Arsenal 0 Liverpool 0: Player ratings from Emirates stalemate

Player ratings as Christian Benteke and Olivier Giroud come close in goalless draw between Arsenal and Liverpool

By Jonathan Hogan

Arsenal

Petr Cech (man of the match) Bounced back wonderfully following first league game at the Emirates. Woefully exposed at times in the first half by a makeshift defence and forced to make a couple of excellent saves, stopping Benteke from 4 yards and tipping a curling effort from Coutinho onto the post. Didn’t have as much to do in the second but solid when called upon. Looked as though it would take something special to beat him. 9/10

Hector Bellerin Struggled to contain Coutinho at times, though made some crucial interceptions. Didn’t have as much opportunity to get forward as he would have liked. 6

Gabriel Wasteful in possession as the Gunners tried to pass out from the back unconvincingly. But never shirked from the battle with Benteke and grew into the game. Had the last chance with a header but couldn’t keep it down. 6

Calum Chambers Nervy start set the tone for the first half; including when bailed out by a good challenge from Coquelin after his misplaced pass gifted Coutinho an opening. Unconvincing but grew in confidence in the second half. 5

Nacho Monreal Looked a decent attacking threat when given the opportunity and kept Firmino relatively ineffective. 6

Francis Coquelin Made a number of crucial interceptions and was one of Arsenal’s better outfield players throughout. Played a pivotal role in protecting the makeshift back four and was disciplined in allowing Cazorla and Ramsey to push on as his side came into the game. 8

Santi Cazorla Uncharacteristically uninventive with the ball in the first half and struggled to cope defensively when Liverpool were on top. Better in the second half but found few openings. 6

Aaron Ramsey Questionable offside decision cancelled out goal early in the game. Rarely got in behind again after that. Part of an Arsenal midfield which struggled to hold onto the ball at times but came into the game in the second half in combination with Cazorla. 7

Mesut Ozil Struggled to influence the game in any sustained manner but wasn’t alone on that front. 6

Alexis Sanchez Hit the post on the hour mark with Arsenal’s best chance. Showed flashes but still looked to lack a bit of sharpness which will come. 7

Olivier Giroud On the periphery for too much of the game and did little to convince he can lead the line effectively. Probably should have scored on the 70 minute mark, but inexplicably went to ground and seen his shot palmed away by Mignolet. 5

Substitutes

Theo Walcott N/A

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain N/A

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet Had little to do for the opening period but forced into a few good saves as the game went on. Arsenal arguably could have stolen the game but for the Belgian. 8

Nathaniel Clyne Defensively solid and mobile, though didn’t contribute as much in attack as he could have. 6

Martin Skrtel Nearly steered the ball into his own goal with Walcott on his shoulder late on. Otherwise looked in command. 7

Dejan Lovren Solid enough, though appeared uncomfortable on the ball on occasion. The introduction of Chamberlain and Walcott’s teased problems. 6

Joe Gomez Got forward well and looked composed on the ball. Few chances to cross but couldn’t quite find the perfect ball. Booked late on for third game running. 7

James Milner Captained the side in the absence of Jordan Henderson and performed well box-to-box. 7

Emre Can His energy provided a welcome tool in the engine room as he harassed the Arsenal midfield into errors. 7

Lucas Leiva Put in a typically solid shift in the middle of the park to nullify Ozil for much of his 75 minutes. If reports of his imminent departure prove correct, it will be a final Liverpool appearance that echoes many of his performances for the club. 7

Roberto Firmino A solid if unspectacular full league debut for the Brazilian. Combined with Coutinho and Benteke to form what looked a dangerous Liverpool triad in the first half. More to come. 6

Philippe Coutinho Threatened throughout the first half – halted only by the bar two minutes in and a combination of Cech and post towards the end of the period. Quieter second period but looked like being the match winner as much as anyone before replaced. 8

Christian Benteke Should have scored in the first half but provided a threat and brought a physical presence to the Liverpool attack. Never let the Arsenal defenders settle early on and held the ball well. A useful outlet late on when Arsenal looked like getting on top. 8

Substitutes

Jordon Ibe N/A

Jordan Rossiter N/A

Alberto Moreno N/A

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