David Ospina: 8 – Did very well in the first half to keep Arsenal in front when the defence was struggling with Ludogorets dominating possession (strange). He’s like a cat off his line and made several great saves because of his fast reactions. In the second half he didn’t have much to do at all.
Hector Bellerin: 6 – Bit more of a quiet game from Hector today, but once again let’s not underestimate how important his pace is defensively. His interception led to the 1st Arsenal goal.
Skhodran Mustafi: 8 – Looked a bit out of sorts today, drifing out of position and struggling to follow his man. It was almost as if he did not expect to do much on the night and was shocked by what the Bulgarian side had to offer. In the second half he was much more alert and the German made several key headers and interceptions to ensure Arsenal’s sheets remained clean.
Laurent Koscielny: 8 – Mr. Reliable in defence, Koscielny may have been busier than he expected on the night, but he did really well. The Frenchman was solid.
Kieran Gibbs: 6 – Didn’t have a lot to do on the night, but did what he had to do well. It was good to see him come into the 11 and keep a clean sheet, slotting in seamlessly to the back four, he’ll get plenty of games this season.
Franics Coquelin: 7.5 – Came back from injury and looked really good. He won the ball a lot and although his limitations restrict Arsenal from dictating the game, he has clear quality and is useful for the squad.
Santi Cazorla: 5 – In the first half I’m not sure I saw Santi do anything at all. He looked tired and was completely anonymous. This lack of energy let the visitors dictate possession and put Arsenal on the back foot. He assisted Ozil’s first but then was removed with more than 30 minutes to go, looks like he needs a rest.
Theo Walcott: 7 – Squandered a couple of early chances where you would have expected him to do more, but got his goal from outside the box with a well hit shot, although the keeper made it look better than it probably was.
Mesut Ozil: 10 – It’s got to be 10 for Mesut. In all honesty he struggled in the first half, he couldn’t find his passing rhythm and aside from a great assist, he was poor. In the second half he flourished though, making attacking runs and clinical finishes giving him his first hat trick of his professional career. Congrats! Read the fans reaction to Ozil’s performance.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7 – Struggled in the first half. He was enthusiastic but lacked a final ball (although got an assist for the 1st). He needs to spend some time with Theo and see what he did to turn his game around, because he needs some help. But let’s take nothing away from his goal where he did very well, and he also assisted the first with a smart pass, some progress.
Alexis Sanchez: 7 – Looked very tired in the first half, but that will be forgotten thanks to a sublime chipped finish. Wenger will need to be careful not to overload the Chilean though – Arsenal need him at his best. He was removed with around 30 minutes to go, which he wasn’t too pleased about, but it was needed.
Mohammed Elneny – N/A
Barely touched the ball after he came on, but helped Arsenal in the latter stages, keeping the door shut defensively and winning the ball back when danger was posed.
Lucas Perez – 7.5
A brilliant little cameo from Lucas, who assisted two of Ozil’s goals. The Spaniard has great pace about him and his two assists show he can also link the play very well, he’ll be a useful asset.
Alex Iwobi – N/A