The French striker has another brilliant game…
Arsenal player ratings:
- 01 Szczesny – 7
Relatively untroubled to be fair.
- 03 Sagna – 6
Barely got forward up the right flank, but was solid and assured at the back.
- 28 Gibbs – 7
Penetrated the Saints’ defence on regular occasions, and outshone his opposite fullback: Sagna.
- 08 Arteta (Rosicky – 74′ ) – 6 & 6
Did well protecting the back four, but was forced off late for the ineffective Rosicky.
- 04 Mertesacker – 8
Is quickly establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s best centre-backs. Totally composed in possession, and incomparably good in the air.
- 06 Koscielny – 6
Not as good or as involved as his German partner – but played his part in Arsenal’s clean sheet.
- 10 Wilshere – 7
Composed and controlled in possession, Wilshere was Arsenal’s most influential midfielder.
- 16 Ramsey – 7
Unlucky to not score a sensational backheel goal, Ramsey was a combative force in the centre of the park for the whole 90 minutes.
- 12 Giroud – 9
Brilliant performance from the Frenchman. Held the ball up superbly, and scored both of his side’s goals.
- 11 Özil (Monreal – 81′ ) – 6 & n/a
The German was quite for Arsenal, and outshone by Wilshere and Ramsey. He spent too much time on the flanks to have any real impact.
- 19 Cazorla (Walcott – 70′ ) – 6 & 5
Walcott was ineffective as he made his first appearance since September, while Cazorla was tidy in possession as ever.