Despite a tricky spell middle of the game, Arsenal managed to find the convincing win they were looking for on their return to The Emirates.
After Lacazette opened the scoring so early on, the tempo did lower for a while, but a four-minute Mesut Ozil masterclass put the game out of Huddersfield’s reach. Here’s how we played:
Petr Cech – 7.0
For the majority of last night Cech was great, making important saves before we took full control of the game. However, one strange moment when he almost slapped the ball in for an own goal was a moment to forget.
Laurent Koscielny – 7.6
Another solid outing for the Frenchman didn’t see him troubled too much, however, when he was needed, he was ready to defend… With all parts of his body.
Shkodran Mustafi – 8.0
Another outstanding performance in the back three, the German is yet to disappoint since coming back from injury. There was a scare when he was being treated off the pitch but his performance wasn’t effected as he picked up another deserved clean sheet.
Nacho Monreal – 7.7
Monreal slots in very well on the left side of the back three and last night was no different. At times he would push forward but he was always ready in defence to stop opposition attacks.
Hector Bellerin – 7.5
Yesterday probably saw Bellerin have a better day defensively than going forward. Making a couple of interceptions and tackles saw him break down some Huddersfield attacks but he couldn’t quite find the final ball for us.
Aaron Ramsey – 8.7
What a performance. From kick-off to when it was time for him to call it a day, Ramsey lit up the pitch. Firstly with his flicked first-time assist for Lacazette’s goal as well as his through ball for Ozil’s and everything in between, the Welshman hardly put a foot wrong.
Granit Xhaka – 6.4
Again, Xhaka wasn’t very impressive last night. Not mobile enough in midfield, his positioning would sometimes lead to him losing the ball and starting Huddersfield counters which luckily weren’t converted.
Sead Kolasinac – 6.8
Like Xhaka, Kolasinac hasn’t been great recently. Despite playing a crucial role in our fifth goal he was prone to making mistakes on the ball and didn’t look too dangerous going forward other than that one time.
Mesut Ozil – 8.8
As they say, when Ozil is on tune, he’s unplayable. 3 minutes and 58 seconds was all it took for Ozil to chokehold the game into Arsenal’s control with a couple of assists topped with a goal. he may not have been the name you heard for the full 90 minutes, but that spell ensured the victory was ours.
Alexis Sanchez – 7.8
Like Saturday, despite not having the best of games, Alexis found himself on the scoresheet and that’s all that matters. Hopefully he can keep producing like this for however long he’s here.
Alexandre Laczette – 7.7
With just 45 minutes under his belt, Lacazette ensured the perfect start to the game with a very well taken left-footed effort in the third minute. Unfortunately though we’ve learned that the striker could be out for the Manchester United game with a groin problem.
Olivier Giroud – 8.2
Once on the pitch it took Giroud a few chances to shake off the rustiness of not playing but he then grabbed a brace for his efforts and remind everyone that he’s still about.
Jack Wilshere – 6.8
Didn’t do too much once on the pitch but was involved in the build-up for the fifth goal.
Danny Welbeck – 6.8
Despite encouraging when going forward at times, Welbeck also didn’t change the game that much. Hopefully with Lacazette out though he can come up with his usual goal against his old club.