Strikes from Olivier Giroud on his return and Koscienly have earned the Gunners a 2/1 victory over Everton,zenithing them to the top of the PL table for the first time since February 2014.Arsenal registered back to back wins and Everton suffered consecutive defeats.Giroud,Cazorla,Ozil was monumental,so was the veteran goalie Petr Cech.Ozil provided a terrfic cross,that was clinically put between the sticks by Giroud.The lead was doubled when Koscienly”s header was put into the net(from Cazorla free kick).Ross Barkley scored just before the half time for Everton.But ,Arsenal”s resilience and wee bit of luck saw them through.
Unlike Bayern game,Arsenal dominated the possession.”Weng for life” chants were back and the gaffer said aftermatch that no one thought after opening day defeat that Arsenal might reach at the top of the table.
Arsenal Player Ratings:
Petr Cech 8: Made a terrfic save to earn them a victory.These saves are difference between 1 point and 3 points.Couldn’t register clean sheet due to deflection.Continues to prove Terry right.Got wrong footed due to deflection,but his save of Deulofeu proved even a Cech with flu,piles should be the first choice gunner goalie
Bellerin 7: Lack of concentration,fatigue was clear but besides good defending,contributed in the attacking as well.Came up with well spotted overlaps.
Gabriel 6.5: Was at fault for the Barkley”s deflection,but was good.What a late tackle on Lukaku
Koscienly 7.5:Scored a fantastic goal along with resolute defending after hamstring injury.Top lad Monreal 6.5:good solid defending.Pace couldn’t trouble him.Wingers these days can”t beat him 1 vs 1
Coquelin 7: was yellow carded but came back strongly.Matured display.Strong DM.
Cazorla 8.5: probably the Motm.Was in god mode.His freekick made way for Koscienly”s goal.Most passes,100% pass accuracy in the 2nd half,now Pl”s highest number of assist maker in 2015.Great playmaker.
Ozil 8.5: great assist.Created 5 chances,hit the woodwork,passing was sublime,ozil was slick as oil
Sanchez 7: Clearly was fatigued due to the schedule,not at his best,but worked hard.
Chamberlain 6.5: Didn’t pass to Bellerin,he shoot,causing the goal conceded.Was good down the right wing,made way for chances
Giroud 8: Scored with great presence of mind.Great hold up play,good use of the ball and athleticism.Was booked though. Also hit the bar.
Flamini 7.5(sub): Could have scored.Paced things up
Everton player ratings:
Howard 6: good saves but shaky.His technique to deal with incoming crosses left wanting Coleman 6:Couldn’t contribute to attack to contain Alexis Sanchez.Overall good performance.
Stones 6: Wasted chance with his miscued shot.Brought the balls out of box well
Jagielka 6: Good challenges but was guilty of wrong positioning.Injured off early.
Galloway 7.5: future looks really bright for him,strong lad with great vision and forward runs.Was Troubled by Oxlade but surged forward in every opportunity.Almost scored
Mccarthy 6: As the match progressed,his energy level increased.Toiled hard but didn’t offer anything in build up play
Barry 6: Arsenal”s world class midfield need a lot to get thwarted.Barry tried,was booked.Couldn’t cover the required ground though.Couldn’t close down arsenal advances
Lennon 5: Couldn’t offer the required impetus.But,fought off the boos with some defensive contribution
Barkley 6.5: His deflected goal probably will remind you of Frank Lampard.Now involved in most number of goals for a u21 player.Always a threat.Lack of time,wrong judgements subdued his game a bit.Fouled.Challenged.Gave a very good delivery in 78th minute
Deulofeu 7: Was main attacking force of Everton. Forced a big save from Cech in the end moments. Led the counters,was consistent threat down the right flank.
Lukaku 6.5: Was isolated,couldn’t touch the ball in Arsenal box for a long time but from Barry”s left wing cross,his header hid top of the bar.
Funes Mori 6