Ratings by Aidan Small from freshsaints.com
Cech 7 – Despite being marked as the scorer of Southampton’s goal, Cech was of no fault for the goal. It was simply one of those unlucky things in football! But aside from that, Cech psyched Shane Long out during a one on one and forced him to place the ball wide. He also held each strike well.
Bellerin 6 – Bellerin was comfortable in deep areas, but struggled to be effective in the final third due to Bertrand’s strong showing.
Koscielny 8 – Strong in the air, comfortable on the ball and scored a stunning bicycle kick. Not a bad birthday eh?
Mustafi 7 – Like Koscielny, Arsenal’s new man was also comfortable on the ball. He also put up a good fight to deal with Long’s aerial threat.
Monreal 6 – Monreal found some nice areas but struggled to make that final ball. He was rarely troubled defensively.
Coquelin 6 – Coquelin limited Arsenal’s build up play heavily in the first half, and despite improving over the second half, he is capable of far better.
Cazorla 8 – The little maestro is a joy to watch when he plays like he did today. Quick feet, impressive passing range, solid defensive contributions and a goal to top it off too. Cazorla was Arsenal’s man of the match.
Ozil 5 – Ozil took control of the game over a five minute period prior to Koscielny’s goal, but minus that, Romeu kept him quiet for the rest of the game.
Walcott 5 – thinking back, I struggle to think of any moments involving Walcott over the 90.
Chamberlain 4 – the former Saint had a game to forget. Not only did he fail to capitalise on Cedric’s attacking mindset, but he also delivered some woeful crosses. No impact on the game whatsoever.
Perez 5 – granted, its Perez’s debut, but he was very much out of time with the rest of the team’s attacking fluidity and failed to find space or challenge Van Dijk/Fonte.
Iwobi 6 – Iwobi managed to contribute to some neat passing play, but couldn’t directly affect the game.
Sanchez 6 – the Chilean worked some good attacking angles, but failed to make any use of them.
Giroud 7 – Giroud came on to act as a focal point for the Arsenal frontline, and despite slipping at one good chance, he ensured that he would be receiving the ball on a number of occasions. His work paid off after winning the penalty.
Forster 6 -The Southampton keeper was worked very little, but played out from the back in an assured manner.
Cedric 5 – Cedric’s defending didn’t prove to be the issue today, instead, it was his poor deliveries and wasteful passing into central areas.
Fonte 5 – It’s safe to say that Fonte hasn’t had the greatest of starts to the season so far. Whilst he made effective use of the ball, he also needlessly gifted Arsenal free kicks, gave away the penalty and looked erratic whilst tackling.
Van Dijk 6 – his passing was exceptional at times and proved to once again destroy many players in the air. However, Van Dijk was at fault for the first goal and almost gifted Arsenal a second after a risky ball.
Bertrand 7 – It’s almost like he was never away. Bertrand was strong in all areas of the pitch.
Romeu 8 – The Spaniard was without doubt Southampton’s man of the match. He pressed superbly, intercepted intelligently and made some cutting passes to set Southampton free against the Arsenal defence.
Davis 6 – Davis is still adjusting to life as a central midfielder and today was certainly better than his past few showings. Tidier in all areas.
Clasie 7 – The Dutchman finally appears to be getting to grips with English football and today’s performance was promising. Much to the annoyance of the Arsenal midfield, Clasie proved to be a real defensive pest at times
Tadic 6 – Tadic started the game brightly in the opening 20 minutes but as we’ve seen so many times, he soon faded out of the game.
Redmond 6 – Redmond’s general play and passing was very comfortable and calming, but his performance was missing drive and grit in attack.
Rodriguez 5 – Rodriguez contributed little in the first half and asked almost no questions of the Arsenal defence. Its no surprise that Puel dragged him off at half time.
Long 4 – Shane Long managed to place himself in some dangerous positions throughout the game, but at the end of the day, he’s a striker, and therefore, missing key chances simply isn’t good enough. That’s exactly what he done on three separate occasions, leaving me no other option but to score him so poorly.
Hojbjerg 7 – from the moment that Hojbjerg entered the pitch, Southampton instantly become far more offensive in their play and fashioned themselves a number of chances. This seems to be a recurring effect from the Danish midfielder.
Ward-Prowse 5 – he had little time to make an impact and in truth, done little.