Arsenal returned to the Emirates in winning form over the weekend in a much improved performance from the embarrassment a couple of weeks ago against Liverpool. Thankfully you can expect higher ratings than that game.
Petr Cech – 6.5
With Bournemouth only getting two shots on target Cech didn’t have much to do but did almost get caught out on the ball by Bournemouth.
Laurent Koscielny – 7.4
The Frenchman put in a very solid performance but again wasn’t really tested or brought into defensive action a whole lot.
Shkodran Mustafi – 7.8
Out of our three centre backs, Mustafi impressed me the most. Yes Bournemouth didn’t offer too much of a challenge but the German dominated his area with five tackles and seven clearance to help assure a home clean sheet.
Nacho Monreal – 7.6
Again, another solid performer, Monreal managed to make three tackles in the game as well as making the most passes on the day (75) one of which starting the move for Danny Welbeck’s goal.
Hector Bellerin – 7.2
Moving back over to the right wing back position Bellerin put in his best performance of the season. He looked comfortable going forward and he could’ve got an assist if it weren’t for Kolasinac’s volley being blocked and was sound defensively. However, he could’ve produced a better ball for Lacazette on the break in the second half to set Lacazette free on goal.
Aaron Ramsey – 7.7
As usual Ramsey played just ahead of Xhaka but thankfully this week we saw the signs of last season which made this partnership so appealing. The Welshman picked his moments to bomb forward and pick his passes well creating two chances.
Granit Xhaka – 7.5
Our deep lying playmaker looks to have found his groove again. Unlike previous weeks he found his passes consistently whether they were simple or more daring to try and push us up the pitch, he was also very effective breaking up play in midfield.
Sead Kolasinac – 8.0
Who would’ve thought playing Kolasinac left wing back would benefit us going forward. Finally playing in his preferred position he was a constant threat going down the left flank and showed his technical ability in his assist for Danny Welbeck’s opener.
Mesut Ozil – 7.9
Despite not recording a goal or assist, Ozil definitely showed his worth on Saturday. Playing to the right of Lacazette, he made good runs off the ball as well as continuing to be an influence with the ball at his feet, creating three chances, with one great pass lead to Lacazette’s goal.
Danny Welbeck – 8.6
After a couple of questionable performances Welbeck finally regained his ‘Dat Guy’ status. From pressurising the Bournemouth backline into making mistakes and starting counter attacks his game was topped off with a messy header/shoulder early on, an assist for Lacazette’s goal and then a great left footed finish which evaded Begovic in the Bournemouth goal to hit the side nettings to complete his brace.
Alexandre Lacazette – 8.4
That’s why he’s supposed to start games. Yet again Lacazette put in an impressive overall performance as he dropped off to connect play with midfield as well as being our first line of defence by pressing Bournemouth players which in turn led to Welbeck’s second goal. Of course the performance was topped off with a great goal from just outside the box.
Olivier Giroud – 6.4
Unlike so many times before Giroud didn’t have a major impact on the game, he had one half chance but the angle wasn’t quite big enough for him to capitalise.
Francis Coquelin – 6.6
In his cameo appearance Coquelin played relatively well as we kept the ball moving in midfield as well as almost scoring his first Arsenal goal.
Alexis Sanchez – 6.9
Coming on late in the second half Sanchez showed a few good touches as well as showing what he can bring to the team when not scoring as he was able to play a few good balls to his teammates.