It was a less than convincing performance from the Gunners but with three points and a clean sheet to take away, Wenger and Bould will be delighted. The attention of Arsenals poor defensive form had largely switched to the return of Jack Wilshere, and other than a bit of match sharpness he looked like he’d never been away. Great news for Arsenal and for England.
Mannone 7: Very rarely came into action but was up to the task when called upon.
Sagna 6: Looked a little bit off the pace in his come back match, but made a few good attacking runs to link up with the forwards.
Mertesacker 7: Dominant in the air and solid at the back. Had a quiet evening but should have scored a header.
Vermaelen 7: Looked comfortable at the back without any noticeable incidents.
Andre Santos 6: Made some good attacking runs and was a threat going forward but looked a liability in defence.
Wilshere 9: It was great to see him back playing again, and to everyone’s relief he looked the player he was before his injury. Linked up well with Cazorla and put in an all round sterling performance.
Arteta 8: A hint of offside for his goal in the 84th minute but he was in the right place at the right time for a very important goal.
Ramsey 6: Looked lost being played out on the wing but had a few chance from central areas.
Cazorla 7: As always an influential threat going forward but failed to show his glittering form of late. Also missed a sitter which would have sealed the game.
Podolski 6: Created very few chances and was out of the game for large periods. In a game that called for a goal scorer he didn’t deliver.
Giroud 6: He was a focal point for Aresnal but was mainly feeding off scraps and was unable to really influence the game. He’ll feel he should of scored but you feel Arsenal aren’t playing to his strengths.