Arsenal claimed a 2-1 victory against QPR to maintain their top three position in the table after goals from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez.
With our main rivals all winning their respective fixture, a win was of paramount importance.
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Here is how the Arsenal players rated against QPR.
GK) David Ospina – 6
Dodgy kicking and could’ve done better with Austin’s goal.
RB) Hector Bellerin – 7
Has been a revelation at full-back and defends with added aggression.
CB) Gabriel – 6
Was bullied during his time on the pitch and his night was made worse with following a hamstring injury.
CB) Per Mertesacker – 7
Back to his commanding self as he marshaled the back four and was dominant in the air.
LB) Kieran Gibbs – 6
One most of his duels with Matt Phillips but was at fault for the goal.
CDM) Francis Coquelin – 7
Showed exactly why he played today despite suffering a broken nose, mixing his game up and giving us balence.
CM) Santi Cazorla – 7
Didn’t look himself early on but grew into the game to dictate the pace of our play.
CAM) Mesut Ozil – 7
Couldn’t get into the game in the first half as we didn’t control the game but could’ve scored a wonderful goal after the break.
AMR) Tomas Rosicky – 7
Continues to defy his age and was the sole reason behind a more fluis second half performance.
AML) Alexis Sanchez – 8
Ended his goal drought in emphatic fashion and a wonderful solo goal.
CF) Olivier Giroud – 8
Held the ball up marvelously and his sheer determination opened the scoring.