I had a very hazy view of the game but here goes.
Ospina….. Made a few excellent stops. He looked a bit short in the team photo and Clyne’s worldie sailed over his head, but this was partly down to the swerve on a brilliantly hit ball. The goal reminded me of one Thierry scored against Roy Carrol in front of the North Bank.
Bellerin….. Looked composed on the ball and particularly good when making recovery tackles. Must be that lightning speed.
Chambers….. What a buy!
Hayden….. Stepping up and didn’t look out of place. 4th choice CB, maybe?
Coquelin….. A few positional errors but largely a super performance at an unfamiliar left back. As LB says, perhaps we have more cover at left back than we thought.
Diaby….. Great to see the big man back, purring like a Rolls Royce. Fingers crossed.
Wilshere….. Jack never stopped driving the team forward. Unlucky to be on the losing team.
Rosicky….. From what I could make out Tomas is unsurprisingly a little ring-rusty. Tried a lot of stuff which didn’t quite come off. His challenge to get the Saints back in the game was stupidity itself.
Podolski….. Did very little to stake a claim for a first team place. I would have thought he’d be champing at the bit to impress, not just biding his time riding the pine.
Campbell….. I really liked what I could make out, especially in the second half. Needs game time also, but I’m not sure where he’s going to get it now we’re out of the Mickey Mouse Cup.
Sanchez….. Man, what a player we have. He never stops running and has as many tricks as Paul Daniels. His free kick was amazing. Perhaps the GK thought it was sailing over the bar as he helplessly watched it dip from outer space just under the crossbar. Stunning.
Admittedly the Saints had a few good chances on the break but our rookie defence could not be blamed for either of the goals.
The midfield looked good. If Rosicky had been sharper, Jack and Abou’s good work might have brought more reward.
The only thing the performance lacked was more goals.
What did you think? Especially if you were lucky enough to be at the Emirates.