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2 vs 0
Played
October 1, 2013 2:45 PM EDT
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ M. Mažić‎
Attendance:‬ 59536‎
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 2-0 Napoli

Mesut Ozil opened his Gunners account with a beauty before setting up Olivier Giroud as the North Londoners cruised to victory.

By Greg Stobart

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    38
    2
    2.50

    Wojciech Szczesny

    A very easy night for the Pole. Never seriously tested by Napoli.

  • Bacary Sagna
    45
    1
    2.50

    Bacary Sagna

    Didn't have any trouble with attacks down Arsenal's right side and was tidy on the ball.

  • Per Mertesacker
    51
    2
    2.50

    Per Mertesacker

    Communicated well with Koscielny and looked in total control and the hosts thwarted rare Napoli attacks.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    47
    0
    3.00

    Laurent Koscielny

    The Frenchman's aggression in the challenge and reading of the game meant Pandev never caused Arsenal any problems.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    40
    1
    2.50

    Kieran Gibbs

    Solid display from the left back. Defensively untroubled and provided width when the hosts had the ball.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    44
    3
    3.00

    Tomas Rosicky

    The Czech midfielder returned from injury and slotted in like he had never been away. Strong understanding with Ozil and Ramsey while providing incisive passes in the final third. Replaced by Wilshere in the 63rd minute.

  • Mesut Özil
    130
    1
    4.50

    Mesut Özil Top of the Match

    The German summer signing put Arsenal ahead in the eighth minute with an exquisite finish from 18 yards, the best moment in a sensational display. Created the second goal for Giroud and constantly caused Napoli problems with is clever movement and his intelligence on the ball.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    70
    3
    4.00

    Aaron Ramsey

    Dynamic performance from the in-form Welshman in central midfield as he linked up superbly with team mates, drifted in between the lines and looked to make runs into the penalty area. Great vision to provide the assist for Ozil's opener.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    63
    1
    4.00

    Mathieu Flamini

    Continued his excellent recent form as he snapped into tackles in midfield, denying the likes of Hamsik any time or space to operate. Maybe lucky with a couple of over-zealous challenges but set the tempo for the hosts.

  • Mikel Arteta
    47
    3
    3.00

    Mikel Arteta

    Sat alongside Flamini in midfield to great effect. Simple, crisp forward passing to Arsenal's attacking players.

  • Olivier Giroud
    64
    5
    3.50

    Olivier Giroud

    Doubled Arsenal's advantage from close range in the 15th minute and led the line with clever movement, strength and skill.

Substitutions

  • Monreal
    23
    0

    Monreal

    Replaced Ramsey in the 88th minute.

  • Jack Wilshere
    36
    2
    2.50

    Jack Wilshere

    Rested from the start but came on to replace Rosicky in the 63rd minute and was typically comfortable on the ball as Arsenal saw home the victory.

  • Pepe Reina
    10
    3
    2.50

    Pepe Reina

    The on-loan Liverpool goalkeeper could do nothing about either of the hosts' goals but was otherwise solid in dealing with Arsenal pressure. Stayed big to deny Koscielny in the second half.

  • Miguel Angel Britos
    2
    12
    1.00

    Miguel Angel Britos Flop of the Match

    Terrible performance from the defender. Slow, clumsy and not up to the pace of the game. Summed up when he gave the ball away for the second Arsenal goal.

  • Raúl Albiol
    4
    7
    1.50

    Raúl Albiol

    Lack of mobility exposed by Arsenal's fluent movement in the final third and lacked positional awareness.

  • Giandomenico Mesto
    1
    9
    1.50

    Giandomenico Mesto

    Poor positional play exposed and seemed to need too many touches when in possession.

  • Marek Hamsik
    5
    9
    2.50

    Marek Hamsik

    Hailed as Napoli's star man but it was only his haircut that really caught the eye. Showed a few glimpses but denied space by Arsenal and missed Higuain's movement in front of him.

  • Camilo Zúñiga
    5
    7
    1.00

    Camilo Zúñiga

    Shambolic performance from the Colombian, particularly in the first-half as he lacked any awareness and effort levels were poor, especially to allow Ramsey to cross for the opener.

  • Valon Behrami
    4
    7
    2.00

    Valon Behrami

    Sat in front of the back four but the Swiss could not handle Arsenal's attacking midfielders and lost Ozil in the build-up to the opener.

  • Gökhan Inler
    4
    7
    2.00

    Gökhan Inler

    Like Behrami, failed to provide sufficient protection for the defense and attempted some pointless long-range shots in the second half.

  • José Callejón
    6
    6
    2.00

    José Callejón

    The Spaniard worked hard but never caused Arsenal's defense any problems before being replaced 13 minutes from time.

  • Goran Pandev
    4
    8
    1.50

    Goran Pandev

    Isolated and ineffective as the lone striker before being substituted in the 61st minute. Could not get away from the Gunners defenders and lacked movement. The Italian side badly missed the injured Gonzalo Higuain as the leader of their attack.

  • Lorenzo Insigne
    10
    5
    2.50

    Lorenzo Insigne

    One or two nice drops of the shoulder but outnumbered and outmuscled by Arsenal shirts.

Substitutions

  • Federico Fernández
    2
    4

    Federico Fernández

    Replaced Albiol in the 83rd minute.

  • Dries Mertens
    4
    4
    2.50

    Dries Mertens

    The Belgian replaced Pandev in the 61st minute but made little impact and never really had an opportunity to use his pace.

  • Duván Zapata
    2
    5

    Duván Zapata

    Came on for Callejon in the 77th minute and briefly offered a target and some physicality up front.

Results
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