RATINGS: Arsenal 2-0 Napoli: Ozil Unplayable

By on October 1, 2013

Arsenal made it 10 mins on the bounce with a superb display to down Napoli 2-0 at the Emirates on Tuesday night.

Ozil fired us ahead after some excellent work from Giroud and Ramsey before turning provider for the big Frenchman as we took control within the opening half hour.

The boys eased their foot off the gas in the second half and saw out a rather comfortable 2-0 win. Here are my ratings.

Szczesny 7/10 – Was barely called upon to make any save of note but did what was asked of him with a few decent takes from crosses and distribution was good.

Sagna 7/10 – Another solid display by Bac. Kept the usually dangerous Napoli frontline quiet.

Mertesacker  7.5/10 – Composed at the back and made some important interceptions when the visitors did put an attack together.

Koscielny 7.5/10 – The other half of a superb centre-back partnership. Pandev was in his pocket all night.

Gibbs 7/10 – Got forward loads in the first half as we ran riot and he kept disciplined after the break as we saw out the game.

Flamini 7.5/10 – Another excellent display by the spiky Frenchman. He looked solid alongside Arteta and kept the Italians at bay.

Arteta 6.5/10 – A decent comeback from Mikel but he still looks a little off the pace in terms of match fitness. Gave away a fee free-kicks, but he’ll be back to his best in no time.

Ramsey 8/10 – He was rampant in the first half. Winning every loose ball, getting about the pitch and set up Ozil for the opener with a lovely ball. Much quieter in the second half though as we slowed things down. Looked like he may have picked up a knock before half time but played the full 90 minutes.

Rosicky 6/10 – Looked rusty on his return, which is to be expected. Was still full of energy and linked up well at times, but gave away possession cheaply on several occasions.

Ozil 9/10 – Unplayable in the first half. His goal was pure quality and his ball for Giroud’s was perfect. It’s going to be a joy to watch this lad week-in, week-out.

Giroud 8.5/10 – His best display of the season. Played a vital part in the opener as he held the ball up before releasing Ramsey and took his goal well. His hold up play was exceptional all night and he was a real handful. If he could keep this up all season, we’ll have a real chance of doing something.


Wilshere 6.5/10 – Showed some quality after coming on.

Monreal – N/A

So another excellent win under our belt and we can make it 11 wins in a row against West Brom on Sunday before another untimely international break.

What were your ratings? How good were Ozil and Giroud?



  1. Hitul

    October 1, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Just how good were we today?!?!? Clean sheet too.

    Our rivals, please note:

    1. Ozil is just getting starting
    2. We have got Theo, Poldi n the Ox to come back still
    3. Jacks back! Competition for places and the higher standard of our play than last season is only going to make him flourish. Also, he’s playing with Ozil :)
    4. We didn’t lose a key player and gained a top, top, top one
    5. Only top 4 team to keep their mgr

    Long way to go still but we are looking gooooood!

    One slight concern is that Arteta doesn’t look quite the player he was last season. Hope it’s just temp and he’s recovering. Otherwise he is looking at a lot of bench time.

    • Goonerjay

      October 2, 2013 at 9:52 am

      on note 2. You seem to have forgotten about our best player from last season who is also currently out injured.

      A midfield 5 that includes Rambo on current form, Mesut Ozil and our little Spanish magician Cazorla really is an exciting prospect. Life as a gooner is on the up again and I couldn’t be happier. Ooh to, ooh to be, ooh to be a, GOONER!

  2. Asab

    October 2, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Great team play… Would love to see carzola in that team and for Arteta he is only back from injury so we have to give him time he will be back to his best in few weeks time

  3. Isiaq musa oniye

    October 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    What a magnificient displayed 4rm prolific players wit an exceptional qualities against a leader of Napoli.qudos 2 a magician Ozil,inform Ramsey,wizard flamini,Girud nd likes.Ds form will surely fetch us trophies ds season!Tnx u professor of coaches:”In arsen we trust.

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