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Arsenal v Southampton: The Player Ratings

Arsenal followed up their excellent performance against Liverpool prior to the international break with a resounding 6-1 victory at the Emirates over a hapless Southampton. Wenger’s team continued their impressive, unbeaten start to the season and this has got many fans believing that the club may be able to challenge for honours this season.

However, the sternest test will come this weekend when the Gunners face Manchester City. Though the champions have started slowly this campaign, they will be tough opponents and a true test to see how Arsene’s new-look Arsenal are developing.

Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla were very impessive once again and they have struck up quite a partnership already. Their quick passing, magical feet and ability to pick a pass has made them difficult to defend against. Gervinho who came in for Olivier Giroud was also highly impressive.

Wojciech Szczesny – The young Polish keeper returned in-between the sticks and did not have the nest of afternoons. A couple of wayward kicks and also failing to deal with the cross that led to Southampton’s goal, Szczesny was not on form today. Vito Mannone can feel a little unlucky that he was not given the nod ahead of Wojciech.  4/10

Kieran Gibbs – Another fine display from the young Englishman. He was a constant threat down the left hand side and his two marauding runs led to two own goals. Did what he needed to defensively and was impressive.   7/10

Per Mertesacker – Strong as ever, the tall German was strong and let his presence be known. Mertesacker was dominant in the area, keeping Southampton’s Lambert quiet all afternoon.   7/10

Thomas Vermaelen – The captain had another strong defensive display, leading his defence with the authority we have come to expect. He was not troubled all afternoon.  7/10

Carl Jenkinson – The young right-back is growing in confidence with every appearance and can be very happy with his shift. He had no major threats to deal with and Adam Lallana’s ineffectiveness helped the youngster.  7/10

Mikel Arteta – Another solid performance from Arteta who took on a more deep-lying role on Saturday. He was as strong as ever and quietly went about his business. Rarely misplaced a pass, the Spaniard controlled the game well.  7/10

Francis Coquelin – The France Under 21’s star had a decent game and looked assured when he has the ball. Slotted in nicely with Abou Diaby missing and was not troubled.  6/10

Santi Cazorla – Fantasic performance from the little magician once again. Cazorla ran the game and was continously opening up the away team’s defence with his intrquate passing. His partnership with Podolski is blossoming well. Cazorla’s reading of the game was excellent once again and he kept finding the space to run in to. Once again showed his class by drifting along the lines.  8/10

Lukas Podolski – The highly experienced German international was majestic once again, and is showing signs of being a class act for the club. He was robust, never tired and was highly impressive technically. Add to this his free-kick, and Arsene Wenger has plenty of reasons to be excited about his new-look team.  8/10

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – A quiet performance from AOC that just lacked the final product. He showed flashes of brilliance and was never afraid to knock the ball past a defender and have a run at them.   6/10

Gervinho – Reveled in his role on Saturday, Gervinho had an excellent day, rounding it of with two goals. The first was an emphatic finish past Kelvin Davies and th second, whilst a little fortuitous, showed his ability to read a situation and take up the right positions in the area. He was a constant threat, taking defenders away with his runs and opening up the space for the likes of Cazorla and Podolski.  8/10

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