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Arsenal Player Ratings: The Ox, Podolski and Fabianski all shine

Player ratings for the Arsenal side that defeated Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup.

Arsenal managed to see out a narrow 2-1 victory in the FA Cup against Liverpool to get revenge over the side that thumped them in the Premier League last weekend.

Several Gunners put in terrific performances to give Arsene Wenger a few selection headaches ahead of the last 16 first leg Champions League clash against Bayern Munich this week.

Here are our player ratings for the Gunners.

Lukasz Fabianski 7/10

Gave a very dominant and professional display. Handled well and made key saves when he was put under pressure, particularly from Luis Suarez.

Carl Jenkinson 6/10

A perfectly competent display and gives Wenger food for thought at right-back. Mopped up anything Liverpool played to the back post.

Per Mertesacker 7/10

Stopped Daniel Sturridge from getting into the game. Took fewer risks and looked better when he gave himself plenty of room against Liverpool’s attack.

Laurent Koscielny 7/10

As above. Dropped off faster and earlier, which allowed him more time to deal with the pace and moment of Luis Suarez.

Nacho Monreal 7/10

Had a much better game than he did at Anfield. Was decisive, challenged well and got forward to provide support when he could.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 8/10

Injected real pace into Arsenal’s midfield and took his goal well. However, he was lucky Howard Webb didn’t give Liverpool a second penalty after an idiotic challenge on Suarez.

Mathieu Flamini 6/10

Went about his business aggressively as he always does. Obvious at times he’d lacked game time over the last couple of weeks but did a perfectly good job.

Mikel Arteta 6/10

As above. Didn’t do an awful lot wrong, kept the side well organised and provided leadership in the midfield when the Gunners were under pressure.

Mesut Ozil 7/10

Looks tired so it was a surprise he started but he worked his socks off even after Wenger had switched him to the left to protect him a little bit.

Lukas Podolski 7/10

A great performance on the left hand side and from central areas. Got into the game well when Arsenal were on top, spotted good pockets of space and produced a neat finish for his goal. Clumsy with Liverpool’s penalty.

Yaya Sanogo 7/10

Not bad for a youngster thrown in at the deep end. Showed a good touch, got stuck in with aerial challenges and tried to test Daniel Agger out constantly, with the Liverpool defender just back from injury.


Santi Cazorla 5/10

Provided some good quality on the ball, drifted well across several positions and looked comfortable.

Kieran Gibbs 5/10

Thrown on to counter the superb attacking player from Raheem Sterling on the right but never had long enough to make a real impact on the game.

Olivier Giroud N/A

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