So that’s it. Another season done and dusted, but how did the players rate in the final nail-biting game against Newcastle?
Wojciech Szczesny: 7/10 – Solid again, not really troubled, did what he had to do well.
Bacary Sagna: 7/10 – Was this his last Arsenal appearance? If so, we’re glad he went out with three points and he won the free kick which led to the goal.
Per Mertesacker: 7/10 – Got ‘megged early in the game by Yanga-Mbiwa, but his calm assurance at the back was as crucial as it has been all season.
Laurent Koscielny: 10/10 – Got the winner on the final day for the second year in succession, and backed it up with an awesome defensive display (yes, there’s an element of goodwill in this mark but hey, I love the guy).
Kieran Gibbs: 7/10 – Preferred away from home to Nacho Monreal for the first time since the Spaniard arrived, got forward well and although exposed once or twice defensively did well overall.
Mikel Arteta: 6/10 – Should never have started, he was clearly nowhere near fit but Wenger wanted his leadership out there.
Aaron Ramsey: 7/10 – This guy would run through walls for the team, his energy and defensive discipline, especially after Arteta went off, was a big part of why Newcastle failed to threaten. Made some great tackles.
Tomas Rosicky: 7/10 – Buzzed around, found it hard going offensively, but when you see a guy sprint from one side of the pitch to other in the 91st minute to close down an opponent, you can’t but doff your cap.
Santi Cazorla: 7/10 – Faded a bit as his first Premier League season drew to a close, but he’s been wonderful to watch this season.
Theo Walcott: 7/10 – A Theo performance: some good bits, some bad bits, but provided the cross for the goal and should have made the game safe late on but was denied by the post. Has plenty of good stuff to build on for next season.
Lukas Podolski: 6/10 – Again found it hard going up front, and looked a little off the pace. Seemed to spark a bit in the second half and put in some good work when we needed it.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7/10 – I suppose the best thing you can say is that we didn’t suffer for Arteta’s absence. Ramsey dropped into the deeper role, and the Ox slotted into the midfield without any fuss.
Olivier Giroud: 6/10 – Held it up well at the end when we need needed him to, got stuck in defensively in the final few mins.
Jack Wilshere: n/a – Not on long enough to rate
Alan Sugar: He gets HAHAHA out of 10, for this. Thanks!