-3 at Arsenal

By Jonathan Spencer
Arsenal
3
Anderlecht
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Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny Great save to deny Klejstan when the game was goalless. Didn’t have much to do in the first half but involved a lot in the second half but couldn’t do anything to save the goals. 6/10

Calum Chambers Was good going forward and linked up well with Oxlade-Chamberlain in the first half. However, the second half was very different. He was defending the whole time and maybe felt he could have done better to stop the cross going in for Anderlecht’s first goal. 5

Per Mertesacker Didn’t show enough leadership in the second half when Arsenal were on the back foot. Part of a defence that capitulated for the last 30 minutes. 4

Nacho Monreal Gave away an unnecessary penalty at 3-1 down. Allowed Mitrovic to turn him and then pulled the Anderlecht man to the ground. Momentum was clearly in Anderlecht’s favour at the time. 4

Kieran Gibbs Solid first half and showed desire going forward. However, was also part of a very poor back four in the second half that let their opponents run rings around them. 4

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Showed fantastic energy and enthusiasm all game until he was substituted. He caused Acheampong and Vanden Borre so many problems and scored a great solo goal, showcasing his pace and finishing ability. 7

Alexis Sanchez Again, like Chamberlain, showed great desire and worked his socks off all match. He was involved in all three of Arsenal’s goals. Passing it to Welbeck for the penalty, scoring a brilliant volley for the second and winning the ball back for the third, which allowed Chamberlain to run at a stretched defence. 7

Mikel Arteta Composed on the ball all match. Made the passing game look easy and was in good positions to cut out any dangerous Anderlecht attack. Went off injured and was replaced by Flamini and the team looked unorganised when he was substituted. 6

Aaron Ramsey Didn’t have much of an impact on the game. He often lost the ball today and lacked composure, maybe because he was trying to work too hard all game. Needs to rediscover his form as he can really make Arsenal tick. 5

Santi Cazorla Again, just like Arteta, was composed all game and wanted to always be on the ball by making sure he was available for the pass. However, poor set-pieces and most didn’t pass the first man. 6

Danny Welbeck Showed a lot of enthusiasm and fight, which Arsenal need a lot more of. Worked tirelessly all game and made sure he won the ball back after giving it away. Could do with working on his composure and quality in front of goal. At times, he would chose not to shoot and instead pass it to a team-mate. 6

Substitutes

Mathieu Flamini When he came on, most of the game seemed to pass him by. Didn’t have the composure, which Arteta had. 5

Tomas Rosicky Very little impact on the game after coming on. There was a momentum swing massively in Anderlecht’s favour and couldn’t show his attacking abilities at all. 5

Lukas Podolski Same as Rosicky really. Nothing he could really do and he couldn’t get involved in the game in the late stages. He missed a good opportunity near the end, where he dragged a left footed shot well wide of the goal. 5

Anderlecht

Silvio Proto Nothing he could really do for the Arsenal goals. He wasn’t tested much in the second half after Chamberlain’s fine goal. 4

Anthony Vanden Borre An eventful night to say the least. He had a poor night defensively, letting Chamberlain stroll past him for the third goal. However, made up for this by being in the right place at the right time for the first goal and scoring a composed penalty for their second. 6

Chancel Mbemba Brought down Welbeck very clumsily for Arsenal’s penalty. Went off injured early in the second half at a time when Anderlecht were really struggling. 4

Olivier Deschacht Mixed game. Hard first half for him but better in the second half, mainly because he had a lot less to do on the defensive front. 5

Frank Acheampong Had a tough first half dealing with Oxlade-Chamberlain’s pace but always showed excellent quality going forward. He worked tirelessly all game and provided Anderlecht with a strong attacking threat all of the second half, playing as left-back. 6

Sacha Kljestan Had a great chance saved by Szczesny in the early moments of the match at 0-0. Showed a lot of desire to make the chance and played solidly in midfield in the second half. 6

Youri Tielemans Showed outstanding composure for a 17-year-old playing in the Champions League at The Emirates. The set-piece deliveries were strong and he passed the ball round with ease. 6

Andy Najar Fairly weak first half and didn’t have too much to do as the game was being played in Anderlecht’s half a lot. However, he did provide a good outlet on the counter-attack, which led to dangerous situations for the Arsenal defence. 5

Dennis Praet Best player for Anderlecht over the 90 minutes. Worked extremely hard for the team, especially on the counter-attack. Showed good skills on the ball and linked up cleverly with the rest of his teammates. He also got into good positions in the box, nearly scoring a deflected goal of Mertesacker early on in the game. 7

Ibrahima Conte Didn’t have too much influence on the game but when they were on the counter-attack as a team, he showed good link up play with the rest of the attacking players. 5

Cyriac Same as Conte and Najar, he was fairly ineffective on the game and was substituted off in the second half. Showed some good composure and link up play on the link up play in the first half however. 5

Substitutes

Andy Kawaya A strong debut in the Champions League. Great cross for the first goal, which led to the Anderlecht come back and another great cross for their equaliser. 7

Leander Dendoncker Didn’t have too much to do when he came on as most of the game was being played in Arsenal’s half. However, the times Arsenal did attack, he was solid defensively. 6

Aleksandar Mitrović (Man of the match) Changed Anderlecht’s attacking options when he came on in the second half. Clever enough to turn Monreal and win the penalty for their second and showed great desire and composure to score a great header to level the match up. 8

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