[Player Ratings] Arsenal 2-1 Man City: Ozil & Mertesacker Shine For Gunners

By on December 21, 2015

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Arsenal moved to within two points of leaders Leicester City with a 2-1 victory over Manchester City at the Emirates on Monday night.

Theo Walcott opened the scoring in spectacular fashion before Olivier Giroud made it 2-0 at half time with a drilled finish. Mesut Ozil the man to provide both assists.

City ensured it was a nervy finish after Yaya Toure made it 2-1 thanks to a stunning Yaya Toure effort. However, Arsenal held on to secure a vital three points.

Here are player ratings from Gooner Mac:

Cech  7/10  | Missed out on the Premier League clean sheet record after being beaten by a stunner. Made some routine saves.

Bellerin  7/10  | Solid at the back and a danger going forward. Another fine display from the young Spaniard.

Mertesacker  8.5/10  | Excellent performance from the big man. Kept City at bay with several fine interceptions and was a rock at the back.

Koscielny  7.5/10  | Caught out of position a couple of times but got away with it and was otherwise superb.

Monreal  6.5/10  | De Bruyne gave him problems but Monreal eventually found a way to keep him quiet.

Ramsey  6/10  | A very wasteful display from Ramsey as he squandered two great chances to put the game to bed.

Flamini  7/10  | Very efficient in front of the back four and did well to keep Silva quiet.

Walcott  8/10  | Stunning strike to open the scoring and was a constant threat on the break with his pace.

Özil  8.5/10  | Another two assists for the machine that is Mesut Ozil. The assist for Giroud in particular was perfectly weighted.

Campbell  7/10  | Put a good shift in to help protect Bellerin and almost got himself on the score-sheet.

Giroud  7.5/10  | Excellent finish to put us two-up and his hold-up play was superb. A real team player.


Gibbs 6/10 | Worked hard to help see-out the game.

Oxlade-Chamberlain N/A

Chambers N/A

So a vital three points in the bag to see us move to within two points of leaders Leicester while Man City are now five points further back in third. Let’s hope we can maintain the momentum during the Christmas period.

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