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Monaco 0-2 Arsenal: Player Ratings

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Arsenal staged a dominating performance in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie against Monaco to record a 2-0 victory over the French side. However, despite that, the Gunners crashed out of the competition on the away goals rule, having lost the first leg 3-1 at home last month.

The visitors got the lead in the 36th minute through Olivier Giroud. However, they had to wait till the 79th minute before substitute Aaron Ramsey added a second.

 

 

Here are the ratings of the players from the match:

Monaco:

Danijel Subasic – 8/10

Was excellent with his saves, and worked hard to keep his side in the match. If not for him, the hosts could have lost by an even greater margin, thus affecting their chances of progressing to the next round.

Fabinho – 7/10

The full back was in good form for his side, defending with all his might. Was particularly impressive towards the dying stages of the match.

Aymen Abdennour – 9/10

Abdennour was the backbone of Monaco’s defence in the match, making more than just a few match saving tackles. He was the star of the match for the hosts, and along with Subasic, one of the biggest reasons why the side are still in the competition.

Wallace – 7/10

Wallace looked a bit shaky in the first half, but as the match progressed, he became better in his performances. Eventually, formed an important partnership with Abdennour in the defence.

Lavyin Kurzawa – 5/10

The youngster was decent enough for most of the match, except that one time in the second half, when his clearance attempt resulted in Aaron Ramsey getting the ball, from which the Welshman eventually scored.

Geoffrey Kondogbia – 7/10

Was good with his performance in front of his side’s defence, making a number of tackles to save them from going behind in the game.

Jeremy Toulalan – 7/10

Like Kondogbia, the veteran was also strong in the midfield, and contributed well to his side’s attempts to keep the Gunners’ attackers at bay.

Joao Moutinho – 6/10

Occasionally threatened with his runs in the attacking third. But nothing that he did could create much of an impact or help his side significantly.

Nabil Dirar – 6/10

Was decent enough in his performance, defensively. However, wasn’t able to contribute much to the attack, which was his primary role.

Anthony Martial – 5/10

Was unable to make a mark on the game with his performance, despite showcasing initial spark. Was eventually replaced by Yannich Ferreira-Carrasco.

Dimitar Berbatov – 5/10

The veteran helped his side with his passing skills during the initial stages of the game. However, he wasn’t much of a threat throughout the match, and was eventually subbed.

Substitutes:

Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco – 7/10

Was considerably better than Marital, and made an impression with his runs and high-adrenaline play.

Bernardo Silva – 6/10

Came on for Berbatov in the 70th minute, and proved to be a bit better than the Bulgarian. Didn’t threaten much on the offensive however.

Elderson – 6/10

Came on pretty late in the game, but his contributions were important in preventing the Gunners from finding a third goal.

 

Arsenal:

David Ospina – 6/10

Ospina was rarely challenged by the Monaco forwards tonight, but he was strong in goal and was ready to act whenever needed by his side.

Hector Bellerin – 6/10

Put in a decent performance tonight, both defensively and in the attack. His crossing though was poor and rarely found its target, especially as the match wore on.

Per Mertesacker – 7/10

The German ace had little to do in the match, especially as the hosts rarely threatened with their attempts. However, like Ospina, Mertesacker too was up for the job whenever he was needed by his side.

Laurent Koscielny – 8/10

Just like his partner in the central defence, Koscielny didn’t have much to do as far as his defensive duties in the match were concerned. However, he contributed to his sides attacks, and put in an error-free performance.

Nacho Monreal – 6/10

The Spaniard was not as lethal as Bellerin, on the attack, but he gave in a decent performance. Was also good defensively, whenever required.

Francis Coquelin - 6/10

The youngster did his job to perfection, acting as a strong wall in front of his defence line, and thwarting Monaco’s attacking attempts, however little they were in number.

Santi Cazorla – 6/10

The Spaniard, once again, assisted his side with his creativity on the ball. It was a shame he couldn’t do more to help his side progress to the next round.

Alexis Sanchez – 6/10

Barring his booking for alleged diving incident, the Chilean was pretty impressive during his side’s attacks, linking up well with Hector Bellerin and swapping wings whenever needed.

Mesut Ozil – 7/10

Contributed decently to his side’s attacks tonight, supplying some good crosses for the side and creating some half-chances for them.

Danny Welbeck – 7/10

The Englishman was a constant threat to the opposition, barging inside their box time and again. Also supplied Olivier Giroud with a key cross which eventually resulted in him scoring the first goal. Took a good attempt on target himself.

Olivier Giroud – 8/10

The Frenchman made full use of his physicality, troubling the Monaco defenders. Also scored the first goal for his side with a good effort from his weaker foot.

Substitutes:

Aaron Ramsey – 8/10

The Welshman came on for Francis Coquelin in the 63rd minute, and provided his team with an added impetus in the attacking third. Also scored the second goal for his side.

Theo Walcott – 7/10

The Englishman was also useful, coming on as a substitute for Danny Welbeck in the 72nd minute. He made full use of his pace, and his shot at the goal, which bounced off the post, resulted in Aaron Ramsey scoring the second goal for the Gunners.

Kieran Gibbs – 6/10

Came on for Nacho Monreal in the 83rd minute and contributed to his side’s attempts to find a third goal. Wasn’t able to make much of a difference due to his late introduction, however.