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How Arsenal rated in their 2-0 victory over Southampton

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Arsenal moved to within three points of the top four with a win over Southampton and their impressive form since changing to a 3-4-2-1 continued.

They have now won five of their six matches since the change and supporters will be hoping that Arsene Wenger continues to use it.

On Wednesday, it wasn’t easy at St Mary’s Stadium as the home side competed well and came close to opening the scoring in the first half. However, as the match progressed, the Gunners’ class shone through and they took the three points. Here are how their players rated on Wednesday night:

Petr Cech – The Arsenal goalkeeper kept his second consecutive clean sheet and did everything that was called upon to keep the home side at bay. He made three saves during the match, including one great stop to save a long range effort from Nathan Redmond. 6

Rob Holding – It was a huge show of faith from Wenger as the young centre back kept his place in the starting eleven. He completed three ball retrievals and was reliable on the ball, as shown by his pass success rate of 84%. 6

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Shkodran Mustafi – The German came back into the team and delivered a hugely impressive display, with seven ball retrievals and nine clearances. In possession, he was impressive as he launched attacks from deep, with a pass success rate of 91%. 7

Nacho Monreal – The Spaniard was impressive once again and helped his side to a crucial clean sheet. He was good in the air as shown by three successful aerial duels, while he completed nine ball retrievals to put an end to Southampton attacks. 7

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – The England international was withdrawn in the first-half through injury and it will be a blow to Arsenal, as he has been excellent lately.  He completed one key pass, but he couldn’t do much more during his short time on the pitch. 5

Aaron Ramsey – It was another encouraging performance from the Welshman, as he competed well in midfield areas and contributed to the side’s attacking effort. He attempted three shots during the match and got the assist for the second goal with a nice cushioned header back across goal. Throughout the match, his movement was impressive. 7

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Granit Xhaka – The midfielder has been growing into the Arsenal team with better performances of late and he was assured on Wednesday night, with his passing from deep being a highlight of his display. In addition to his classy contributions on the ball, he completed four ball retrievals, showing the more dogged side to his game. 6

Kieran Gibbs – The left back was decent without ever standing out on Wednesday. He wasn’t great in attack, but he worked hard and offered balance to the side. 5

Mesut Ozil – The German was excellent in possession at St Mary’s Stadium and is getting back to his best in a Gunners shirt. He completed six key passes, which was more than anyone else on the pitch and he provided a cutting edge to the Arsenal attack. It was the former Real Madrid man that got the assist for the first goal and he caused problems all evening. 8

Alexis Sanchez – Although he still wasn’t at his best, he scored his 20th league goal of the season with an excellent finish after creating space for himself in the final third. During the match, he completed eight dribbles, which shows the threat that he always poses, even when he isn’t completely at it. 7

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Danny Welbeck – His movement was good, but he couldn’t get into the game as much as he would have liked. At times in the first half, he was isolated and he couldn’t cause as many problems as he did against Manchester United. 5

Hector Bellerin – It was an encouraging display from the right back after he has fallen out of the team recently. He worked hard and it was clear that he was keen to impress. The Spaniard offered more of a threat than Gibbs did down the opposite flank, as showed by his two key passes. 7

Olivier Giroud – The Frenchman came on late to help see out the game and he managed to score Arsenal’s second to put the game beyond doubt. 7

Francis Coquelin – He wasn’t on the pitch long enough to earn a rating. N/A

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Jake Jackman

Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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