Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa: player ratings

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The first ratings of a new season and it’s not the happy, cheery, isn’t everything great situation we would have all liked. Oh well.

Here we go.

Wojciech Szczesny: 4/10 – Can’t really blame him for the penalty, but looked at sixes and sevens afterwards. His Almunia impression was simply not funny.

Bacary Sagna: 6/10 – Did his best, shunted over to left back when Gibbs went off, nearly broke his neck for the cause.

Per Mertesacker: 5/10 – Tall.

Laurent Koscielny: 4/10 – Unlucky to be sent off and while the penalty decision was harsh, if you leave any room for doubt when sliding in in the box you’re asking for trouble.

Kieran Gibbs: 5/10 – Fine but only lasted 28 minutes before leaving with a cut head.

Jack Wilshere: 5/10 – Good to see him get 90 minutes under his belt but had little impact on the game and was careless in possession in dangerous areas.

Aaron Ramsey: 6/10 – Worked hard as always, ended up at centre-half which speaks volumes about the state of the squad.

Tomas Rosicky: 5/10 – Tried to make things happen at least, but his lack of end product is costly. Guzan made a smart save from one chance, but a player of his quality/experience blazing over the bar with the goal at his mercy … not good enough.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 6/10 – Excellent set-up for Giroud’s goal, a willing runner, until a hospital pass saw him clatter into the Villa man and ultimately injure himself (reports this morning say it could be 3 months or longer, let’s hope not).

Theo Walcott: 4/10 – Not his best game.

Olivier Giroud: 5/10 – Excellent early goal, but while he lacked service, it was frustrating to see the ball bounce off him when played into feet with his back to goal.

Subs:

Santi Cazorla: 3/10 – Just not ready to play yet, it seemed an odd decision to use him ahead of Podolski.

Carl Jenkinson: 5/10 – Ok, but his final ball as we got forward was uncharacteristically poor.

Lukas Podolski: n/a – Not on long enough to rate

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