I was already leaning towards Mathieu Flamini as the best Arsenal player in the Capital One cup north London derby, and then the Frenchman came up with that stunning volley to win the game, so there was no contest. As well as his goals, Flamini brought grit, drive and determination to the heart of the Arsenal team and we needed it. Did you see him rallying the team when we were under the cosh?
Ospina 7 – Unlucky for the goal and one handling error but was very positive and sharp on the whole.
Debuchy 6 – Recovered after a tricky period after our first goal. Looks rusty.
Mertesacker 6 – Did okay but you could tell he hasn´t been playing.
Chambers 7 – Much improved game from the young defender, spoiled a bit by own goal.
Gibbs 7.5 – A good game from another player with a point to prove.
Arteta 7 – Looks like our captain and Flamini could be a decent option for Arsenal.
Flamini 9 – Did he just rescue his career as a Gunner?
Ramsey 8 – Great stuff from the Welshman, especially second half.
The Ox 8 – Positive, direct, effective.
Campbell 6.5 – Faded after good start.
Giroud 6 – Still looks in need of a confidence boost to get going.
Alexis 8 – Changed the game after coming on.
Walcott – no time for a rating.