It was a bit hairy for a little while there but in the end we got the goals and took the points.
Here’s how the players rated.
Wojciech Szczesny: 5/10 – Probably should have done better with the goal although the ball did swerve. Thankfully his mistake wasn’t fatal.
Bacary Sagna: 7/10 – Got forward really well, put in some good crosses, and after being left exposed against Jarvis early on, dealt with the West Ham winger well.
Per Mertesacker: 7/10 – Mr Reliable at the back. Although that would be a crap super power, being extra reliable instead of having X-Ray Vision, or a lightsaber cock, or something.
Thomas Vermaelen: 6/10 – Worked hard against Cole, another decent display, but suspect Koscielny will come back if he’s fit for Newcastle.
Kieran Gibbs: 7/10 – Like Sagna got forward well and put in some really good crosses from that side.
Mikel Arteta: 8/10 – Seems to be a thing to criticise the Spaniard, but 95% pass completion (79/83) and winning 4 out of 5 tackles (one which started the move for the equaliser) were just two reasons why he was integral to our performance.
Aaron Ramsey: 6/10 – Worked hard as always but the simple things don’t seem to be coming off. A difficult pass to Walcott should have seen Theo put us ahead in the first half, but he fell foul to fatigue in the second half, coming off injured. Hopefully it’s nothing serious, but we’re concerned.
Santi Cazorla: 7/10 – His best performance of the season, unlucky not to score and almost created a goal for Lukas Podolski. It’d be a good time for him to find some form.
Theo Walcott: 8/10 – Terrible miss in the first half, careless in the second to give them the ball back for their goal. And then he scores two hugely important goals. He’s an enigma wrapped in a wayward pass/mis-kick of a mystery.
Mesut Ozil: 6/10 – Some beautiful first half touches, but didn’t spark back into life today. Hopefully Newcastle away will be the time to do that.
Olivier Giroud: 5/10 – Another game where he was just half a yard off the pass and at this level it makes the difference. Got himself a nice assist for Poldi though and you can’t fault his work-rate.
Lukas Podolski: 8/10 – How much did he enjoy that goal? Great to see him back and with others out of form, he could be the man to make the difference.
Nicklas Bendtner: 6/10 – Didn’t have long but looked lively, almost got our 4th with a shot that deflected just wide.
Mathieu Flamini: 6/10 – Brought on to shore things up. Made 14/14 passes but, more importantly, 3/3 clearances as West Ham tried to get back into the game.
Fat Walrus chewing his gum: disgusting land cow/10
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