Arsenal sealed a comfortable 2-0 win in a game they started slowly, with Ozil adding to his assist with a pinpoint corner to Gabriel Paulista, before scoring a goal of his own after a fine run to send Arsenal back to the top of the table. We now look at how each player performed.
Petr Cech: 6.5
The Czech Goalkeeper on a day he sets a Premier League record for clean sheets, he really didn’t have much to do, except receiving and making passes under pressure. Calmed his defence well.
Hector Bellerin: 6.5
Another good and assured performance by the right back who held his line well, and put his pace to good use when attacking the opposition.
Per Mertasacker: 5.5 (FOTM)
Not the best of games for the big german who was shaky most of the game, and missed a sitter in the first half, his woes were magnified by the excellence of his defensive partner Paulista.
Gabriel Paulista: 7.0
The Brazilian showed once again while it is completely unfair that he plays second fiddle to Mertasacker, made good intercepts, dove into tackles, and notably threatened the opposition during set pieces also scoring a goal off one.
Keiran Gibbs: 6.0
Started slowly but put in a decent shift, still has a lot to do to get ahead of Monreal in the pecking order.
Callum Chambers: 7.0
Started slowly, showing some nervousness in a barely familiar role, but grew in confidence impressively as the game went on, winning and distributing the ball in a manner that was amazing for someone playing in playing his first full senior game in central midfield.
Aaron Ramsey: 7.0
Was everywhere, just like the rest of the team, he started slowly but found his feet and distributed the ball well, made himself available for passes, dispossessed the opponents and started attacks well.
Mesut Ozil: 8.0
Ozil continues to be the world class player Arsenal hoped for when they broke their transfer record. In a game where his team wasn’t so impressive, he was extremely impressive, making passes like it’s destined that any ball leaving his foot creates a chance. But for the profligacy of his teammates, he could have had four assists or more, he still managed one with an excellent corner, and started the move that ended with his well taken goal.
Displayed some pace, power and movement, while also displaying versatility switching positions with Ramsey from time to time, needs to improve on his directness.
Theo Walcott: 6.5
Another attacking display by the striker, defended well, and attacked well. but for some good saves by the opposition keeper, he might have been on the scoresheet.
Olivier Giroud: 6.0
Poor performance from the striker who looked tired for most of the game, did well to flick on the return pass for Ozil’s goal
Nacho Monreal: 6.0
Came on for Gibbs late on and did well, showing why Gibbs is still second choice to him
Joel Campbell: 6.0
Came on for Giroud and added pace to the attack
Came on with a minute left, didn’t even get a touch on the ball