Arsenal left it late against Norwich yesterday, and didn’t play particularly well, but three points are three points. How did the players rate? Find out below!
Lukas Fabianski: 7/10 – Relatively untroubled most of the game, had no chance with the goal but made a crucial save just after we’d gone ahead to keep us in front.
Bacary Sagna: 6/10 – Had a running battle with Snodgrass, got kicked about, but he was the one who got a yellow card.
Thomas Vermaelen: 6/10 – Solid return to the side, not a great deal more to say
Laurent Koscielny: 6/10 – See above but take away the part about a return to the side
Kieran Gibbs: 6/10 – Re-insert the bit about returning to the side, but have more to say: his crossing was horrible after getting into good positions. Needs to work on that.
Mikel Arteta: 7/10 – Cool as a cucumber for the penalty (especially when Grant Holt was trying to eat the cucumber), metronomic passing in the midfield.
Aaron Ramsey: 8/10 – Worked his hole off for the entire 90 minutes, spent his time in midfield closing them down high up the pitch, then slotted in at right back as we chased the game. His renaissance is great to see.
Santi Cazorla: 6/10 – He has games like this, and the one against West Brom, where he falls slightly below his own high standards, before following it up with a stonker (the pass for Gervinho in the first half was beautiful though). Watch out Everton.
Jack Wilshere: 4/10 – Like when you put your hand up in class and call the teacher ‘mum’, I think we’d be better off never mentioning this again.
Gervinho: 6/10 – A bit more like the old Gervinho, unfortunately, but put in a fantastic cross which no Arsenal player could be arsed attacking.
Olivier Giroud: 6/10 – Some nice link up play, but looked a bit sluggish in general terms. Seemed determined to claim the goal, and why not?
Theo Walcott: 6.5/10 – His pace saw Norwich drop deep, gets an assist for the Podolski goal, should have had a penalty.
Lukas Podolski: 7/10 – Hit the bar, scored the goal which made the game safe, had a good impact when coming on.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7/10 – Great running to create Arsenal’s second, a short but very important cameo.
Bonus Falstaffian award:
Grant Holt: Fat out of 10, the only elephant seal currently playing top flight football