Arsenal 5-1 West Ham – player ratings

Arsenal 5-1 West Ham – player ratings

A win, at last! A 5-1 spanking of West Ham saw a return to some kind of form, a very sad Walrus, and the players rated as follows:

Wojciech Szczesny: 7/10 – Not a lot to do really, can’t criticise for the goal, showed some decent ‘presence’.

Bacary Sagna:  7/10 – More like the Sagna we all know

Per Mertesacker: 7/10 – Solid, clever movement for Arsenal’s second

Thomas Vermaelen: 7/10 – Limped off in the second half, which is a worry, but strong until then

Kieran Gibbs: 7/10 – Didn’t shine like he has recently, but has added consistency to his game this season which is good too see.

Aaron Ramsey: 8/10 – His best game in an Arsenal shirt? Kept things simple, nothing fancy, and it worked very well. Encouraging.

Jack Wilshere: 7/10 – Effervescent as usual, some lovely passing, combined well with Podolski in particular.

Santi Cazorla: 7.5/10 – A goal, an outrageously good free kick with his ‘wrong’ foot and played with a smile on his face.

Lukas Podolski: 9.5/10 – Fantastic performance with loads of end product. The goal was a belter and with three assists to his name clearly the man of the match

Theo Walcott: 7/10 – Took his goal very well, got an assist from a corner too, but a bit hesitant a couple of times when more decisive play could have provided goalscoring chances for him and others.

Oliver Giroud: 9/10 – Got the backing of Robert Pires before the game who said he’d score goals. Bobby is as wise as he is handsome. Giroud, meanwhile, is becoming something of a penalty box poacher, both finishes excellent.

Subs

Andre Santos: 6/10 – Replaced Podolski, did fine.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 6/10 – Came on for Giroud, some strong running but now needs to stay fit on a regular basis and challenge harder for a first-team spot.

Laurent Koscielny: 6/10 – He played

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