Leicester 2-5 Arsenal – player ratings

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Alexis Sanchez leicester hat-trick

Well, we were all hoping that one game sooner or the later the floodgates would open, and today they did. A hat-trick for Alexis, and one each for Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud.

Here’s how the players rated today, and remember you can leave your own ratings on our voting system below.

PC
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8
HB
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8
PM
4
7.5
LK
6
7.5
NM
18
8
MF
20
6.5
SC
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11
8
AR
8
6.5
AS
7
9.5
TW
14
8.5
PC
33
8
HB
24
7.5
PM
4
7.5
LK
6
7
NM
18
8
MF
20
6
SC
19
7
11
7.5
AR
8
6.5
AS
7
9
TW
14
8
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33: Petr Cech

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8
Readers
45

May have conceded twice but made some outstanding saves and overall was a big presence between the sticks.

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24: Hector Bellerin

7.5
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8
Readers
37

Next dog I get it going to be called by his full name: Hector Alfonso Martinez Magilla-Gorilla Bellerin. Love him.

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4: Per Mertesacker

7.5
arseblog
7.5
Readers
3

Won 100% of his headers, passed it with 95% accuracy and brought some real assurance to the back four, especially late on

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6: Laurent Koscielny

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7.5
Readers
5

Uncharacteristically careless on the ball at times, not quite as at it as his partner, but that's why when one falls a little short the other guy is there to make up the slack.

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18: Nacho Monreal

8
arseblog
8
Readers
14

An outstanding performance today from the Spaniard, no wonder Kieran Gibbs was looking on grim faced from the bench on his birthday.

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20: Mathieu Flamini

6
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6.5
Readers
16

Only played about 20 minutes before going off with a hamstring strain.

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19: Santi Cazorla

7
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7
Readers
15

Thought he was a little off his game in the first half, but much better in the second.

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11: Mesut Özil

7.5
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8
Readers
28

Like Cazorla a little off it in the first half, delicious in the second. 92% passing, 5 chances created and 1 fantastic assist for Alexis. Just a shame he couldn't score.

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8: Aaron Ramsey

6.5
arseblog
6.5
Readers
13

Worked as tirelessly as ever but it's becoming more and more apparent we're not getting anywhere near as much out of him as we should by playing him on the right.

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7: Alexis Alexis

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9.5
Readers
38

After so long without a goal, the floodgates had to open at some time, and today was that day. Sensational, the second and third goals in particular were both so good.

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14: Theo Walcott

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8.5
Readers
11

In my opinion the best game he's had for us at centre-forward, took his goal really well but his movement and strength were impressive too.

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8: Mikel Arteta

7
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Readers
7

Came on just after the equaliser in a period when the game was end to end. Defended well, not exposed at all by Leicester's pace.

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15: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

7
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Readers
12

Made things happen when he came on, could have had a couple of assists

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12: Olivier Giroud

7
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Readers
29

A goal will do him good this week, nice finish from a Monreal cross.

Vote is now closed.

Bonus rating: 10/10 for scoring 5 on my birthday, thanks Arsenal!

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Getso gunner

Alexis 9.5 for me

Charles

I went ahead gave him a 10. What more could you really ask him to have done?

Chris

Score 4

kash

umm…did you see lewandowski the other day …. kidding

Nacho Cheese Kalevra

It’s my birthday too😄

Unnecessarilystupid

And mine. Happy birthday brother/sister.

Ferngunner

10/10 Ranieri….

most italian face

Maniac

10/10 – Alexis’ diving impression of Mahrez.

Holyviper

We should have half a dozen fans in the crowd pretending to be judges giving ratings with scoreboards everytime someone in the opposition dives. It’d be mad funny. Imagine Alexis could have just looked up there, for approval. 😀

Charles

Do your part people, keep Flamini’s season average high!

Mesut Ohno

Arteta not outpaced, what game were you watching?

It’s a shame to see Arteta look so awful as he has done great things for us in the past. It’s sad to see a player amble around the pitch just knowing he doesn’t have it in him to keep pace with the game.

Dick Swiveller

And it was sad to see Leicester’s fun cut short, they were really enjoying the space they were allowed in midfield before Arteta came on.

Drew

Totally agree. The game was bonkers until Arteta came on. Composure, great passing, and tactical awareness can hide his lack of pace.

Gooner

Alexis is back!

Theo surprised me today, he was fantastic I thought. It’s clear to see how much difference pace makes in that position, and to be fair to him, his runs are brilliant too.

Gunner From Another Mother
Gunner From Another Mother

Theo certainly looked like a “proper” (as everyone likes to say) center forward today, eh? Very satisfying to see him playing well in his preferred position, especially at a time when we need someone to step up there.

Side note to Blogs: I know that no one loves Mert more than you, but I’m surprised there’s no mention of his part in their first goal here or in the match report. I thought his decision to step up was quite a poor one.

Denmark

Happy birthday on behalf of all the arseblog-reading Gooners out there.

Delightful display from Arsenal in an even more delightful game of football this afternoon.

Pedant

There isn’t a rating for Cohesion. I think he improved a lot, probably his best match of the season.

Bring on United!

Social Pariah

No dirty shit, no confrontation, no corrupt officials.
Moanin Ho. Look and learn, you despicable Cunt.

A great game from both sides.

Football has returned!

Bring on the Manky Cunts!!!

Ozilseyedoctor

Alexis Sanchez baby. Alexis sanchez ohhhh. (Repeat)

He wants his own song
He wants his own song

Terrific stuff from Alexis! And a very happy birthday to you Señor Blogs

King Henry XIV

Happy birthday Mr. Blogg.
Thank you for all the wonderful stuff.
Congratulation Gooners!

Gooner28

Happy Birthday Mr. Blog from Canada! Thanks for all your great material, always looking forward to the arsecast! And of course, excellent performance from the Arsenal, that should turn our mood around a bit!

Walcott's left footed curl
Walcott's left footed curl

How many touches did Giroud have? I only counted the one, and that was the goal. Efficient!

Goooooooner

True. But he completely missed the ball when he should have scored

Ferngunner

I laughed at that one actually. Reason being he pointed where he wanted the ball to be played and then went on to miss.

Joblow

OG Efficient and consistent. Scoring in every game. COYG!!

Adam

Nikica Jelavic used to be the same, I’m not sure that’s what we want Giroud to aspire to!

Lorentzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Lorentzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Theo’s best performance at striker? Did blogs forget he scored a hat-trick in that position against West Brom? 😉

Fuhgedaboudit

This was a better all around game by Theo, not just scoring goals.

Great Game

Bit harsh to judge Mertesacker over Koscielny on passing stats. Koscielny was making some great forward passes and getting a lot going.

Fabulous

Fully agree. I love how Kos hits a one touch pass across field finding Alexis. Lost count how many times he did that today. I felt he had a good game actually, but such is the standards he sets; people here think he had a poor game today.

bodiroga

Yep strange comments on his rating card. Ain’t nobody like koscielny, makes me happy makes me feel this way.

Wellewinius

Koscielny is probably one of the best, if not the best, defenders in the league with the ball in his feet. He can take it up the field, hit 40-50 yard passes, as well as a great calm when he is under pressure. I also love the power behind his passes. He was a bit rubbish in the first matches, but now he looks to be back at his best.

An interesting question though, is who should be his partner? I think Gabriel has been better than Mertesacker, however with Bellerin in for Debuchy and Walcott in for Giroud, we might need the BFG on defensive set pieces in the future. Against Chelsea, Koscielny was our tallest outfield player at 1,88, and the next one were Gabriel at 1,85. Apart from that there were none above 1,80 (I don’t count Özil, as he is the worst defender in the team both on the ground and in the air).

Boilermaker Gunner

With Ramsey, I think he is getting the job done. Unlucky with the shot that came off Walcott as I felt it was on target.
Yes, he is not scoring like in his breakthrough season. Last year he was trying too hard to score and was publicly reminder by Wenger. He is a midfielder first. Good link up play .He is getting in positions and helping guard the right side. Not a conventional winger but he is doing a good job for the team.

Espen

I agree. Ramsey giver good balance to the team from the right wing and works well with bellerin.

k

I agree, I thought in the first half he was fine but tried to force it a little too much and gave the ball away unnecessarily a couple of times. He was better in the second. It was noticeable when the Ox came on we were more exposed on our right. Not that the Ox was bad, but he was more focused on attacking whereas Ramsey was balanced and disciplined. It’s interesting and entertaining to see those two options from the right.

locksley444

Agreed about Ox not doing much on the defensive end. He watched on for the second leicester goal instead of tracking back. Sound familiar?

Darger

I love the Ox but surprised by his lack of defending today. Usually he chases back and defends well but today seemed to be just waiting for the ball to break so he could counter attack. As we were 4-1 up probably doesn’t matter though. We won 5-2 away against a team on form so should build the confidence.

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Arsene's handkerchief

Great win today! And Happy Birthday Blogs!!! Up the Arse!!!

Cna

Happy Birthday mate!

O'gizzle

Somewhere…I see a striker in Theo. He just needs to get ahead of himself and be ‘the One’

Goontang

To be honest i was abit worried going into this game simply because leicesters form at home has been impressive for a long time. Great performance. Walcott up front was particularly impressive. looked like a world class centre forward today.

GunnerDareMacedonia

I was not worried at all even when we were down 1-0. I knew leicster were overconfident going in this game and will try to attack us and play football and win the game, and when a team pals open game against us we all know what is going to happen to that team with that much space ans pace from us, even I head a great felling that we will score 4 today, and we scored 5. Great for the confidence of the team going in two vital games for us first Olympiacos than utd at home. I hoping for a two wins.

Femi

@GunnerDareMacedonia Yea,I thought as much as I knew and was sure that we will beat the Foxes today. They had a momentary joy,so they scored but the spaces and pace I saw on the field gave me assurance that we will come,saw and conquered! Our opponent did not caution themselves and were dangling the space game into our very eyes,it was a very #ArsenalGame for Christ sake, few teams does it and go unhurt;they dared to thread where even Chelsea fear walk-they always pack bus – so they will #DrinkWater on that result as ALEXIS mutilated their confidence!

Hi-brid

Happy Birthday Blogs!

Ferngunner

You cannot play like us (counter-attacks) against us? We are simply better at that game. Today we showed Leicester that.

Cagooner

I agree. I give Ranieri 10/10 for having the balls to have a go at us and allowing us to play our natural free flowing game.

Trez

Alexis back, Giroud and Theo scored. Nuff said.

P.S Nacho Monreal is the best left back in the league at the moment. Has been since last season to be honest.

Gooner Rises

Great game but i’m a little worried about the leaky defence for next weeks match.

Austin Gooner

I don’t think it was leaky. If a team chooses to play suicidally, they might get a couple, but they’ll give up 5 as well. I think that was the only way to play today. Clearly United won’t leave themselves as exposed next week and we’ll be tighter as well.

Ravi

Seems like a good omen if we start the flamozil brotherhood :p

maddolove

Theo is being nurtured by one of the best past Striker in the World
If he isn’t using TH14 services on how to play centre forward then something is …..

Movement and strength from that small frame ….Bravo Theo

Oh my little fabulous Chilean
Welcome back into the goal scoring fold
Kiss Kiss xx

Monreal was just excellent today
Per was calm and commanding
Arteta was reasonable
Özil was frustrating in first half, but was splendid in second half
Cečh ( I’m growing to not seeing him in Chelsea colours)
Bello…improving with every game

Thanks Leicester for giving us a good game
I love your energy and verve

Arseblog-mania

10/10 for cohesion. Next aim is consistency.

Jon Snow

Own Goal had a bad day today

Man Manny

In moments like this one, all the pundits who often bleat about Arsenal being short of a WC striker lose their voices and look away. None is brave enough to admit that they judged the team too soon.
Expect them to come out in full force anytime we fail to score. I hope not soon: this team is gradually getting to her best.
Meanwhile, City was supposed to walk the league according to this same know-it-alls.

Gab's Scratch Mark

#PunditsAndDeanOut

Gunnerlocutor

Agree with all the praise for Feo, who seems to be growing in this role. Can he get even better? Really good to see Ollie score too. What a nice option from the bench!

An Ox-sized Coq

Walcott was exceptional today. His runs were perfect 95% of the time, and his hold up play was really surprising as well. More please!

Mental Strength

Great performance today after coming back from a goal down. Alexis broke his duck in style with a well-taken hat trick, while Walcott was as lively as I’ve ever seen him in a long while. Bellerin also deserves a special shout-out for his fantastic performance today.

I just thought that Per should have gotten a slightly lower rating (perhaps the same as Koscielny?) since he was caught out by the long ball to Vardy for the first goal. Ox also was caught ball watching a lot while Leicester was having their late flourish, and he actually gave a shrug when the pressure eventually led to their second goal. Criminal if you ask me.

broken heart of Dein

great game, though leagues are won with consistency and not having hiccups and “responding” all the time… hope comes a time again when that happens, well as long as city continues giving us hope who knows… cunt bus is down at St. James btw!
today was a good day

poirobi

My birthday will only be tomorrow, but I’ll take this as a present with a smile on my face . Alexis finally arrived. Happy for him and the rest as well.

Ferngunner

Walcott is showing traditional striker qualities i like. Everything he gets is goalwards. Love the player ever since he signed for us.

cech170

2nd time Giroud scored in the final 10 and had chances for more both times
Chelshit 1-0 down that gives me almost as much pleasure as our win

Goooooooner

Chelsea are losing, City lost, which makes this result all the sweetest

TexasGooner

Happy birthday Blogs!

Have a pint for each Arsenal goal today!

John C

Great win and that’s what we can do when things click, the movement of Sanchez and Walcott and some of Ozil’s passing was excellent.

Still not convinced with Ramsey, his touch and passing are just not up to it and if Wenger had more faith in Chamberlain i think he’d struggle to get in the team.

I’d be interested to know what Ramsey’s passing stats were and how many times he lost the ball, if anyone has the information?

Gab's Scratch Mark

Great performance today. Perfect way to build confidence and momentum by defeating the most in form team at their place after knocking out that lot from the League Cup.

Onwards and upwards!

Stringer Bell

Great game some dodgy defending and Ramsey very poor again. I think you have been very generous with your mark. He lost the ball so many times and frankly did nothing of any note that I remember other than clog up the middle when he drifts in and cuts off space that ozil could use. Don’t understand the love affair so many have with him. Was cos off the broken leg or the stick they gave him and now feel unable to tell the truth. Fascinating really. Anyway great win.

John C

Agreed, the reason Ramsey is on the right is because he lacks the technical skills to play in the middle, his first touch, control and passing are not of the required standard of a championship winning team in my opinion.

His great strength was scoring goals from deep, which he’s no longer doing, i can’t see what he brings to the team at all.

Gab's Scratch Mark

I can see the frustration from your point, Ramsey isn’t much of a goal threat these days. But surely the main (not only) focus is to bring the BEST balance of the team, not of one individual unless that player is clearly “world class” and has the team built around him.

Barry

Would you rather an outfield of ten Ozil’s all trying to find the killer pass ? It’s called a team for a reason. Ramsey may not be in scintillating form at the moment but he’s working for the team, and considering he’s not in his favoured position, is doing a good job, for the TEAM. That’s team……

TommyB

More than you not understanding MOST people’s love for who I (amongst others) consider one of our most important players I don’t quite understand your hatred and disdain for him – did he do something to you personally? Or maybe you miss the 2011/2012 during the nadir of the Ramsey hatred? I don’t know nor understand it. He wasn’t outstanding today nor was he poor by any means either so maybe you should give your tired agenda a bit of a rest.

MannyG

Leicester are such a crazy team. They really don’t care about defending at all. Having said that we played some beautiful football. Really impressed by walcott up front, but then again, it was a dream scenario for him and ozil.

MannyG

sorry, this might have been some aussie colloquialism, ‘crazy’ means good haha.

aloha

Happy birthday

Iceman

This game shows why most team prefers to sit back and play defensive football against us. We tear teams apart who try to go toe to toe with us more often than not. Excellent attacking display! And what more can you say about alexis! He really is a beast! Cmon you gunners! Time to bring those mancs down to earth. PS. Happy Birthday Blogs. I hope its your birthday everyday if we score 5 everytime 😂

GraysGooner

Can we play them every week?

bournegooner

And it also showed how easy it is for teams who sit back against us to counter against us and score.

van gaal's intellect

Mesut Ozil found my wife.
Too bad she was offside.

Simonetta

You just made me snort the soup through ny nose…😂
Btw: #ThatAssistByÖzil…😍

Lone Star Gunner

Happy Birthday, Blogs!

How about another bonus rating: 4 of 5 for Maureen’s c*nts losing at the half to Newcastle, who I’ve seen several times this year and really are abject. If Chelski can manage to blow it to that lot, they really do have problems. 🙂

Fredu

This is why it’s called the beautiful game !

Mondaylee

I just love my Arsenal. Terrific display by the team. More of this please. Coyg!!! Please smash united next weekend.

Omar

Not sure why people are surprised about theo! this is his first season as a striker so ofcourse he needs a few games and starts to be able to fully understand the role.people were on his back too quick but im glad everyone can see he can be so dangerous upfront for us

Madhur

I might be wrong here.. But Arteta was very very poor.. No ariel duels won.. Passes sideways & backwards, no penetrating passes..I have no clues why he is still in the team.. May be due to his intangible off field qualities..otherwise he is so poor

Gab's Scratch Mark

Sorry but u were right. Looks like u are wrong here…

AnthonyG

Well, thanks for clearing that up!

Zimsil

you are wrong.

Yacine

http://www.whoscored.com/Matches/959794/LiveStatistics/England-Premier-League-2015-2016-Leicester-Arsenal

88.5% passes successful, 4 aerials won.

I also remember him making a crucial tackle on Mahrez when Leicester were looking threatening on the counter at one point.

I get that Arteta is not the most exciting player on our squad but I really get the impression that there is an excess of confabulation when it comes to his performances.

KingKanu

Great attacking display by the team but the second goal could have been avoided.

Holloway2Holland

Many Happy Returns.

Paulie Walnuts

Happy birthday Arseblog.

Reginald Perrin

Great result against a previously potential invincible side.

saiyan wenger

well done boys !

Oisin Dorgan

We were very impressive, as we usually are against teams who like to play ball. Leicester’s willingness to actually play some football allowed us to play our game. It’s just a pity every team doesn’t play that way against us!

Futsalegend1991

fans should not critic Ramsey UNFAIRLY. In my eyes he plays well in transitions before the final third, which takes vision and understanding of the game. Why do you think Wenger plays Ozil on the left sometimes, because Just like Ramsey, Ozil knows how to play between transitions before the final third and at the final third simultaneously because of his great positional sense. Ramsey is not at Ozil’s level yet but he has the attributes. I love the Ox, but right now for team cohesion I refer Ramsey on the right, hopefully Ox can up his form to get the best out of both of them competing for that right wing spot . Food for thought 🙂

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