I was very, very close to giving the Arsenal and Germany play maker Mesut Ozil yet another Man of the Match, because he was brilliant again and got the ball rolling with a sublime pass for Joel Campbell to score the opening goal. He was also involved in just about every decent attacking move the Gunners made but I decided to give it to Petr Cech, not just for his saves but for the way he kept calm and settled the frayed nerves of those around him.
Cech 9 – Flawless game and a beacon of composure and experience.
Bellerin 6 – Struggled again and could have conceded a penalty.
Mertesacker 6 – Should have been doing what Cech did but lost his head a bit.
Koscielny 7 – Apart from the foul for their goal he was pretty good.
Monreal 8 – Very impressive at both ends from the Spaniard.
Flamini 7.5 – Stuck to his task well and the fact we are not missing Coquelin too much says it all.
Ramsey 8 – A bit rusty as expected but never stopped and was a constant threat. Well deserved goal will hopefully lead to more.
Campbell 7.5 – Took the goal well and looks a lot more at place in the side.
Ozil 9 – What a star. He really has gone to a new level with the added desire.
Chamberlain 6 – Very rusty but showed flashes of what he can do.
Giroud 7 – Unlucky with the own goal but showed great character and played well. Great goal.
Walcott 7 – Looked sharp which is great news while we are without Alexis Sanchez.
Gibbs 6 – Did alright and is unlucky to be up against Monreal for a place.
Chambers 6 – Desperate to impress and maybe needs to be more disciplined but did okay.