Ramsey and Ozil play together again along with our most prolific goal scorers up front. Wingbacks and three at the back. Mustafi on the bench – no sign of Xhaka.
A brilliantly constructed opener saw A. M-N set up Rambo for a pass into the far corner.
The second came after Koulibaly had blocked a couple of fine efforts on goal but his third blocking attempt diverted Torreira’s effort beyond Ospina’s replacement.
The BT Sport commentary team with Nobbie Savage and some other moron was so awful, mute was the only sensible option for the second half.
The second period saw us have several brilliant chances of stretching our lead even further while also allowing Napoli a couple of sniffs at that important away goal.
Rambo could have had a hat trick in the end, he seems to be revelling in his his desire to win something with us in his last season. Auba’s clinical early season finishing is not there at the moment but he’ll be fine now that the antibiotics are out of his system.
Even the subs were decent, adding extra oomph when needed.
Brilliant result at home – a third goal would have been superb but what’s better 3-1 or 2-0?
If we score in Naples they will need 4.
It was a fine game of attacking football, so much better than the tepid snorefests dished up by the Champions League this week.
Cech – good fisting when required – clean sheet, all good … 8
Sokratis – excellent from Papa – Mustafi will struggle to get back his right side back three position … 8
Koscielny – how good a defender has he become? Ligue 2 defender to world class – who was our Director of Football when he signed? … 9
Monreal – the billy goat came good again even with creaking limbs … 8
Maitland-Niles – really superb tonight – sharp passing, quick to cover, bang up for it … 8
Kolasinac – likewise for Sead – contributed throughout and his passing went up a notch as it did for most of tonight’s team … 8
Torreira – absolutely majestic in the first half, interceptions and successful tackles galore – only understandable that he faded a little near the end … 9
Ramsey – playing like a man possessed – he wanted to leave for the change but wanted to stay because he loves Arsenal – scored one, could have had two more – reborn in midfield … 9
Ozil – everything was good in Mesut-world for tonight’s game – his use of the ball and ability to find space are world-class … 8
Lacazette – another banging performance just lacking that goal to cap it off – maybe one is waiting for him in Naples? … 8
Aubameyang – a few decent sniffs but no goals – what are the odds on both him and Laca scoring in Italy? … 8
Mkhitaryan – nearly got an assist for the Ramsey chance which was skied – it was the perfect scenario for him to come on with both teams going for it … 7
Iwobi – didn’t let the team down by adding drive and enthusiasm in exchange for tired legs … 7
Elneny – good that his non-performance against Everton has been consigned to the history books … 7
Emery – dominated his much-lauded opposition manager – top marks, Unai … 9
Carlo Wagnerotti – his side came to play football which should be praised, though the early goal forced his hand somewhat … 5
Alberto Undiano Mallenco – Spanish, so an expert at spotting diving. He has been a full international referee for FIFA since 2004. Undiano is also a part-time sociologist. He was almost invisible which is exactly what’s required from all refs … 9