What a game that was! You couldn’t ask for a more perfect way to return to Premier League football than with such a convincing win in the North London Derby.
Similar to a couple of months ago it seems the international break came at just the right time for us. Given more time to reflect on the City loss and prepare for Spurs, Saturday’s game was almost perfect.
Here’s how the Gunners played.
Petr Cech – 7.0
It might seem like a low score in the manner in which we won on Saturday but seeing as Cech was only seriously called upon once (and he answered that call with a great save) it seems only fair.
Laurent Koscielny – 8.0
Making his 300th appearance, Koscielny showed just why we’ve kept him over the years. Playing on the right side of the three at the back he was comfortable it defence (apart from one early lapse which came to nothing) and did well distributing the ball when he stepped into midfield.
Shkodran Mustafi – 9.0
An almost perfect performance. In his first game back since injuring himself last month, Mustafi was immense. From simply doing his defensive job of tackling and blocking shots from Harry Kane, to then executing a great header to give us the lead, Musti was on his job.
Nacho Monreal – 7.7
It’s not happened often this season that Monreal wasn’t the best in the back three but Saturday was one of those days. It wasn’t that he played bad in any way but his partners just brought their performance levels higher than they usually do.
Hector Bellerin – 7.8
A solid outing from Bellerin. His performance may not have been the most high key but Bellerin stayed composed in defence as well as threatening Spurs going forward. He also made his attacking presence pay, supplying Alexandre Lacazette a well-timed pass before the Frenchman assisted Alexis Sanchez.
Aaron Ramsey – 8.0
A very disciplined display. Like against Chelsea, Ramsey wasn’t as attacking as usual. Instead, we utilised his engine as he tirelessly pressed Spurs’ defence and midfield as well as sliding through a few decent passes as usual.
Granit Xhaka – 7.4
Of all the great displays on the day, Xhaka’s was probably the least impressive. The first half saw him commit a few silly fouls which brought an unnecessary pressure on himself with a yellow card but in possession he did well enough to keep the ball moving.
Sead Kolasinac – 7.3
Surprisingly, Kolasinac didn’t quite have the presence he usually does on Saturday. He did well down the left hand side but nothing too noteworthy.
Mesut Ozil – 8.9
Where’s all the Ozil slander now then? An outstanding performance from the German rightly brought the Emirates to their feet when he came off the pitch. Other than his normal dictatorship of play, he also continued to press his opponents as he has been for the past few weeks but possibly with just a bit of extra oomph. Like Mustafi, who he assisted he had an almost perfect day out.
Alexis Sanchez – 8.5
He gave Arsenal fans just what we’ve been asking for. Looking focused on his football, everything else took care of itself. He may not have been fouled in the build up to Mustafi’s goal but as they say ‘you make your own luck’ and he certainly did that minutes later when he refused to let the ball go out and stuck it in the roof of the net. A great performance
Alexandre Lacazette – 8.4
Completing the AOL trio, Lacazette had a great game despite not scoring. Instead he displayed what else he brings to the table with great movement off the ball and combination play, which all came together for his assist to make it 2-0.
Francis Coquelin – 6.8
Once on the pitch it was clear we were looking to close things out which Coquelin helped with, as well as showing great feet on occasion which is an underrated aspect of his game.
Alex Iwobi – 6.9
Replacing Mesut Ozil, Iwobi made an instant impact in the Spurs box but was unlucky not to add to the scoring.