Shkodran Mustafi: Build on Sheffield United with yet another solid performance as he relished in heading the ball away from danger once again, although he had one rash moment before half time. On the whole it was an assured performance. 6
David Luiz: Dealt with the issues that came his way well both in the air and on the ground. Did put a foot wrong during the game which was encouraging. 6
Sead Kolasinac: Had a few shaky moments but was much better tan at Sheffield United both with and without the ball. A pretty standard outing. 6
Hector Bellerin: Should have done much better when Dani Ceballos slid him in behind whether it was with a cross or a shot. Was a willing runner down the right but didn’t get his timing right when trying to get forward. This continued into the second half and his substitution was no surprise. 5
Dani Ceballos: Started the game nicely as his his defensive awareness was present yet again but now he was much quicker in moving the ball. This could have led to two goals in the opening 10 minutes if Bellerin and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang took their chances. The Spaniard’s smart clip up to Alexandre Lacazette was also a taste of how much more quickly he was reading the game. Continued this in the second half and would have been man of the match if it wasn’t for Aubameyang. 8
Granit Xhaka: Moved the ball well in midfield and was vocal throughout to keep reminding Arsenal’s forwards to do their defensive duties. Broke forward well for his which was taken with supreme confidence. Kept on top of his came throughout and was essential to keeping Arsenal in control. 7
Kieran Tierney: Resolute in defence yet again as he kept tabs on Emi Buendia extremely well before growing into the game in an attacking sense. His whipped crosses were a constant source of danger for Norwich but he also knew when ball slide along the carpet was needed which led to Arsenal’s second goal. Continued to tracking runs from out to in after the break to keep Max Aarons quiet also. 7
Reiss Nelson: Was Arsenal’s main presser early on and constantly had Mikel Arteta guiding him in doing so. When the ball was at his feet he was very tidy but wasn’t able to drive into the final third as m uch as he would have liked. Stayed calm when needed and looked for space to keep rather than waste possession which was encouraging but on the whole he could have tested Norwich a tad more. 6
Alexandre Lacazette: Linked up nicely with those around him but just didn’t click inside the box as he rushed himself when chances came his way. Seemed to have the perfect opportunity when Aubameyang clipped the ball up to him in the second half but strangely decided to set the ball back. His substitution was understandable. 5
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: It was fitting that Aubameyang’s 50th Premier League goal didn’t come in ‘typical’ fashion. Arteta was berating his frontline to press Norwich from kick off and the captain’s efforts were reward when he tackled Tim Krul to get his goal. Showed great awareness to nutmeg Ben Godfrey for Xhaka’s goal. Took his second goal extremely well to mark his return to north London in style. 9
Rob Holding: Came into the game without missing a beat. Was instructing David Luiz and Granit Xhaka moments after comin on and wasn’t scared to attack loose balls. 6
Joe Willock: Had a strong introduction to the game winning the ball back in midfield. Was unlucky with his shot from the edge of the box late in the game. 6
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Cedric Soares: Made the perfect start to life at Arsenal with a lovely left-footed finish from just outside the box. Aside from the goal, he did well defensively. 6
Eddie Nketiah: Showed great feet before setting up Willock on the edge of the box and was still a problem for the Norwich defence in the dying moments of the game. 6
Nicolas Pepe: Not on long enough to rate. N/A