Mikel Arteta got his first win as Arsenal manager tonight after a 2-0 home win against Manchester United.
Arteta looks to have instilled some belief and passion back in the team and was duly rewarded as a result.
Here are my Arsenal player ratings from tonight’s game:
Bernd Leno – The German put his horror mistake last Sunday to bed with a relativelty comfortable performance. was rarely tested. 7/10
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – Coped well with the threat of United’s attack and although they got by a few times, he was fairly solid in the right-back position. 7/10
David Luiz – Like Sokratis, the Brazilian looked a totally different player tonight. Commanded the back-line magnificently and encouraged those around him. 8.5/10
Sead Kolasinac – Got booked early which didnt bode well for the rest of the game, but the full-back got forawrd at every opportunity and played a key role in the first goal. 7/10
Lucas Torreira – Showed why he is Arsenal’s best defensive midfielder. Covered every blade of grass, got stuck in and showed fight…something we have been missing as of late. Man of the Match. 9/10
Granit Xhaka – The Switzerland interantional was another who turned up wanting to play tonight. Kept position well and worked well alongside Torreira. 7/10
Mesut Ozil – The most I’ve seen him run in a long time and looked like he enjoyed the outing. Always looking to create but ran out of steam late on. 7/10
Nicolas Pepe – Looked a real threat going forward but didn’t really test United’s full-back much. Latched on to a low cross which led to Arsenal taking the lead. 7.5/10
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Played most of the game out wide on the left which led to no real efforts on goal. Got back well when out of possession. 6.5/10
Alexandre Lacazette – Made some good runs forward and had a couple of chances which led to nothing. Worked hard off the ball. 7/10
Reiss Nelson – On for Pepe in the 63rd minute. Made some decent runs forward but threatened little. 6/10
Bukayo Saka – The youngster came on for the injures Kolasinac in the 69th minute. Did OK in the Bosnian’s place. 6/10
Matteo Guendouzi – Replaced Torreira in the 77th minute to add some more depth in midfield. 5/10