The boys were up for this one and never allowed Basel to get into the game. Wenger opted to play most of his stars and to go for the win; and so they did. The game gave us all a good opportunity to have a look at Perez and Holding and they put a smile on all our faces.
Ospina: solid when needed and always focussed – it did not think once about Cech – 8
Gibbs: What an assured and demanding performance: very aggressive in attack and made very good decisions time and again. Two assists (one via the keeper’s hands) and one pre-assist are great game stats for him – 9 MOTM.
Koz: Solid and commanding and great support for young Holding – 8
Holding: Relatively calm and mature, a good reader of the game and great positioning, did very little wrong – 7.5
Gabriel: I like him as a FB: he has bite and good positional awareness and really makes his opponents feel his pressence/ going forward he is a little limited but never stopped making himself available once he committed himself – 8
Xhaka: the boy has got class and is starting to settle in/ good pairing with Rambo: they kept it simple and bossed their area, which allowed our attackers to have fun – 8
Rambo: disciplined performance with less ambition to go forward (clear instruction from the boss, I reckon), kept it simple and effective and worked well with Xhaka – 7.5
Ozil: lovely movement and passing and great attitude: his selfless assist for Iwobi was sublime and his pre-assist for Perez’s second was a dream pass that cut the Basel defence open in a flash with his newly acquired Swiss Army Knive – 8.5
Iwobi: really good aide-to-team performance: worked hard and supported his fellow attackers well and good run with Ozil for his goal – still needs to get on the same, phenomenally wavelength of his fellow attackers but that will come – 7.5
Perez: knows how to be at the right place and at the right time and took his chances like an assassin leading to a well-deserved and very efficient hat trick (3/3). Still early days, but there is a bit of a Freddie L about him – 9
Alexis: lovely movement and passing and great attitude… does that sound familiar? 🙂 Beautiful pre-assist for the first goal and produced a stunning, unstoppable free-kick with only the bar in his way. A leader on the pitch who has become one with Mesut: a two-headed creating and attacking machine that devours all at the moment – 8.5