Despite being the coolest man on the planet and almost giving the Arsenal manager a heart attack with the Padenka penalty to win our EPL game against Burnley in the 98th minute, Alexis Sanchez was just pipped to my Man of the Match award by Shkodran Mustafi who scored the crucial opener and defended with bravery, skill and passion throughout.
Cech 8 – Much busier than expected especially after red card. Great saves, took one for the team and almost stopped their spot kick.
Gabriel 6 – Defensively sound but we missed Bellerin’s pace and penetration.
Mustafi 8.5 – Great glancing headed goal, stood strong and took some blows for the cause. Top man.
Koscielny 7.5 – Struggled at times as Burnley piled on pressure but won the crucial penalty.
Monreal 7- Tried hard but didn’t quite click.
Xhaka 5 – Only gort that score for playing well before his latest rush of blood. Lucky we got away with it.
Ramsey 6 – Some good moments but too often the wrong decision, pass or finish.
Ozil – 8 Was excellent and at the heart of our creative play. Assist for Mustafi goal.
Iwobi 7 – Cool under pressure and linked up attacks well.
Alexis 8 – Cheeky but got the job done at the end of another tireless game. Shooting was wayward early on.
Giroud 7 – Kept Burnley defenders busy and gave his all.
Coquelin 6 – Got stuck in to shore up defence and nearly scored himself.
Welbeck and Bellerin – No time.