Arsenal 2 Crystal Palace 1: Player ratings as Ramsey nets late winner

Arsenal 2 Crystal Palace 1: Player ratings as Aaron Ramsey nets a stoppage-time winner at The Emirates

Arsenal
2
Crystal Palace
1

Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny Rushed off his line to beat Puncheon to a long ball and divert danger in the first half. Could do little to prevent Hangeland’s header. Otherwise, the Pole was untested. 6/10

Mathieu Debuchy (man of the match) Got forward well in the first half as the France international offered support to Sanchez. His crossing ability will provide encouragement for Arsene Wenger. 7

Calum Chambers Solid performance on his Premier League debut with a couple of stray passes the only negative. 6

Laurent Koscielny Won a vital 50-50 challenge but seconds later lost Hangelaand for Palace’s opener. Made amends with an injury-time first-half equaliser. 6

Kieran Gibbs Pushed forward but delivery wasn’t as consistent as Debuchy. Replaced early in the second half. 5

Jack Wilshere Seemed to spend more of the game on the turf rather than his feet. Struggled to get going as he was smothered by Palace’s midfield. 5

Mikel Arteta Fortunate to escape a booking for a late challenge on Campbell. The Arsenal captain looked a weak link in Wenger’s side. 5

Alexis Sanchez A couple of flamboyant flicks had the Arsenal fans off their seats and roaring their approval. The £35m signing provided a superb set-piece delivery for Koscielny’s equaliser. 7

Aaron Ramsey Had an early shout for a penalty waved away. Tried in vain to get more involved in the London derby but the Wales international wasn’t at his best. However, Ramsey was alert to the loose ball to net an injury-time winner. 7

Santi Cazorla Bright start from the Spain international who is fighting for a first-team spot. The 29-year-old was disappointing from set-pieces, though. Struggled after half-time. 6

Yaya Sanogo Proved a nuisance up front but Sanogo still needs to work on holding the ball up for his team-mates. Replaced with 29 minutes remaining after a subdued performance. 5

Substitutes

Nacho Monreal Disappointing impact. 5

Olivier Giroud An improvement on Sanogo, and kept the ball alive in the lead up to Ramsey’s winner. 6

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain A forgettable cameo. 4

Crystal Palace

Julian Speroni Was in no rush to take restart play at Palace goal-kicks, much to the annoyance of Arsenal supporters. Forced into routines saves in the second half. 7

Martin Kelly Making his Palace debut, the one-time England international was solid at right-back. The former Liverpool man did pick up a booking for a mistimed challenge on Sanchez. 6

Scott Dann Good reading of the game saved Palace on a couple of occasions when Arsenal managed to conjure a decisive through pass. Forced off due to injury with 20 minutes remaining. 7

Brede Hangeland Rose above Koscielny to guide a powerful header past Szczesny. Marshalled Arsenal’s frontline well, though. 7

Joel Ward Had a tough afternoon contending with Debuchy’s marauding runs and the guile of Sanchez. Improved as the game wore on. 7

Jason Puncheon A lively presence. His pace provided an outlet for his team-mates as Arsenal pressed in the second half, his defending wasn’t as impressive, picking up two cheap yellow cards to leave his side with 10-men for the final couple of minutes – proved costly. 5

Mile Jedinak A confident performance from Palace’s Australian skipper. Held his own against Ramsey and Wilshere to ensure the Gunners paid endured a frustrating match. 7

Joe Ledley A good performance alongside Jedinak. 6

Yannick Bolasie It took two Arsenal players to halt the Palace winger when he found space to stretch his legs. Disappointingly, Bolasie couldn’t produce a piece of magic to get past Debuchy. 5

Marouane Chamakh Looked sluggish on his return to The Emirates. Fortunate to escape unpunished for what looked a handball in the 62nd minute. To his credit, Chamakh tracked back to add a fifth man to the Palace midfield in the second half. 7

Frazier Campbell The new arrival was impressive against the Gunners as he kept the Arsenal centre-halves on their toes with his cunning movement. Lacked service, though. 6

Substitutes

Stuart O’Keefe N/A

Dwight Gayle N/A

Damien Delaney Couldn’t help Palace get over the line and take a point away from The Emirates. 5

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