It was tense, nervous, exciting, and I’ll admit I was touching cloth in injury time, but we held on for a big three points against West Brom. How did the players rate? Find out below.
Lukas Fabianski: 7/10 – A couple of indecisive moments early on, but had a solid game overall, and his handling was very assured.
Bacary Sagna: 6/10 – While his crossing was never brilliant, it’s like he’s got a gypsy curse on him these days (“your balls will forever be flat” – at least we think it’s to do with his crossing). Found Lukaku a handful too as West Brom pressed, but might have scored an excellent goal but for a good Foster save.
Per Mertesacker: 5/10 – Had a very good game up until the sending off. Nobody will ever forget Mertebacker, but the red card loses him some points, even if he had no choice but to make a tackle.
Laurent Koscielny: 7/10 – Strong, quick, good in the tackle, committed, thoroughly deserving of his place.
Nacho Monreal: 7/10 – To me it was his best game in an Arsenal shirt. He’s more involved now, and his reading of the game is excellent. Twice in the first half he got across to snuff out West Brom danger.
Mikel Arteta: 7/10 – My favourite bit was late in the second half when we finally got hold the ball, lost it straight away, and Arteta took a yellow card to stop them coming further forward. Experience counts.
Aaron Ramsey: 6/10 – Involved well in Rosicky’s second goal but will have nightmares about the miss late in the first half. I think the goals will come for him though.
Santi Cazorla: 6/10 – Had a quieter game than in recent weeks, never really found his passing range, but I think West Brom paid special attention to him.
Tomas Rosicky: 8/10 – That special attention made them forget about Rosicky who, let’s face it, hasn’t been a consistent goal threat. Again his workrate was fantastic, deserved his first brace of Premier League goals for the club and the man of the match award.
Gervinho: 7/10 – Created the opening goal, had a good attempt which Foster saved with his feet, and once again he’s contributed to a good result.
Olivier Giroud: 6/10 – Struggled, and needs to be reminded that when we’re 2-1 up with not long left in injury time, he’d be better advised to take the ball into the corner than try a glory shot.
Thomas Vermaelen: 6/10 – Was prevented coming on, for some reason, but was a body in defence when we needed it.
Kieran Gibbs: 6/10 – Not sure quite why he was chasing the ball down so high up the pitch late on, but I remember one almighty hoof clear so he did something.
Francis Coquelin: : 6/10 – 100% pass completion (2 of 2), made 1 tackle, for an 90th minute sub, under those circumstances, that’ll do.