In a move back to a four-man defence, Arsenal handed out another blitzing on Saturday scoring all four goals before the 25-minute mark. Here’s how everyone played:
Petr Cech – 7.3
Didn’t have much to do over the course of the game but showed better concentration than last week. He made a good save to deny Benteke as well as a fantastic reaction save but couldn’t do anything to keep out the Palace goal.
Hector Bellerin – 7.0
The Spaniard continued to show his improvement in 2018 with another solid performance. He did well defensively making three tackles and almost claimed an assist for Lacazette.
Laurent Koscielny – 7.3
Probably wasn’t as impressive as his centre back partner but did well to create daylight between Arsenal and Palace with his goal.
Shkodran Mustafi – 7.3
Continued to be our best centre back as he made some vital interventions to top off a very solid performance.
Nacho Monreal – 9.0
A great return to the first team as he came into the back four. Capping off his day with two assists and a goal within the first 20 minutes of the game. It’s great to have you back Nacho.
Mohamed Elneny – 7.0
Playing in a three-man midfield Elneny played well as he was able to choose when to play forwards well and protected the back four.
Jack Wilshere – 8.0
Continued to show his quality driving forward from midfield as more passes came off for him as well as being involved in the nice build up to Lacazette’s goal.
Granit Xhaka – 7.0
In what wasn’t a surprise to anyone, Xhaka had a much-improved performance playing in a three man midfield. Not having the sole responsibility of protecting the defence, he was allowed to be more creative and showed an improvement on his set piece claiming an assist from a corner as well as a pre-assist.
Mesut Ozil – 9.0
Like Monreal, Ozil made a very impressive return to the starting 11. He pretty much picked up from where he left off as he was a constant pain for the Crystal Palace defence and topped his day off with a lovely backheeled assist for Lacazette after starting a wonderful move.
Alex Iwobi – 8.2
In the aftermath of the whole party drama, Iwobi has impressed on the pitch and that continued on Saturday. He took his goal clinically in a packed box and did well linking play in and around the box.
Alexandre Lacazette – 8.0
A much-needed goal for the Frenchman put a smile on everyone’s face. Lacazette finished off a great move with a decent finish but also made a nuisance of himself apart from that.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 6.8
Came on for Monreal and had a solid performance.
Reiss Nelson – 6.3
Made his Premier League debut but didn’t really make an impact off the bench. Nevertheless, it was nice to see him on the pitch.