Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace: Live Player Ratings for the Gunners

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Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace: Live Player Ratings for the Gunners
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Arsenal moved back to the top of the Premier League table with a routine 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored both goals in the second half to win his team the points and consign a very negative Palace side to defeat.

Arsenal Player Ratings
Player HT FT
Szczesny 7 8
Sagna 6 6
Koscielny 6 5
Mertesacker 7 8
Monreal 7 7
Arteta 7 7
Oxlade-Chamberlain 6 9
Cazorla 6 7
Ozil 6 6
Podolski 7 6
Giroud 7 7


First half Arsenal analysis

Szczesny: Has done his minimal work perfectly well, taking two crosses and making one save.

Sagna: Needs to provide more width getting forward.

Mertesacker: Stopping all of Palace's sporadic ventures forward.

Koscielny: Has been beaten twice by Chamakh and hasn't had much else to do aside from that.

Monreal: Getting forward well but needs a little more penetration behind full-backs.

Arteta: Composed in possession, easy for him in midfield so far.

Oxlade-Chamberlain: Fairly disciplined in his midfield role but perhaps could do with breaking forward at times.

Cazorla: Good use of the ball but like all Arsenal's attackers, needs to up the tempo.

Ozil: Neat first-time passes and touches but lacking incisiveness.

Podolski: Making good off the ball runs. Could be Arsenal's best route to goal with his runs behind defence.

Giroud: Linking up well and laying the ball off regularly, but no chances himself.

Second half Arsenal analysis

Szczesny: Made a spectacular save at 1-0 and did his job well. Another clean sheet.

Sagna: Not his best game but didn't play poorly.

Mertesacker: Pretty much perfect defensively until a late yellow card for a foul.

Koscielny: Poor game really, sloppy back-passes, turned easily and lucky he wasn't more worked.

Monreal: Offered good support going forward.

Arteta: Recycled ball well in deep areas.

Oxlade-Chamberlain: As per half-time comments, he broke forward more often and was the game-changer.

Cazorla: Quiet but effective at linking play.

Ozil: Disappointing performance overall.

Podolski: Not overly involved after the break.

Giroud: Linked play, occupied defenders. Not a goal threat.

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