Arsenal 4 Liverpool 1: Player ratings as Alexis Sanchez sparkles

Player ratings as Arsenal move up to second in the Premier League with a comprehensive win over Liverpool

Arsenal

David Ospina Solid game for the Colombian. Made a good save from Can at his near post and dealt with everything else reasonably well. 6/10

Hector Bellerin Maturing as a defender and is great going forward, but still naïve at times and conceded a penalty to Sterling. Scored a brilliant goal as he cut inside and curled the ball past Mignolet. 6

Per Mertesacker An assured performance despite the team operating with a high-line. Occasionally looked vulnerable to pace but most of the time he kept Sterling, and Sturridge when he came on quiet. 7

Laurent Koscielny Had a few issues with Sterling’s pace midway through the first-half but came through that testing period unscathed. 6

Nacho Monreal Becoming one of the most consistent full-backs in the Premier League. Stopped Henderson and Can from making any ground down the left-hand side. 7

Francis Coquelin Provided a solid shield in front of the defence and never vacated his position showing good discipline. Nullified the threat of Coutinho who was trying to drift into the middle to make things happen. 7

Santi Cazorla Not the best game from the Spaniard and was unusually wasteful in possession, particularly in the first-half. Grew in authority as the game progressed, and is redefining the role of a deeper player with his creative instincts. 7

Aaron Ramsey A subdued performance from the Welshman. He was productive in possession and linked fabulously with the attacking players but should have had more of an effect on the game. 6

Mesut Ozil Gave the ball away in the first 30 minutes countless times but his fantastic curling free-kick revitalised him. He was very good after that and rarely gave the ball away. 7

Alexis Sanchez He gives you a little bit of everything, he tracks back, he tackles, he passed astutely, and he is also brilliant in front of goal. He cut inside Toure and rifled the ball into the net over Mignolet outstretched arm. 8

Olivier Giroud Understands his role in the team and brings Arsenal’s creative players into the match whenever he can. Scored a nice goal as he cut inside the defender and curled the ball accurately into the corner. 8

Substitutes
Gabriel Paulista Decent game when he came on for Koscielny. Is still finding his feet in the Premier League and can be prone to the occasional lapse in concentration. 6

Mathieu Flamini N/A

Danny Welbeck N/A

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet Has been in decent form since the turn of the year but was at fault for Ozil’s goal as he shouldn’t have been beaten at the side he was covering. Made up for it slightly when he tipped Giroud’s header over the bar fantastically. 6

Emre Can Is very cultured on the ball but questions still remain over whether he can perform as a centre-halve. Made two silly fouls which got him sent-off, the second was a nonsensical tackle on Welbeck from behind. 4

Kolo Toure Looked clumsy in possession throughout the game and nearly cost his side two goals in the first 25 minutes. Sanchez went past him far too easily for Arsenal’s third goal. 5

Mamadou Sakho Doesn’t look as composed when Skrtel isn’t playing and can be a liability in possession of the ball. Could not deal with Arsenal’s high pressure game. 5

Joe Allen Was completely over-run in midfield and gave the ball away far too many times. Allen can be a useful player when he is given time, but Arsenal restricted him the space and time in which to dictate the tempo of the game. 5

Lucas Leiva Looks a little short of match fitness and didn’t help his defenders with his static positioning. He wasn’t moving a great deal to give his players an option and has never been the best of players moving forward. 6

Alberto Moreno Questions still remain over his productivity as a wing-back. He is decent going forward but Bellerin exposed his defensive deficiencies cutting inside him far too easily. 5

Jordan Henderson Playing in an unfamiliar position at wing-back and he was unable to influence the game. Always gives plenty of energy but he was made to look technically inadequate by Arsenal’s players. 5

Philippe Coutinho Always willing to get on the ball and make things happen but it didn’t happen for him in this game. He was getting frustrated as every time he got on the ball he had three or four Arsenal players harrying him. Took a few shots from outside the box but dragged them wide. 5

Lazar Markovic Dreadful game from the Serbian. Has plenty of pace but his decision-making leaves a lot to be desired. His terrible pass to Sterling when he was through on goal highlighted his struggles so it wasn’t a surprise to see him replaced at half-time. 4

Raheem Sterling Much more efficient when playing through the middle or as a wing-forward. A little inconsistent in front of goal but showed how dangerous he could be when he won a penalty. 6

Substitutes

Daniel Sturridge Hasn’t been the same this season because of consistent injuries and his movement hasn’t been as effective because of this. Gave his side an outlet in a central position compared to Sterling who was dropping deeper in that position. 5

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