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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.
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.
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
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