I was seriously tempted to make Olivier Giroud my Arsenal Man of the Match from the 1-0 win away to Red Star Belgrade, because his goal was a thing of real beauty, but the France striker had a generally frustrating night. Though we were favourites across most Arsenal betting tips and news sites, the same could be said about the rest of the team, however Jack Wilshere stood out and did enough to get my vote.
Cech 7 – Some good saves and always looked in control despite makeshift defence.
Debuchy 6 – To say he has not played in so long and in an unfamiliar position it was quite encouraging.
Elneny 6 – You could tell at times he is not a specialist centre back but did alright.
Holding 6 – Some good work and a few sloppy moments.
Nelson 7 – Nearly scored and keeps showing a promising future.
Coquelin 7 – Great to have him back offering defence good protection but booked again.
Willock 6 – Tidy in possession but needs to do a bit more.
Maitland-Niles 6 – Better defensively and looking more comfortable in first team.
Walcott 7 – Should have scored but good movement and key part and assist for goal.
Wilshere 8 – Didn’t always come off but a cut above the rest with his quality and vision.
Giroud 7.5 – A bit rusty but fought hard on tough night and what a finish!
subs: Mcguane and Sheaf – no time for rating.