A brace from Santi Cazorla was required to get three points against Aston Villa who themselves came up with a very attack minded line up. The Gunners scored in the just five minutes before the final whistle to ease of the pressure after two very damaging defeats earlier on in the week. This result puts the Gunners a point behind North London rivals Tottenham who are yet to play on Monday.
Here are the player ratings from the match.
Szczesny 6.5- His only fault was to let in the Villa goal which he could have done much better with. Apart from that he was a spectator for large spells of the match but was alert and made a few good saves.
Jenkinson 7- Had an excellent game down the right channel. Was good bombing forward and defensively and matched Gabriel Agbonlahor step to step in terms of pace.
Mertesacker 7- Was picked over Koscielny and did well against the threat of the Villa attack.
Vermaelen 7- Was strong at the back and kept his countryman Benteke quiet most of the game.
Monreal 7- Brilliant going forward perhaps went forward on many occasions which left huge gaps in behind which were not entirely his fault. Provided the vital assist and had a good game. Still adapting to the English top division.
Arteta 7- Had a good game. Should shoot more often though. Was hoping for a similar free kick that he scored last year in the 3-0 win.
Diaby 6.5- Gave the ball away a few times but was good at his passing and build up play.
Wilshere 7.5- Another repetition of his recent performances. Accelerating through midfield and gliding past players.
Cazorla 9- A brace to top of his amazing performance in midfield. His second goal showed how clinical Arsenal’s little magician is. ‘Wilshere, lovely ball to Monreal who cuts it back for Cazorlaaaaaaaa!’ Loved it. Man of the match performance.
Walcott 6- Anonymous large parts of the game but his speed was vital in some of the attacks.
Giroud 7- Not in form at the moment but a good performance by the 6 foot 4 Frenchman. Was strong up front and showed why he should be the focal point of the attack rather that Walcott.
Important three points but improvements are needed.