2014 ends on a high, but it did not look so when Song had stroked an absolute belter from 25 yards only to be ruled out by the linesman. Arsenal physio, Colin Lewin couldn’t even look up for Cazorla’s penalty but the quick fire double settled what looked like the most nightmarish first half in terms of pressure. Adrian’s reflexes and Chamberlain’s fluffs would be the reason we had to see out another tense 10 minutes, right to the death.
And here are the ratings, for our 11 as well as man of the match and flop of the match.
Very very good performance from the Number 1 today, making calculated leaps to steal the ball off the air. Almost turned villain at the end but wouldn’t rule out some cracking interventions.
Not his best Arsenal game defensively, bullied by Carroll and eventually for Kouyate’s goal, though still solid going forward.
We are beginning to see more and more his limits in pace and technique. Someone should be on that bench monitoring proceedings. Hummels?
Showed why we’ve missed him as we had more balance in defending West Ham’s endless sky scrapers. Hope he’s now in for the long haul
Good move by Wenger to rest Gibbs for Southampton; Amalfitano had too much joy with Monreal though. Decent shift all round
Sat deep with his new partner today and did well to prevent them going through the middle
A first start in over a year, you did not expect him to play like Ramsey or Wilshere, but did his job well. Got booked, may not start at Southampton, but has proven good value for the recall from loan.
Fourth League goal for the increasingly exciting man. Back on the form of his life and we can only wish he keeps it. (Of course, he didn’t dare a panenka!)
Alexis: 7 (MOTM)
As energetic as ever, maybe should have toe poked that chance towards the second bar, but not a dent on his game, bar the rare booking.
Shame he cannot score. Has soo (permit the extra ‘o’) much ability to be a world beater, but should get better by the game.
Really good game from Welbeck today and thrived playing through the middle. Good awareness to react to Chambo’s cross. That frightening run!
Rested for Saints, helped see out the win late on
There was no Flop in this game. Everyone was up for it.
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