An easy win for the boys due to a professional performance, an early goal from a penalty and a beautiful box box goal by Rolls Ramsey. We threatened to let them back in to the game in the second half but with confidence at a low at Villa Park, we were allowed to stroll through it till the end.
Cech: 7.5: did everything ok and kept it simple. Oozes calm and control. I pinch myself every game to reconfirm that Petr is actually a Gunner. What a signing and well done for equaling David James’ clean sheet record.
Belerin: 7: motored well and some good link up play with Campbell. Looks a bit tired when making attacking decisions but solid performance overall.
Koz and BFG: 7.5: good balance between control and aggression. Easy game for them.
Nacho: 7.5: motored well all game and solid defensively. Easy game.
Flamini: 7.5: solid without being spectacular, just the way we like it. Played a big part in Ramsey’s shining performance.
Ramsey: 8.5: motored all game with a great all round performance. His goal epitomised what he is all about: fine defensive tackle, bursting run and arriving in the box at the right time to slot home. He also made some Santiesque passes and offered defensive support constantly.
Ozil: 8: directed the game with ease and style. Great, unselfish assist for Ramsey’s all important second goal.
Campbell: 7.5: good all round performance and much better in defensive one to ones. Really involved in the game and kept it simple and effective.
Theo: 7.5: involved in both goals. He got us the penalty with showing good body strength and persistence, bullying Hutton to a very costly foul; and he also had the pre assist for Ramsey’s goal, a lovely, measured ball any midfielder would be proud of. Dropped off quite a bit in second half.
Giroud: 8: put himself about and never slackened. Took penalty well. Solid and mature.