Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace – player ratings

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Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace - player ratings

Arsenal kept a second successive clean sheet in their second successive win, beating Crystal Palace 2-0 thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud and Alex Iwobi.

Here’s how the players rated today.

PC
33
8.5
HB
24
8
G
5
8
LK
6
8.5
NM
18
8
GX
29
8
ME
35
7.5
AI
17
8
LP
9
7
AS
7
8
OG
12
9
PC
33
8
HB
24
8
G
5
8
LK
6
8
NM
18
7.5
GX
29
8
ME
35
7
AI
17
8
LP
9
7
AS
7
8
OG
12
9
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33: Petr Cech

8
arseblog
8.5
Readers
45

Didn't have much to do really, but 3 good saves in a minute in the second half kept the clean sheet intact.

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24: Hector Bellerin

8
arseblog
8
Readers
37

Linked up nicely with Lucas down the right, got into some dangerous positions. Crossing might have been a bit better though.

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5: Gabriel .

8
arseblog
8
Readers
44

Quietly impressive. 13/13 clearances, 10/10 headed clearances, disciplined and bright.

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6: Laurent Koscielny

8
arseblog
8.5
Readers
5

To Kos: The action of rendering a £30m striker invisible.

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18: Nacho Monreal

7.5
arseblog
8
Readers
14

Really good going forward, created some genuine danger.

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29: Granit Xhaka

8
arseblog
8
Readers
53

Very good again, now firmly establishing himself in the midfield, his range of passing is superb.

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35: Mohamed Elneny

7
arseblog
7.5
Readers
51

Tidy and efficient throughout, had a couple of decent pops on goal.

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17: Alex Iwobi

8
arseblog
8
Readers
46

Although he plays primarily on the wings, it seems more and more clear that his long-term future will probably be in the middle. Really good today.

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9: Lucas Perez

7
arseblog
7
Readers
55

A good run-out for the Spaniard, might been a little more productive from some of the areas he got into, but it's good to have that depth in the squad.

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7: Alexis Alexis

8
arseblog
8
Readers
38

Did everything but score today. Relentless in his efforts, he had 8 attempts on goal and create 5 chances.

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12: Olivier Giroud

9
arseblog
9
Readers
29

A big Handsome French Bastard of a goal. He might have missed that earlier chance, but a goal of that quality deserves huge credit. His second goal in successive games too, gives us great attacking depth.

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8: Aaron Ramsey

6.5
arseblog
6.5
Readers
13

A decent cameo from the Welshman, had a sight of goal too. Being eased back into action, pushing for a start against Bournemouth perhaps.

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34: Francis Coquelin

6
arseblog
6.5
Readers
40

Came on, did grand

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15: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

6.5
arseblog
7
Readers
12

Added some real positive thrust down the right when he came on. Much like a load of Guinness followed by a dodgy kebab on the way home, provided some powerful runs.

Vote is now closed.

Bonus rating: 10/10 for Giroud's goal. Go watch it again.

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gunnerlocutor

Oli’s charming modesty about getting “maximum luck” for his goal was refreshing. That must be goal of the season so far, no?

ForeignGooner

I fully agree, goal of the season until now. But I was wondering, what does Giroud have to do to get a 10 rating on Arseblog?

ForeignGooner

Ah, I missed the bouns rating, sorry.

Paul

Not miss a “sitter” and give the ball away ever.
The rules are pretty clear.

Hah

Ozil was anonymous today.
In all seriousness though, despite the shitness of palace, did we actually miss him?

Deano

Think you answered your own question there Hah, “despite the shitness of palace”.

Dig out the chav match, yeah that shite team that are pissing the league. Interestingly enough Mesut (can’t play in big games) Ozil tore them a new one. Didn’t play against the bin dippers, yeah that went well and both trips we went with the tactic of defending all game. Not his style may as well have left him out of them.

Deano

To Manchester ^

Tommy Gunner

I know that this will get me a lot of downvotes, but I don’t think I’m seeing in Xhaka what a lot of other people seem to be seeing. I see him as a quietly efficient player on the ball who is often quite clumsy in the tackle in dangerous positions. A good player but I don’t think he is good enough to be a starting midfielder in a top 4 team at the moment. He is also fast becoming to long shots what Kolo Toure was to direct free kicks

Paul

Xhaka and Elneny are top quality in my opinion. COYG!

loose_cannon

Would disagree, I think Xhaka is quality. Only issues I have with his game are a lack of mobility/dribbling and he’s maybe too rattled by pressing. Will need to work on those for the big games but he was on top form today

Anonymarse
Marital Monk

English pls? Perhaps you’ve been watching Xhaka of Arsenal FC Argentina

Gunner in Canada

You are 100 % correct ……… in your statement that you would get a lot of down votes.

The rest of the babbling that you produced, a load of croak as far as I am concerned.

NewHavenGooner

My poor sleeping family when that goal went in. Went absolutely mental.

Chicagooner

My reaction was just the opposite. Stunned silence followed by that wonderfully gooey feeling as you realize that just really happened!! Now I am gonna bask in all its glory until Tuesday when he hopefully plonks in another one like this.

David C

I know the Brits made fun of Bob Bradley for using North American terms when talking about footie, but there’s a great ice hockey term for Giroud’s shot: Bar Down!!!

Sanchez with the cross, Giroud reaches back…Scorpian kick bar down! What a beauty!

Is that too North American? haha.

Happy New Year’s to all. Hopefully some rivals start dropping some points soon!

Mike

First to comment? Good today , very dominant, roll on Bournemouth

santori

Giroud. World Class! Wenger go buy us a striker.:D

Alexis. Can we have another one of him?

Iwobi. Excellent. Doesn’t matter where we play him. Personally prefer him moved centrally next to either of Granit or Le Coq. We have tons of options out wide again. Iwobi protects the ball and uses it well plus he can carry it with feet.

Elneny. The man has a pair of lungs. Good hard graft before he leaves for the ACN.

Granit. World Class. Another superb display with a wide range of passing from deep. Wenger has made mistakes in market but crucially he spends comparatively little. (Just think of other teams and how much they have spent on mediocre players). When he spends for premium, he has got it spot on – Ozil, Alexis, Mustafi and Granit.

Lucas. Work in progress. Some fans just don’t know what they are watching. He will get better but it will take time. Saying he needs to start is ridiculous. We have Walcott, Welbeck, the Ox AND Iwobi all in equal parts in frame for a wide berth. ONLY Alexis is a sure starter and we may play him up top as a Plan B.

MOnreal and Bellerin as I mention provide our width. Our wide players (in this case Lucas and Alexis) have license to pinch in. In this game, Palace were not as packed deep as WBA and we were able to go down the wide areas more.

Not much for the players at the back to do but Cech came up with some important stops when we looked a bit shaky after the second goal. Room for improvement.

Ox came in and put in a good shift. Should have tried to take on players more given our lead and time remaining but he gets down the byline very well.

Ramsey is best in the attacking mid role. That was a good shot from the edge of the area at end of game.

All in all and impressive display but we need to be even sharper with our chances and improve further.

We have opportunity next to cut back Liverpool (and hopefully CHelsea. 4-5 games which we can win before the CHelsea match up so we must take maximum points and we can do it.

The next game against Bournemouth is crucial. NO point gaining ground and then dropping in 48hours so focus is important right now.

Those giving up the season now show great fighting spirit. The team need that sort of spirit too.:D

Paul

That moment when you watch it go in and you say to yourself…”he did that thingy”!!! Oh to be a gooner.

Conchetumadre

Great job by Alexis. He did not score, but did so many good things for the team, not to mention the countless passes in the box. Amazing assist to Giroud. Well done AS7

ArsenalKab

C’mon Blogs what’s he gotta do to get a 10?

Amusa

Give Giroud 10.
Or we riot.
Burn the servers down and all that shit. We will even hunt James down and burn him at the stake.

Aussie gooner

Why would Ramsey start ahead of coquelin and xhaka next game ?

BromleyGooner

Agreed. What did he do today to push for a start for that game?

loose_cannon

He played well, looked sharp and Xhaka at least is due a break during this busy period. Need to be rotating to keep everyone fresh

BromleyGooner

I wouldn’t say he played particularly badly but I don’t remember him doing anything of note when he came on. You are suggesting Coquelin and Ramsey partnership? Who’s going to sit and be the play maker? El Neny, Cazorla and Xhaka are the three players who have the skills to play that position. Not so much Coquelin and certainly not Ramsey

arsepedant

Elneny’s on a plane to Africa, Cazorla’s injured, and Xhaka’s played every minute of our last few games. Is that enough?

chippy's chip

…..only Higuitas was better and Bergkamp, Henry and Wrighty won titles and doubles

yas

the look on crystal palace owners face when he paid 30m for benteke and we paid £10m for the scorpion king of london.

Great shift in by alex, Mo and granit! bring on bournemouth

Domenik

Xhaka’s passing is lovely to watch as each pass has meaning to it. His defensive work is great. And he hasn’t been carded in a long time either. Getting better and bettter.

Matt P

Yes his passing was great today. I thought Elneny was excellent too – a bit more incisive than usual – an 8 for me

loose_cannon

I know he was probably just rested but interesting that Coq was dropped for Elneny here. I’ve often said we shouldn’t be playing 2 DMs at home to teams outside the top 6 and while Xhaka and Elneny played in a 2, Elneny had license to roam and make things happen. He isn’t as much of a ball winner as Coq but a lot better on the ball and all-round excellent today. Also noted that when Coq did come on, instead of holding like normal and waiting to press, he was racing all around the pitch trying to make things happen with the ball. Could be an interesting battle there going forwards, one of those “good problems” I keep hearing about!

BromleyGooner

I don’t know what Arsenal games you have been watching but Coquelin always presses high and plays higher than his midfield partner. He doesn’t sit

loose_cannon

To clarify, I meant Coqulein normally holds when we have the ball. He doesn’t make the kinds of runs he was making when he got on the pitch today even when we’re winning, including a particularly eye catching one on the left. He may have just been out to impress but I also suspect he might have been told he has to contribute more to our attacking side in games like this

Arteta's hair

Elneny a sure 8 for me! Really good today.

Matt P

Good performance, sure, but for me it’s groundhog day:
– look great against weak teams
– usually outclassed by strong teams
I hope they prove me wrong when we play Chelsea

Matt P

Wow, 18 thumbs down, three thumbs up!
Wondering why?
Inconvenient truth? Blind faith?
(PS I thought we played well today and said so. But how can anyone argue against the point that we usually look great against weaker teams and usually average against strong teams? Personally, I can’t get carried away with good wins against weak teams. But maybe my expectations are too high?)

Matt P

Rather than just thumbing down, I’d like people to tell me why I am wrong. Don’t worry, I won’t get offended – just want to engage in debate!
Why is it any different this time (ie. beating weak teams, and not turning up against strong teams)
Probably because people don’t have a sound response that…
Who is confident that we can beat Chelsea? Certainly not I.
As long as there is almost religious blind faith, and ignorance of our massive flaws, this club won’t move forward.
But some are obviously happy with us just beating weak teams (with the very occasional good performance against a top team) and with mediocrity all round.

ATL_Gunner

If the point is that we play better against bad teams than good ones… isn’t that why they’re bad or good? I feel like this general thought is kind of empty and easy analysis to make. For example – look at last year’s top 6.

Leicester – took 1.8 pts per match vs other top 6 clubs. They took 2.25 vs everyone else.
Arsenal – 1.6 and 1.96
Spuds – 1.7 and 1.89
Man City 1.2 and 1.92
Man United – 1.7 and 1.75
Southampton – 1.7 and 1.64

Outside of Southampton – they all (to varying degrees) do worse against good sides than everyone else – this should be expected. If anything – consistently taking 3 points weaker competition is more important than beating the top competition when it comes to winning the title. The point is – contrary to the narrative – everyone struggles with the good sides, and it’s entirely normal.

I certainly think we’re capable of beating Chelsea. But we should also recognize that they’ve ripped off 13 wins in a row for good reason. They will likely give us trouble and hopefully we will overcome it.

Jack4343

You did see us totally own Chelsea earlier in the year right? (Costa haha) Conte looked totally despondent and his team looked lost and out of our league. Credit to him that he was able to get his system in place and the players responding so rapidly after that but unless there was a transfer window I don’t know about, it’s the same lot of guys still there and they are definitely capable of going right back to the form they showed that day and we are certainly capable this year to be the ones to take them there. The big games are tough and while I hope we win them all, I realize these games are difficult and we may not. I struggle more when we lose to teams in the bottom half of the table and we seem to be taking care of that business rather well.

Olivije_Ziru

For me Xhaka was the unsung hero today, he was superb. Overall a very solid performance. We never looked like a losing side today. What a finish from Giroud that was, whatever Mkhitaryan can do, Giroud can do it better.

Just a little dissapointed since we didn’t rest at least one of the trio Xhaka, Sanchez or Giroud for the last third of the game which was quite intense. Suprised Wenger subbed Elneny, who is going and won’t be available for next few games.

Maybe Welbeck in contest for Bournemouth? Will Ramsey be pushing for a start? Imo only if Xhaka will be rested or Ozil wont’t be ready for Tuesday. Walcott will be probably in the squad also.

Tilmann

That was satisfying. Great performance by the team. These 11 players were not being pushed around by the opponents.

Pity Elneny is leaving for a month. Hope Wenger uses Coq. It´s better for the team than using Ramsey.

Diarra

Would love to see some Xhaka-Ramsey action, though at least against lesser opponents Xhaka-Elneny seem so to work really well. Two good matches for them now, this and the Bournemouth match. They help us keep the ball which has been kind of a problem lately when teams press us

Abdul

World class

Paul

HFB he scores when we wants…;-)

Jack4343

Total domination…fun to watch. Palace didn’t really put up much of a fight. That goal…oofah! That’s a world class finish from a world class striker right there.

Runzac

Generous rating for Monreal. Had troubles against a shitty opponent. Otherwise spot on.

Mark

Sanchez was such a joy to watch today, no matter where he plays he is so dangerous and loved his effort tracking back vs Zaha to make that tackle. Some of his touches are unbelievable.

Nice to see Elneny get a run and love the way he works with Xhaka. Speaking of Xhaka what a range of passing he has. Makes me think back to how tough it was watching Denilson play the ball backwards and sideways from that position. His level of play now is certainly helping with the absence of Carzola.

Love watching how Iwobi buzzes around and plays with such confidence. Definitely think the middle is his strongest spot, but of course we have Ozil there. Nice to know though that he can step in for Ozil and do such a good job.

Mesut O'neill

I thought Iwobi was our best player today. He was constantly wanting the ball & was involved in most of our creative plays today. A few wayward passes but that will come with game time.

onenil

Have to disagree. Palace have a decent attack, we made them look rubbish by giving them no useful possession for most of the match. During the 10 minute spell we were under the cosh Monreal stuck to his job as we dug in as a unit. His average position was way up the pitch as he contributed to overloading the wings, yet we were never caught out or exposed on his flank. 8/10 all the way for me, one of his best this season.

FT9

Christ imagine if Theo had played like Perez did today.

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Mouko_Gooner

Who needs Mkhitaryan when you have Giroud. And its onside. Loved his back heel when we were building up to that counter too.

Bananas

Very pleased today. What a beaut that was. I see a lot of people saying how Lucas is very left footed. I must say Sanchez is very right footed. He rarely uses his left and he tends to always cut in. With that said Alexis is a monster. I am glad Lucas got onto the starting 11 today, more games under his belt can only be good. Hopefully we go on a win streak now. COYG!

Smudger's Noggin

Bellerin motm

Javis

Solid performance and not overly worked. Absolutely incredible goal from Giroud, best I’ve seen at the Emirates and right up there in terms of Premier League!

Some good Rotation today, qould have given Alexis last 20 mins off myself and left Perez on. For Bournemouth I’d expect a few changes and hopefully Mesut is fit, team for Bournemouth..

Cech, Bellerin, Koscienly, Mustafi, Monreal, Coquelin, Xhaka, Ozil, Chamberlain, Iwobi and Alexis

Fireman Sam

Great display today boys. Keep it up please!

CLEGooner

Anyone else think Elneny is clearly a better fit in our midfield than Coq.

Stupid Afcon. Why must it be every. Fucking. Year.

The Gooner7

Best goal of 2017,already?

dholio

10 out of 10 for Ox’s write up – load of guinness, dodgy kebab, powerful runs!

Quietly impressed with Elneny. Deserves more game time. Thought Nacho had some hairy moments but can’t argue with a clean sheet. Lucas looked like he was trying to impress too much but would still like to see him get a run of games. Alexis desperately wanted to score and looked a bit pissed off in the closing stages. What a competitor though.
Giroud – goal of the season with 5 months still to play. Much better than offside Man Uropa goal

Jack4343

How bad was Flamini today for them? How many times did he even touch the ball? He had some pretty rough moments for us last season to be sure but never as invisible as today. I figured he’d be up front with Benteke karate kicking all over the place.

Andika

You know it is going to be a good week. when people cried wolf to arseblog. for giroud to gets 10 on player ratings.

Rohith J

Elneny does not have a stop button. I only saw him misplace one pass. Very very good.

Elcamino

Iwobi best position is in the middle. We seem much more direct with him in the middle.
Not to slight Ozil but I don’t buy the notion that we need to play an attacking style for him to be effective. He needs to adapt to the style of play. If we’re sitting back he needs.to com deeper for the ball.

I love ox’s wide runs…he has the speed and power to consistently.beat his man.

We had some nice crosses we should have gotten on the end of.

Still need more crosses for giroud to get on the end of.

Who do we play Tuesday? I think Ozil was sick so if he’s not better.id stick with iwobi in the.middle.

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