Premier League: Arsenal player ratings vs Crystal Palace

Arsenal managed to acquire their first win of 2018 as they beat Crystal Palace by a comfortable 4-1 scoreline at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners were initially tipped to have a difficult encounter against an in-form Eagles side but they managed to come up with a strong mentality despite the impending exit of star performer Alexis Sanchez.

Player Ratings:

Petr Cech: The 35-year-old had a fluent game against the Eagles with not much to do during the first period. Following the break, Cech did brilliantly to restrict Wilfried Zaha from scoring but he could not secure a clean sheet with Luka Milivojevic bagging a late consolation – 7/10

Laurent Koscielny: Koscielny had just returned from an injury and he instantly made an impact with the third goal of the game. Aside from this, he handled Christian Benteke delightfully in his own half with a number of interceptions – 7.5/10

Shkodran Mustafi: The German was likewise impressive alongside Koscielny after being deployed in a familiar 4-2-3-1 formation. Mustafi has shown some leadership qualities over the past month but should be disappointed with the lack of shutouts – 7/10

Hector Bellerin: Unlike Nacho Monreal, Bellerin struggled to make an impact from the right side of the defence and his crosses in the final third often found the opposition defender. He may need to work on his crossing attributes to bring the cutting edge to his game – 6.5/10

Nacho Monreal: Unquestionably our man of the match! The Spaniard could last for just over 30 minutes before picking up a knock but managed to turn the game in the Gunners’ favour. He netted the opening goal before assisting Iwobi and Koscielny for the next two strikes – 8.5/10

Granit Xhaka: A much more assured performance from the Swiss who has been criticised for his reduced mobility. With Mohamed Elneny slotting into the holding position, Xhaka pushed forward further and this saw an improvement with his distribution – 7/10

Mohamed Elneny: The Egypt international made his first league appearance since October but managed to impress in the defensive midfield role. He could, however, drop to the bench for the coming games with Aaron Ramsey set to make his injury comeback – 7/10

Jack Wilshere: Wilshere has improved with his link-up play as the season has gone on and his combination with Mesut Ozil was mesmerising to witness. The England international barely lost possession during the game and thus dominating the proceedings – 7.5/10

Mesut Ozil: Ozil has blown hot and cold during the course of the campaign but he produced a strong showing versus Palace. His movement often distorted the defensive arrangement from the Eagles and he capped the performance with a lovely backheel assist for Lacazette’s goal – 7.5/10

Alex Iwobi: Iwobi has been the subject of criticism from the Gunners supporters but he was nevertheless picked in place of the injured Danny Welbeck. The Nigerian was lively during the first half after he was in the right place to pounce on Monreal’s pass – 7/10

Alexandre Lacazette: The Frenchman scored his first goal in more than 45 days after making the most of Ozil’s backheeled assist. Aside from this, he was fairly quiet during the game, though he should be pleased after ending his worst scoring drought in five years  – 7.5/10

Substitutes:

Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Reiss Nelson, Sead Kolasinac