Player Ratings: PSG 1-1 Arsenal

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These are the Fresh Football Player Ratings for Arsenal’s game against Paris Saint-Germain. We have rated all the Arsenal players below. Share your thoughts with us on the ratings by tweeting us @FreshFootball

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David Ospina: 9 – Wenger decided to go with Ospina in goal for the Champions League again and it did not backfire this time around. The Colombian was unbelievable between the sticks. His speed off the line gave security to a new defensive bond and he was the match-drawer in my opinion.

Hector Bellerin: 6 – Struggled under intense wide pressure with the full back doubling up on him. Didn’t have much help at all from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain which didn’t help. Had to work hard and for the most part covered his defensive duties well. Couldn’t effect the game in an attacking sense.

Skhodran Mustafi: 7 – Mustafi played his second game in a row, alongside Koscielny as it looks like the duo are Wenger’s first choice. Some confusion with positioning for the goal and a couple of times, but ultimately won a lot of headers and his fair share of tackles. Overall a good performance, will get better as his understanding with Koscielny grows.

Laurent Koscielny: 6 – Not sure where he was for the first goal and his positioning put Mustafi under pressure a few times. Was very committed though, and looked like he really wanted to win. He seemed a little slower than usual and he needs to develop a better understanding with Mustafi – it’ll come.

Nacho Monreal: 5.5 – Also struggled with two players up against him in wide areas. Alex Iwobi, in the first half at least did not offer much protection. Monreal was certainly not at his best, allowing Aurier in behind far too easily on the night.

Francis Coquelin: 5 – Looked out of his depth. Quality was too much for him with PSG’s midfield dominating and the play bypassing him for much of the first half. Was more disciplined in the 2nd but Arsenal looked better once Xhaka replaced him.

Santi Cazorla: 6 – Really struggled with the pace in the first half as he had to chase the game, but when Arsenal were in control in the second half he saw much more of the ball. The Spaniard needs the right midfielders around him to give the team the right balance and Wenger ultimately got that wrong today. Needs to be addressed in the long term.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 4 – This is getting really worrying. The Ox was hopeless yet again and the decision to keep him at the club for another season will raise eyebrows now. He really hasn’t progressed in the last few years.

Mesut Ozil: 6 – Struggled in the first half as Arsenal were made to chase the game. Made a great pass to open it up for the vital goal. Like the rest of the team, improved hugely in the second half and helped Arsenal retain possession high up the pitch.

Alex Iwobi: 6.5 – Bottled a chance to win the game for Arsenal right at the death with a brilliant chance to win it in a smash and grab for the Gunners. He was poor in the first half and still lacks perfection in his game, but I was pretty impressed overall by Iwobi considering he was one of the youngest players on the pitch. Played with more maturity than others.

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Alexis Sanchez: 7.5 – Arsene surprised again by opting for Alexis to play at centre-forward. It didn’t work, but for the last 30 minutes Alexis was on the left and looked great. He was tracking back right until the end and ultimately scored the goal to give Arsenal a vital point away from home.

 

Substitutes

Olivier Giroud: 6 – Changed the game when he came on with his presence needed up top. Like last season though, he picked up two stupid yellow cards and was dismissed right at the death.

Granit Xhaka: 6.5 – Physical presence helped give Arsenal more control in midfield for the last 20 minutes.

Mohammed Elneny: N/A – Helped close the game out.