Ratings: Gabriel no good, Deeney different class

Date published: Sunday 13th March 2016 5:13

TEAMtalk rates and slates the individual performances following Arsenal’s exit from the FA Cup at the hands of Watford.


David Ospina – Did not have much to do other than pick the ball out of the net twice – 5 (Out of 10)

Kieran Gibbs – Was good in defence but his crosses forward were poor – 5

Per Mertesacker – Handed the task of checking Odion Ighalo but saw him score the opener – 6

Gabriel – Should have been sent off in the first half for a bad tackle on Troy Deeney – 4

Mesut Ozil – It was easy to forget he was on the pitch, although he did chime in with an assist – 5

Olivier Giroud – Had a very quiet afternoon, it was no surprise when he was substituted with 20 minutes to go – 5

Alexis Sanchez – Frustrated. Looked a lot stronger when Theo Walcott came on the pitch but could not get any sights of goal – 5

Calum Chambers – Made a lot of runs down the right wing, especially early on, but no-one could get on the end of his crosses in the box – 6

Joel Campbell – Put in a solid performance and deserved to stay on instead of be substituted – 6

Francis Coquelin – Another player with a quiet afternoon – 5

Mohamed Elneny – Did not make much of an impact in a very quiet Arsenal side. Woeful finishing in the first half – 5


Theo Walcott – Looked a threat for 20 minutes for the Gunners –

Danny Welbeck – Looked threatening as soon as he came on the pitch and his goal woke Arsenal up but his late miss was a shocker – 6

Alex Iwobi – Was the quieter of three substitutes, his injury-time shot went just wide – 5



Costel Pantilimon – Made many important saves in the first half – 6

Allan Nyom – Kept Sanchez quiet on the wing and put in a number of well-timed tackles – 6

Sebastian Prodl – Solid performance at the back, keeping Giroud out of the game – 6

Valon Behrami – Did a lot of running in the midfield and helped out the defence – 6

Troy Deeney – Played well throughout, helping defend in the first half, got two assists and pushed forward in the second half, when he ran himself into the ground – 8

Craig Cathcart – Did well at the back, kept Giroud and Walcott out of the game, looked calm throughout – 8

Nathan Ake – Defended well to stop Arsenal getting into the box – 7

Adlene Guedioura – Will take the headlines after his bullet of a goal – 7

Ben Watson – Played well in the centre of midfield – 6

Odion Ighalo – Had a quiet first half but was dangerous when Watford got the ball up and scored the first goal of the afternoon – 7

Etienne Capoue – Defended well as Watford kept on top of Arsenal’s threat – 6


Nordin Amrabat – Had little to chance to impact the game – 4

Ikechi Anya – Fresh legs gave Watford some energy – 5

Almen Abdi – Helped Watford see the game out – 5

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