Player ratings: Bellerin and Xhaka terrible for Arsenal

Date published: Tuesday 3rd January 2017 10:39 - Oli Fisher

Arsenal scored three times in the last 20 minutes to earn a 3-3 draw at Bournemouth on Tuesday night.

Bournemouth raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to a composed finish from Charlie Daniels and a Callum Wilson penalty.

After Ryan Fraser had made it 3-0 it looked like plain sailing for the Cherries, but Arsenal struck inside the last 20 minutes with Alexis Sanchez and Lucas Perez.

Olivier Giroud completed the comeback in injury time after Bournemouth had been reduced to ten men.

Bournemouth

Artur Boruc: Had a quiet first half but late on was beaten by three goals. 6

Simon Francis: May have cost his side the three points with his reckless sending off after an assured first half. 5

Steve Cook: May not be the most elegant defender, but certainly never shies away. 6

Nathan Ake: Looks a real talent. Provided tremendous composure and looked comfortable until the late stages. 7

Nathan Ake: Impressing at Bournemouth

Charlie Daniels: Amazing first goal as he finished so calmly. 7

Harry Arter: Without a doubt the main cog for Bournemouth. Covered a lot of ground and made the Cherries tick. 7

Dan Gosling: Showed great vision on multiple occasions and demonstrated he can be a real outlet. 7

Junion Stanislas: Great ball for the first goal, while his pace and desire had Arsenal completely rattled in the first hour. 8

Junior Stanislas: Fires home for Bournemouth

Joshua King: Plays a simple but effective game, something which really stood out. A solid showing. 7

Ryan Fraser: Won the penalty for the second, scored the third and generally was a real threat. 7

Callum Wilson: His intelligent runs combined with blistering pace gave Arsenal a heart attack. 7

Substitutes

Andrew Surman (for King, 63′): King had been so effective and Surman found it tough. 6

Adam Smith (for Fraser, 68′): Potentially came in at the wrong time. 6

Brad Smith (for Wilson, 90′): N/A

Arsenal

Petr Cech: Could have done better for the opener, but was left at sea overall by his defence. 5

Hector Bellerin: A terrible performance. Was at fault for the first goal, run ragged by an energetic Bournemouth and had no end product. 3

 

Shkodran Mustafi: Really struggled with an aggressive pressing style from the hosts. 5

Laurent Koscielny: Came off injured which will be a concern, but he was poor in the first half and failed to organise a sinking Arsenal ship. 4

Nacho Monreal: The only one in the defence who performed OK. Covered tremendous ground. 6

Granit Xhaka: Looked too crowded to operate throughout and gave away a silly penalty. 4

Granit Xhaka: Playing with the best at Arsenal

Francis Coquelin: Came off injured after less than 30 minutes, did nothing of note but contributed to Bournemouth’s dominance. 4

Alex Iwobi: Couldn’t get the space to operate and was subsequently ineffective. 4

Aaron Ramsey: A wasted chance to impress in an advanced role. Struggled to get into the game. 5

Alexis Sanchez: Scored the goal to provide hope and still looked the Gunners’ most creative outlet. 6

Olivier Giroud: Despite being absent for most of the game, he popped up with two assists and the equalising goal. 7

Substitutes

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for Coquelin, 28′): Was part of the reason Arsenal got back into it. 7

Lucas Perez (for Iwobi, 63′): Scored a beautiful volley and caused problems with runs. 8

Gabriel Paulista (for Koscielny, 64′): Looked shaky coming into an unorganised defence. 5

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