Aston Villa player ratings v Arsenal: Carlos Sanchez the worst of a bad bunch

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An early Olivier Giroud penalty and first-half Aaron Ramsey strike saw Remi Garde's men fall to a 2-0 defeat at Villa Park.

Brad Guzan 6/10 – Could do little about either Arsenal goal but was fortunate to go unpunished after misjudging a Mesut Ozil cross in the first half.

Alan Hutton 5/10 – Clumsily hauled down Theo Walcott to concede the early penalty and was regularly caught out of position at the back. Did manage to impress going forward in the second half but the damage was done at that stage.

Jores Okore 6.5/10 – Looked nervy at times in only his second start since summer knee surgery but managed to deal with most of what was thrown at him, recording a match-leading nine clearances, three tackles and two interceptions, as well as blocking a shot.

Joleon Lescott 6/10 – One of several players caught out on Ramsey’s 38th-minute goal but otherwise did what was asked of him to ensure that the scoreline didn’t look worse.

Leandro Bacuna 5/10 – Had some joy bombing down the left but unsurprisingly struggled to deal with the attacking threat of Joel Campbell and Hector Bellerin. Doubtful Kieran Richardson would have done much better, though.

Carlos Sanchez 4.5/10 – A player in his position simply can’t afford to be so sloppy in possession, while his tracking back in the lead-up to Arsenal’s second was also woeful.

Idrissa Gana 5/10 – A poor giveaway in the Arsenal half led to Ramsey’s goal, as the summer signing once again flattered to deceive in the centre of the park. After a bright start to life at Villa, he now looks droppable.

Jordan Veretout 6/10 – Produced a few bright moments in the second half after struggling through the opening 45 minutes but wasn’t quite incisive enough in the final third.

Scott Sinclair 6/10 – Wasted Villa’s best chance when he headed an Alan Hutton cross wide 11 minutes after the break. Looked dangerous on the ball at times but couldn’t do enough to get the hosts back into the game.

Jordan Ayew 6/10 – Had a quiet start but worked hard and threatened with his pace as the match wore on. Arsenal’s defence had his number for the most part, though.

Rudy Gestede 5/10 – Won a few flick-ons but just didn’t look like a goal threat. At least he might have more success back in the Championship next season, assuming that’s where Villa are heading.

SUBSTITUTES

Carles Gil (Gestede 57) 6/10 – Looked lively to begin with but his influence was eventually stifled as Arsenal’s defence put the shackles on him during the closing stages.

Jack Grealish (Gana 78) 6/10 – Made his return to first-team action following his two-week exile but produced no real moments of note in his short time on the pitch.

Adama Traore (Sinclair 87) 6/10 – Showcased his promise in his brief cameo with an excellent solo run which almost finished with a consolation goal.

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