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Here is how the players rated in Arsenal's win over Manchester United

Published 04/10/2015 | 18:20

Manchester United's Daley Blind, Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini (L) looks dejected at the end of the match
Manchester United's Daley Blind, Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini (L) looks dejected at the end of the match

Wayne Rooney is taking plenty of flak from the Manchester United fans online for his performance in Manchester United's 3-0 defeat at the Emirates today. Was he the worst player on show?

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ARSENAL

PETR CECH: Recalled to the starting XI following David Ospina's Champions League blunder, the former Chelsea man produced a stunning block at point-blank range to deny Anthony Martial in the first half and remained alert when tested in the latter stages. 8 (out of 10)

HECTOR BELLERIN: Spanish full-back pressed forwards well, offering an outlet down the right in support of Arsenal's marauding frontline. 7

PER MERTESACKER: Little for the big German to worry about as Martial rarely had anyone to support him. Needed to be more composed as United improved in the second half. 7

GABRIEL: Brazilian centre-back produced another solid display and was a threat at set-plays in the United penalty area. 7

NACHO MONREAL: Solid showing from the left-back, who got away down the overlap, but also tracked back behind Alexis Sanchez. 7

 

SANTI CAZORLA: Diminutive Spaniard was quick in the transition and found plenty of willing forward runners. 7

FRANCIS COQUELIN: Arsenal's midfield enforcer revelled in the early exchanges and broke down what little forward momentum United were able to offer. 7

AARON RAMSEY: Wales international started on the right, but covered plenty of ground. Should have scored in the first half, but otherwise a solid enough display. 7

MESUT OZIL: German playmaker was both creator and finisher during Arsenal's devastating opening spell. At the heart of every attack, showing some great vision and close control. 8

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ALEXIS SANCHEZ: Superb finishes from the Chile forward, whose deft flick opened the scoring and then a bullet strike made it 3-0 before half-time. 9

THEO WALCOTT: England striker was again given the nod in attack ahead of Olivier Giroud and stretched the United backline at every opportunity. 8

Substitutes

OLIVIER GIROUD (on for Walcott, 75): France forward offered a different dimension to the Arsenal attack during the closing stages. 6

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN (for Ozil, 75): Energetic late cameo display from the England midfielder, who provided an outlet down the right and almost added a fourth in stoppage time. 7

KIERAN GIBBS (for Sanchez, 81): Full-back was pushed into duty on the left side of midfield following Sanchez's injury, and held the shape well. 6

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MANCHESTER UNITED

DAVID DE GEA: Misread the cross for the first goal, but could do nothing to prevent Arsenal's second and third goals. 5

MATTEO DARMIAN: Feeble attempt to tackle Sanchez resulted in Arsenal's third. Regularly roasted by the Chilean and taken off at half-time. 3

CHRIS SMALLING: Eventually got the defence working as a half-coherent unit, but by that point the damage was done. 5

DALEY BLIND: People have questioned whether the Dutchman is capable enough at centre-back. This performance only strengthens the doubters' argument. 4

ASHLEY YOUNG: Quite simply, he is not a left-back. Booked for a first-half lunge and too often exposed. 4

MICHAEL CARRICK: Unusually sloppy in midfield, especially in the first half. Unable to pull the strings like normal. 5

BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER: Off the pace yet somehow avoided being substituted at half-time. Improved after the break, but that was not hard. 5

 

JUAN MATA: Grew into the match having been a mere spectator early on, trying to unlock the door to no avail. 6

MEMPHIS DEPAY: An ineffective, uninspired display from the Dutchman - one that saw him replaced at the break. 5

WAYNE ROONEY: Made a number of clumsy touches and, while he worked hard for the team, this was another underwhelming display from United's captain. 5

ANTHONY MARTIAL: United's biggest attacking threat and only a fine Cech save prevented him reducing the deficit as half-time approached. 6

Substitutes

ANTONIO VALENCIA (for Darmian, 45): Did a far better job at right-back when it came to marshalling star man Sanchez. 5

MAROUANE FELLAINI (for Depay, 45): Physical presence in midfield made a welcome change after a terrible first half from United. 6

JAMES WILSON (for Mata, 82): An attack-minded change but too little, too late by Louis van Gaal. 5

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