Southampton vs Arsenal: Player Ratings

Arsenal moved above Manchester United last night thanks to goals from Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, but lets’ see how the rest of the team shaped up during the 2-0 win at Southampton.

Petr Cech – 8

The goalkeeper had a good day out on the south coast, keeping Arsenal in the game in what was a slow first half with a few important saves. However, Cech had a quieter second half as Arsenal secured their win.

Rob Holding – 6

Out of the back three, Holding was probably the quietest on the night. Only making one tackle he wasn’t called into action much but did what was needed.


Shkodran Mustafi – 7

Stepping in for the injured Laurent Koscielny, Mustafi played very well on his return to the side. The German made five tackles throughout the game, some of which were crunching if I may say so too, he had a very efficient night.

Nacho Monreal – 6

Playing on the left of the back three he also had a sound game making four tackles and being assured in possession.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6

Sadly the Ox couldn’t build on his two assists from the weekend as he came off injured about 10 minutes before half time. While on the pitch he did get into good positions, although his delivery was a bit off.

Aaron Ramsey – 7

Ramsey carried on his good form last night as he bagged an assist late on with a header to Giroud. Playing in that role a bit further forward, the Welshman was also able to find himself in good positions again.

Granit Xhaka – 6

Xhaka was also a doubt for this game, just like on the weekend, but made it into the starting 11. Unfortunately the Swiss international couldn’t repeat his exploits from Sunday as he had a pretty average game.

Kieran Gibbs – 6

Gibbs has now begun to get a run of games but has yet to put in a real standout performance, as nothing eye catching came from the left wing back last night.

Mesut Ozil – 8

In a slow first half, Ozil was one of the better performers linking up well with Danny Welbeck and Oxlade-Chamberlain, but he stepped it up in the second half with a first-time pass to Alexis before the Chilean cut inside a couple defenders to score.

Alexis Sanchez – 8

After a quiet first half Sanchez, like Ozil, he stepped it up in the second. Getting on the end of Ozil’s perfectly timed pass, he intelligently sold the two defenders he was up against before opening the scoring for Arsenal.

Danny Welbeck – 6

Unfortunately, Welbeck couldn’t replicate his ‘Dat Guy’ status from Sunday as the striker struggled to find his rhythm in the game, missing out on a few chances but managed to get himself into good positions.

Hector Bellerin – 6

Coming on earlier than expected, Bellerin had a decent game but in all fairness didn’t have too much of an impact, as even though he got himself into good crossing positions, he wasn’t able to find the right man.

Olivier Giroud – 7

Giroud found his super sub form again last night scoring just three minutes after coming on the pitch. The Frenchman buried quite an easy header from about six yards after Ramsey teed him up.

Francis Coquelin – 6

Coming on for Mesut Ozil in the 89th minute Coquelin didn’t do much worth writing about, but helped see out the win.

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