Arsenal ratings: Welbeck & Walcott star as youngsters impress

Date published: Saturday 28th January 2017 7:22

Arsenal made 10 changes at Southampton, but you wouldn’t have noticed as the Gunners midfield and attack clicked wonderfully at St Mary’s.

Check out our verdict as Arsenal waltzed through to the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 victory.

ARSENAL

DAVID OSPINA Had one rare moment of hesitancy, but he did command his area well and proved he is a solid No.2 behind Petr Cech 7

HECTOR BELLERIN Never turned down the opportunity to attack down Arsenal’s right and gave Theo Walcott to licence to make some dangerous runs inside 7

SHKODRAN MUSTAFI Rock-solid once again and did not put a foot wrong all game. A crucial member of the Arsenal defence 7.5

ROB HOLDING A comfortable night for the 21-year-old, which was made even easier by his partner in central defence 7

KIERAN GIBBS Got outmuscled off the ball on a few occasions but made amends with his regular contributions going forward 7

AINSLEY MAITLAND-NILES Employed as Arsenal’s holding midfielder and had a firm control of the game throughout. Did the basics very well 8

JEFF REINE-ADELAIDE His poise and composure for a 19-year-old in Arsenal’s midfield was very impressive. Ball stuck to his feet like glue and regularly took on his man 8

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN Back at his former club and put the defence under immense pressure with some wonderful deliveries into the box 8

THEO WALCOTT The other former Saint constantly harassed the defence with well-timed runs and was rewarded with the match ball with his emphatic finishes 9

DANNY WELBECK Made his first start in 265 days but you would’ve never thought he had been away after his clinical finishing. Two goals and an assist in a memorable display 9

LUCAS PEREZ The Spaniard doesn’t get much of a look-in but he oozes creativity. Completely carved open the Saints defence with his wonderful vision and perfectly-weighted passes. Would have been disappointed not to score, though 8

Substitutions

ALEXIS SANCHEZ(for Welbeck, 63′): The absolute last player Southampton wanted to see at 3-0 down and promptly piled on the misery with two neat assists for Walcott 8

ALEX IWOBI (for Ward-Prowse, 72′): Slotted in seamlessly for the remaining 20 minutes 7

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