Arsenal enjoyed a 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday, with a couple of under-pressure players producing fine individual performances.
Mesut Ozil opened the scoring after a clever pass from Danny Welbeck, and the German returned the favour minutes later to put the visitors two goals ahead.
Aly Cissokho put through his own net to give the Gunners a commanding half-time lead, and despite chances being exchanged in the second-half, that’s the way the score would stay.
So, who impressed for Arsene Wenger’s side, and who didn’t quite deliver for the Emirates Stadium outfit? Check out the ratings below…
Wojciech Szczesny - 7
Nearly cost his side a goal early with a poor kick but made up for it with a couple of important saves in the first-half. A good all-round performance.
Chambers, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs - 6.5
It seems a little harsh to put the whole defence together, but they all benefited from the goals after a shaky start early on as Villa created chances. Gibbs helped create going forward, but all had little to do in the final 45 minutes.
Aaron Ramsey - 6.5
An okay display from the Welshman, who went close with a couple of efforts that were dragged just wide of the post. Regularly in and around the opposition box causing problems, although passing occasionally wayward..
Mikel Arteta - 7
A solid performance from the Spaniard, who has come in for a little criticism recently. Controlled the game well for the Gunners without doing anything spectacular. The type of performance you need from a player when traveling away.
Santi Cazorla - 7
Overshadowed on the day by teammate Ozil, but the Spaniard showed he’s a candidate to play out wide in a move that could get the best out of the German. Regularly involved in intricate Arsenal play.
Mesut Ozil - 9
What a difference a game makes. Woeful against Manchester City and again struggling in the Champions League, the former Real Madrid man turned in a fine performance in the centre of an attacking midfield three.
Scored the first goal and assisted the second - a positive sign at last.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - 7
Not originally expected to start, the Englishman took his chance with a typically energetic display. Made one fine defensive block but needs to stay involved throughout.
Danny Welbeck - 9
A first Arsenal goal for Welbeck - but not after a fine assist for Ozil's opener. The striker had reason to smile after his combination play helped make the distance.
The England striker will always give you effort, but adding the quality touches made it a nine-out-of-ten performance.
SUBS: Rosicky, Podolski, Wilshere - 6
All came on in the 78th minute and did little to impact the game or outcome - Wilshere picked up a yellow.
Man of the Match: Mesut Ozil
A close call between the two key protagonists, but it's Ozil who gets the nod after some recent lacklustre performances. If the playmaker can find form, the Arsenal very quickly become dangerous once again.
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