Arsenal vs. Norwich City: Live Player Ratings for Gunners

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 01:  Arsene Wenger the Arsenal manager looks on during UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal FC and SSC Napoli at Emirates Stadium on October 1, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Arsenal moved back to the top of the Premier League thanks to a 4-1 win over Norwich City.

Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil (twice) and Aaron Ramsey scored the goals, with Jonny Howson scoring for the Canaries in reply.

Arsenal Player Ratings vs. Norwich City

First half analysis

Szczesny—has had absolutely nothing to do other than clear a few back-passes with his feet.

Sagna—a good outlet down the right flank, he delivered some good crosses in the first half hour or so and even tested Ruddy with a dipping shot.

Mertesacker—defensively sound, but had very little to do until the closing minutes of the half.

Koscielny—recycling the ball well from deep and keeping Hooper extremely quiet.

Gibbs—got forward well initially and overloading Norwich down that flank was working well for the Gunners. A threat with his pace and drive.

Flamini—helped win the ball back quickly but replaced through injury.

Arteta—good passing and energy in the middle and helping Arsenal keep shape in front of the defence.

Wilshere—goal was a thing of beauty. Brilliant opening half hour, linking well with Ozil and Giroud.

Ozil—some nice touches and taking up good positions around the edge of the penalty area, though could do with being a little more incisive.

Cazorla—building his way into the game, great movement at times and helped the move for the goal along its way.

Giroud—not holding the ball up as well as he might all the time and perhaps should have scored for 2-0, but great first-touch and flicked through-pass for Wilshere's goal.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Mesut Oezil of Arsenal (11) celebrates with Mikel Arteta as he scores their fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at Emirates Stadium on October 19, 2013 in London, England.  (
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Second half analysis

Szczesny—beaten by a low, long-range strike at his near post, but faultless other than that. Some good saves and quick distribution.

Sagna—continued his good form after the break and consistently got forward for the Gunners. Kept Redmond quiet when he came on and provided good width the entire length of the field.

Mertesacker—largely good in defence although a few headed clearances didn't travel far enough to be totally effective.

Koscielny—a good display all-round, never let Hooper have a second to hold up the ball or get anything like a good chance in the penalty area.

Gibbs—a little quiet in the second half, but supported well at times and was steady in defence.

Arteta—kept the game ticking over and launched several attacks from deep, but was overrun at times when Norwich had more control in the 10 minutes or so either side of half time.

Flamini—had already been subbed.

Cazorla—tired after the break upon his return to action, but had worked hard and shown his quality. 

Wilshere—drifted out of the game for a spell after the break, but finished very strongly and was involved in much of Arsenal's best play in the last 15 minutes or so. Unlucky not to score another goal and showed intelligent movement.

Ozil—scored twice, a header and a tap-in, both of which were as a result of his excellent movement. Gets through a lot more work than he's credited with on account of his excellent ability on the ball.

Giroud—not a stellar performance by any means, but linked up well with the trio behind him at times and dragged the centre-backs around on several occasions.


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