So… that’s that. No top 4 this year after yesterday turned out to be a case of ‘too little too late’. However, despite the overriding disappointment of the last game of the Premier League season there were positives to take from the game. Here are some of them.
Petr Cech – 7.5
Carrying on his good form of late Cech had yet another class performance. Only conceding from a penalty which was somewhat expected as Romelu Lukaku stepped up, our keeper hardly put a foot wrong making 6 saves along with a quite an entertaining diving header to keep Arsenal ahead.
Rob Holding – 6.4
Holding didn’t have the best of games yesterday as he seemed a bit nervous committing more fouls than tackles but luckily he wasn’t the worst performer for us on the day.
Laurent Koscielny – 3
Nothing much to be said about Koscielny as you’d expect after that needless red card which somehow Everton couldn’t capitalise on.
Gabriel – 7.4
Coming back into the starting 11 Gabriel played one of his better games for Arsenal before coming off injured in the second half. Making some well-timed challenges as well as showing himself to be a bit more composed than usual before eventually injuring himself in a silly tackle which also saw him pick up a yellow card.
Hector Bellerin – 7.6
Starting the game by finishing off Danny Welbeck’s miskick, Bellerin showed signs of his old self as he got forward well throughout the match. The Spaniard has been filling at right wing back since Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had been forced out due to injury and will hope his recent performances can get him into the FA Cup Final team next week
Aaron Ramsey – 8.1
Finally Ramsey topped off his good form with a goal. After great individual play from Mesut Ozil the Welshman curled a sublime effort into the top corner following yet another all-around solid performance which also saw him win 3 tackles and making good runs forward from midfield as he usually does since the switch to the 3 at the back formation.
Granit Xhaka – 7
Following a string of great performances in recent months, Xhaka had a pretty average game on Sunday. Despite completing 95% of his passes the red card seemed to have an effect on Xhaka as the shape of the team changed to a 4 man midfield which is less suited to his style of play as he usually plays passes to overlapping wide players.
Nacho Monreal – 6.8
After Koscielny’s red card Monreal shifted to left back from left wing back and that showed as he made 5 tackles on the day. Despite intervening so many times he did put the lead in jeopardy by handling the ball in the box which saw Lukaku dispatch the penalty. Luckily this didn’t turn out to be too much of a problem.
Mesut Ozil – 8.4
Yet again Ozil put in a masterclass of a performance at The Emirates yesterday. Time and again jinking past players the German was almost unplayable yesterday which was exemplified in his assist for Ramsey’s goal, he should’ve claimed another assist in the game but Welbeck’s tough luck saw the ball directed to Hector Bellerin rather than the goal. He also had the most touches in the game by far with 96 as he ran the game.
Alexis Sanchez – 7.5
It was another game, another goal for Sanchez as he tapped Welbeck’s pass into an empty net. Despite scoring the Chilean didn’t do too much to effect the game but his goal did put us in a very good position after Koscielny’s sending off.
Danny Welbeck – 7.8
The latest chop and change up top for Arsenal saw ‘Dat Guy Welbz’ get the nod on this occasion which proved to be the right decision. Despite somehow not finishing Ozil’s pass which left him in front of an open net Welbeck luckily managed to turn the ball in the direction of Bellerin to score as well as being very composed in front of goal to wait for Alexis Sanchez to finish off his pass to give him his 2nd assist of the day.
Francis Coquelin – 6.4
Coming on with 20 minutes to go Coquelin came on and helped secure the win making a couple of tackles while on the pitch.
Alex Iwobi – 6.6
Coming on with Coquelin, Iwobi played a bit better than the Frenchman. The 21-year-old definitely made an impression in his cameo but really should’ve got himself a goal after going one on one with Joel Robles but sadly couldn’t take his chance.
Per Mertesacker – 6.5
Replacing Gabriel, the BFG finally managed to make his first appearance of the season and his 150th appearance in the Premier League. The Arsenal captain played solidly for the 37 minutes he was on, making a 2 tackles and completing all of his passes.