Liverpool get reality Cech in exciting draw

Petr Cech gets down to deny Christian Benteke from two yards out

Petr Cech gets down to deny Christian Benteke from two yards out

Well, it’s another clean sheet at least. One of the more entertaining 0-0 draws one may ever see, but the lack of being able to finish is still a worry.

Christian Benteke missed a sitter from two yards, even though some credit should be given to Petr Cech for wonderful reactions, and Philippe Coutinho hit the post and the bar. Encouraging, but Bentekkers needs to get going soon and Daniel Sturridge can’t return soon enough.

Defensively, Liverpool were sound (not a phrase I ever thought I’d type). A couple of minor hiccups from Simon Mignolet towards the end and a disallowed Aaron Ramsey goal was as bad as it got, although Martin Skrtel went perilously close to sticking it past the Belgian.

Arsenal Player ratings

Petr Cech – The Helmetted Stopper made multiple outstanding saves to bail out his defence on more than one occasion, notably the Benteke chance above and a fingertip save to deny Coutinho. 9

Hector Bellerin – Attacking he looked good, when Arsenal wanted to pass to him. Doing his actual job, he looked less confident and gave the ball away multiple times. 5

Calum Chambers – Never really managed to settle in and made some poor passes in the first half. 5

Gabriel Paulista – Gave the ball away in his own third more than once, but improved in the second half. 6

Nacho Monreal – Kept debutant Roberto Firmino in his pocket all night and looked threatening going forward. Made a good run in the second half and nearly got his reward. 7

Francis Coquelin – Did his duty. Nothing spectacular, but needs to focus on defending and not enter an opponent’s half ever again. Lucky not to give away a penalty for a foul on Benteke. 6

Santi Cazorla – Probably Arsenal’s best outfield player tonight. Pulled the strings in midfield and supplied an absolutely gorgeous through ball for Aaron Ramsey on his offside goal. 8

Aaron Ramsey – Tried too hard and struggled against Liverpool’s full backs. Took his goal well, only for it to be wrongly disallowed by the flag of the linesman when he was clearly level. 6

Mesut Ozil – Big Game Houdini himself didn’t quite do a vanishing act this time, but he didn’t really orchestrate much. Tried his signature short through passes a lot, but to no avail. 6

Alexis Sanchez – Usually a threat but not so much tonight. Put some good crosses in for Giroud however he also didn’t fare well against Clyne and Gomez.

Olivier Giroud – How he didn’t get on the scoresheet we will never know. Was denied by Mignolet from six yards but in fairness, he didn’t have any other clear chances; just a lot of half-chances. 7

Substitutes

Theo Walcott (Giroud, 73) – Looked dangerous but didn’t have any chances. 6

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Coquelin, 82) – Not enough time to make an impact – 5

Liverpool player ratings

Simon Mignolet – Nervy towards the end but yet another good performance and more importantly, another clean sheet. Made a couple of good saves from Ramsey. 7

Nathaniel Clyne – Quiet going forward but was fairly good in defence. Definitely a better option than keeping Glen Johnson (although no right back is a better option than him). 6

Martin Skrtel – Dealt with everything that came his way, and stopped Walcott tapping in late on despite his interception nearly flying past Mignolet. 8

Dejan Lovren  – Surprisingly good. Not in a ‘he was good for Lovren’ way, in a ‘competent Premier League centre back’ way. 7

Joe Gomez – He doesn’t seem to like going forward and lost it a few times, but at the back he’s growing in confidence every single minute. Sumptuous defensive performance. 7

Lucas – A surprise inclusion following reports he was going to Besiktas for a year, he showed his worth and quietly sat in his defensive midfield role. Didn’t misplace a pass all night. 7

James Milner – Another unspectacular match, but he seemed a lot happier going forward knowing Lucas and Can were (usually) behind him. 7

Emre Can – Again, stayed in the middle of the park and ran things his way. Most passes were spot on, and his hair was once again perfect. 7

Roberto Firmino – The useless Adam Lallana was replaced with the equally useless Roberto Firmino. Barely touched the ball save for 5 minutes either side of half time, but was rather uninspiring. 4

Philippe Coutinho – Hit the bar from 10 yards out when he maybe should have done better, and then was denied by a wonderful save later on. The attack went through him, as it should. 7

Christian Benteke – That earlier chance aside, he looked better tonight. Strong going forward and good with the ball, but isn’t spatially aware. Needs a strike partner. 6

Substitutes

Jordon Ibe (Firmino, 63) – Another one dropped, perhaps unfairly, but didn’t really impress in his half an hour. 5

Jordan Rossiter (Lucas, 75) – Interesting time for him to make his Premier League debut, shirt tucked in and all, and looked assured. Definitely talented, just didn’t really get on the ball much tonight. 6

Alberto Moreno (Coutinho, 87) – How much longer before he gets a start this season? Made an 80-yard run forward in the last minute that could’ve been converted if he’d picked a pass. 6

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