Arsenal player ratings v Middlesbrough: Cazorla and Ozil shine in midfield

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The Gunners eased past Middlesbrough with a 2-0 win on Sunday evening. Here's how their players rated...

Wojciech Szczesny 6 - given very little to do in the Arsenal goal, but saved a snap shot from Albert Adomah well in the first half.

Calum Chambers 7 - strong display down the right hand side. Linked up well and was always looking to get forward to support the attack.

Gabriel Paulista 7 - a decent debut from the Brazilian, and whilst his booking was a minor blot on his copy book, he showed steel in defence.

Laurent Koscielny 7 - assured and solid alongside debutant Paulista, Koscielny rarely put a foot wrong but much like Szczesny, was rarely troubled.

Kieran Gibbs 8 - had a couple of impressive runs forward, showing good close control and link-up play to open up space down the left - which led to the first goal.

Mathieu Flamini 6 - put in a few tackles and broke up play well in an efficient if unspectacular display from the Frenchman. 

Santi Cazorla 9 - continues to be superb in midfield. His dribbling ability, close control and vision helped open the Middlesbrough defence on multiple occasions.

Mesut Ozil 9 - the German's outstanding return continues, with another fine display against Boro. With 116 touches of the ball, seven key passes and 93% pass accuracy, Ozil was virtually unplayable.

Alexis Sanchez 8 - despite being less than fully fit, Sanchez was a menace throughout, and notched an assist with a great corner for Giroud's second goal.

Danny Welbeck 7 - showed pace to trouble the Middlesbrough defence, but was slightly wasteful in front of goal when given the opportunity.

Olivier Giroud 8 - took his two goals superbly well, and led the line admirably in another impressive display, continuing his fine run of recent form.

Substitutes

Tomas Rosicky 7 - played a defence-splitting pass for Walcott in a decent cameo where he played three key passes in just 18 minutes.

Theo Walcott 6 - squandered a good opportunity to score as he continues to build up his fitness.

Chuba Akpom - wasn't on long enough to make an impact

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