Arsenal 4 – 1 Galatasaray Player Ratings by KJ
Szczesny – 4
His red card completely ruined what was a good performance. We had to spend 30 minutes defending with 10 men and will be more tired now for the crucial game on Sunday against Chelsea. Extremely irresponsible stuff by him and he needs to fix up otherwise, he’ll be benched for Ospina.
Chambers – 5
He struggled tonight. He started off the season well but has slowly been regressing. I think he’s just rushing and overthinking his contribution.
Mertesacker – 7
He had a good performance. He made decent interceptions and commanded well when we went a man down.
Koscielny – 8
He really came into his own in the second half and made crucial blocks, tackles and interceptions.
Gibbs – 8
He had a very good game today. He was composed on the ball, linked up with Sanchez and Özil well and ultimately was very responsible in his play.
Flamini – 5
He’s bang average. Make no mistake about that. Didn’t do anything interesting.
Cazorla – 8
He was quality today on the ball. He had to play in central midfield which isn’t his favoured position but did so fairly intelligently. He had a lot of defending to do after we went a man down and did well to take the pressure off us when he could.
Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7.5
It was a good performance that again lacked that bit of cutting edge. He made some absolutely phenomenal dribbles but couldn’t find his man for the majority of the match. He did manage to get an assist though and he is showing signs of improvement so I can’t be too harsh.
Özil – 8
A quietly solid performance by the German. Completely ruined Galatasaray’s midfield and managed to get an assist for Sanchez’s goal.
Sanchez – 8
He had a strong game tonight. Provided an assist and scored. He is relentless. He never gives up in both the attacking and defensive sense.
Welbeck – 9 (MOTM)
This was a world class performance by Welbeck in the Champions League. He scored a brilliant hattrick that included some delightful finishes. He could’ve scored even more and his general play was nothing short of brilliant.
Ospina – 8
Did almost everything right when he came on except for saving the penalty. Parried numerous shots and made some quality saves.
Rosicky – 5
He’s got energy but he still lacks responsibility. He’d give the ball away needlessly when we are a man down and need to control the game. Very disappointing.
Wilshere – 7
He came on and did as well as could be expected. Should’ve had an assist had Santi not scuffed his shot in the dying minutes.