The win against West Ham on Saturday afternoon was our eight home win in a row in the Premier League.

A new record since our 2006 move to Emirates Stadium.

West Ham offered a bit on the break but we created all the chances, finally making the breakthrough just before half-time.

The second half was certainly more ropey until we doubled our lead, and it was plain sailing from there on in. A comfortable and deserved win.

David Ospina 6.5

Not the busiest day, but he did what was required of him. A hard effort from Kevin Nolan came straight at him. I wish he was more authoritative in goal.

Calum Chambers 6

Chambers was tested early on with Matt Jarvis running outside him, but he grew into the game, dealing with Downing when he came to the left wing.

Per Mertesacker 7.5

A solid game. Everything was superbly simple, he is the perfect foil for Laurent Koscielny’s more aggressive style.

Laurent Koscielny 8

A typical Koscielny performance (in a good way). He intercepted any poor pass into the feet of a player in the final third, and his ability to block/intercept low crosses is superb.

Nacho Monreal 7

Winning the ball higher up the pitch again, while still being conservative. The rise of Nacho Monreal goes on and on.

Francis Coquelin 6

He wins the ball a lot, and his reading of the game is improving. But we struggled badly to control the game at 1-0, largely owing to Coquelin’s deficiencies on the ball.

Aaron Ramsey 9

Nothing he can’t do. Work rate is truly box-to-box. A goal, an assist. Most key passes on the pitch, most shots, and no midfielder won the ball more for his side.

Theo Walcott 8 & 6

The movement: Superb. Offers us a threat nobody else does with his pace and timing.

The finishing: Still needs work. Polish that touch, Theo.

Mesut Özil 8

He makes us tick. Everything goes through him. Wonderful for the first goal, orchestrating the whole move – telling Per where to play the ball to start with.

Alexis Sánchez 6.5

Another tired showing. On the left Alexis is predictable, always coming instead of going outside his man. No movement like Walcott on the other wing. Needs a break and some time on the other wing.

Olivier Giroud 8

Giroud loves nothing more than that one touch play right on the edge of the box. Heavily involved in all three goals.


Danny Welbeck 6.5

Lively and with a great reception after Monday, offered more movement than Alexis.

Santi Cazorla 7

Wonderful, as ever. Tidy passing. A beautiful assist for Flamini.

Mathieu Flamini N/A

Only played eiht minutes, but completed all his passes and all of his attempted pointy shouts. Oh, and he grabbed the third goal. Well done, Mathieu!

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