Player Ratings: Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool


Here are Fresh Football’s ratings for Arsenal’s opening game against Liverpool.


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Petr Cech – 5

A day to forget for the Arsenal keeper, conceded four goals and did not look sharp, although couldn’t do much on most of the goals.

Hector Bellerin – 5

Brilliant tackle on 22 minutes to stop Firmino with a clear chance, but Liverpool’s dominance in attack shown through in the end, struggled to support the attack.

Calum Chambers – 4.5

Poor pass in the 39 minute which led to a Liverpool break, was against a top Liverpool attack and struggled to cope with the pressure. Scored a consolation goal.

Rob Holding – 5

Gave away the free-kick for Coutinho’s goal (decision was harsh), but there was some bright glimpses for the youngster, good passing and was positioned well, but like Chambers, a very tough afternoon for the youngster on his debut.

Nacho Monreal – 5

First half he was brilliant and supported the attack well, second half was outclassed by Mane for his their fourth and was under pressure non-stop.

Francis Coquelin – 4

Gave away silly free-kicks but was OK in possession. Did not control the midfield which was required and was lucky to not get sent off.

Mohamed Elneny – 5.5

Nice and tidy in the middle of the park as always. Was good in the first half but was dominated in the second, removed for Xhaka but Arsenal missed his legs after he came off.

Theo Walcott – 5.5

Missed the penalty after he won it but made up for it with a great finish to put the Gunners ahead. Was non-existent in the second half and lacked the quality the Gunners needed.

Aaron Ramsey – 4.5

First shot on target inside five minutes after good link up pay with Alexis, did not offer much after and went off injured.

Alex Iwobi – 5

Always positive on the ball and looked lively going forward, was over loaded in the end and struggled massively before going off injured.

Alexis Sanchez – 4.5

Struggled to get into the game in the first half and the same in the second half, improvement is needed by the Gunners Chilean although with not much pre-season behind him, he is one player that can be forgiven.


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Simon Mignolet – 4

Made a great save to deny Walcott’s penalty but couldn’t do much with his goal, conceded two goals after and like Cech, and afternoon to forget.

Nathaniel Clyne – 6

Helped the attack well and had a shot in the 12th minute which was saved. Brilliant assist for Coutinho’s goal and was good defensively.

Dejan Lovren – 6.5

Solid at the back and kept Alexis out of the game.

Ragnar Klavan 6.7

Much like Lovren, dominate in the air and kept Alexis out of the game.

Alberto Moreno – 3.5

Great tackle on Ramsey in the 14th minute to disposes Ramsey in the box. Gave away the penalty in the 28th minute. Caught out for Arsenal’s opener had a torrid first 45 minutes and much the same in the second.

Adam Lallana – 6.5

Scored a well taken goal in the 49th minute and grew as the game went on.

Jordan Henderson – 6

Kept Liverpool’s midfield ticking and tracked back well, did little going forward.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7

Solid debut for Wijnaldum, good in possession and supported the front three very well.

Saido Mane – 8.5

Always looked to go forward and caused Arsenal problems. Sublime goal in the 63rd minute and ran the Arsenal defence all over the pitch.

Roberto Frimino – 8

Lively as always and caused Arsenal many problems in the second half, grew into the game and was very positive going forward.

Phillipe Coutinho – 9 (MOTM)

Scores an absolute class free kick in the 45th minute to level the score and scored his second in the 56 minute. Grew into the game massively in the second half and ran the Arsenals makeshift defence raged, sublime performance by the Brazilian.


Santi Cazorla – 5

As always, good on the ball and offered Arsenal creativity, great assist for Chambers goal.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 5

Should have started. Scored Arsenal’s second goal and looked very lively, wrong call by Arsene to leave him out.

Granit Xhaka – 4

Did not have enough time to do much, booked and gave away more fouls than he should of.

Emre Can – 4

Came on to secure the three points for the Reds.

Divock Origi – 4

Struggled to make an impact.

Kevin Stewart – N/A