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Arsenal 5 v 1 Benfica - Player ratings

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Arsenal hosted Benfica today in the first match of their Emirates Cup adventure. Following a neat 2-2 draw between Monaco and Valencia the Gunners knew they'd likely have to win to guarantee themselves pole position heading into the second day - they didn't disappoint.

A scintillating first-half saw the Gunners head in 4-0 up at the break, with Yaya Sanogo bagging a hat-trick and Joel Campbell looking every bit the live wire which tormented defences at this summer's World Cup. But just how did the Arsenal stars perform in their first pre-season match on home soil?

Live from the Emirates Stadium GiveMeSport gives you the player ratings from today's game...

Damian Martinez - Didn't have to do too much during a dominant Arsenal display, but was good when required to be so. Couldn't have done much for the goal the Gunners conceded, but it's unlikely he'll be troubling Szczesny's No.1 jersey just yet. 6/10

Kieran Gibbs - Untroubled for virtually the whole game defensively and wasn't too effective going forward. That being said Gibbs was his usual reliable self, and his forages up and down the left-flank were another string to what was a tidy Arsenal bow on this occasion. Pips Monreal for the left-back spot in our eyes. 6/10

Nacho Monreal - If you couldn't tell that Monreal is a full-back by trade then you need your eyes testing. The Spaniard was booked early on for a late-foul on Nico Gaitan, and almost poked the ball into his own net from a Benfica free-kick. He settled into the match soon after but Wenger will surely know that he can't be trusted in the Premier League at the heart of the defence. If he didn't before then he does now. 5/10

Calum Chambers - The young centre-back started the match and in truth didn't have too much trouble to deal with. Benfica looked sluggish in the final-third and he may have been hoping for a more competitive debut, but nonetheless when called upon he was calm and collected. Perhaps out of place for the visitor's opening goal, but by no means shaky.

Hector Bellerin - Looked adventurous in the second-half and regularly bombed forward to give Campbell support on the right-flank. It's likely he'll struggle for game-time this year but he didn't do his chances any harm today with a relatively eye-catching showing. 7/10

Mathieu Flamini - Protected the back four as usual, and looked tidy in possession. Taken off for Arteta half way into the second half but he'll be happy with his performance. Did a tidy job just in front of Chambers and Monreal. 6/10

Aaron Ramsey - Back and just as brilliant as ever. Last season's Welsh dynamo was at the heart of everything Arsenal did, and he provided more than one astute assist. Kept things ticking nicely in the middle of the park and gave Wenger reason to have faith that he'll be just as important next term as he was during the first-half of the last one. 8/10

Tomas Rosicky - The experienced head did everything that was required with minimal flash. Rosicky has been and done this more times than most, and his performance was just what was required. Not overly influential on proceedings but didn't put a foot wrong, and skippered Arsenal to a memorable pre-season victory. 7/10

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Nothing too fancy from the England international but he looked good considering he returned to training later than some others because of his World Cup duties. Subbed at half-time for Cazorla, but was effective on the wing and will be important this season. 6/10

Joel Campbell - His Emirates return could not have been more of a success. Was influential out wide and also managed to get himself on the score-sheet. Whether or not he'll be able to win a first-team spot when the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and co. are in contention remains to be seen, but he did his chances no hindrance today. 8/10

Yaya Sanogo - Looked lively from the off and in truth could have had even more. Questions have been raised over his ability to cut it at the highest level, but he answered critics with a strong showing. Arsene Wenger could have a selection headache moving forward if Campbell, Giroud and Sanogo all remain on form. 10/10

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Cazorla - Came on at half-time but the game was already won well before that time. The Spaniard was clever with his passes but didn't produce anything too magical. 6/10

Arteta - Flamini's replacement. Perhaps would have wanted more time to settle in but all the same it was a comfortable display. 6/10

Wilshere - Introduced mid-way through the second-half, couldn't really affect that game in the same way Ramsey did, but then again he is still regaining fitness. Should be ready by the time the opening game rolls around. 5/10

Coquelin - Got some minutes under his belt but was relatively quiet aside from hitting the post. Will have to something special to force his way into Wenger's plans. 5/10

Akpom - Came on alongside Sanchez and Miquel. Only had 15 minutes but did nothing of note with them. 5/10

Miquel - Given a 15 minute run out which will help his confidence, not too much to do though. 5/10

Sanchez - The man of the hour. Sanchez came on with 15 minutes or so left and looked electric. Admittedly it was against tired, downtrodden Benfica legs, but all the same he seems every bit the exciting player Wenger expects him to be. 6/10

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