So, we did it. We avenged the embarrassment of last season with what turned out to be a tight 3-2 win at Selhurst Park.
As usual, some performances were better than others so here’s how the players got on down at Crystal Palace:
Petr Cech – 6.0
A disappointing outing for someone chasing their 200th Premier League clean sheet. When called upon in the spells Palace had in the second half he could’ve done better to keep their goals out.
Calum Chambers – 6.8
Coming into the back three for the first time in the Premier League, Chambers had a solid game. He showed good discipline in his challenges and contributed to Sanchez’s first goal with a nice ball into the box.
Shkodran Mustafi – 7.5
The best performer in the back three by a mile. As well as opening the scoring with a very well taken goal, Mustafi was a rock at the back as he put himself into tackle after tackle and won many headers to keep Palace at bay.
Laurent Koscielny – 5.7
Another disappointing performance from the Frenchman. It almost seems like the Manchester United game has rattled his confidence as since then, Koscielny has been putting in very suspect performances. Last night he was very rash in some of his decision making and didn’t seem his normal self.
Hector Bellerin – 6.0
Didn’t play particularly well down the right hand side as when he got himself into good positions he fluffed very good chances. On the defensive side he wasn’t too impressive either and as the second half went on he couldn’t keep Palace’s left side under wraps for long.
Jack Wilshere – 7.2
Another great day for Jack Wilshere saw him pick up a wonderful assist. A chip over the Palace defence from halfway found Sanchez’s path expertly before the Chilean put away our third of the match. This topped of a game where Wilshere was constantly moving and creating problems for his opposition all night.
Granit Xhaka – 6.3
Not a great day for the Swiss as he continued with mostly sideways passes. He tried to replicate his goal against Liverpool but failed and a swift turn from Luka Milivojevic which put him on his backside signified his end to a disappointing game.
Sead Kolasinac – 6.5
Taking his place back at left wing back, Kolasinac was willing to get forward an a few occasions which was encouraging but still looked a bit tentative at times.
Mesut Ozil – 7.0
A solid performance which was topped by a magical move. Playing in tight spaces, Ozil stood out in the first half as he unlocked the Palace defence time and time again. Just before half time he brought Arsenal fans everywhere to their feet as he burst into the Palace box before laying off Bellerin who wasn’t anticipating the pass for an easy goal.
Alexis Sanchez – 7.7
The difference what could’ve been another Selhurst loss and a win. Coming to live in the second half Sanchez scored an impressive first goal which he fired through James Tomkins’ legs before getting on the end of Wilshere’s ping to knock past Julian Speroni.
Alexandre Lacazette – 7.3
He might not have scored but he still contributed to the win. Against another hard defence, Lacazette struggled to fashion many chances for himself but managed to create two goals with a shot he leathered at goal which was pushed out to Mustafi and then a lay off for Sanchez in the second half.
Francis Coquelin – N/A
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – N/A