We moved 4 points clear at the top of the table after a 2-0 win over stubborn Southampton, but how did the players rate?
Wojciech Szczesny: 8/10 – Made good saves, dominated his area from Southampton’s dangerous set-pieces. The form keeper in the Premier League right now.
Bacary Sagna: 8/10 – All we hear is, Bacary Sagna, Bacary Sagna, Bacary Sanga. Bacary, someone still loves you!
Per Mertesacker: 8/10 – Fantastic reaction to winning the penalty, drag backs, quality defending all day.
Laurent Koscielny: 8/10 – Je t’aime.
Kieran Gibbs: 8/10 – Got forward well, shackled their wide players well. Another fine display.
Mikel Arteta: 6/10 – Got caught a couple of times in the first half, but when he, worryingly, went off injured, the space he left in the midfield was obvious.
Jack Wikshere: 7/10 – So unlucky not to score with a deft right footed chip early on, but put in a good shift for the full 90.
Aaron Ramsey: 7/10 – Like Wilshere unlucky not to score with his audacious back flick, fantastic energy and work.
Santi Cazorla: 6/10 – Still trying to find the form of last season.
Mesut Ozil: 7/10 – Still feels a bit like he’s playing within himself, but shackled well by a good defensive side.
Olivier Giroud: 8/10 – The first goal will go down as a keeper mistake, but Giroud forced that error. Solid penalty too to top off a day when he again showed the improvement in his all round game.
Theo Walcott: 6/10 – One decent shot aside, a bit quiet, but not unexpected when he’s been out so long.
Tomas Rosicky: 7/10 – Almost the perfect substitute in those circumstances, brought some energy and slideyness to the final 15 minutes.
Nacho Monreal: 6/10 – Another solid cameo. Probably frustrating for him, but very effective for us.
Artur Borus: LOL/10 – that’s some quality footwork, fella.
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