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

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 26: Bacary Sagna of Arsenal is challenged by Yannick Bolasie of Crystal Palace during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on October 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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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

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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