Arsenal, 2015 Emirates Cup winners.
Arsenal beat Wolfsburg 1-0 to lift the Emirates Cup for the first time since 2010 with Theo Walcott scoring the only goal of the game after latching on to a Jeff Reine-Adelaide pass.
Petr Cech: 8
The veteran goalkeeper made some very good saves to keep Schurrle, Naldo and Guilavogui out. It was a very resounding home debut for the 33-year-old.
Hector Bellerin: 7
It was another mature performance from the 20-year-old Spaniard. Did his bit in attack and had a strong defensive showing.
Callum Chambers: 7.5
Showed that he has been taking lessons from Mertesacker, didn’t let any green shirt get past him, and made sure Bendtner’s return wasn’t a sweet one for the striker.
Gabriel Paulista: 7.5
The Brazilian got down to his work, made sure no threat got into Arsenal’s 18 yard box, even moved out of defense at times to stop threats before they got to the box. His passing was also top notch, though his tackling was a bit too heavy. He formed a pretty solid partnership with Chambers.
Nacho Monreal: 7
The Spaniard put up a better performance than Kieran Gibbs did on Saturday, and it is almost certain he will remain Wenger’s first choice left-back for the new season.
Mikel Arteta: 7
The skipper didn’t show signs of a player that hadn’t played since November last year. He was full of running made vital tackles before being subbed off in the 63rd minute.
Santi Cazorla: 7
The Spaniard was calm on the ball, distributed good passes, twists and turns, but didn’t do anything spectacular.
Jack Wilshere: 6.5
The midfielder showed his versatility switching between the three attacking midfield roles behind the striker, dribbled way out of trouble regularly, but his passing wasn’t at its best. He gradually faded as the game wore on and was subbed off in the 75th minute.
Mesut Ozil: 7.5
It was another hard working performance from the attacking midfielder, was full of running without the ball, and when on the ball looked to create chances. Was replaced by Akpom after the break.
Jeff Reine-Adelaide: 8 (MoTM)
The youngster Wenger lauded as “something special” lived up to the hype. Showed amazing skills and after Ozil was subbed off. The 17-year-old showed outstanding leadership qualities, taking control of the game. He rounded it off with a fine pass to Walcott for the only goal of the game.
Theo Walcott: 7.5
Theo was a passenger for most of the game, though it can be blamed on the fact that his team was regularly on the wrong end of possession. He did well to still get some shots on target and scored the only goal of the game after a good pass from Adelaide.
He replaced Ozil after the break and was disappointing. The youngster was too selfish in possession thereby wasting a lot of chances.
He came on for Arteta and added some running to the midfield, but was more on the defensive with Wolfsburg constantly on the attack.
He came on for Adelaide and made contributions when needed.
It was another encouraging cameo from the youngster, shored up the midfield after coming on for Wilshere, slid into tackles and even tested Benaglio in Wolfsburg’s goal with a rasping 20 yards drive.
He replaced Walcott and allowed the game pass by him.