There were a few decent candidates among the Arsenal team for Man of the Match, with Ramsey, Welbeck, Alexis and Ozil giving Monaco a real fright and Coquelin and the defenders doing well to give our attackers the platform, but the little Spaniard stood out for me. The others made mistakes and were caught on the ball as were the full backs but we had to gamble so it is understandable.
Ospina – 6 – Did not have too much to do but did it well when called upon.
Bellerin – 6.5 – Worked really hard and got forward well but his final ball could have been better at times.
Mertesacker – 7 – Calm and composed by the German and some good tackling and distribution.
Koscielny – 8 – Our best defender again, stopped Monaco from hitting us on the break a few times and nearly got a goal.
Monreal – 7 – Tried hard without too much penetration but great run and cross.
Coquelin – 7 – Gave himself a problem with early rash tackle but did well after breaking up play and getting forward at times.
Cazorla – 9 – Was involved in everything and oozed class.
Ozil – 7 – Also showed his class and created chances but made mistakes as well. At least he was still fighting at the end.
Welbeck – 7.5 – UNlucky to go off I thought as we has a real threat and full of running.
Alexis – 7 – Not his best game but you cannot fault his desire and fight.
Giroud – 7 – Struggled against a good Monaco defence but took his goal well and never gave up.
Ramsey – 8 – Had a great effect after coming on and took his goal well. Great to have the real Rambo back.
Walcott – 7 – Didn’t have long or much space but still involved in goal.
Gibbs – 6 – Even less time.