Arsenal player ratings v Stoke: Ozil, Walcott, and Giroud prove title challenge not over

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Arsenal beat Stoke City 2-0 on Saturday thanks to goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud.

The Gunners looked impressive in the victory, and perhaps should have won by more against the Potters. Mesut Ozil was particularly eye-catching in the win, helping to orchestrate the North Londoners’ dominance.

Walcott and Giroud’s performances also showed that manager Arsene Wenger may have actually been right to not sign Real Madrid ace Karim Benzema this summer. However, there is a long way to go in the campaign before that can be proven.

Here are the Arsenal player ratings…

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GK) Petr Cech, 6

Had little to do throughout, such was the dominance of the team.

RB) Hector Bellerin, 7

Again, not much defensive work to do, but did threaten in the final third.

LB) Nacho Monreal, 6

Solid, but isn’t at his best when asked to primarily attack.

CB) Gabriel Paulista, 6

Didn’t shy away from a physical battle, but also wasn’t tested much.

CB) Laurent Koscielny, 7

Covered well for Gabriel when needed, and almost scored with a long-range effort.

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