After Wednesdays disastrous performance and result, we badly needed to get through the game today against Everton without any hiccups.
That was the case as a resolute defensive display, bar the odd lapse in concentration, gave us a vital victory.
Here is how the players rated during the game.
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GK) David Ospina – 7
Made strategic decisions and bailed us out a few times when rushing off his line.
RB) Hector Bellerin – 7
Continuing his development and showed more aggression in his defending against Everton.
CB) Gabriel – 7
Surrounded by players fluent in Spanish, Gabriel allowed us to defend high up with recovery pace.
CB) Laurent Koscielny – 7
Might have to get used to becoming the leader of our defense should Arsene Wenger continue with the partnership.
LB) Kieran Gibbs – 6
Failed to show why he has been given the nod ahead of the in-form Nacho Monreal.
CDM) Francis Coquelin – 7
Left the pitch with a shirt full of blood which typified his display and tenacity in the tackle.
CM) Santi Cazorla – 8
Our captain on the day and was a wonderful display of creativity, courage and tactical discipline.
CAM) Mesut Ozil – 5
Waltz through the game and was anonymous throughout.
AML) Alexis Sanchez – 7
Back to his usual self off the ball, worked hard and harried Everton in possession.
AML) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6
Provided balance and ability to have oppositions defence on the back foot.
CF) Olivier Giroud – 7
Scored the opening goal which calmed the nerves, but should’ve ought to have a hat-rick having missed two wonderful opportunities.