A quality five star display from 11 players, this must be the best Arsenal team of the Emirates era.
Three League games and Three Clean Sheets, That is as many as Szczesny and Damian Martinez have kept in the League too but the confidence in this 26-year old is enough to discourage forwards. No words for that second half save.
It seemed premature when Shaun-Wright Philips hailed him as the next rising star against Newcastle. Now we know for sure. Improving well in defence and showed, with his goal, why La Masia is the best.
Marshalled Benteke well today, giving him not as much as a sniff. He’s been teasing us with his ball skills for a while and nearly got a delightful assist today.
They say Gabriel is like him but no way the new guy is going to bench him soon with this kind of game.
Excellent defensive input from Monreal today and the debate is wider now on who starts against Spurs next week.
Started a bit shaky in the first few minutes but then took off and never looked back. Was not booked but has loads of Villans in his pocket.
Cazorla: 8 (MOTM)
“As long as you score, there’s no such thing as a bad penalty”. That might not be right but Cazorla did not put a foot wrong today. Two assits and it could have been much more. We know we can do without Alexis if we always have Santi.
Was not the best player and on the pitch today and left Coquelin to most of the back work. Will the flicks ever stop? No? But he’s still a good passer of the ball, cute one to Akpom for the penalty.
A goal and assist for a second game running, and for a second game against Villa. To think it was the defeat to them last season that heralded his arrival kind of pushes him to punish them every time. What’s more? he doesn’t need to be Number 10 to play in the middle.
How much he needed that goal and that makes it two in two. It’s becoming clear he’s not a ball player feed him in the box and he’ll put it away.
Again, nearly doesn’t count. He eventually scored it! And a beautiful assist on that. We would want his game to be as cute as his hair but Giroud is Arsenal’s best striker, love or loathe it.
Subs Rosicky: 6… Ageless, Evergreen. Needed few minutes to warm-up for his favourite game of the season.
Akpom: 7… His pace can do a lot and if he starts scoring, he won’t stop.
Flamini: 6… There had to be a third sub.
The whole 11 put up a beautiful performance at the Emirates and as such no player can be faulted, hence no flop of match (FOTM).
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