Hurrah, a win, and a comprehensive one at that, sets us up nicely for the second leg next Tuesday. And how nice to get a win. Here are our player ratings.
Wojciech Szczesny: 8/10 – After a somewhat worrying display against Villa, the big Pole bounced back with very good performance. He was brave, made good saves and showed why his potential is spoken of so often. It’s all about consistency now.
Bacary Sagna: 8/10 – For the second game running failed to finish at right back as he filled in for Koscielny at centre-half. It was like he’d been playing there his whole life. Please give this man a new contract.
Per Mertesacker: 7/10 – Solid, dependable, won lots of headers. Very worrying when he went down injured given he’s our only fit centre-half, but captained the side to a good win.
Laurent Koscielny: 6/10 – Hard to rate but was playing well before Webo tried to kick his head off. Let’s hope it’s not as serious as feared.
Kieran Gibbs: 7/10 – Got up and down the line very well, did his job defensively and got forward to good effect, opening the scoring in the second half. All with a busted up eye too.
Jack Wilshere: 6/10 – His passing is still off and he’s obviously still working his way back to full fitness and rhythm but another 90 minutes will do him no harm.
Aaron Ramsey: 9/10 – Absolutely fantastic, he was everywhere on the pitch offensively and defensively. When the team was crying out for creativity he created the space for Walcott to find Gibbs, and smacked home a Cesc v Milan-tastic second. Playing with real confidence. Great to see.
Tomas Rosicky: 6/10 – Buzzed around, organised things, not as threatening as he was against Villa but played his part.
Santi Cazorla: 6/10 – Obviously still a long way from full fitness but some of his control/touch is astonishing to watch. Great pass for Walcott to win the penalty.
Theo Walcott: 6/10 – At times wasteful with the ball but provides such a threatening outlet. Good assist for Gibbs goal and won the penalty which made the game 100% secure.
Olivier Giroud: 6/10 – Struggled with lack of service at times, and you can see why Arsenal want a new striker, but tucked away his penalty very confidently making it 2 in 2 for this season (on the back of a very good pre-season goalscoring wise).
Carl Jenkinson: 6/10 – Slotted in well at right back, got some good balls across the box offensively.
Lukas Podolski: n/a – Surprised he didn’t start, you really have to wonder if there’s something going on between him and Wenger.
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