It was Arsenal’s day at the Bet365 Stadium as Stoke City were torn to pieces by the Premier League’s much-vaunted Alexis Sanchez-Mesut Ozil duo, who both ran the show for a majority of the game. The Gunners’ 4-1 win means they now stand at a touching distance from Liverpool.
There were plenty of individual performances that led to the downfall of Mark Hughes’ side, but who was the best on the pitch? Here are our player ratings:
Petr Cech: 7/10
He was hardly tested by the Potters, though he did make a great save when they did finally come at Arsenal. Unlucky to not keep a clean sheet.
Hector Bellerin: 7/10
Started off the game a bit slowly but as Arsenal turned the tempo on, Bellerin came to life, setting up a goal for Olivier Giroud in typical fashion. Coming back to his best.
Rob Holding: 8/10
Solid all through the game. The young Englishman has continued to improve every game, seeming to be pretty assured for someone of his age. He has a big future at The Emirates Stadium.
Laurent Koscielny: 8/10
It was another one of those games wherein Koscielny showed why he’s one of the best centre-backs in the league, maybe the best. Excelled at his job all 90 minutes.
Shkodran Mustafi: 7/10
Barring an unnecessary foul near the edge of the box, Mustafi had a decent game. Put through a few lovely balls as he often does while pushing forward whenever required.
Nacho Monreal: 8/10
Nacho Monreal was Arsenal’s main threat for a long period of time in the game. Xherdan Shaqiri unwilling to put in any effort, the Spaniard took full advantage to have the time of his life on the left-flank. He continues to enjoy the wing-back role.
Granit Xhaka: 9/10
The man who controlled the game for Arsenal. For all the criticism he has received, Granit Xhaka has probably been the reason behind the Gunners’ run of wins, as was indeed the case today. Arsenal’s best in 2017.
Francis Coquelin: 8/10
Francis Coquelin had his best game for a while. Against Stoke City, he had the glimpses of the man that Wenger once saw a permanent solution to the defensive midfield issues in. The Frenchman played exactly the role he was asked to, giving Granit Xhaka more freedom.
Mesut Ozil: 9/10
From work ethic to stitching the passes together, Mesut Ozil bossed Stoke City, his goal being a perfect demonstration of that. As a matter of fact, this is exactly what Arsenal have been missing with the German being out of form, but as he closes out the season on a high, his side are enjoying.
Alexis Sanchez: 10/10
When you are the best, you are the best. Stoke City simply had no answers when he first ripped them open with an assist for Mesut Ozil, and then scored a goal himself despite being injured. Full marks for the football, full marks for the effort and full marks for passion. He loves Arsenal.
Olivier Giroud: 8/10
You can hate him all you want but that doesn’t mean he stops scoring or making an impact when it really matters. When Arsenal do put the right balls through, there’s always one winner in the box and that’s Olivier Giroud. A brace well taken.
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