Arsenal 4-1 CSKA Moscow: Player Ratings

In a thrilling contest at the Emirates, Arsenal were 4-1 winners against CSKA Moscow. Here are the Arsenal player ratings.

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Petr Cech – 5

Was powerless to stop Golovin’s free-kick. Barely had a save to make, despite CSKA Moscow threatening to make things happen.

Hector Bellerin – 7

Used his pace to good effect throughout the night as he raced down the right. Great low cross in for Ramsey’s first goal.

Shkodran Mustafi – 4

Either has a superb game or an absolute stinker. Tonight’s performance was the latter. He couldn’t deal with Musa’s pace and looked shaky throughout.

Laurent Koscielny – 4

Part of the comedy of errors that lead to CSKA Moscow’s goal. First Mustafi, then Xhaka failed to clear it and then Koscielny gave away a needless foul which Golovin took full advantage of. Not a vintage performance from the captain.

Nacho Monreal – 6

Did his job effectively with minimum fuss. Could have had an assist if Ramsey’s shot hadn’t been deflected wide.

Granit Xhaka – 6

A solid job in midfield. He played some great passes to Arsenal’s forward line when they were at their best in the first half.

Jack Wilshere – 4

Nowhere near at his best tonight, lost the ball on numerous occasions. Wilshere was surrounded by some fantastic attacking play but he couldn’t get in on the act and should have been substituted sooner.

Aaron Ramsey – 9

Up for the game from the first minute, Ramsey got his first goal just nine minutes in. By this point, he had already created a chance for Mkhitaryan and had a goal ruled out for offside. His second goal, a superb flick over goalkeeper Akinfeev’s head, was just brilliant. Ramsey would be a bigger miss than Wilshere if he left this summer.

Mesut Ozil – 9

A German masterclass. He created chance after chance and provided a sensational assist for Ramsey’s second goal. Ozil ran the show with his intricate and precise passes as well as providing two assists and winning a penalty.

 Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 7

Another promising performance from Mkhitaryan who should have got on the scoresheet. He went off just after the hour with an injury and Arsenal didn’t have the same attacking threat without him.

 Alexandre Lacazette – 8

Full of confidence after his penalty against Stoke, Lacazette was back to his best. He scored his second penalty in two games and then added another one from open play. Looked unhappy to be substituted but he did well in his first start since January.

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