Arsenal produced a stunning attacking performance to see off Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets at the Emirates Stadium.
The North Londoners ran out comfortable winners in a what looked to be tricky game due to a variety of defensive errors by a complacent Arsenal defence.
Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring on the 11th minute with a world class chip from the edge of the box after being put through by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. However, Arsenal looked far from comfortable with the Bulgarian champions creating two one-on-one chances superbly saved by stand-in goalkeeper David Ospina, in a first-half filled with defensive errors from the Gunners.
Nevertheless, the Gunners ended up breezing through the game with five more goals, with one in the last five minutes of the first-half and four in a rampant second-half display, with Walcott, Chamberlain and an Ozil hat-trick finishing the scoring.
Let’s take a look at how the players fared in an easy game…
David Ospina: 8/10
As a goalkeeper, you have to be alert at all times, and with the score at 1-0, the Colombian epitomised that with two brilliant one-on-one saves. If Ozil hadn’t scored a hat-trick, Ospina probably would’ve been the ‘Man of the Match’.
Hector Bellerin: 7/10
despite the opposition, Hector Bellerin always seem to put in a solid performance. Yet again the Spaniard was up and down the right flank with great attacking purpose and brilliant last ditch defending.
Shkodran Mustafi: 7/10
After a shaky first half alongside Laurent Koscielny, the German improved well to shackle a decent looking Ludogorets attack who dominated possession and passing statistics.
Laurent Koscielny: 7.5/10
The Frenchman was just as culpable in the first half as his German counterpart in a complacent display. However, the captain improved to make last ditch tackles, most notably when an attacker was put through on the right flank.
Kieran Gibbs: 7/10
Gibbs has been on the bench for much of the last two years after the emergence of Nacho Monreal, but has put his head down and worked hard. The Englishman was solid in a game where he found the perfect balance between attack and defence.
Santi Cazorla: 6/10
Probably the weak link, if there were any to find in this Arsenal performance. The Spanish Magician looked like he had lost much of his energy coming to the end of the first-half, which he can be forgiven for after starting most of the games this season.
Francis Coquelin: 8/10
Coquelin showed so much energy and tenacity in a performance which represented exactly why he could be a mainstay in an Arsenal midfield containing Ramsey, Xhaka and Cazorla. His constant tackling and interceptions provides Arsenal with the perfect platform to counter.
Theo Walcott: 7.5/10
As good as the Englishman has been this season, this looked to be one of his more frustrating games. He missed a few chances, especially an easy one on his strong right foot in the first half, where he elected to pass. However he did score a great strike to cap off a decent performance.
Mesut Ozil: 9.5/10 (MOTM)
Hailed the King of Assists last season, the German playmaker has found his shooting boots this season with 6 goals already. the German mixed eagle-eyed vision with classy finishing to lead the Gunner to a sensational victory.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 8.5/10
The winger has been much criticised throughout the past two seasons for not being able to string together many great performances. With a goal and assist, Arsenal fans will be hoping the Ox can turn a corner this season and win back his starting berth.
Alexis Sanchez: 9/10
Words are running out to describe the Chilean, but tonight he was absolutely world class. In a position, many thought he’d struggle to adapt to, even the boss, Arsenal’s central man lot up the emirates a goal Dennis Bergkamp would be proud of.
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