Arsenal player ratings: Sanchez shines again, £10m defender struggles

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We rate the players from Arsenal's 3-3 draw against Anderlecht last night.

Wojciech Szczesny - 6

The Arsenal stopper actually made some decent saves during the first-half and he could have done little with any of the three strikes that went past him.

Calum Chambers - 4

After a brilliant start to his Arsenal career, the right-back's performances seem to have tailed off. Last night he was poor, with his passing being particularly erratic.

Per Mertesacker - 3

Beaten in the air for the crucial goal by Aleksandar Mitrović, Mertesacker won't look back on this display with much fondness. As the most experienced member of the Arsenal back-line more would have been expected from the German.

Ignacio Monreal - 3

The Spaniard is being forced to play at centre-back because of Arsene Wenger's lack of planning in the summer and he clearly isn't comfortable there. Gave a penalty away which put Anderlecht right back into the match. 

Kieran Gibbs - 3

Gibbs has won a number of plaudits in recent times, but he will want to forget this performance. His decision to pass to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, when clean-through on goal, was equally as poor as any defensive error made.

Mikel Arteta - 6

Scored a penalty and generally did well during his time on the pitch. Things went downhill when he exited the pitch.

Aaron Ramsey - 5

The central-midfielder has not hit the heights of last season yet. This was another indifferent performance from the Welshman.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - 7

The English international was a threat going forward and was one of the only players to come out of this game with any credit. Took his goal well and was generally a menace throughout. 

Alexis Sánchez - 9

The Chilean is almost carrying Arsenal single-handedly at the minute. This was another display where he showed every quality needed to be a success at the Emirates. Determined, destructive and clinical, Sanchez looks Wenger's best purchase in some time.

Santi Cazorla - 5

The Spaniard wasn't at his best here. Didn't influence the match enough going forward.

Danny Welbeck - 5

A strange performance from Welbeck which seemed to sum up his strengths and highlight his weaknesses. There were times when he looked Arsenal's biggest threat, with his pace and power causing problems, but there were some needless errors involved, too. 


Tomas Rosicky - 5

Wasn't able to influence the game after coming on late on.

Mathieu Flamini - 3

As someone brought on to protect a three goal advantage, Flamini must take some of the blame for this defeat. Another example of Arsenal's need for a defensive-midfielder.

Lukas Podolski - 3

Entered the action late on, but was partly at fault for the decisive goal. He didn't get out quickly enough to stop the cross which led to Mitrovic's equalising header and there is no excuse for that, given he should not have been tired. 

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