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Arsenal player ratings v Hull: Ospina impresses again as Walcott & Giroud share MOTM

Arsenal ended their run of four games without a win by thrashing Hull City 4-0 in an FA Cup replay on Tuesday evening.

Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud shared the goals between them as the Gunners booked their place in the quarter-finals.

Top Gooner blog All Arsenal – as always – have produced some detailed player ratings.

Walcott and Giroud both scored 8/10, leaving them marginally ahead of Saturday’s MOTD, David Ospina.

Check out All Arsenal’s ratings in full below. Marks are out of 10.

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GK) David Ospina – 7.5

A couple of great saves in the first half, but not too much to do beyond that. He almost made a hash of things at one point, but we weren’t punished for his failed punch clear.

RB) Calum Chambers – 7.0

Really solid both at right-back and at centre-back, and arguably looked more comfortable when he was moved centrally. Made a couple of really important defensive headers and interceptions.

LB) Kieran Gibbs – 7.0

Another really good performance from the left-back, who has proven himself an excellent backup for Nacho Monreal. He was also really unlucky not to get his first goal in a long, long time when his long-range curler smashed against the crossbar.

CB) Per Mertesacker – 6.0

Wasn’t on the pitch for too long, as he was forced off mid-way through the first half with a nasty cut over his eye. Hopefully he’s fine for the weekend, as we are struggling for options at the back.

Substitute: Nacho Monreal – 7.0

The Spaniard didn’t always have a huge amount to do, but was called upon a little more when Sone Aluko started to threaten. Nice to see he can still do a job at centre-back.

CB) Gabriel Paulista – 6.0

Really worrying that he went off with what looked to be a calf injury, with Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny already a concern. We could be really short against Watford this weekend.

Substitute: Aaron Ramsey – N/A

Arguably the biggest concern, as the Welshman came on as a substitute and was then forced off with a muscle injury. His absence could be a real blow.

Substitute: Jeff Reine-Adelaide – 6.5

Looked bright during his time on the pitch, and will hopefully get more chances soon.

DM) Mathieu Flamini – 7.0

Didn’t really put a foot wrong, performed well both in midfield and at right-back after our glut of injuries.

CM) Mohamed Elneny – 7.0

Decent in both a box-to-box and defensive midfield role, but not spectacular. With no Özil ahead of him we lacked creativity in midfield, although we are defensively superior with Flamini and Elneny in the middle.

CAM) Alex Iwobi – 7.0

A solid performance yet again from the youngster, but he’s arguably not creative enough to play the role he has been. He’s definitely got quality, but it remains to be seen where his future lies.

RAM) Joel Campbell – 7.0

The Costa Rican was really average for large parts of the game, giving away possession needlessly on multiple occasions. He stepped up in the second half though, and his pass for Theo Walcott’s first was absolutely phenomenal.

LAM) Theo Walcott – 8.0

A really poor first half, but once we took the lead the game played into his hands. He was able to utilise his pace a little more and have more of an impact, getting an assist and two goals after the break.

ST) Olivier Giroud – 8.0

Similarly to Walcott, the Frenchman didn’t have the most eventful first half. He was alert to get the first goal though, and doubled our lead in the second half to all but put the game to bed. His hold up play and passing were also much better in the second half, linking things together superbly and bringing his pacier teammates into play.

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