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Player Ratings vs Coventry

Starting Eleven

FABIANSKI:

Some solid saves on not a terribly busy night. Good when he had to be, mishandled a ball that led to a corner. Overall not much more you could ask for. 8.0

JENKINSON:

Played well offensively, playing in some well placed crosses. Needs to work on his consistency as there were moments where he had mental lapses that led to unwarranted turnovers in possession. 7.5

MERTESACKER:

A typical game from Mertesacker, solid as you would expect him to be, winning possession when we needed him to. Had a lovely flick that assisted the Podolski's second. Could have marked some of the Coventry players that led to some quality chances a bit better, however it was a solid performance. 7.5

KOSCIELNY:

Better than his BFG partner today, some well placed interceptions and looked to get the ball forward quickly. 8

GIBBS:

Solid game, very similar to Jenkinson’s contributing with some well placed crosses. Looked to get a bit dinged up at one point but remained in the game. Had an assist on Giroud’s goal. 7.5

OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN:

Didn’t look completely comfortable playing in a pivot, did well when he pushed up forward. Overall, was not very noticeable. 6

WILSHERE:

Did very well in the first half with explosive runs up the middle and looked to get involved. Like the rest of the team looked a little disinterested in the second and was not as noticeable. Overall a decent performance. 7

OZIL:

Always looked to be around the ball, there’s just such a calmness in his game that some might view was disinterest. Quality right-footed assist on Podoliski’s first goal and a great run that eventually led to Giroud’s goal. 7.5

GNABRY:

Fantastic game, really showed his quality. He was involved offensively taking the ball wide and bringing it into the middle. Should have scored on a Gibb’s cross in the first half. Had a nice take 1-on-1 in the second half. 8

PODOLSKI:

Fantastic first half (a recurring theme in this game) scored twice and could have had 4 if he was more clinical. He brings a dangerous mix of power and pace out on the left. Man of the Match. 9

BENDTNER:

Did well in link up play and tracked back defensively. Did not win many aerial duels and looked rusty when looking to shoot (evident by a complete fanning on a shot in the box during the first half). 6

Substitutes

CAZORLA:

Came in for Bedtner and got involved. Could have had another goal on a volley that he blasted over.

ZELALEM:

Arsenal debut for the 16 year old taking off Ox. Looked comfortable, had a tremendous pass that eventually led to Cazorla’s goal.

GIROUD:

Came in for Podolski. In a word Clinical, had an opportunity on the one touch and took it, not much more to do in limited time.

Game in 140 Characters:

Spectacular and dominant first half. Disinterested and lackadaisically second half. Arsenal won as expected, onto the next round.

Let me know in the comments if this is something the community would enjoy reading in the future, comments always welcome.

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