We’re still up for the cup after a hard-fought 3-2 win over Brighton yesterday, but how did the players rate? Our unique scientific, state of the art,number crunching computer system has churned out the results below.
Wojciech Szczesny: 5/10 – Great save to prevent a Brighton opener, but a bit Fabmunia for their first.
Carl Jenkinson: 6/10 – First game in a while, generally solid
Per Mertesacker: 5/10 – Captain for the day, not his best performance by a long shot, partly culpable for their 2nd
Laurent Koscielny: 6/10 – Didn’t really notice him, which is, in some ways, a good thing
Andre Santos: 3/10 – Some wasteful shooting and was poor positionally, looked like someone who hasn’t played in months. Or someone who will play much in the months to come.
Aaron Ramsey: 7/10 – Another solid, disciplined game from the Welshman
Abou Diaby: 6/10 – Lasted the full 90, good ball for Giroud’s second, suspect defensively for Brighton’s second
Tomas Rosicky: 7/10 – His passing was a bit off, as you’d expect after being out for so long, but worked his hole off.
Lukas Podolski: 6/10 – Hit the bar with an excellent free kick, solid throughout really. Played a full 90 without being hauled off.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 6/10 – Pretty quiet, looks to be suffering a bit from second season syndrome, needs to keep his head down and work hard to get through it.
Oliver Giroud: 9/10 – Two quality goals, could have scored more, Arsenal’s stand-out player on the day.
Jack Wilshere: 6/10 – Added some verve to midfield late in the second half
Theo Walcott: 7/10 – A touch fortunate with the winner but when your luck’s in, it’s in. Should have squared to Giroud late on though.
Kieran Gibbs: 6/10 – Replaced the struggling Santos, we were immediately more solid down the left.
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