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Arsenal v Olympiakos: The Player Ratings

So another Champions League round of fixtures, another win for the Arsenal.

Though there were a few scares during the course of the game, the Gunners eased to victory at the Emirates over Olympiakos on Wednesday night.

The Gunners now have six points out of six and are in the driving seat, just as we expected.

  • Vito Mannone – 7

The young Italian was rock solid once again and put in another fine performance. He is doing all he can to challenge Szczesny for the number one shirt. He could do nothing about ¬†Konstantinon Mitroglou’s late goal in the first half, and barring a few nervy moments, had a good game.

  • Carl Jenkinson – 7

The young right-back seems to be growing in confidence game-by-game and is repaying the faith Arsene Wenger has put in him. Jenkinson once again enjoyed getting forward during the game and joining the attack whilst not neglecting his defensive duties. Solid all round.

  • Laurent Kocielny – 6

The Frenchman’s return from injury has been a little shaky. Were it not for Mertesacker picking up an injury, Koscielny may not have started the game. He had a few rash moments in the first half but improved in the second half.

  • Thomas Vermaelen – 6

Along with Koscielny, did not have the best of first half’s. A few late tackles and was lucky not to have an early bath. The Belgian perhaps should have dealt with the cross that led to Mitroglou’s goal better.

  • Kieran Gibbs – 7

Another great performance from the English left-back. Gibbs was constantly up and down the line, making runs. He is performing very well with Lukas Podolski on the left.

  • Mikel Arteta – 6.5

Though the smart Spaniard was not as influential as he usually is in the centre of the park, he did get an assist for Gervinho’s goal.

  • Francis Coquelin- 6

Brought in to replace the once again injured Abou Diaby, the Frenchman was anonymous for most parts of the game. He picked up an injury late on which hopefully will not be serious as he will be needed for the next few games.

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6.5

Looked a threat in the first half, making some good runs and putting in some crosses but faded away in the second half and would eventually be replaced by Theo Walcott.

  • Santi Cazorla – 6.5

The little maestro was not at his imperious best, but showed a few decent touches during the game.

  • Lukas Podolski – 6.5

Podolski worked hard during the game, but just could not get going during the game and was fairly quiet. Took his goal well and is clearly enjoying life at Arsenal.

  • Gervinho – 7.5

The Ivorian continues to impress for Arsenal and grabbed himself another goal. Gervinho is enjoying a more central role this season and is keeping summer recruit Olivier Giroud out of the team.

Substitutes

Theo Walcott – had a productive cameo appearance from the bench and was a constant threat.

Olivier Giroud – Got himself an assist with a great knock-down to put through Aaron Ramsey. Giroud was making the right runs and getting in to some good positions.

Aaron Ramsey – Some great touches, some not so. Fantastic finish to cap off a great night for the Gunners.

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