Another away trip, another away win, another clean sheet. What the hell’s going on? We don’t know, but here’s how the players rated.
Lukas Fabianski: 7/10 – Relatively untroubled, had one moment where he came for a cross and missed it entirely, but other than that he looks and feels solid. Distribution is noticeably better than Szczesny’s.
Carl Jenkinson: 8/10 – Followed up his storming performance against Bayern with another one yesterday. Would run through brick walls for the red and white.
Per Mertesacker: 8/10 – Calm, cool, efficient, Mertesplendid.
Laurent Koscielny: 8/10 – Kosmungous in a Laurentacular manner.
Nacho Monreal: 8/10 – Back in for Gibbs, good at the back and grabbed his first Arsenal goal into the process. Que bien!
Mikel Arteta: 7/10 – Worked hard after a massive shift in Munich, a little on the quiet side but helped keep the midfield operating as a unit.
Abou Diaby: 5/10 – Looked leggy and tired, which is confusing as he didn’t do a thing in midweek. A bit better in the second half but not the kind of display that says ‘Pick me, pick me!’.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7/10 – Showed the attacking side of his game with two decent efforts that bounced off the crossbar, his youthful legs did a lot of running too. A good step in the right direction.
Santi Cazorla: 8.5/10 – Arsenal’s best player on the day, always tried to make something happen, was unlucky not to score at least one and played a crucial part in the opening goal.
Theo Walcott: 5/10 – Ineffectual from an attacking point of view again, I think we need to call up Consistentette and get him some more of those patches. Didn’t shirk his defensive duties though, which is something that often compounds his quieter games.
Olivier Giroud: 6/10 – Ran and jumped and put himself about, gets an assist for the goal and in fairness he realised he’d got it wrong in the first place. Two very solid 90 minutes this week from him though.
Gervinho: 7/10 – Got his first goal since October, and took it well if not 100% convincingly. Hopefully it’ll do him some good, because the more players we have on the boil in the final weeks of the season the better
Aaron Ramsey: 6/10 – Gets an assist for Gervinho’s goal, came on and did grand.
Kieran Gibbs: 6/10 – On to help shore things up at the end, did exactly that. If he were a tin somebody would make a catchphrase about how he does exactly what’s on him.