Arsenal player ratings from Bournemouth win – Alexis MOTM

Even before Alexis Sanchez made the game safe for Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, with a late goal to make it 3-1 to the Gunners after a tough test against AFC Bournemouth, I would have made the Chile international star my Man of the Match, even though he did not have his usual impact as he was still our most dangerous player and had opened the scoring after pouncing on a poor back pass.

Cech 7 – Did nothing wrong and made at least one top class save.

Debuchy 6 – Only lasted 15 minutes but his score is for the impressive performance up to that point.

Mustafi 6 – Going through a sticky patch but stood up well and showed determination.

Koscielny 7 – Another strong game from the Frenchman, won all four tackles, seven clearances and six interceptions.

Monreal 6.5 – Unlucky on penalty but made up with assist for Walcott’s goal. Generally solid.

Elneny 7 – Worked hard and performed well in centre. Joined in attacks when possible.

Xhaka 6 – Was a bit anonymous at times. Needs to step up.

Ozil 7 – Some great stuff from the super German.

Walcott 7 – Looked sharp and dangerous, put in a shift and got his reward with a goal to wet the baby’s head.

Oxlade-Chamberlain 6.5 – Offers something different and showed great desire and direct threat.

Alexis 8 – Tireless and always trouble for opposing defenders. Two well taken goals.

Gabriel 6 – Defensively sound but lacks attacking threat of other right backs.

Giroud 7 – Great work on third goal and had positive impact again from bench.

Ramsey 6.5 – Getting back to his best and looking hungry.


Tags Giroud Walcott Xhaka


  1. Tas says:

    i think Gabriel deserves higher rating than 6 because he did quite well in a position his not familiar

    is it just me thinking that Gabriel is always looking like his going to give away a penalty? i like him but he scares me

  2. muda says:

    The Boss should get an 8, he was everywhere at that back,
    Then Alexis 8.5
    All the other points are fair.

  3. ThirdManJW says:

    I think Sanchez should have got a 9 at the very least, apart from not getting a hat-trick, it was a complete performance. He constantly pressed, offered a lot of movement, made some brilliant passes, tackled, hit the crossbar from a crazy angle, and scored two. It was one of those games, where a single player manages to drag his entire team with him to secure victory. Similar to what Gerrard did a lot at Liverpool in his younger days, when he wasn’t playing with a lot of quality.

    Give Sanchez whatever he wants, Arsenal have to get him to sign! If he gets injured for a few months or we have to sell him next summer, we’re in a lot of trouble!

    1. gotanidea says:

      I think Sanchez is similar to Messi now, a central forward that always drops deep to get the ball and unleash dangerous through balls, then arrives late to finish the attack.

      Barcelona has too many players like him, that’s why they are so scary. Currently we have Cazorla and Sanchez that can do something like that. In the next season, I hope we have more players like them. I think Verratti, Isco and Draxler can be great additions.

  4. Tas says:

    watching the game on Sunday i felt like Sanchez is mostly looking for Ozil to make the pass, its as if he don’t trust anyone else at times he was holding up the game waiting for Ozil to get in to a passing position, i’m not saying its a bad thing you have to use your best tools in the box but…..

    1. Incarnate says:

      In the final third, Ozil is that player you trust to double your money or at least not carelessly give it away. Giroud will hardly lose the ball too but does not come up with magic so often, Walcott is prone to losing the ball in the most bizarre way so Ozil happens to be the most viable option for him or any other.

      1. Break-on-through says:

        I think it was just that the two of them had a very good game as a duo. I’ve been saying for a while now that they don’t combine with each other as well as they should be doing. Alexis has begun to find Ozil allot but I think Ozil needed to be looking for Alexis more, I realise that Ozil will look for the best ball that is on, but sometimes he should seek the Chillean out. That performance from the both of them as a combo was right up there as one of their finest performances to date.

    2. gotanidea says:

      Imagine if Lacazette accompanied Sanchez in the front. Lacazette as the central forward, and Sanchez as the central attacking midfielder and playmaker. That would be very scary for the opponents.

      1. Arsenal_Girl says:

        Ozil is our best CAM

        1. gotanidea says:

          If Ozil is the best CAM, Wenger will not use Sanchez as a central forward/ attacking midfielder and instructed Ozil to move forward more.

          1. Break-on-through says:

            We have freedom with our forwards. Alexis and Ozil switching positions at times is only natural if you ask me, both of these players like to move around. Alexis and Ozil will get better and better with them playing directly next to one another, they will get to know each others movement more so, which sounds mouth-watering if you ask me.

  5. Incarnate says:

    Yeah Xhaka played a decent game but could do better, he could be our “Quarter Back” in an ultra offensive formation with only the two center backs playing behind him but he needs to be able to effectively and calmly hold onto the ball even under pressure until it’s the right time to release it especially upfield. Cazorla is the one player we trust to safely carry the ball upfield through a congested midfield but in his absence, the Ox can carry the ball upfield too but operating as a Left or Right Midfielder/Full Back not through the middle or as a winger, to play in the middle of the pitch, you have to be consistently reliable, and to play in the final third you need to be consistently incisive with a visible end product, the Ox ain’t consistent and rarely has an end product but that boy sure can drive forward and when he drives, Ozil especially needs to stay close enough to him to receive the ball because we all know he’s gonna make a terrible decision the closer he gets to goal.

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Down the road, it’ll be interesting seeing Xhaka and Cazorla play together. That’s what Xhaka was intended for I reckon, a more attacking option than Coquelin. Before Coqs army go nuts, yes, Coquelin still a vital player.

  6. Godswill says:

    You got it wrong on Xhaka.
    I’ll give 7.5. He did well.

    1. Break-on-through says:

      You can’t just ignore one whole half over the other, what if the picky fans done that but done it the other way around. I think the ratings are fair, but I do take the point made about Alexis getting a slightly higher number, but I think they’re fair enough already just like I said. I was gonna say Oxlade maybe deserves lower than Gabriel, but Oxlades defensive game was actually good, he deserves something for that, Arsenal wide-men can often enough let us down in this department.

  7. Big Gun says:

    This scoring is absurd. Minimum our players deserve a 7. Sanchez, Ozil, Elneny, Mustafi, Koss, Cech deserve 8 and higher (Cech saved two sitters). Besides the soft penalty given against us, what exactly did our boys do wrong? They played out of their socks! I’d say the only player that didn’t really shape was Chamberlain.

  8. paulista5 says:

    I feel its high time we rate the coach too not only to rate him whenever we get a result we dont like.i humbly give Le Prof an 8.for the 1st time in my life as a gooner he makes 7 changes to a team that played in champs league in a pl match.our speedy wingers were also a menace going forward

    1. Break-on-through says:

      Nice one pal, I thought he done well, thought he made the right decisions in the right areas. I’m usually more nervous watching us straight after a midweek game as the opposing team always look more prepared, and are almost first to everything, this time it was different. Nice seeing back up options coming on and looking strong, it’s not all positive, but overall I thought it was.

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