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[Player Ratings] Arsenal 2-1 Leicester: Ozil Flops As Welbeck Steals The Show

Danny Welbeck came off the bench to secure Arsenal a stunning 2-1 victory over leaders Leicester at the Emirates. These are my ratings from the game:

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Arsenal blew the title race wide open after Danny Welbeck came off the bench to secure a stunning 2-1 victory over leaders Leicester City at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

Jamie Vardy put Leicester ahead from the penalty spot just before half time before Theo Walcott equalised midway through the second half. Just as it looked as though the game was going to end 1-1, Welbeck popped up with a last gasp header to win it for the Gunners.

These are my ratings from the game:

Cech  7/10 | Made a superb stop to deny Vardy early on and commanded his area well.

Bellerin  6.5/10 | His pace was important up against Vardy and he helped Mertesacker out during the first half. Got forward more after the break when they went down to 10.

Mertesacker  7/10 | Many were concerned when they heard the Big German was starting but his experience shone through as he was given very little trouble all afternoon. Missed a great chance to get a goal late on though.

Koscielny  6/10 | Poor challenge on Konte in the build up to their goal and was replaced at the break with a dead leg.

Monreal  6/10 | Silly to give away a penalty, even if Vardy did make the most of it, and fortunate not to give another spot kick away when he clipped Mahrez in the second half.

Coquelin  7/10 | Great to have him back and he proved to be a big improvement on Flamini. Broke up play and kept the ball moving forwards.

Ramsey  6.5/10 | Plenty of willing and endevour from the Welshman but he was wasteful in front of goal once again.

Oxlade-Chamberlain   6/10 | Lively early on and was a real threat down the right but influence faded.

Sanchez  6/10 | Still looks rusty following his injury. Showed plenty of creativity but his finishing was way off. I’m sure he’ll be back soon though.

Ozil  5/10 | Very quiet. Wasn’t given any space by Konte and Drinkwater but he did pop up with the vital delivery to set up Welbeck’s winner. Even when he’s poor Ozil still finds a way to get an assist!

Giroud  6/10 | Enjoyed the physical battle with Morgan and Huth and set-up Walcott’s goal with a superb header. However, like many of his team mates, Giroud didn’t have his shooting boots on.


Chambers 7/10 | Slotted in to the back four seamlessly after replacing Koscielny at half time.

Walcott 8/10 | Made a huge difference after coming on and grabbed the vital equaliser with a cool finish.

Welbeck 8.5 | Came off the bench to net an injury time winner on his return to the first team following a 10-month injury absence. What a story.


We were way below our best with several players wasting chances in front of goal but Welbeck’s late winner ensures we move to within two points of leaders Leicester with 12 games to go. This was a huge win and it’s important we now kick on during the coming weeks….



  1. bonaroca

    February 14, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Bonaroca:- Got myself goose pimples, but at least the important thing that
    Arsenal got the result. i was very disappointed about the referee. For sure
    he has to go and check his eyes, as regards the first half penalty, what was
    lineman doing, perhaps he was watching some bird over the terraces to assist
    the referee

  2. blackhawks

    February 14, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I thought Ozil was terrible all day.

  3. Tusem Lizo

    February 15, 2016 at 1:15 am

    Ozil flops? I first thought I was reading a year old article. What are you guys smokin’ over there? Are you completely out of touch with reality? I hope this is not your day time job. Welbeck had one touch and it was a winner, but Ozil supplied at least four close miss assists. Maybe you are normally the cricket guys ended up filling in for football dudes today?

  4. toennes

    February 15, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Ozil flops?? C´mon you don´t know nothng about football. He created at least three big chances. When will you understand Ozil´s main job is not to defend, he is there to create chances. If a team were made of 10 of say Mertesackers it will not be a strong team and obviously a team of 10 Ozils will not be strong.

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