Date: 23rd February 2013 at 5:27pm
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Santi CazorlaHere are my Arsenal player ratings from today’s 2-1 victory over Aston Villa (feel free to argue or agree with me):

Wojciech Szczesny – Had a fairly quite afternoon before conceding a shocking goal which he should have stopped. 5/10

Carl Jenkinson – Bombed forward well and always offered an overlap. Full of energy and delivered some good balls into the danger area. 7/10

Per Mertesacker – Kept position well but got caught out a few times due to his lack of pace. 7/10

Thomas Vermaelen – Like Per, the Belgian defender had a decent enough game. Kept position well and dealt with the threat of Christian Benteke. 7/10

Nacho Monreal – Defensively sound and equally as good going forward. Delivered a superb low cross into the penalty area which Santi Cazorla buried. 7/10

Mikel Arteta – Kept things neat and tidy in midfield and always wanted the ball. An assured display from the Spaniard. 7/10

Abou Diaby – Always looked forward and found space to manoeuvre in. Picked up yet another injury 15 minutes into the second-half. 6.5/10

Jack Wilshere – Once again showed why he is a future Arsenal captain. Full of energy and always looked to drive the side forward. Played some lovely passes throughout and got stuck in as per usual. 8/10

Santi Cazorla – A brilliant and influential display from the diminutive Spaniard. Scored our two goals and found space effortlessly. Man of the Match. 9/10

Theo Walcott – Was deployed out wide and was pretty ineffectual. Got forward well and his speed did cause some problems, but his delivery – apart from one particular cross in the last five minutes – and decision-making was lacking. 6.5/10

Olivier Giroud – Found space superbly and brought others into play. Left his finishing boots at home though. 6/10

SUBS:

Aaron Ramsey – Replaced Diaby in the 60th minute. Kept things tidy in midfield and wasn’t too ambitious with his thinking, which was good to see. 5/10

Lukas Podolski – Came on for Jenkinson in the 77th minute. Was inches away from getting on the score-sheet. 5/10

Laurent Koscielny – Was brought on in place of Walcott in the 91st minute just to strengthen our back-line. N/A

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