Southampton 0-5 Arsenal: Player Ratings

Arsenal:

Ospina – 6 – Made some good catches and a decent save to deny Long, but had a few misadventures outside the box that could have well been avoided.

Bellerin – 6 – Was given a thorough work out by young Sims, and wasted a few good opportunities going forward.

Holding – 7 – Good solid outing for the young centre back. Was beaten once by Long, but otherwise had a very respectable game.

Mustafi – 7 – Showed excellent leadership at the back and looks every worth the big bucks Arsene Wenger spent on him in the summer.

Gibbs – 5 – A wasted opportunity for the left back to impress. Brushed off the ball too easily at the back and not sufficiently confident going forward.

Maitland-Niles – 8 – Seems a fantastic prospect for the defensive midfield role, much better here than at full back. Covered for Bellerin expertly and had an excellent performance with his distribution and coverage.

Oxlade-Chamberlain – 8 – Strong on the ball, exceptional with his distribution and intelligent with his movement. Looks very well suited for a central midfield role.

Reine-Adelaide – 7 – Produced some sublime touches and looks to be another fine young prospect

Walcott – 10 – Couldn’t have done any better in front of goal, finishing well first time with both his second half chances, and showing excellent desire to get to the ball first for Arsenal’s third goal. His work rate was superb too.

Welbeck Р9 РWelcome return to the Arsenal frontline, scored two good goals and set up Walcott for the third. Ran out of gas in the second half otherwise probably would have got a hat-trick too.

Perez – 7 – Made at least of Arsenal’s goals and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet himself. Seems to be an excellent addition to the squad for games like these.

Subs:

Sanchez Р8 РSet up Walcott for two of his goals after his introduction in the second half.

Iwobi – 6 – Struggled a bit to get in the game, couldn’t make much of an impact.

Southampton:

Lewis – 5, Martina – 4, Stephens – 5, Gardos – 5, McQueen – 4, Reed – 5, Hojbjerg – 6, Clasie – 4, Sims – 7, Long – 6

Subs: Tadic – 5, Redmond – 5

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