Arsenal vs Everton player ratings: Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott star as Petr Cech makes his Gunners debut

Arsenal 3 Everton 1: Man-for-man marking from the Singapore National Stadium

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Arsenal secured the Barclays Asia Trophy after beating Everton 3-1 in the final in Singapore to continue their unbeaten start to the pre-season campaign.

Goals from Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Mezut Özil put the Gunners three-goals up and cruising to an easy victory, although Ross Barkley's powerful finish saw summer signing Petr Cech beaten for the first time since joining the club from rivals Chelsea.

However, Arsenal saw out the match and triumphed in the four-team tournament that also featured Premier League side Stoke and a Singapore Select XI.


So how did the player get on in the Far East? Check out the player ratings below to find out.


Petr Cech: An excellent diving save from a Naismith header showed that Arsenal fans, who cheered his every touch, may well have the keeper they wanted. 7

Hector Bellerin: Performed fantastically to steal the ball of Mirallas’ feet when he was through on goal but this was about a wonderful attacking display, always providing an overlapping option on the right. 7

Petr Cech made his Arsenal debut against Everton

Calum Chambers:

Showed himself to be a confident presence on the ball and that was about it, barring a few smart headed clearances. 6

Laurent Koscielny: A quiet day for the leader of Arsenal’s backline, who was another to impress more with his passing range than his defensive abilities. 7

Kieran Gibbs: Mostly dealt rather well with the pacey Deulofeu and did not allow his threat to stop him from getting forward. In the second half he ran riot on the left. 7

Aaron Ramsey: With Arsenal so prone to smart interchanges around the area his driving runs from deep opened up space for his colleagues.  7

Santi Cazorla: A gorgeous assist for Walcott’s volley capped a fine performance in a deep creative role. 8

Calum Chambers rushes to congratulate Santi Cazorla after scoring

Jack Wilshere:

Only given 45 minutes but continued his impressive form from Wednesday, he always looked to speed up Arsenal’s interplay on the edge of the area. 7

Mesut Özil: Happy to play a supporting role he moved the ball nicely, picking out some passes that you doubt anyone else on the pitch even sees. Deserved his goal. 8

Theo Walcott: Wenger, sign him up. He remains the most natural finisher in the squad and showed that with a poacher’s opener. From then on he continued to be an elusive goal threat. 8

Olivier Giroud: The most rusty of Wenger’s players on display, his usually feather light touch deserted him on too many occasions in the Everton area. 6

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Everton must have dreaded seeing him come on in the second half and he proved them right. By the end he seemed to be playing for fun, beating Everton’s defence once then going round and beating them again. 7

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil celebrate victory


Joel Robles: Could have been much quicker to spot the danger of Walcott for the opener but at least could say he learned his lesson when he came out quickly to stop the forward getting a fourth for Arsenal. A case of too little too late though. 5

Seamus Coleman: His combination with Deulofeu looks set to thrill Everton fans throughout the season but in the second half he looked exposed and tired, too often losing Walcott. 5

Phil Jagielka: Leaving three Arsenal forwards onside for their third goal was one of many careless mistakes from a defender who looked tired both physically and mentally. 4

John Stones: Elegant and calm on the ball he impressed on the rare occasions when Everton sustained possession, and was well-organised in defence. He was one of the few on the pitch to leave in credit. 6

Luke Garbutt: His prodigious ability to strike a ball marks him out as a successor to Baines. He also looks more reliable in defence, tucking in smartly to track Arsenal’s runners. 6

Gareth Barry: Perhaps too one-paced for a side like Arsenal, he too often failed to track runs from deep from the opposition’s midfielders. 5

James McCarthy: His afternoon was summed up when Cazorla’s strike nutmegged him for the second goal. Didn’t get the time on the ball to impress, but that was because he didn’t win it back. 5

Gerard Deulofeu: Everton look a more exciting prospect with the young Spaniard in the side. The way he tore past Cazorla early on set the tone for an excellent 45 minutes. 7

Ross Barkley scores a powerfully struck effort to beat Petr Cech

Steven Naismith:

His industry was as important to Everton’s defence as offence. It seemed a strange decision to remove him at half-time and they missed his industry going forward. 6

Tom Cleverley: At the tip of Everton’s midfield he failed to press the opposition, create an opportunity or do much else. A no show of a performance. 4

Arouna Kone: Does not look a viable back up for Lukaku, lacking pace or aerial prowess. Arsenal’s defence had no problems keeping the striker quiet. 4

Kevin Mirallas: Brought on to provide energy and verve in attack but this was a quiet display as Everton struggled to escape their own area in the second half. 5

Ross Barkley: A howitzer of a left-footed effort reminded us of what the young Englishman can do, though it would be nice to see him threaten more often. 6