Jonathan Lee > A game in which we played brilliantly for the first 35 minutes but were distinctly second best for the next hour, overall probably a fair result but always tough to take when you go three goals up.
Fabianski – 6.5 mistimed punch early on, a couple of decent stops but no real chance with any of the goals, important push out late on at 3-3 t0 preserve a point;
Coufal – 6.5 maybe should have done better with a shot at goal early on otherwise defended well for the most part, decent cross to set up the third;
Diop – 6.5 a couple of early shaky moments, acrobatic clearance off the line early in the second half, generally did ok;
Dawson – 6 arguably his first shaky display for us as we got overran second half and culpable both for his own goal and for letting Lacazette free for the leveller;
Cresswell – 6 got some decent early deliveries into the box and made a couple of important blocks second half but struggled to contain Chambers ultimately leading to all three goals coming from our left wing;
Rice – 7 as ever no lack of effort and one barnstorming run second half that forced a save, but struggled to contain the away team’s second half raids;
Soucek – 6.5 failed to properly connect with two early headed chances before touching an Antonio header in for our third, unlucky to turn in an own goal deflection for the visitors first, like Rice somewhat bamboozled by the quick passing of the opposition through and behind him;
Lingard – 7 a wonderful half volley opener, quick thinking to release Bowen for our second, and always looked like he might make something happen, his forlorn look at the final whistle a sign of how much he currently feels part of this team;
Bowen – 6.5 quick to see the opening for his goal although his shot was actually quite poor and should have been saved, went down cheaply on a couple of occasions the second indirectly leading to Arsenal’s second, a tad unfortunate to be subbed;
Benrahma – 6 until a decent burst through the away defence that should have resulted in a fourth goal (shortly after which he was subbed) never really offered too much in the time he was on;
Antonio – 7 provided the assist for the opener, and won the free kick for the second, and he also all but scored our third as well, but wasted two presentable opportunities second half (the first arguably more presentable than the second which was fizzed in at pace) and impact waned as the second period went on.
Noble – 5 (74 mins for Bowen) did nothing wrong in particular but equally his presence did not really shore up our defence as hoped;
Fredericks – 5 (79 mins for Benrahma) saw little of the ball as most away attacks came down our left wing.