DM) Francis Coquelin – 7.0
Arsene Wenger has opted for Mohamed Elneny over Coquelin recently, when we could have really used the Frenchman’s defensive qualities. On this occasion he definitely wasn’t needed though, and he was really just there to help out Santi Cazorla in midfield.
CM) Santi Cazorla – 7.5
We’ve really missed the diminutive midfielder, and his impact on the game was clear. He was definitely off the pace a little, but it’s fantastic to see him back.
Substitute: Joel Campbell – N/A
Barely on the pitch long enough to play a part.
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CAM) Mesut Özil – 7.5
Still not quite at the level he showed so regularly during the first half of the season, but we definitely saw his quality against Villa. He got the assist for Giroud’s second goal, bringing his tally for the season up to 19.
Substitute: Mikel Arteta – 8.0
The Spaniard may not have been on the pitch very long, but he was in the box at the right time to get the fourth goal – even if it will go down as an own goal by Mark Bunn.