Arsenal secured an important victory and returned to the Top Four. An eight-minute-storm was enough to secure a convincing victory over the newly crowned FA Cup winners, and third place is even a possibility.
Wojciech Szczesny | 7.5: Apart from his distribution that was detected as a problem before (still, one of his goal-kicks helped to set up Podolski’s second goal), he could be having a problem with free-kicks and was out of position majorly when Koscielny cleared. Made a brilliant save to deny Kone at the start of the second half.
Bacary Sagna | 7.0: Offered more when he was going forward and participated in the play that led to our second goal.
Per Mertesacker | 7.5: His partnership with Koscielny has been a strong foundation for our recent good results. He helped Podolski to score first and nearly grabbed himself an assist with flick-on. Defended well. Another excellent performance.
Laurent Koscielny | 8.0: Made a crucial clearance in the first half and cut a serious counter-attack from the visitors. Played with the ball well too. Missed a sitter to spare us the stress but it seems Gooners can’t get away without it. Brilliant performance.
Kieran Gibbs | 7.5: Dealt with McManaman well and nearly scored after Sagna’s shot-cross. Made a superb tackle at 2:1 for us.
Mikel Arteta | 7.0: Gave away some fouls in dangerous areas but he also cleared a lot of situations after we lost possession. Unfortunately, it seems that we will have to beat Newcastle without him due to a calf injury. Get well soon, Mikel!
Aaron Ramsey | 7.5: Rounded another energetic performance with a clinical finish for his first Premiership goal this season. However, he lost the ball on more than a few occasions and opened possibility for counter-attacks and was bailed out by Gibbs’ tackle in one occasion.
Tomas Rosicky | 7.0: His passing game was good in terms of keeping possession but offered very little in terms of direct football. Was close to scoring a goal in the second half.
Theo Walcott | 8.5: Theo has kept his goal-scoring form and added an excellent performance to it. Apart from the goal, he also created two chances for Cazorla but both times the Spanish midfielder missed.
Santi Cazorla | 9.0: He grabbed himself all four assists. He could’ve scored on two occasions but it wasn’t the night for him goal-wise, but what a superb haul of assists. His best performance for some weeks
Lukas Podolski | 8.0: Did well to score two crucial goals but he could have been more involved in the game.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain | 7.0: Looked very lively after entering the pitch.
Jack Wilshere | 7.0: Added some energy to our midfield. It will be his last game at the Emirates before an ankle surgery, however he should feature against Newcastle this weekend especially with Arteta injured.
Thomas Vermaelen | N/A: Replaced Arteta due to Spaniard’s injury.