Arsenal secured their fourth win of their Champions League campaign with a very slick 2-0 win over Marseille. Here’s how the players rated…
Wojciech Szczesny: 7.5/10 - Very solid night from the Pole including two important stops in quick succession midway through the second half.
Bacary Sagna: 7/10 - New contract please.
Per Mertersacker: 7/10 - Wasn’t overly troubled by a tubby-looking Gignac. Tidy on the ball and commanding in the air. Big.
Laurent Koscielny: 7/10 - See above. Not so big.
Nacho Monreal: 7.5/10 - Gets an extra half mark for not being rusty when it might have been excusable. Great to have such a quality back-up to Gibbs. He was up and down the flank all night.
Mathieu Flamini: 7.5/10 - Such a shouty motherhubbard. In a good way. Marshalled the midfield and didn’t even get booked.
Tomas Rosicky: 7.5/10 - ‘Worked his little balls off,’ according to the lovely lady next to me. Personally we think the Czech has above average sized testicles. Did well upping the tempo throughout.
Aaron Ramsey: 7.5/10 - The Mr Chips of the Gunners midfield, silky on the ball, did a lot of retrieval work. No goals though. Boo!
Jack Wilshere: 9/10 - His first brace for the Gunners and lovely goals they were too. Chipped the keeper with a curler for starters, delivered a calm finish to calm Emirates nerves for mains. Has the bit between his teeth at the moment after recent criticism. Tonight should win over any doubters.
Mesut Ozil: 7.5/10 - Dennis Bergkamp-esque from the spot he was visibly annoyed with his own performance when subbed but put in a decent shift after his first half penalty miss. Regains half a mark for his assist for Wilshere. Understated but still important figure again.
Olivier Giroud: 8/10 - Constant thorn in the side of the Marseille defence, his link-up play was again top notch. Again played the 90 and energetic to the last.
Santi Cazorla: 7/10 – Impish in that Mighty Mouse style of his.
Mikel Arteta: 7/10 - Six points for quality hair.
Theo Walcott: 7/10 - Missed a good chance trying to curl a low effort with the outside of his foot but also fired a great ball across the six-yard box which could have seen us notch a third.