The Premier League is really and truly back, isn’t it! There were some doubts on having the opening fixture of the 25th Premier League season on a Friday, but we still got that same feeling by the end of the match.
From Lacazette opening the scoring after a minute and 39 seconds to fighting back from being 2-1 down and winning 4-3 thanks to Olivier Giroud’s heading sneaking over the line, there was never a dull moment, so here’s how the players looked on their return to Premier League football.
Petr Cech – 6.4
As expected, Cech was called into action more often than in the Community Shield, however, he didn’t quite look at his best. He could’ve done better to prevent Leicester’s first and third goals but he did just enough at the end to keep us ahead.
Rob Holding – 6.3
Keeping his place in the starting 11, Holding didn’t look as impressive as last week. He did make a few mistakes as well as being caught out of position a couple of times, however, there were still encouraging signs from his performance.
Nacho Monreal – 6.4
Playing in the centre of the three man defence Monreal had a shaky performance. He did well to win the ball on occasions but it looked like communication could’ve been better to lead the Arsenal defence which was all over the place when Leicester attacked at pace, seeing Jamie Vardy find joy in behind our defence many times.
Sead Kolasinac – 7.8
Yet another stand out performance from the Bosnian. Kolasinac picked where he left off last week, surging up and down the left, he caused problems for Leicester as he slipped through unmarked to assist Danny Welbeck’s goal as well as keeping Riyad Mahrez quiet.
Hector Bellerin – 6.5
The Spaniard still looks to be finding his rhythm. He didn’t impact the game too much down the right as he didn’t really test his opposite number a lot, however, he did well to keep the ball alive in the build up to Lacazette’s goal.
Mohamed Elneny – 7.2
Elneny had yet another solid outing. Starting the game with a creative first-time ball to assist Lacazette’s debut goal he kept his did well in midfield in possession but could’ve given the back three more protection knowing they’re not as familiar with each other.
Granit Xhaka – 7.7
It wasn’t one of Xhaka’s best games but he showed up when needed. After mistakes leading to Leicester’s goals, he did well to take responsibility like last week to drive us to a win contributing with two match-winning assists with a great pass to Ramsey and an inch perfect cross for Giroud’s winner.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7.1
The Ox had a decent game but it’s clear he will do better on the right. Playing again at left wing back he did manage to get himself forward and cause Danny Simpson problems and showing desire to get us back into the game in the second half, but he could have a much bigger impact on his preferred flank.
Mesut Ozil – 6.7
After missing a few training sessions this week, Ozil didn’t have the best of games. He didn’t seem to be in sync he his team mates as he hit a few stray passes and just wasn’t at his normal self but with a week of training coming he should be back to his usual standards in no time.
Danny Welbeck – 7.3
Welbeck had a solid game. The first half would see him make a nuisance of himself beating Leicester defenders on multiple occasions but he should’ve scored more than once as he had clear chances to equalise before he actually did just before half time.
Alexandre Lacazette – 8.2
Our record signing definitely made a good impression. Scoring 94 seconds into his Premier League debut, Lacazette got off to the best of starts. However, it wasn’t just his goal which was impressive, throughout the game his effort was clear as he looked to link play with his team mates as well as track down the opposition to win the ball back.
Olivier Giroud – 7.7
He likes a late goal, doesn’t he? Giroud kept up his ‘super sub’ form reputation with a great cameo performance. From also setting up a second Lacazette goal, to eventually scoring another late goal Giroud definitely fought his case to get more minutes on the pitch.
Aaron Ramsey – 7.4
Once on the pitch Ramsey didn’t have much to do, but the one thing he did he did well. Receiving Xhaka’s outside of the boot pass with a clever touch he only needed one more to fire it past Kasper Schmeichel to level the scores at 3-3 and give us hope going into the final minutes of the game.
Theo Walcott – 6.6
Coming on from the bench Walcott didn’t have too much of an impact on the game when on the pitch.