Arsenal produced another emphatic first-half performance to blow away Swiss champions Basel 2-0 in matchday two of the Champions League.
The Swiss champions, who are unbeaten against English teams in England, were blown away by a performance that resembled the weekend victory against Chelsea.
Arsenal took the lead early once again when Alexis Sanchez floated a ball to the middle of the six-yard box for Theo Walcott to head in. This is the England international’s fifth goal in seven games this season, banishing the ghosts of last season where he played a peripheral part in a disappointing Gunners season.
Arsenal doubled their lead soon after with some exquisite exchange of passes between Sanchez and Walcott, led to a shot smashed in by the later.
With such a performance in mind, let’s take a look how the players fared in a rating out of 10.
David Ospina: 7/10
A very quiet night for the Columbian number one, who was nonetheless alert to make two crucial saves to keep the score at 2-0.
Hector Bellerin: 8/10
His usual self-tonight, bursting forward at any opportunity. He even linked with forward players a few times in the first half exchanging passes, and also played his part in a solid defensive display.
Shkodran Mustafi: 8/10
A quite night for the German international who marshalled Striker Seydou Doumbia very well. The striker has a brilliant record of 13 goals in 22 Champions League games, so no mean feat from Mustafi.
Laurent Koscielny: 8/10
Like his Central Defensive partner didn’t have much to do, with arsenal limiting the Swiss to barely any chance. However the Frenchman was his usual combative self, intercepting passes and breaking down Basel attacks.
Nacho Monreal: 8/10
The Spanish international has been one of Arsenal’s most consistent players for the last three seasons, and that continued in a brilliant performance which balanced defence and attack.
Granit Xhaka: 7.5/10
The £35 million man was strong and confident in a good performance against his former club.
Santi Cazorla: 8.5/10
The Little maestro ran the midfield with ever so reliable dribbling and sensational passing accuracy. He split the Basel team with a ball over the top for Alexis for Arsenals first goal.
Alex Iwobi: 8/10
The Arsenal academy graduate looked confident in possession, which for a 20-year-old shows he’s years ahead of his development.
Mesut Ozil: 7.5/10
A quite night from the German with most of Arsenal’s attacking play coming through Alexis, Walcott and Iwobi. The playmaker also missed two glorious chances for goals with the score at 2-0.
Theo Walcott : 9.5/10
What a night for the Arsenal man! After being so criticised for a poor showing last season, the international is already halfway to beating last season’s tally of goals, with another two tonight.
Alexis Sanchez: 9/10
The Chilean was sumptuous once more creating both of Arsenals goals with fantastic passes. His workrate off the ball was also exceptional.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 6/10
The England man came on with 20 minutes to go and at a time of the game when Arsenal were seeing it out. He had no effect on the game and therefore gets a six.
Mohamed Elneny: 6/10
Came on too late for a real rating and had no effect on the game like Chamberlain.
Keiran Gibbs: 6/10
Came on to be given game time and had no desired effect on the game.
Written by Uways Nisar
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