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.
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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