Brighton 2 Arsenal 3: Player ratings as Tomas Rosicky shines

Player ratings as Arsenal book their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup with victory at Brighton

Brighton and Hove Albion

David Stockdale He was given very little support from his defenders when he conceded the three goals but he pulled off a good save to deny Sanchez late on. 6/10

Bruno Saltor Struggled to cope with the pace of Walcott throughout the first half. Allowed Arsenal’s forward line too much time on the ball which made it easy for them to create chances. 5

Gordon Greer Failed to pick up Özil when the German scored Arsenal’s second goal. His marking was poor and he often failed to pick up Arsenal’s forwards in the first half. 5

Lewis Dunk The centre-back’s poor marking and failure to close down his opponents on numerous occasions proved costly for Brighton. He failed to pick up Walcott when he gave him way too much space to score the opening goal. His poor attempted clearance led to a Rosicky goal who he also should have closed down much quicker. 4

Joe Bennett Struggled to cope with Arsenal’s pace and quick movement along the flanks and often gave them too much space to pass the ball around. 5

Danny Holla Allowed Arsenal’s midfielders far too much time on the ball. He and his midfield team-mates gave Arsenal the space to create chances and score the second goal. His performance in the second half improved as he began closing down the Arsenal midfield. 6

Rohan Ince Failed to close down the likes of Ramsey and Rosicky who played Brighton’s midfield off the park in the first half. He struggled to keep hold of the ball each time he attempted to break forward. 5

Inigo Calderon The Spaniard was at times invisible in the match as he struggled to get into the game. His was unusually sloppy at times and should have been booked for diving in the second half. 6

Jake Forster-Caskey His first-half performance was poor as he was robbed of the ball on several occasions. His performance improved after the break before he was taken off towards the end. 5

Sam Baldock Scored a well-worked goal to give Brighton a chance of a comeback in the last 15 minutes but was often left isolated throughout the match. 6

Chris O’Grady The Brighton forward barely saw any of the ball in the first half but got off to a flyer after the break with a well-taken goal to bring the match to life again. However the goal was his only real contribution. 6

Substitutes:

Solly March He was lively from the moment he came on. His quick movement and passing added extra pace. 6

Adrian Colunga Threatened Chambers on a couple of occasions on the flank but did not see much of the ball. 6

Arsenal

Wojciech Szczęsny Apart from the two goals he conceded he had very little to deal with throughout the match. 6

Calum Chambers Solid defensive effort. He quickly closed down any Brighton threat’s from his end of the pitch and set up Walcott for the opening goal. 7

Laurent Koscielny He allowed Brighton’s O’Grady too much space when the striker scored the hosts first goal. However, his overall performance was impressive and he kept Arsenal’s defence firm at the back when they faced more pressure towards the end. 7

Nacho Monreal Allowed Boldack to get in behind him to score Brighton’s second goal. The Spaniard held firm for the final 15 minutes as Brighton searched for a late equaliser. 6

Kieran Gibbs The left-back was solid at the back throughout the match and linked up well with the forwards when breaking across the left flank. 7

Mathieu Flamini It wasn’t the liveliest performance from the French midfielder but his high pressing stopped Brighton from creating any chances, particularly in the first half. 6

Aaron Ramsey The Welshman’s passing and link up play with the forward line, especially in the first half, caused Brighton all sorts of trouble. He used the time and space he was given to feed the ball well to the likes of Özil, Rosicky and Walcott. 7

Mesut Özil It was a solid performance in his first start for Arsenal in over three months. His positioning and quick movement allowed him to get into space and score Arsenal’s second goal. 7

Tomas Rosicky (man of the match) The 34-year-old set up Özil for Arsenal’s second goal and scored a stunning third goal for his side with a volley. He was a constant threat with his slick passing and movement and by far Arsenal’s best player on the pitch. 9

Theo Walcott The England international scored in his first start for Arsenal since January 2013. He was a threat throughout the match as his pace continued to cause the Brighton defenders problems. 8

Olivier Giroud The Frenchman held the ball up well and his link up play with the likes of Özil, Rosicky and Walcott was solid. 7

Substitutes:

Chuba Akpom Could have put the game to bed in the final ten minutes when he shot straight at Stockdale. He was also a constant threat when breaking on the counter-attack. 6

Alexis Sanchez Caused Brighton problems when going forward on the counter-attack. He also hit the bar from a free kick and forced Stockdale into a good save late on. Brighton’s players could only foul him when stopping him from running with the ball. 7

Francis Coquelin Came on for the final ten minutes and helped stop Brighton from breaking through the midfield in search of a late equaliser. 6

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