Hurrah, another win, and a great way to follow up the midweek demolition of Fenerbahce. Here’s how the player rated in the 3-1 win over Fulham.
Wojciech Szczesny: 8/10 - Another good day at the office for SZCZ. He might be a bit disappointed with the touch that led to the Fulham goal but a fantastic double save in the first half ensured we stayed in front, and he looked solid and confident throughout.
Carl Jenkinson: 7/10 - His energy is fantastic, he got up and down the pitch all day, and wasn’t found wanting defensively. Very tidy on the ball too.
Per Mertesacker: 8/10 - If you cross it, he will head. Seemed to be on the end of everything they chucked in, his usual, calm presence at the back was vital.
Bacary Sagna: 8/10 - You would never know he’s not a natural centre-half. We know he’s a good defender anyway, but his positioning and reading of the game was as good as any season central player.
Kieran Gibbs: 7/10 - Another good game, really adds something in the final third now, but a touch careless in the second half, losing the ball in midfield which led to the Fulham goal.
Tomas Rosicky: 7/10 - He didn’t do much that stood out but played his part. Probably a bit on the tired side after two 90 minutes and was replaced by Jack Wilshere.
Aaron Ramsey: 8/10 - What a difference to the player we saw this time last year. He’s in great form, he knows it and is using that confidence to drive his game and this team.
Santi Cazorla: 8/10 - There are times when you watch him and you wonder how he’s just turned away from 3 opponents and kept the ball in a tight space. Then you forget to wonder about that as he gets the team moving. Set up Podolski’s second and created some other good chances.
Theo Walcott: 7/10 - Definitely more of a consistent threat in the opposition half, led some very good breakaways and his fierce shot led to Podolski’s first goal.
Lukas Podolski: 8/10 - Great to see him score twice and the technique required for the first is overlooked – plenty of players would have sent that out of the ground. Left out of the first two games, he got his chance and took it. Can’t ask for more than that.
Olivier Giroud: 8/10 - Three games, three goals. His hold up play was much improved from last weekend and his touch in the move which led to Arsenal’s third was sublime.
Jack Wilshere: 7/10 - Gave the ball away once, but looks to have found a bit of extra zip in his legs after a bit of regular football. One moment late on when he won a tackle, sprinted to win the second ball, and set Arsenal forward was fantastic.
Nacho Monreal: 6/10 - Came on to shore things up, sensible stuff really from the manager, and he did ok.
Yaya Sanogo: n/a – A fairly inauspicious debut, just 10 minutes or so at the end, so hard to rate, but the observation we’d make is that he’s going to have to toughen up, and quickly. He’s a big lad, let’s see him put it about. That said, more experienced players took time to get used to English football so it’s not a big deal just yet.
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