After a valiant effort against Bayern Munich last night, it’s time to get out the player ratings cards to see how the lads fared.
Lukas Fabianski: 8/10 – His selection raised eyebrows and his performance might have too. Benefited from the kind of protection most goalkeepers would like, but was solid in the air and on the ground. A good return to action.
Carl Jenkinson: 9/10 – His best game in an Arsenal shirt? There was a moment in the first half when Robben broke clear, Jenks tracked him, nailed him and came away with the ball. His post-match put down of Geoff Shreeves was as classy as his performance.
Per Mertesacker: 8/10 – Won it in the air and on the deck, passed it well, got a yellow card for clobbering Robben, and a big part of a defence that worked really hard all night.
Laurent Koscielny: 8/10 – Back in the team at the expense of the captain and after this showing Vermaelen will be on the bench against Swansea too. Tackled like a stone-demon and made Bayern poo themselves with his late headed goal.
Kieran Gibbs: 7/10 – Back from injury and it did show at times but a willing runner and like the others part of a solid unit.
Mikel Arteta: 7/10 – Worked his hole off in midfield, got stuck in and disrupted the Bayern rhythm when he could. Tired late on and got a bit careless in the final few but put in a real captain’s performance.
Aaron Ramsey: 7/10 – Made a fantastic run to play his part in the first goal and his energy and willingness to work was important. Passing was a little off but a brilliant track and tackle on Lahm in the second half summed up his work rate.
Tomas Rosicky: 6/10 – Looked like a guy who hasn’t played much, some of the touches were off but showed his experience in the second half with a great foul on Robben as he was breaking away.
Santi Cazorla: 6/10 – Like Rosicky didn’t really find his passing range and was crowded out as Bayern obviously had him earmarked as the most dangerous Arsenal player.
Theo Walcott: 6/10 – Giving him the benefit of the doubt regarding the ball for the goal (I have a feeling it was a shot), but apart from one more good pass in the first half was disappointing.
Olivier Giroud: 7/10 – Fine goal, did his best against two very strong centre-halves and never got a free kick all night despite being pulled and whacked all over the place.
Gervinho: 6/10 – Almost scored after a brilliant turn in the box (why was nobody following it in for a tap-in?) and added some zip when we needed it.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 6/10 – Did well enough in a short period, won the corner from which Koscielny scored.
Bonus Manager rating.
Arsene Wenger: 8/10 – Made a big call with the keeper and Vermaelen being left out, and it paid off. Gets hammered when things go badly so some props when what he does comes off seems fair enough.