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UCL: Schalke 2-2 Arsenal: Player Ratings

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Arsenal remain 2nd in Group B after a 2-2 draw against Schalke on Matchday Four in the Champions League, with the Germans clawing their way back from a two-goal deficit. The Gunners raced into a 2-0 lead against the run of play with Theo Walcott opening the scoring on 18 minutes. Olivier Giroud doubled their lead eight minutes later as Schalke were left stunned despite making the better start.

The comeback began in 1st half injury time as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar made it 2-1 with an expertly taken left-footed strike. Jefferson Farfan then equalized in the 67th minute to setup a grand-stand finish. Schalke had plenty of chances to clinch the three points, but it was Lars Unnerstall who preserved their point as he made a vital save to deny Walcott deep into added time. (Full Match Report)


Lars Unnerstall: 6/10

A fairly quiet game for the keeper despite letting in two goals, with the late save to prevent Walcott the only time he was really troubled aside from the goals.

Atusto Uchida: 6/10

The flying full-back made a promising start to the game, raiding down the right in support of Farfan before his night was prematurely cut short due to injury.

Bendikt Höwedes; 7/10

The German went AWOL for the 2nd Arsenal goal but that apart he made a number of interceptions at the back and eventually moved to right-back owing to the injury nightmare in that position.

Joel Matip: 6/10

The more serene of the two-centre backs, Matip was to blame for the Giroud goal as he let his man win a free-header.

Christian Fuchs: 7/10

The Austrian full-back was full of running and crossing, constantly moving up and down the left flank. Like the rest of his backline he was caught out for the opener.

Jermaine Jones: 6/10

The midfielder ensured that Cazorla didn't have too much room to play with while also making runs from deep to support the attack.

Roman Neustädter: 6/10

His careless back-header led to the opening goal, but he was otherwise a giant in midfield, breaking up attacks and feeding the likes of Holtby in the final-third, a combination that led to Huntelaar's goal.

Lewis Holtby: 8/10

The highly-rated attacking midfielder had a quiet outing at the Emirates but he was immense last night, having a hand in both Schalke goals and in general playing the creative role to great effect.

Ibrahim Afellay: 6/10

The Dutchman faded in and out of the game, forcing Mannone into an early save and crossing for the 2nd goal, but was also anonymous for large periods against the strong Sagna.

Jefferson Farfán: 7/10

As expected he gave Vermaelen a nightmare evening, constantly turning him inside out and he also took his goal with composure, especially after his team-mates had missed a few opportunities at the start of the 2nd half.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar: 7/10

The striker continued on his great goal-scoring run, netting in his 4th successive Champions League game. His goal came at a vital juncture in the game, although he was guilty of a poor miss after the break.


Marco Höger: 5/10

The midfielder came on for Uchida midway through the 1st half and was immediately caught out by Podolski, with the German being allowed to cross for Giroud's goal. He was eventually replaced by Papadopoulos after picking up an injury.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos: 6/10

The Greek defender made a welcome return from injury pushing Howedes to right-back after replacing Hoger after the hour mark.

Tranquillo Barnetta: N/A

An injury time replacement for Holtby.


Vito Mannone: 8/10

An outstanding outing for the keeper as he made a series of brilliant saves at the start of both halfs. His shot-stopping heroics kept Arsenal in the game after they lost the two-goal lead.

Bacary Sagna: 7/10

A strong presence on the flanks, Sagna kept Afellay at bay for most of the game. But he was caught out of position for the opening goal while the equalizer also came from his side.

Per Mertesacker: 6/10

He struggled on his return to Germany, caught ball-watching for the 1st goal and would have cost Arsenal another had Huntelaar not finished poorly.

Laurent Koscielny: 7/10

Koscielny is Arsenal's most naturally gifted defender and he showcased his abilities last night by putting in a calm and composed performance. He was arguably at fault for the 2nd goal, allowing Holtby to direct his header toward Farfan.

Thomas Vermaelen: 6/10

A more stable presence at left-back compared to the suicidal Andre Santos. But he was given a tough time by Farfan and co, who targeted the Belgian all night and to add to his misery he deflected Farfan's shot into his own net.

Mikel Arteta: 7/10

The Spaniard hasn't been at his influential best off late but still put in a shift in midfield , shielding his backline and feeding the forwards.

Jack Wilshere: 7/10

The youngster isn't firing on all cylinders as expected, tiring as the game progresses. He does however give the side much needed drive from midfield.

Theo Walcott: 7/10

The Englishman continues to score whenever called upon, following up well to tap in the opener although he should have buried his chance in added time.

Santi Cazorla: 6/10

The summer recruit looked jaded once again, with the rare moment of spark peppering over a mediocre outing.

Lukas Podolski: 6/10

He is yet to maintain a high-level of performance throughout the course of the game, although he did provide a brilliant cross to setup Giroud.

Olivier Giroud: 7/10

A proud night for the Frenchman as he netted his first Champions League goal. Despite not getting on the end of clear-cut chances he made himself a nuisance for the Schalke defenders.


André Santos: N/A

An added-time substitute for Podolski.

Francis Coquelin: N/A

An added-time substitute for Cazorla.

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