We were searching for our first win of the year 2018 & we finally got it with a classy performance at home against Crystal Palace. The build up to the game was all dominated by Alexis-Mkhi saga & Arsenal’s other transfer dealings. Mkhitaryan looks all but done which will see Alexis go in the opposite direction to Manchester United. Media reports suggest that other deals are also close mainly Aubameyang but that we’ll see with time.
After Alexis’s future finally sorted, we started without him with a change in formation which saw us go back to 4 at the back. Özil, Koscielny, Monreal were all back & started the game. Iwobi & Elneny were surprise inclusions after some poor displays by them recently.
We blew Palace apart in the first half. Monreal started the scoring within 6 minutes of the start & then created two more goals for Iwobi and Koscielny few minutes later. Then Özil showed his class at the mark of 22nd minute with a brilliant bit of build play & then putting in Lacazette with a superb back heal assist which was expertly converted by Lacazette. We were 4 goals up after just 23 minutes & were cruising. Everyone had a good game and we could have had many more. Özil was the star of the show i feel who looked unplayable. Others including Jack, Monreal, Lacazette also looked impressive. Game was won in the first 25 minutes but Palace got a consolation in the 2nd half which was helped by some poor defending by us. It was the most positive performance of 2018 after a poor start & it is something to build on.
FIRST TEAM :
Cech – 7
Should have had the Clean sheet but wasn’t helped by his defenders.
Bellerin – 6.5
Had numerous opportunities to test the opposition on the right side but couldn’t do much.
Koscielny – 8
Scored the goal & handled his work with ease.
Mustafi – 7.5
Looked good with a reliable partner.
Monreal – 9
Great display after coming back from an injury. Scored a goal & created further two in just 34 minutes, Was substituted precautionary.
Wilshere – 8
Showed his intelligence in the game & looked brilliant for the 90 minutes.
Xhaka – 7
Got the assist & was largely solid.
Elneny – 7
Relatively good performance from elneny. Looked comfortable.
Iwobi – 7.5
Scored the goal & looked good with his linkup.
Özil – 9.5 (MOTM)
Man of the Match
Got an assist but really could have done much more. Was unplayable throughout the game.
Lacazette – 8
Got his long awaited goal & was very impressive throughout with his play.
Niles – 6
Nelson – 6
Kolasinac – 6
Thats all from my ratings. Thank you for reading & try interacting with us at Arsenal-ClockEndTalk on Facebook & Twitter. All your comments are welcomed and we appreciate them.
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Tejasvi Bhandari ( @SaviAfc on Twitter )