Written by Jeet Kotedia
Arsenal got back to winning ways on Sunday evening with a scary but solid win against a very impressive Bournemouth side.
Here’s how the Arsenal side was rated according to what I saw:
Cech- 6.5 – Could not do much for the penalty but made a very crucial point blank save from Afobe which kept the game at 2-1
Debuchy- 5 – Not long enough to rate but looked good in the short time he was on the pitch, and a juicy back-heel as well. Very unlucky to get injured.
Mustafi- 6 – Solid as ever and good passing. Booked for Dissent .
Koscielny- 8 – No words to describe how important he is to Arsenal at the moment- made many clearances and was very handy especially when Bournemouth were on the ascendancy after they scored.
Monreal- 6.5 – Unlucky to give a penalty away but made up for it with a good cross to Walcott in the second half. Reliable otherwise
Elneny- 7 – Very tidy in midfield and did really well in closing down the Bournemouth Midfield at times. Very underrated in the squad but very important.
Xhaka- 8 – We looked a lot better with him in the side and his ability to play one long ball to change defense into attack gives a new dimension to our play.
Oxlade Chamberlain- 6 – Very disappointing in the first half and sometimes gave the ball away recklessly, but always a driven player who did his best to create for the team
Ozil- 6.5 – Disappointing by his high standards but still tormented the Bournemouth defense all afternoon, played a crucial role in both goals in the second half.
Walcott- 7 – Well taken header in the second half to take his tally to 9 for the season. Tracked back well but his decision making lets him down sometimes.
Sanchez- 9 – Amazing performance, was everywhere and got the reward for his hard work with 2 goals. His ability to drop back and create chances for others is also impressive. Played a fantastic outside of the boot through ball to Ozil
Gabriel- 6 – Was shaky when he first came on at Right back and really struggled when Bournemouth were attacking, but grew into the game and was solid in the second half
Giroud- 7 – Added a different dimension to the game when he came on and got a good assist for Sanchez in stoppage time- Turning into a fantastic plan B for Arsenal
Ramsey- 6 – Was not involved as much in the short time he was on the pitch but overall solid.
Do you agree with the ratings? Did anybody other than Alexis Sanchez stand out against Bournemouth? Let us know in the comments below!
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