Arsenal got back to winning ways after a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Burnley at the Emirates this afternoon.
The win keeps Arsenal in fifth place still but only because Chelsea have a better goal difference and 11 points ahead of sixth place Manchester United.
So, here are my player ratings from today’s game:
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – A much better showing from the makeshift full-back. Got forward well and had a couple of attempts at goal as well. Needs to improve defensively though. 6/10
Sokratis – Solid performance from the Greek centre-back and his match-up with Ashley Barnes was entertaining to watch. Booked. 7/10
Nacho Monreal – Only lasted 36 minutes due to picking up a knock but did well alongside Sokratis. 5/10
Sead Kolasinac – His pace and power caused a lot of problems for Burnley’s back-line. Always an option when attacking, whipped in some dangerous balls from the left flank and was instrumental in two of Arsenal’s goals. Man of the Match for me. 8/10
Granit Xhaka – Played in midfield where he is comfortable and sprayed some decent balls around from a deep position. Dropped back into a back three late on and wasn’t as convincing. 6/10
Mohamed Elneny – Like Xhaka, the Egyptian dropped back deep but also pushed forward a lot more than his midfield partner. Few times caught out of possession but broke up Burnley attacks a few times. 6/10
Matteo Guendouzi – The young Frenchman fought hard in midfield and kept things neat and tidy. Booked. 5.5/10
Mesut Ozil – His vision for the first goal was exquisite and always looked to make things happen going forward. Needs to do more off the ball at times, but a good showing from the selected Arsenal captain today. 6/10
Alexandre Lacazette – Assisted Aubameyang’s second and did make some decent runs forward but was unable to get any real chances on goal himself. 5.5/10
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Scored two and his pace posed a real threat to Burnley today. 7.5/10
Stephan Lichtsteiner – On for Monreal early on and switched from left-back to centre-back as the game wore on. Did well. 5/10
Lucas Torreira – Replaced Elneny with an hour to go and was put on by Unai Emery to break up play and get stuck in which he did. 5/10
Alex Iwobi – Came on in the 77th for Lacazette and secured the Arsenal win with third goal. 5.5/10