Arsenal v Hull City: Player Ratings


Arsenal cruised to a 3-1 win over Hull City, drawing level on points with second place Manchester City with a game in hand. Despite snatching a goal back in the second half, Hull never looked any real threat to Arsenal and were outdone by mastery in the midfield. Here are your player ratings:

DAVID OSPINA. 7.3. Bit of a shaky run out for the keeper, and struggled in the opening minutes with the crosses being whipped in. Didn’t show any glaring weakness though, and wasn’t at fault for the goal.. GK. Arsenal FC

Arsenal FC. HECTOR BELLERIN. 7.5. Did well on the right hand side and showed his remarkable recovery pace to turn Hull’s men on his flank before they could cause much damage. Gave the ball away too often, which is his main issue.. RB

7.8. Calm and resolute at the back, thoughts of Mertesacker’s time winding down at this club have gone the way of the dodo. There will come a time, but right now the Mertscielny axis is solid.. CB. Arsenal FC. PER MERTESACKER

LAURENT KOSCIELNY. 8.0. Did tremendously well in stamping out any potential issues high up the pitch, which was aided by Arsenal’s sheer brilliance in midfield isolating Hull’s men up top. Almost impossible to beat with balls over the top, his positional defending and strength is marvelous.. CB. Arsenal FC

7.6. Assured for the most part on the left, he’s in no danger of losing his starting spot. He does lack Gibbs’ pace, which means he needs to sit a bit deeper to keep the flank from being exposed.. CB. Arsenal FC. NACHO MONREAL

7.7. Did his normal bit of running around, snarling at the opposition and breaking up attacks. Fascinating to watch how few touches he gets when working the ball out from the back, as teammates prefer to bypass him. That being said, he completed 89% of his passes, though not without a couple really poor attempts that could have exposed Arsenal against a better team.. MID. Arsenal FC. FRANCIS COQUELIN

8.4. MAN OF THE MATCH- Pray that Cazorla stays for at least one more year. He’s without a doubt one of the most versatile midfielders I’ve ever seen, capable of playing out to the left, in the 10, and in a deep pivot with Coquelin. His pass to Ramsey for Arsenal’s second was gorgeous, and he delivered a couple sensational through balls as well.. MID. Arsenal FC. SANTI CAZORLA

7.8. When Ramsey is brilliant, he’s brilliant. When he’s not, he’s exceedingly average, and you typically see both over the course of a match. Great first touch on the pass from Cazorla for Arsenal’s second and a fantastic ball to Alexis for the third. Weaknesses in his performance will be looked at less harshly when he’s played on the right.. MID. Arsenal FC. AARON RAMSEY

8.2. Created three chances, completed 91% of his passes and delivered one absolutely absurd flick to maintain attacking momentum on a counter. Now that he’s assured and confident, we can know one thing. This man is a gift from the footballing gods.. MID. Arsenal FC. MESUT OZIL

Arsenal FC. ALEXIS SANCHEZ. 8.3. Two goals. The first was fortuitous, but he’s earned that with his work rate and play up until now. The second was a speedy run behind the defense and a cool finish round the goalkeeper. Hazard deserved the plaudits, but Alexis earned his place in the conversation.. MID

ST. Arsenal FC. OLIVIER GIROUD. 7.4. Bit of a rough day for the striker and it seems like he may be having a bit of trouble adjusting to the increased attention he’s receiving from defenders. That has to be solved but as always, his strength and ability in bringing others into the attack made a huge difference.

7.5. He looked rather good, didn’t he? Showed fantastic acceleration on numerous occasions, did his typical Wilshere thing of getting a bit bogged down in the opponent’s box. Likely won’t challenge for a spot in the side unless Ramsey suffers a serious drop off in the next match.. MID. Arsenal FC. JACK WILSHERE

7.0. Had one chance he could have done better with, but it’s a difficult thing to come one and score in the last eight minutes. That being said, it’s what he’ll need to do if he has any chance of seeing extended time in this side.. MID. Arsenal FC. THEO WALCOTT

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