Arsenal 4 Everton 1: Player ratings as Mesut Ozil sparkles in FA Cup win

Arsenal 4 Everton 1: Player ratings as the Gunners book their place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup

Arsenal
4
Everton
1

Arsenal

Lukasz Fabianski Not to be faulted for the goal, and, despite good Everton pressure did not have many other tough saves to make. 6/10

Kieran Gibbs Defended confidently and got forwarded to good effect a few times. 7

Per Mertesacker Did well to keep Lukaku relatively quiet, even beating him for speed in one foot race. 7

Thomas Vermaelen The Belgian, making his first appearance since the third round nine weeks ago, had a mixed day. He slipped making a clearance which led to Lukaku setting up Barkley for a good chance – but elsewhere made some important headers and blocks. 6

Bacary Sagna Showed great desire to come across and do enough to put off Piennar, 12 yards out and in front of goal, in the first half. Always showed composure to delay then cross for Olivier Giroud’s first goal. 7

Mikel Arteta Showed great composure to put his second penalty attempt in the top corner after being forced to retake following the ref calling encroachment on Giroud. Assured elsewhere. 7

Mathieu Flamini Lost out to Barkley in a 50-50 collision then could not quite catch him to stop the cross for the first goal, but did not do much wrong elsewhere. Put in a nasty challenge on Stones. 6

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain A couple of good long-range efforts, including one that really tested Joel to his right. Played a sloppy ball to the Lukaku which could have proved critical had he not sprinted back to make a brilliant last-ditch challenge. Did well to win the penalty which proved crucial. 8

Santi Cazorla Raced away from his marker and slid in a perfect ball for Ozil to set up the first goal. Also linked up well throughout, especially with Ozil. 7

Mesut Ozil (Man of the match) Found space and took his first goal for three months (again against Everton at the Emirates) very coolly, played a clever ball to set up the fourth goal and was generally impressive throughout, and more energetic than in some recent games. He even tracked back all the way to his own byline once in defence. 8

Yaya Sanogo Did not do anything wrong, but did not do that much in truth. 5

Substitutes

Olivier Giroud Took his goals well. 7

Tomas Rosicky Played a good ball which led to the fourth goal. 6

Carl Jenkinson N/A

Everton

Joel Looked shaky with the ball in the air – a couple of times punching where he could have caught and even palming a Sagna cross goalwards into his own post (and out for a corner). But made very good stops from Oxlade-Chamberlain, another good save from Cazorla, and was not at fault for any of Arsenal’s goals. 6

Seamus Coleman Did not produce any of the attacking magic he has at other times this season and showed some naivety in chasing the ball and being dragged out of position, which ultimately led to Ozil’s goal. 5

John Stones The 19-year-old made no major mistakes, but increasingly struggled to contain Arsenal’s classy offensive players. 5

Sylvain Distin The experienced 36-year-old contained the youngster Sanogo well, but Giroud proved more troublesome. 6

Leighton Baines Didn’t manage to get forward to deliver crosses as well as he sometimes does. 6

James McCarthy Was unlucky to slip to let Cazorla in to assist Ozil’s goal, and it takes a great defensive midfielder to nullify the threat of Ozil, Cazorla and Oxlade-Chamberlain on their day, but in truth McCarthy wasn’t really that. 5

Gareth Barry Important tackles and assured passing, but a player of his experience will be disappointed to have conceded a penalty when he did not really have to make a challenge. 6

Ross Barkley A very impressive performance (and one that may well go some way to booking his place on the plane to Brazil. He made many trademark incisive runs from midfield, and a fantastic run nearly the whole length of the pitch, after holding off Flamini (no easy feat), before a perfect delivery into the box for Everton’s first goal. 8

Steven Piennar Might have done better with a shot in the first half, and generally lacking in a bit of magic he often brings to games. 5

Kevin Mirallas Great cutback to find Piennar early on and got in behind the Arsenal backline a few times. But not so successful in front of goal, though; a poor contact for the first goal (which Everton will be pleased fell to Lukaku) and a fairly tame finish straight at Fabianski cutting in from the right. 6

Romelu Lukaku In the right place at the right time for the goal, and set up Barkley well for a chance which could have made it two, but he has looked more threatening. 6

Substitutes

Aidan McGeady N/A

Gerard Deulofeu N/A

Leon Osman N/A

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