Arsenal v Norwich City - Player ratings

John Ruddy collects the ball safely. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

John Ruddy collects the ball safely. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Player ratings for both Norwich City and Arsenal following their Premier League clash.

• Norwich City

8 John Ruddy: This was the Ruddy of Anfield two seasons ago. Pick of a long list from Olivier Giroud.


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6 Russell Martin: Bailed out by keeper for Giroud chance. Just unable to catch up with Mesut Ozil for second.

6 Michael Turner: Best view in the house for Arsenal's first. Tough shift with Gunners' fluidity.

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6 Sebastien Bassong: One or two customary lapses in possession. Over-run in the final stages.

7 Martin Olsson: Best attacking outlet in the latter part of opening period. Assist for Norwich's goal.

6 Alex Tettey: Warrior spirit to recover from a sickening collision with Mathieu Flamini.

6 Robert Snodgrass: One or two long range sighters to test Wojciech Szczesny. Prominent in City's counters.

7 Leroy Fer: Tested Szczesny in the first half from range. Impressive against Arsenal's midfield craft.

7 Jonny Howson: Attacking instincts brought hope of a stirring fightback. Now operating in best role.

6 Anthony Pilkington: Dragged an angled strike wide but spent most of the day protecting his full-back.

6 Gary Hooper: Tough ask when City were on the back foot. No real chance to show his predatory instincts.

Subs: Wes Hoolahan (for Tettey) 5, Nathan Redmond (for Pilkington) 5

• Arsenal

6 Wojciech Szczesny: One smart stop to shovel away Leroy Fer's dipping strike. Beaten by power for goal.

7 Bacary Sagna: Productive attacking outlet. Pinned Anthony Pilkington back for long spells.

7 Per Mertesacker: Inadvertent role in Jonny Howson's goal. Fractions from one of his own late on.

7 Laurent Koscielny: Now looks at ease in the Premier League. Powerful, no nonsense operator.

7 Kieran Gibbs: Thoroughbred of a full-back in a position of strength for England internationally.

7 Mikel Arteta: Denied twice shortly after the restart. Experienced presence in amongst the stardust.

6 Mathieu Flamini: Came off second best in a thunderous collision with the face of Alex Tettey.

7 Jack Wilshere: Started and finished a move that underlined his vast potential.

9 Mesut Ozil: Big price tag. Big player. Scored twice, set the tempo and the attacking flow from kick-off.

7 Santi Cazorla: Key role in the opening goal. Inevitably faded after a long time on the sidelines.

8 Olivier Giroud: Denied by John Ruddy. Assists for first two goals. Far from a one-dimensional target man.

Subs: Aaron Ramsey (for Flamini) 8, Tomas Rosicky (for Cazorla) 7, Nicklas Bendtner (for Giroud) 6

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