This afternoon’s game saw Arsenal grab the 3 points and move up to 3rd in the Premier League.
Ospina - 6 – Ospina was ok but didn’t look assured and had a rush of blood when running out of the box. There will be plenty of talk regarding the goalkeeping situation.
Chambers - 6 – Chambers is decent but often looks clumsy and doesn’t look fantastic at right back, however, he did enough to make sure Arsenal won the game.
Mertesacker - 7 – Mertesacker had a decent game and seems to be returning to his old form. There were a lot of balls coming into the box which he dealt with and most of the time Arsenal looked like they were going to keep a clean sheet.
Koscielny - 7 – Again dealt with the Palace threat well and was his accomplished self.
Monreal - 7 – Debatable especially when often being beaten by the pace of Zaha but did enough to warrant a 7 and carries on his impressive form.
Coquelin - 7 – Was lucky not to be sent off but did break up the play well and put in some good challenges.
Cazorla - 7 – Scored from the penalty spot again and looked composed throughout the game. Had a fantastic work ethic and showed his importance to the team once again.
Ӧzil - 7 – At the start of the game looked lost but improved as the game went on. Often criticised for his lack of defending, Ӧzil defended well a couple of times and showed improvement in that part of his game. Ӧzil also played a key role in one of the best moves in the game.
Welbeck - 7 – Fantastic work ethic and shows why he gets into the team. Won the penalty, and had his shot saved what made the second goal.
Sanchez - 7 – Sanchez had a quiet game but often held the ball and came close to scoring after great play from Ӧzil.
Giroud - 7 –Kept up his good scoring form with his 8th goal in 11 converting the save from a Welbeck shot. Held the ball up well allowing Arsenal players to get forward.
Gibbs - N/A – Didn’t really have time to influence the game.
Rosicky - N/A – Didn’t really have time to influence the game.
Gabriel - N/A – Didn’t really have time to influence the game.
Overall, not at our brilliant best but we take away 3 points from a difficult place and move up to 3rd. The team now move onto Monaco in the Champions League.