A strong performance from the Gunners yesterday to secure all three points at the Emirates, as Arsene Wenger’s men proved their title credentials once more. The team headed into the game knowing the importance of the fixture and also missing some key players, but turned in a display that was utterly professional and got the job done, even though we cut it a bit fine by the end.
Manchester City is never an easy opponent to face, and the return of Argentine striker Sergio Aguero was a blow for us heading into the game. However, our defence came through in style, shutting down the entire City attack and providing a solid base for the team to build off of. In fact, most of the players had a game to remember, especially considering that we have now solidified our second place spot on the League table.
Here are our player ratings for the game:
Petr Cech – 7.0
Didn’t have much to do, and calmly took care of the few routine saves that he had to make. The Toure goal was well beyond saving however.
Hector Bellerin – 7.0
A much improved showing from the youngster, and it appears that he is finally getting back into his groove once more.
Laurent Koscielny – 8.0
Another great showing from the Frenchman. Was instrumental in shutting down Sergio Aguero, and although he was caught out of position a couple of times it did not cause us too many problems.
Per Mertesacker – 7.5
Solid game from the skipper. He was at the top of his interception game yesterday, cutting out several dangerous passes as well as winning most of his aerial battles.
Nacho Monreal – 8.0
Yet another classy display from the Spaniard. He is easily the top left-back in the Premier League at the moment, and ensured that the City attack had no real chances down his wing all night.
Mathieu Flamini – 6.5
Flamini tried his best, but he is simply not cut out to be the same sort of player as Francis Coquelin. Koscielny was forced to come forward a couple of times to bail him out. Otherwise it was a decent performance from the veteran.
Aaron Ramsey – 7.0
Nothing too special from the Welshman, as he focussed on being more of a midfield presence yesterday. The strength in the Manchester City midfield meant that Ramsey was forced to put in a full defensive shift and he did rather well, but this left him unable to get forward too frequently. Also missed a good opportunity to seal out the game.
Mesut Ozil – 8.5
MotM. Ozil is the gift that keeps on giving; and the German notched up two more assists yesterday. As always, he was Arsenal’s main attacking outlet and looked dangerous every time he got the ball. At this rate, Ozil looks set to break a few records this season.
Joel Campbell – 7.5
Good display from the Costa Rican. Before the game, I had mentioned that Campbell needs to work on his consistency; and if he starts to perform like this every week then he will surely become a first team contender. Although he did miss a couple of good chances to score, his workrate and movement off the ball were top quality.
Olivier Giroud – 8.0
Like Ozil, the Frenchman is in hot form at the moment. Giroud showed off the full extent of his skills – creating space for his teammates, making dangerous runs into the box – and was able to produce a classy finish to beat Joe Hart.
Theo Walcott – 8.0
The Englishman was simply amazing all game, contributing all over the pitch and making life hell for the City defenders. His goal was extremely well taken, and apart from that he was a regular threat in the box. The standout of the game however was Walcott’s defensive contributions – the player frequently tracked all the way back and made a couple of big tackles in the later stages of the game.