Victory in the south of France marked Arsenal’s tenth consecutive win on the road since the defeat of Bayern Munich in mid-March, here’s how the players rated…
Wojciech Szczesny: 7/10 – By and large he dealt with everything thrown at him. Got down well to make a number of saves, albeit a couple of them going wide, but couldn’t do much about the well-taken penalty.
Bacary Sagna: 7/10 – Back on the right-side of the defence he got up and down the wing very well and provided one particularly good deep cross which Wilshere nearly converted.
Per Mertesacker: 6/10 – Largely solid on his return to the starting line-up he loses a point for the wild swing of his Teutonic leg which looped the ball over Szczesny and nearly resulted in Marseille taking the lead.
Laurent Koscielny: 7/10 – Solid for the most part. Will be gutted Ramsey had the balls to take his crown as king penalty-giver-awayer.
Kieran Gibbs: 9/10 – One of his best games in an Arsenal shirt, he charged up and down the left, prevented a BFG OG, nearly scored following tidy interplay with Ozil and provided the cross from which Walcott despatched the opener.
Jack Wilshere: 7/10 – Seemed a little lost in the first half shunted out on the left, he was much more influential in the second period as the game opened up. Good on the ball if not spectacular.
Mathieu Flamini: 7/10 – He’s so good at what he does he’s almost Gilberto-esque as an invisible-wall. Great to have such a motivated and energetic performer in the centre of the park and his positional discipline allows Ramsey to express himself.
Aaron Ramsey: 8/10 – Another swashbuckling showing from the Welshman with a sixth goal of the season capping a fine performance which included a couple of very eye-catching tackles. One in the second half was nigh-on perfect and resulted in a great Arsenal break. Harshly treated on penalty, thankfully not costly.
Mesut Ozil: 7/10 – Not quite as influential as he was against Sunderland, he still showed flashes of his class as the midfield congestion eased in the second half – one back-heel to set-up Gibbs was particularly glorious.
Theo Walcott: 7/10 – Picked up where he left off at the Stadium of Light by missing a couple of early half-chances but took his goal superbly with the sweetest of volleys. His runs behind the defence were always dangerous and he’d should now take confidence from bagging his first goal of the season.
Olivier Giroud: 7/10 – No goal for the Frenchman, but his hold-up play against very physical defenders was impressive. His interplay in and around the final third bodes well for the future.
Nacho Monreal: 6/10 – On for Walcott with 12 minutes remaining, he slipped into the left-side of midfield ahead of Gibbs and helped sure things up
Thomas Vermaelen: n/a Nice to have him back, he’ll be looking to WBA in the COC for his first real action of the season.
Ryo: n/a Only on the pitch a matter of seconds.
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