That makes it three wins from our last three games, in a match which saw Arsenal finally get one over at Stoke with a 4-1 win. Apart from a small period in the second half Arsenal largely controlled the game with everyone playing well. So here are the player ratings:
Petr Cech – 7.7
The goalkeeper had a decent outing but really was put up to the test when Stoke had their spell and thankfully he managed to keep the scoreline down. Seeing as Peter Crouch’s goal was scored with his hand and shouldn’t have stood I’d find it hard to fault him for the goal.
Rob Holding – 7.4
Holding seemed to be a bit shy at times but overall had an assured performance at the Brittania apart from one foul which saw him yellow-carded and Marko Arnautovic come off injured.
Shkodran Mustafi – 7.6
Yesterday didn’t see Mustafi have as good a game as in midweek but the German still made an impact. He almost opened the scoring too as his looping header was just about tipped over the bar by Jack Butland as well as making 3 tackles.
Laurent Koscielny – 6.7
Returning to the side after his absence in midweek Koscielny didn’t put a foot wrong but that being said he didn’t have an amazing game either.
Hector Bellerin – 7.6
Filling in for the injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Spaniard adapted well to the right wing back position getting himself forward and producing two assists, one of which a very well driven cross for Arsenal’s first goal of the day.
Francis Coquelin – 8
Coming into the side for Aaron Ramsey, Coquelin had one of his best performances of recent times. Reminiscent of when he first broke into the side the Frenchman shut down attack after attack as well as sliding through an inch-perfect pass for Hector Bellerin before he found Olivier Giroud to open the scoring.
Granit Xhaka – 7.7
Luckily Xhaka wasn’t a doubt for this game like in recent weeks. He had another assured performance completing 90% of his passes and making 2 tackles he helped things tick in the middle of the park.
Nacho Monreal – 7.5
Monreal had a solid game playing at left wing-back rather than left centre back. He also could’ve opened the scoring early on after his header from a deflected Bellerin cross hit the post as well as him failing to make the most of a Mesut Ozil pass. He did have a good performance defensively making 3 tackles.
Mesut Ozil – 8.3
In a game which demanded Arsenal’s star men to stand up and they definitely did that. After creating a few chances for others the German got himself on the scoresheet by nicely dinking the ball over Jack Butland following an unorthodox one-two with Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez – 8.8
Like in the last game Sanchez saw himself involved in a couple more goals. After setting up Ozil with a great ball which evaded Bruno Martins-Indi he then put the game out of Stoke’s reach making it 3-1 minutes after asking to come off due to injury as his driven shot was deflected out of Butland’s reach getting the forward up to 50 goals in the premier league after just 101 appearances.
Olivier Giroud – 8.6
Giroud carried on his clinical form from midweek with two goals to both open and close the day’s scoring. Both were the products of well-constructed moves from Arsenal going forward which the Frenchman just had to sure he was in position to capitalise.
Aaron Ramsey – 7
To many Arsenal fan’s surprise, Ramsey didn’t make the starting 11 yesterday but still made an impact in his 13-minute cameo. The Welshman assisted Giroud’s second goal just 3 minutes after coming on and played well in midfield stringing passes together with his teammates.
Danny Welbeck – 6
After a disappointing showing at St. Mary’s in the week in wasn’t a surprise to see Welbeck on the bench but sadly he didn’t affect the game much after coming on.
Theo Walcott – 6
Like Welbeck, Walcott also failed to make an impression once coming on as an 84th-minute substitute for Olivier Giroud.