The visitors Arsenal were red hot against FC Basel tonight in the last UEFA Champions League group A (Match day 6) with Arsene Wenger’s men putting 4 goals pass FC Basel thanks to our Spanish forward Lucas Perez (who scored a hat-trick), and Alex Iwobi who added more gloss to the score line with Arsenal’s fourth and his debut goal in the Champions League.
It was a night where Arsenal clinched a vital away win at the expense of the hosts who missed out on a Europa Place following the defeat. With 4 goals scored there were impressive performances from the Arsenal players for sure.
Here are my Player Rating of the Arsenal players in the game….
DAVID OSPINA 7.0
Had a nice game between the sticks as he made a good reflex save to deny FC Basel’s Renato Steffen’s left foot strike in the game. Could do nothing as he was exposed for the consolation goal.
GABRIEL PAULISTA 6.0
Moderate outing for the Brazilian who deputized for recuperating Hector Bellerin. He was very comfortable when in possession.
LAURENT KOSCIELNY 6.0
Average performance from the skipper who was guilty of some poor challenges in the game, was ball watching when Renato Steffen took a shot at goal which was well saved by David Ospina.
ROB HOLDING 5.5
The young defender had a moderate game but should have done better in helping Arsenal keep a clean sheet.
KIERAN GIBBS 6.5
Was impressive on the night as he overlapped well on the left wing. Showed flair and composure on the ball as he confidently passed the ball around. Good display from the defender.
GRANIT XHAKA 6.5
A nice game from the midfield player as he showed vision and his passing range with some cross field passes. Though he was guilty of some rough challenges on occasions.
AARON RAMSEY 5.5
The midfielder ran out of steam and was replaced by Olivier Giroud in the game. Not the best of showing from the midfield player in an Arsenal shirt.
MESUT OZIL 7.5
Fantastic game from the silent playmaker. Showed quality and dexterity on the ball as he skipped past FC Basel players. Was very instrumental in Arsenal goals.
ALEX IWOBI 6.0
Not the most confident performance from the young lad. Showed some flashes of what he can do with some intelligent passes and capped it up with a goal.
ALEXIS SANCHEZ 7-0
The Chile forward was electric as he was involved in the earlier goals. What a free-kick to get the Basel goalie at a standstill (well beaten in goal) with the cross bar to the rescue.
LUCAS PEREZ 8.5
Good positioning to notch a Champions League hat-trick after a period of inactivity for Arsenal. The third was even better as he made a timely run to finish up a good move from Arsenal.
MOHAMED ELNENY 5.5
Had a decent spell on the pitch as he made some positive adventures in the game and was excellent in the double pivot along with Granit Xhaka.
OLIVIER GIROUD 5.0
Needs to do more to get back his place in the team. Should have scored from a well-tailored and visionary pass from who else but Mesut Ozil.
THEO WALCOTT 4.5
Couple of good runs but his final ball were not the best and his shots need more power to beat the goalie between the sticks.
Perez has real poacher instincts. I give him a 9.
Ramsey is one player am unsure of but De funny thing is I’ll keep him Dan play against him.
The cohesion is really building.
Fantastic performance! Perez had maybe 4 shots and got a hat trick- easily MOTM despite workhorses like Sanchez putting a shift in. Ozil was selfless for Iwobi’s goal who gave the ball away far too often. I like the Xhaka-Rambo pivot a lot too- it can only get better, despite coming away games at bigger teams where Coq must start. Gibbs I rate at 7 for his assists alone. He brings balance to the team with Gabriel at right back not really bombing forward kinda like Monreal does when Bellerin gets forward.
I got 11 thumbs down for suggesting we don’t make wholesale changes to the squad for Basel because you never know and it’s better at least have done your best. Fancy PSG going 1 nil and 2-1 down to Ludogrets before snatching a draw? Well they lost 3-0 at the weekend and Ludo smelled blood.
My best stat from last night was that Perez has scored the same amount of goals as Spuds in the CL this season in 47 mins last night! ha ha.
You are harsh on Holding. I will give him 6.5. He did well baring little mistake. Point out his weakness but encourage him. He is just coming up.
Can anybody except Wenger tell me why Perez should not start against Stoke? He might not be a fantastic player but based on what I saw yersterday, I think he knows where the goal post is.
The lads really performed well last night. Gibbs was magnificient, Perez was awesome (he reminds me of Eduardo).COYG we can do it.
@admin, why is it that there is no article on the post match report?
Sell Walcott and Ramsey and give Alexis and Ozil the money to keep them for next 4 years.
We were out celebrating too long!
Admin, that’s not the reason. It wasn’t UCL final, then why the longer than neccessary celebration?
Just apologise to us this blog’s fan for keeping us waiting throughout the night till looking out for the match report.
I know many fans must have kept vigil like me.
Adnin, I will ban you for negligence of duty and intentionally causing pains.
LOL I better apologise then. I can’t get banned from my own website!
But if it is Gods will…… lol
If I’m banned will you do the match review this weekend instead?
Yes Admin, I gotten what I wanted. Wanted to let you know that we were not happy about missing your post match write up. That is where we go to loosen up in victory or in vanquish.
It is article we always look up to after every match. Please keep it flowing
Lets wait for this guy Konstantin to come with an analysis. Wait. He won’t. Arsenal just won a game topping the group. Such a shame.
Konstantin’s analysis will be at 7pm.
You may be pleasantly surprised Budd!
Of course, I will. I doubt it somehow. But hey, I love to be proven wrong. It means I learn something.
Yeah, Holding was more than decent apart from that foolish pass that lead to the goal. Ratings are to harsh for our defenders.
Like that Perez is a serious poacher. But his passing and backtracking (defending) needs a lot of working on…
Gibbs 6.5? He got 2 assists and made the crucial interception for the 3rd goal. If a defender is directly involved in 3 goals scored then there’s no way his performance would be less than about 7.5.
I would give Gibbs 8.
top 3 games for Gibbs in an Arsenal shirt! 8.5 for me! fascinating how much a bit of confidence can change a player
Mesut Majestic Ozil… Weekend pls it should be Coq-Xhaka (CoKa) not Ramsey please. We might have won last night with RamKa but dis is EPL boys COYG!! hopefully Sanchez will score and stay top.. hopung West brom will pull a ludogorets on chelsea and steal points, they’ve been amazing this season.
Some of the scores are a bit harsh
I thought Holding was good
Gibbs was part of the reason we won 4-1
with his assists
Lucas, Ozil and Alexis were the standout trio of the match
Ramsey is disappointing every match I see him in
Its ridiculous to start him until he improves
I am not positive about Eleney too
I am still in shock we won the group over PSG
I guess anything is possible
Hopefully we will avoid Real, Bayern and Napoli
You mean Arsenal should dread Napoli? Which team are you supporting? We are not Spuds, we are not any other team. We are up there.Arsenal is a big team. Even Bayern came second dude but we came top.
Let’s hope Real Madrid win today, and we swap that with Dortmund. If we avoid a German team I am rather confident. It’s not that we’re worse than Dortmund, but we’re on their level and that means the tie could swing either way.
Finally an article on our champipns league game..
Well done Perez….love his instinct and third goal with his weaker foot.
I saw an incredible ozil all over the place. Demanding for the ball and keeping things ticking. We want more authority of such from Him.
Sanchez is turning into a good striker.
A front three of Perez Sanchez Welbeck will hurt defenders real bad..
We top the table after so many years. Good feeling but we shouldnt relax no matter who we face in the next round. Some good teams are in the second position as well.
Rob holding made a mistake for their goal but apart from that, I thought he had a good game. That young lad will be really big for us.
Welldone Ospina, Paulista, Kos, Holding, Ramsey, Xhaka, Ozil, Sanchez, Perez, Iwobi, Gibbs and other players that played a part last night.
Shout out to all other players in the squad. Fit and injured. I say well-done and let’s continue to improve.
“A front three of Perez Sanchez Welbeck will hurt defenders real bad..”
😀 😀 😉
Gabriel seems to be playing with the handbrake on like he is afraid or cautious not to make a mistake. He is a Brazilian for pete’s sake and unless am wrong, Brazilians are known to be skillful and technical whether they are defenders, midfielders or strikers. He needs to unleash the beast in him and play with more freedom.
Some moderate and half-hearted ratings.If I hadn’t known the match score before I had seen these I would have guessed at best a sad draw. Some super midfield play and great forward movement.I thought Gibbs was superb and the back line was comfortable without being under pressure. Holding had one lapse but was otherwise solid. Gabriel is slowly beginning to get over his lack of confidence,caused entirely by Wenger last season. He would get a chance,play well then be replaced by Mertesacker. He clearly wondered what he has to do to keep out a clearly inferior player. Are you sure you were at Basle and hadn’t landed ln Paris by mistake.
Oh Admin you’re in trouble……
I loved this performance. This is what makes Arsenal so fun to watch.
With Perez back healthy and Sanchez in the middle, Perez made a case to get some more starts out on the wing IMO. He also tracked back quite well. On a number of occasions I saw him defending closer to our goal than Ramsey who was actually DM.
To me, last night, Ozil and Sanchez were our best players. Sure Perez should get credit for scoring his hattrick but IMO Sanchez and Ozil had a greater positive impact.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed we keep this going.
PS I think on important contributing factor to our best games this season is that we played started them with two real wingers in addition to Sanchez and Ozil behind. Starting Ramsey on the wing seems to take our aggression away and slows us down.
gibbs played well and deserves a higher rating so does holding apart his mistake that cost us a goal also i’m delighted for perez i’ve noticed on a technical level he is not what you would called a typical arsenal player his first touch&control are not the best he tends to lose a ball a bit too much and needs at least 2 touches i could be wrong and may be it is because he is just back from injury or he was a bit nervous on his return,i know people will say that it doesn’t really matter as long as he scores the reason why we bought him and they could be wright anyway great win,performance and topping the group great,COYG!
Surprisingly low ratings. Nobody really deserved below a 6. Gibbs was excellent, and Holding did make a bad mistake, but he was pretty solid throughout otherwise. Not a fan of Xhaka-Ramsey partnership. Ramsey wasn’t as bad but still not great. Attackers all were excellent, especially Ozil/Sanchez and of course Perez.