A convincing win over West Ham, the third time in four games we’ve won 3-1, takes us temporarily back to fourth in the table. Here’s how the players rated.
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1: Wojciech Szczesny
Could possibly have done better in the build-up to West Ham's opener. Otherwise not unduly troubled and patrolled box well enough.
5: Thomas Vermaelen
The Hammers' goal stemmed down his flank but looked solid despite being out of position. Balanced his defensive duties with the occasional roving run forward and played the lofted ball that led to Giroud's top notch strike.
3: Bacary Sagna
Made one sloppy clearance in the first half that allowed Jarvis room to run at the defence but otherwise kept the Hammers' winger quiet. Couple of dangerous balls into the box and overlapped well with Cazorla.
4: Per Mertesacker
He was big. He was German. Both of these things stopped Andy Carroll from having a kick.
6: Laurent Koscielny
Nearly kicked Matt Jarvis' head off as he desperately tried to stop the West Ham man from heading his side into the lead - probably would have conceded a penalty and been red carded had he made contact. Gonna have to deduct a half point for taking the risk. All in all, good to have him back, his presence calmed the nerves of the crowd as much as his teammates.
29: Kim Kallstrom
His first 90 minutes in English football was a mixed bag. He gets about the pitch well and in the first 45 minutes made a couple of eye-catching passes as well as smashing a decent shot that forced Adrian to save. However, was guilty of giving the ball away several times as the game wore on.
8: Mikel Arteta
Impressively energetic given he played the full 120 minutes at Wembley. Benefitted from the zip and urgency on Messrs Rosicky and Cazorla and was quicker in his distribution.
7: Tomas Rosicky
Not his most effective game but he still has the canny knack of springing an attack out of nothing. Was disciplined after an early booking for a cynical challenge.
19: Santi Cazorla
Scoring the winning goal in the shoot out appears to have given him a boost. Had a fine game dictating the tempo, dribbled with finesse, spread play smoothly, set-up Poldi's opener and nearly grabbed a fine goal with a vicious shot that swerved just wide.
9: Lukas Podolski
The mercurial German had a point to prove after stropping off at Wembley. His two goals were clinical thunder thwacks and proof that on his day he can be a match winner. Still a bit of a trundler on the defensive side but hard to quibble with his contribution tonight. Also played the full 90 for the first time since Spurs won the title.
12: Olivier Giroud
After missing a gilt-edged chance in the first half trying a dainty left foot flick instead of wellying the ball with his right you sensed he may again toil without reward. He proved his doubters wrong though with a Bergkamp-esque bit of control to ease himself into position for a fine low strike - his 20th of the season - which whipped through Adrian's legs. That was a top goal and his pass to Ramsey in the build-up to Poldi's second wasn't bad either. He likes playing against the Hammers obviously.
16: Aaron Ramsey
On as a sub and almost immediately provided a lovely headed assist for Podolski's second. Full of energy and neat touches.
25: Carl Jenkinson
Only on for a matter of minutes.
Bonus rating: 10/10 - Sam Allardyce is the undoubted king of public managerial mastication since Fergie's retirement...the gobby mouthed chubster.