Arsenal player ratings: Mkhitaryan finally proves Emery can trust him as Gunners beat Southampton


HENRIKH MKHITARYAN finally showed Unai Emery can trust him – on the day Arsenal leapfrogged his former club Manchester united into fourth by beating Southampton 2-0.

Armenia winger Mkhitaryan provided a goal and an assist early on as the Gunners dominated – but only after keeper Bernd Leno showed why he had been brought back into the team.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan enjoyed the afternoon as he notched a goal and an assist - and showed the freedom to express his skills
Henrikh Mkhitaryan enjoyed the afternoon as he notched a goal and an assist – and showed the freedom to express his skills
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The Gunners’ under-fire defence mostly had a quiet afternoon – while there were worrying signs over the current form of midfielder Lucas Torreira aft rhuis superb start to the season.

Read on for our player-by-player guide to Arsenal as they moved into the Champions League places for the fist time this year.


Bernd Leno

Justified his recall to the side with two big saves early on. The first from Nathan Redmond clean through when the game was goalless and from Matt Targett’s fierce drive.

Stephan Lichtsteiner

Steady Eddie, caught out when Matt Targett burst into the box for his effort. Was hardly asked to defend for the rest of the game.

Shkodran Mustafi

Caught out when Nathan Redmond raced through on goal, but apart from that, it was a comfortable afternoon for the German defender.


Should have spotted Redmond’s run through on goal earlier, surprisingly lightweight in a few challenges but will have tougher games.

Sead Kolasinac

Raided own the left-hand side as per usual to support Iwobi, but allowed Yan Valery to get past him too easily twice early on in the game.

Lucas Torreira

After a great start to the season, the Uruguayan enforcer has been quiet of late. Neat and tidy but has a poor habit of throwing himself to the floor injured when he loses the ball.

Granit Xhaka

Not his best game by a distance and felt the wrath of the home fans with a sloppy pass along the back line that went straight to James Ward-Prowse who shot went wide.

Aaron Ramsey

Captained the side with Koscielny on the bench, used in his favourite No10 role but failed to make a real impact on proceedings

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Clearly enjoying his football in London. Not afraid to express himself and topped off an excellent display with a lovely side-foot finish.

Alex Iwobi

Caused the visitors all sorts of problems with his direct running. Plenty of the Gunners faithful still unconvinced, but today was one of his better games. His biggest cheer was for being replaced by Aubameyang.

Alexandre Lacazette

He enjoys the responsibility of being the focal point of the attack. Looked sharp all afternoon and was quickest to react to Mkhitaryan’s shot to deflect it home for thirteenth goal of the season. Should have had a first-half treble.


Laurent Koscielny

His first touch of the ball was a shocker after being put under pressure by Leno’s pass. Tested by the physical presence of Charlie Austin, but marshalled his defence well.

Mesut Ozil

Got a great reception from the fans when he came on to replace Ramsey. Usual stuff form the German, some nice neat touches but not enough time to make a real impact.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Not long on enough to influence the game.


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