Arsenal went down to a very disappointing 2-1 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in their Champions League opener, with Olivier Giroud con troversially sent off in the first half for two harsh bookings after an Oxlade Chamberlain own goal.
Junior Fenandez added a second for the host, heading in a corner, before Walcott came on to pull one back with a sublime finish.
We now look at how Arsenal players fared.
David Ospina: 6.5
A good performance by the Columbian No.1, Could do nothing for the two goals, and Arsenal were indebted to him for keeping the scoreline that low on more than one occasion.
Mathieu Debuchy: 4.5
Showed why Bellerin is comfortably keeping him on the bench, was terrible in positioning, leaving too much space down the right, one of such free spaces led to the first goal. Tried to create something in attack, but his efforts weren’t up to what the young Spaniard brings.
Gabriel Paulista: 6.5 (MoTM)
Was his usual solid self, was just let down by the players around him, he even helped Debuchy and Arteta more than once during the game.
Laurent Koscielny: 5.5
A mixed game for the experienced center back, was excellent at times and was vulnerable at other times, he poorly marked Junior Fernandes for the second goal.
Keiran Gibbs: 5.0
Just a composed game for the left back, did his bit in attack, but didn’t get help from Sanchez, was later subbed off for Theo Walcott when the tactics was changed.
Mikel Arteta: 3.0 (FOTM)
The Captain had one of his worst games in an Arsenal shirt. He was terrible in positioning, left too much gap between the midfield and defence – which was exploited time and time again, his tackling was terrible – didn’t dispossess anyone in direct duel all game, was finally subbed off for Coquelin in the 60th minutes before the midfield stabilized a bit.
Santi Cazorla: 5.5
The Spaniard did his bit, but had a lot of work to do, with little help from Arteta and Sanchez. The team let him down.
Mesut Ozil: 5.0
The German was composed in passing and creating chances, but when the task fell on him to be the focal point of attack after Giroud’s red card, he was poor, missing a chance and mistiming his run for the second. Tried to create more chances after Walcott came on, and he did well to lift a perfect pass for Walcott’s goal.
Was his regular energetic self, he was given a lot to do by Debuchy’s mistakes, had to cover for the right back most of the game, he was not to blame for the first goal, when he realized late that Debuchy was far out of position, he did well to close Fernandes down, but could do nothing for the blocked shot that ricocheted off him.
Alexis Sanchez: 5.0
The Chilean was below par yet again, had very poor decision making, let down those around him by either holding the ball too much or losing possession. He would want to improve his game against Chelsea else he would come under the same scrutiny his opposite number at Chelsea is currently under.
Olivier Giroud: 3.5
Tested the keeper twice, and had an average game before being harshly sent off for a second yellow card offence. His 40 minutes on the pitch though showed he is not good enough to bench Theo Walcott.
Theo Walcott: 6.5
The English forward made a legitimate claim for the starting spot ahead of Giroud after coming on the hour mark; he gave Arsenal a much needed focal point and timed his run perfectly before finishing superbly for his goal.
Francis Coquelin: 6.5
It was yet another time to prove that Coquelin is invaluable at Arsenal at the moment; the Frenchman was brought on to curb the damage Arteta had already done, and he did it well, he closed that gap that was wide open between the midfield and defence, forcing Zagreb to use the flanks instead.
Joel Campbell: 5
Brought on along with Walcott and Coquelin when the game was already lost, he did well to try and muster some attacking threat.