Arsenal Player ratings vs Crystal Palace 16.08.15

Petr Cech: 6.0 – Selhurst Park isn’t a fun place to bounce back from a nightmare debut and in terms of his individual performance, Cech showed that. You have to feel, looking back, that he could have done more to keep Ward’s long range effort out but he was also let down by the defenders in front of him. Otherwise, he did well collecting crosses and loose balls.

Hector Bellerin: 7.0 – An assured performance from the man (not Mr. Injuries, Abou Diaby’s lifelong friend) who has kept Mathieu Debuchy out of the starting lineup for so long. Wilfried Zaha caused him some grief at times but he offered plenty going forward as well, floating a well placed cross in for Alexis Sanchez to power home.

Laurent Koscielny: 6.0 – Same goes with Le Boss as with Cech. Not back to his best but definitely more stable than the 2-0 opener. He completely failed to close down on Ward for Palace’s goal but generally did well in mopping up attacks and ensuring we ground the win out.

Per Mertesacker: 6.5 – Our Big F*%&ing German is back! Sort of. He didn’t have too many issues dealing with Palace and covered Cech as well as distributed possession well from the back.

Nacho Monreal: 6.0 – Offered plenty of width down the left as Alexis and Özil traded roles leaving Monreal with space to get in and deliver crosses, something he excels at. Like Bellerin, his man, Bolasie, threatened him a couple of times.

Francis Coquelin: 5.0 – His first foul wasn’t a bookable offense in my humble opinion but since the referee disagreed, we’ll use his as the standard. And by his standard, Coquelin should have been sent off. Twice. The tigerish midfielder broke up play well at times but let his team down with his rash behavior, forcing Wenger to withdraw him after his second warning.

Aaron Ramsey: 5.0 – 2013/14 Aaron Ramsey must be haunting our Welshman’s dreams because he seems to be trying unnecessary flicks and backheels whenever possible. He tried to offer himself and play less selfishly than last week but couldn’t manage his decision making well enough to be effective.

Santi Cazorla: 8.0 – Imagine if I’d told you in 2012 that Santi Cazorla would turn out to be one of the most vital cogs in our midfield, from Arteta’s deep lying playmaking position. Wenger has a knack for plugging Spaniard’s into that gap and Cazorla showed why as he kept us ticking with a metronomic distribution style.

Mesut Özil: 8.5 – If anyone outdid Santi Cazorla today it had to be our World Cup winning maestro. 5 chances created, an assist and a 98 per cent passing accuracy. If you don’t get him by now, you probably never will and I’d advise you to take up another sport. Water polo sounds interesting.

Alexis Sanchez: 8.0 – He did everything to push the team forward that you’d expect of him. Sanchez hounded defenders, nicked the ball off of them and drove us at Palace with tenacity you wouldn’t be likely to see in a man who just spent four weeks on the beach with his dogs. But then, Alexis is no ordinary man.

Olivier Giroud: 7.5 – Giroud’s goal has unlimited replay value and will have done his confidence wonders. If the Frenchman can continue to find the back of the net with that kind of style then Gooners will have already forgotten the name Kari- Wait, who?

Kieran Gibbs: 6.0 – Had little time to impact the game but offered more cover on the left hand side.

Mikel Arteta: 7.0 – A very convincing cameo from the captain as he helped keep us in the lead, notably with a crucial stop late on.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 6.5 – Seemed determined to prove to Wenger that he should have started after being subbed on but should have scored and sealed the win late on with his one on one chance.

 

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