A tricky away trip to the Liberty Stadium resulted in three points for the Gunners today. Here’s how we rated the players …
Wojciech Szczesny: 8/10 – So solid that it turns out Ashford and Simpson are actually time travellers who came from the future years ago but went back to their present to write a song about. Dominated his area in a really encouraging way.
Bacary Sagna: 7/10 – Switched off once, and it proved costly, but other than that it was another consistent performance from the Frenchman. New deal, please?
Kieran Gibbs: 8/10 – He’s rapidly becoming an integral part of the back four. Very good again.
Per Mertesacker: 8/10 – After 120 minutes in midweek? You the man
Laurent Koscielny: 8/10 – At his pokiest, interceptiest, nickiest best. Strong too.
Mathieu Flamini: 7/10 – Top quality yellow card today. Almost worth another point.
Aaron Ramsey: 8/10 – Fantastic again despite some dodgy first half moments. The goals just keep coming. As the Beastie Boys said, “Because you can’t, you won’t, and you don’t stop. When you can’t, you won’t, and you don’t stop.” – The name of the song? Sure Shot.
Jack Wilshere: 7/10 – That cretin Redknapp on Sky tried to make a narrative about how a wide position doesn’t suit Jack. Duh, brains. He’s a central midfielder but that didn’t mean the game passed him by. Played a crucial part in Ramsey’s goal.
Serge Gnabry: 9/10 – Man of the match. Not only did he score a fine goal, but he put in a massive shift after playing 120 minutes in midweek. The most encouraging part of his performance was how switched on he was defensively. Never shirked his duties, at one point making a fine block on the edge of our box.
Mesut Ozil: 7/10 – Will be disappointed not to have scored today after being set up by Ramsey, but the goals will come.
Olivier Giroud: 7/10 – Missed a good chance in the first half after great Gnabry work, but played a big part in the second and played his part in the team’s defensive performance.
Mikel Arteta: 6/10 – Came on, did what he had to do. Got a nice yellow card.
Nacho Monreal: n/a – Not really on long enough
Carl Jenkinson: n/a – Same, only on to waste time.
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