Crystal Palace vs Arsenal: Player Ratings, MOTM.

It was not a game that will remind you of all the buzz of Arsenal’s dangerous attacking potential despite it being the ninth successive game in which the Gunners have taken a first half lead. But a great defensive performance is never a poor game to watch; sometimes, that’s how you discover a team’s real character and the boys showed lots.

Ospina: 6
The Colombian shot stopper has returned to the realm of the mortals after a clean sweep of clean sheets in January. Szczesny must fancy he will be restored soon.

Chambers: 6
The time on the bench has done him some good with some refreshed displays of late. Still has some work to do on the timing of tackles but a good game.

Mertesacker: 8 (MOTM)
Stood firm with his partner in crime, Koscielny, averting wave after wave of attack from Palace. Did not have much trouble handling Fraizer Campbell. Dependable.

Koscielny: 8
Could have been the man of the match for me as he was as good as his captain on the day. Both showed again why they are highly rated as the best duo in the League.

Monreal: 6
Had a hard time keeping track of Zaha but his experience and good run of form saw him through. Still going strong.

Coquelin: 7.5
Fast proving to be a perfect winner of the ball. All-action, pumped up, Coquelin. Can’t wait to see him have his first Champions League start.

Cazorla: 7
Retained his deep role from Boro but did not have as much freedom with Palace’s high intensity, much like at Spurs. Still scored the vital penalty for the opening goal.

Welbeck: 7
The credit for the penalty goes to Welbeck – the persistence to pursue Souare, the fall –  and good movement for the second goal. Good signs why he keeps Walcott out.

Ozil: 7
Gets ONE WHOLE POINT for that bit of muscling and shielding to win a goal kick. Could have got one more had Alexis finished his superb lay-off.

Alexis: 6.5
Arsenal can do without his goals but his work rate is yet unmatched.

Giroud: 7.5
Arsenal, at the moment, cannot do without his goals, proved the winner today. Goal Number 50. Cheers.

Subs

PaulistaN/A
League debut. Would not have been pleased as the equalizer came while he was brought on precisely to prevent that.

Rosicky: N/A

Gibbs: N/A

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