Arsenal 2 Bayern Munich 0: Why Mesut Ozil was man of the match

Owen Fulda examines the performance of the Arsenal players after 2-0 win against Bayern Munich

By Owen Fulda

Arsenal

Petr Cech A commanding display of shot-stopping and handling from the veteran keeper. Made Arsene Wenger’s decision to not play him in the first two group games look as ridiculous as it was. 8/10

Nacho Monreal Some deft touches while linking up with Ozil down the left flank, but was mainly on defensive duty as the Germans probed the Arsenal defence. Coped admirably without much support. 6

Per Mertesacker Barely put a foot wrong in an assured performance throughout his first Champions League appearance of the season. 7

Laurent Koscielny Kept man of the moment Robert Lewandowski quiet in a boss-like display of defending. Was strong in the air and commanding on the ground. Embodied the Gunners’ victory. 8

Hector Bellerin The 20-year-old was outstanding once again. Awesome pace on the counter for the second goal and magnificent reading of the game defensively. 8

Francis Coquelin Screened Mertesacker and Koscielny as well as could have been expected in the face of some imperious passing and movement from the Bayern midfield. Got forward and even had a shot as he looked for his first goal in red and white. 7

Santi Cazorla Ran his socks off for the cause and his composure on the ball was vital as Arsenal eventually managed to gain a foothold in the centre of the park. 7

Aaron Ramsey Substituted with a hamstring injury on 57 minutes having struggled to make a huge impact prior. 5

Mesut Ozil (Man of the match) Probably the best Arsenal player on the pitch and wouldn’t have looked out of place in the Bayern side. Was calmness personified under pressure, brilliant spacial awareness. Fully deserved his last minute goal. 9

Alexis Sanchez Busy performance but was hustled out of possession three times, once in a perilous position right on the edge of his own ‘D’. Was lucky not to concede a penalty too. Subbed. 6

Theo Walcott Really should have buried the first-half header which Neuer miraculously saved and apart from that was fairly isolated as his side struggled to win possession before he was subbed for Giroud. 6

Substitutes

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain His pace kept Bayern wary but still looks suspect defensively which is the reason he won’t claim a starting place any time soon. 6

Olivier Giroud Score the crucial headed goal which gave his side the lead. Held the ball up well thereafter while pressing the ball tirelessly. Probably should have scored a second. 7

Kieran Gibbs Cemented the left flank for the last ten minutes after coming on for Sanchez. N/A

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