None of the Arsenal players on the pitch as we progressed to the next round of the league cup with a 1-0 win over League One’s Doncaster last night was on top form, but Arsenal did still dominate the game and deserved to win. Theo Walcott scored the only goal but I am giving my Man of the Match vote to Jack Wilshere after the midfielder looked impressive in his first start for the club in 16 months.
Ospina 6 – Busier than expected but was always alert and produced some good saves.
Holding 5 – Pretty steady on both sides of our back three but not entirely convincing.
Mertesacker 5 – Lack of pace and not as dominant as expected.
Chambers 6 – Looked good until going off with injury.
Elneny 6 – Busy, energetic, committed and good range of passing.
Wilshere 7 – Great return for Jack with flashes of brilliance like ball for Giroud’s overhead kick.
Nelson 6 – Not the impact we hoped for but decent game.
Maitland-Niles 6 – His pace was crucial a couple of times but a few mistakes in there.
Walcott 6 – Took goal very well and some good movement but could do better.
Alexis 6.5 – We know he can improve but getting sharper game by game.
Giroud 6 – Goal would have been a worldy but got frustrated and struggled as game wore on.
Dasilva 5 – Looked a bit nervous and nearly cost us a goal.
Iwobi 6 – Injected pace and threat when Arsenal were under pressure.
Willock 6 – Good cameo from the youngster.