Monday 19 February 2018

Everton v Arsenal - Player ratings

Arsenal's Alex Iwobi shone in his first top-flight start
Arsenal's Alex Iwobi shone in his first top-flight start


Joel Robles: Will be disappointed with both goals, particularly the second, when he was nutmegged and outfoxed by a teenager making his first top-flight start. 6 (out of 10)

Leighton Baines: Back to full fitness but needs to do more if he is going to force his way into England's Euro 2016 team. 6

Phil Jagielka: Should have scored from a second-half corner. Certainly not helped by his defensive colleagues at times. 6

Ramiro Funes Mori: Caught out for both goals and his poor positional play left fans wondering why he was given a start over England international John Stones. 4

Seamus Coleman: Hit the post in the opening moments and the whole game might have changed had he scored that. 6

Tom Cleverley: Struggled to make any impact on this contest, like many in a blue shirt. Did put in the corner that Coleman hit the post from. 6

James McCarthy: The absence of the suspended Gareth Barry alongside him certainly told with little in the way of a shield in front of the Toffees' defence. 6

Muhamed Besic: Tasked with replacing Barry, Besic failed to shackle Arsenal's creative players. He lost a 50-50 challenge in the build-up to Alex Iwobi's goal and was hauled off at half-time. 5

Ross Barkley: Not one of the midfielder's finer afternoons. His distribution was poor and there was no sign of his usual lung-busting runs into the box. 6

Aaron Lennon: Anonymous for large swathes of this, Lennon had one purposeful first-half run. His delivery needed to be better. 6

Romelu Lukaku: The Belgian was given nothing to work with by his team-mates, not even after Gerard Deulofeu's introduction in the final 20 minutes. 6


John Stones (for Besic, 46): Caught out of position on a couple of occasions but was able to use his speed to recover well against Danny Welbeck. 6

Gerard Deulofeu (for Barkley, 73): The home fans felt he should have started, but he provided little spark when he did come on. 6


David Ospina: Was fortunate that Jagielka headed over from a corner the keeper failed to deal with after feeling the effects of a collision moments earlier. 6

Nacho Monreal: His speed helped him keep Lennon at bay on several occasions in a comfortable afternoon for the Gunners' back four. 6

Gabriel: Coped well with Lukaku's physical presence, although both he and his centre-back partner were never truly tested. 6

Laurent Koscielny: He reads the game so well and had the dangerous Lukaku in his back pocket all afternoon. 7

Hector Bellerin: Had the vision to spot Iwobi in the build up to Arsenal's second and got forward well to support in attack. 7

Francis Coquelin: The Frenchman made his first Premier League appearance since a red card against Tottenham and there was no sign of the stupidity which almost cost his team that afternoon. 6

Mohamed Elneny: Looked a far more reliable option than Mathieu Flamini, both in a defensive sense and as an attacking presence. 6

Alexis Sanchez: Created the first goal and should have had a penalty. Looking more like his old self after a shaky few performances. 7

Mesut Ozil: No assist for the German this time but he utilised the space afforded to him by Everton's porous defence. 7

Alex Iwobi: A fine outing in his first ever Premier League start. He was quick, intelligent and showed coolness to score in the first half. Deserves a run in the team. 8.

Danny Welbeck: Took his seventh-minute goal well, timing his run to perfection and then maintaining his composure to round Robles. Could have had a second had Stones not recovered from an earlier error. 8.


Kieran Gibbs (for Ozil, 74): Only a cameo from Gibbs, who was probably pleased England rival Baines did little. 6

Olivier Giroud (for Welbeck, 75): Saw a goal disallowed for a foul from a corner and fired another try into the side netting. 6

Calum Chambers (for Iwobi, 86): A late introduction when the game was long over. 6

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