A pulsating 1-1 draw with Everton extended our lead to the top of the table to 5 points. How did the players rate?
We think like this.
Wojciech Szczesny: 8/10 – Really had no chance with the goal, amazing some people think he did. Those people need their heads examined. Overall another good, strong performance, making important saves.
Carl Jenkinson: 6/10 – Struggled with Oviedo in the early stages but got to grips with him then. Played pretty well, switched on defensively throughout.
Per Mertesacker: 7/10 – A little hurried in possession at times as Everton pressed, but otherwise his usual unflappable self.
Laurent Koscielny: 8/10 – This bloke really is something. And they say Wenger can’t buy defenders.
Kieran Gibbs: 6/10 – Will probably get blamed for the goal but sometimes you have to just credit fantastic play from the opponent – he really couldn’t have been much tighter. Got forward well too.
Mikel Arteta: 7/10 – Found himself a bit overrun in midfield, often left with two men running right at him, but his 5 tackles and 2 interceptions, helped keep Everton at bay.
Jack Wilshere: 5/10 – Did not have a good day, seemed a bit unfocused from the start and had Wojciech Szczesny to thank when he, for some inexplicable reason, let a ball run to an Everton man on the edge of our box.
Aaron Ramsey: 6/10 – It was inevitable that his hard work and non-stop running would catch up with him at some point. Today seemed to be that day.
Santi Cazorla: 6/10 – Again struggled to find his form, but worked hard charging up and down the left hand side as Seamus Coleman rampaged forward.
Mesut Ozil: 7/10 – Dare we say it? Another slightly underwhelming performance but a massive contribution with the goal.
Olivier Giroud: 7/10 – Battled hard against, possibly, the best central defensive pairing (outside Mertescienly) in the league. Almost won it late on with a wonderful strike which cannoned back off the corner of the bar.
Theo Walcott: 7/10 – Made an impact, heading back across goal which led to Ozil scoring.
Tomas Rosicky: 7/10 – Provided the ball for Walcott to head back across goal.
Mathieu Flamini: 6/10 – Had a decent effort on goal, but will probably look back at the Everton equaliser and be annoyed with himself that he didn’t stop Barkley by fair means or foul.
Feel free to debate and discuss in the comments, but please read the comment policy first and don’t get angry with each other, or me, about imaginary points.
And watch out for something new and exciting coming to our player ratings in the next few weeks!