[Player Ratings] Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace: The Ox Stars As Gunners Go Top
Arsenal broke through a stubborn Crystal Palace defence to secure a 2-0 win thanks to a second half brace from Oxlade-Chamberlain. Here are the player ratings
Arsenal broke through a stubborn Crystal Palace defence to secure a 2-0 win thanks to a second half brace from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the win moving the Gunners back to the top of the Premier League.
Here are the player ratings from the game:
The Pole was rarely called upon but made a vital save to deny Cameron Jerome and keep the score at 1-0. He’s certainly making a difference this year.
The Frenchman was always an outlet down the right and solid at the back.
Like Sagna, Monreal was always keen to get forward and join in the attack but his final ball wasn’t always on point.
The German international was in superb form and stifled the visitors on several occasions with some perfectly timed interceptions.
Solid again and marshalled the back-line to another clean sheet.
Fought well in midfield, although his lack of pace was exposed a couple of times as he tired near the end.
Stepped up and took his opportunity in midfield with both hands. His first was the pick of his two goals, as he showed a fine touch before cooly slotting home.
Showed off some lovely footwork and interplay, and his assist for Chamberlain’s first was stunning. It took his genius to unlock the visitors defence.
Quietly went about his business and rarely lost the ball. Set up a chance for Monreal with a stunning through ball in the first half.
In and out the game and wasted a decent chance to hit the target when he screwed his shot wide from a tight angle. More to come from him though when he’s fully match fit.
Wasn’t really at his best as his touch seemed off and he was struggling against the overly-physical Palace defence. However, he did very well to set up The Ox for the second.
Rosicky – 7/10 – Certainly made a positive impact from the bench and offered more urgency in midfield.
So another important win and we now have a two point cushion ahead of tomorrow’s huge clash between Man City and Chelsea. A draw would be ideal.
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