Yesterday’s game was one to be swiftly confined to the areas of memory we choose not to access. As I like to try and do something a little different every now and then, here are my views on the players and their ratings, traditionally scored from 1 – 10.
Did little other than pick the ball out of the net and field the occasional back pass. Perhaps could have stood up a little longer for Diame’s goal, but on the whole blameless. 5/10
39. Hector Bellerin
Assured at times and offered a good outlet in forward positions. Did well on his debut. 6/10
3. Kieran Gibbs
I love Gibbs, but he can be caught out of position and often reckless. In a game where we were rarely pressed into dramatic defensive action, he spent the majority of the game in the opponents half and did little whilst up there. 5/10
4. Per Mertesacker.
Beaten comfortably in the air by Hernandez for Hull’s 2nd and arguably at fault for their 1st. His best form and calmness has deserted him thus far and we look decidedly more vulnerable because of this. 4/10.
13. Nacho Monreal
The player I worried about the most at the back was probably the best. He is by no means a natural centre-half and whilst a better attacking side would have exposed this, he didn’t put a foot wrong. 6/10
Has been poor this season. Arteta has been equally as bad. Between them they’ve shown that a physical midfielder was needed over the summer. Brushed aside – albeit illegally – for Hull’s first far too easily and once again poor distribution was apparent in his game. A worry. 4/10
Failed to impact the game at all, but hustled opponents and kept trying regardless. Very much hit and miss this season. Missed yesterday. 4/10
Showed glimpses of his eye for a pass and no-one could question his tenacity and drive. However, he does spend an inordinate amount of time on the ground and often over-complicates when keeping things simple is the better choice. Worryingly went off with an injury. 5/10
By far the stand-out performer. Great finish from an acute angle to open the scoring and the run that led to Welbeck’s equaliser was mesmerisingly brilliant. The Chilean never stops running and is a constant thorn in the side of opposition defenders. However, he does, more than anyone else, give the ball away in good positions. 7/10
Difficult to be too hard on Santi because he’s so damn adorable and one of the few genuine magicians we have in the side. Some days it simply doesn’t work for him. 5/10
Did little without good service and dropped deep regularly to try to get involved in the game. Finished Alexis’ run and through ball off extremely well under pressure from 2 defenders to snatch us a point. 6/10.
Didn’t look anything like fully fit when he came on. Hopefully his introduction hasn’t impeded on his fitness. We need him back and firing on all cylinders. 5/10
Look threatening at times. It puzzles me why he isn’t getting more chances as there is obviously potential there. Had little time to do anything of note but tried his best. 5/10.
Do you agree, or do you feel I’m being a touch generous? Feel free to let me know in the comments below. I shall be back with more tomorrow. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled later on as I will be recording the Goonersphere Podcast.
As always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.