Thankfully this weekend went more to plan than last for everybody in red and white. I’m counting myself lucky after yesterday’s performance as I can give the outfield players some higher ratings.
Petr Cech – 7
Luckily Cech wasn’t as busy as last week in goal and only had to make four saves compared to the nine against Spurs. One of these saves was crucial though, as he stopped United from taking the lead by quickly closing down Wayne Rooney whose shot came as a result of a misplaced Rob Holding pass.
Rob Holding – 6
Holding made a decent return to the starting 11 against Man United as he made five interceptions at The Emirates accompanied by three tackles. Ho, ever the youngster did put Arsenal under some pressure as his stray pass fell to the feet of Wayne Rooney who should’ve scored.
Laurent Koscielny – 7
Playing in the middle of the back three again yesterday, Laurent Koscielny put led by example making three tackles and seven interceptions.
Nacho Monreal – 6
Compared to his centre back partners, Monreal had quite a quiet game at the back, making half the interceptions but the same amount of tackles as Holding. But hey, he did help the team to a clean sheet.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7
The Ox regained his good run of form on Sunday by picking up his ninth and tenth assists of the season. Playing as a right wing back again, it’s hard to see Hector Bellerin get himself back into the starting team when using this system as Chamberlain has shown again how well he can perform that role, managing to get down the right wing to swing in an inch perfect cross for Danny Welbeck’s goal.
Aaron Ramsey – 8
Despite not having the best of games last week, Ramsey managed to put that behind him in what was one of his strongest performances of the season. Bombing forward from midfield, the Welshman definitely gave the United defence something to think about as well as getting himself deep into the United box at times but could’ve been a bit more clinical.
Granit Xhaka – 8
After speculation in midweek about whether the Swiss international would feature yesterday he played one of his better games in an Arsenal shirt. Having the audacity to shoot from so far out definitely paid off for Xhaka as he saw his shot balloon into the back of the net off Ander Herrera to open the scoring on the day. Xhaka’s distribution was also quite eye catching as he found Arsenal’s wide men time after time with long balls.
Kieran Gibbs – 6
Unlike Arsenal’s right sided wing back, Gibbs was a tad more defensive which was to be expected due to the player’s nature. Gibbs won two aerial duels in the game as well as tallying five interceptions in his 90 minutes.
Mesut Ozil – 7
Ozil picked up the pace compared to last week and managed to have quite a solid game making 2 key passes in the game as well as getting the fans off their seats with a skilful dribble past Rooney and youngster Axel Tuanzebe before nearly finding Welbeck with a dangerous low cross.
Alexis Sanchez – 6
Alexis had quite a quiet game playing just behind the striker again as he failed to register a shot on target. The Chilean did manage to find Aaron Ramsey in the box though, with a nicely weighted through ball but the Welshman couldn’t finish the chance.
Danny Welbeck – 7
Making it into the starting 11 this week, ‘Dat Guy’ made it three goals in three games against his boyhood club with a header which rifled past David de Gea. It wasn’t just up front where Welbeck made his presence known either as he helped the side at the back making a headed clearance also.
Francis Coquelin – 6
Coquelin was the first of the three substitutions, replacing Xhaka on 76 minutes and did well to shut the game off, managing to complete every pass when he came on. He was produced one of the most committed attemps of blocking a shot since John Terry at the 2010 World Cup which has done the rounds on social media.
Hector Bellerin – 6
Unlike other matches, Arsene Wenger decided to keep the team shape the same upon bringing on the Spaniard who was only on the pitch for about five minutes.
Olivier Giroud – 6
Like Bellerin, Giroud was quite a late sub who was brought on to help hold the scoreline and didn’t have much impact.