Arsenal player ratings v Lincoln: Attacking duo are 5/10
By Danny Wright
Football Insider rates the Arsenal players out of 10 after their 5-0 win over non-league Lincoln in the FA Cup quarter-final at the Emirates on Saturday.
Petr Cech 6 – Was surprisingly forced into action early when he had to make a good save to stop what would have been an embarrassing opener for the visitors. The veteran ‘keeper didn’t have a lot else to do all game.
Hector Bellerin 8 – Was a key player in helping the Gunners double their lead after a neat one-two with Alexis Sanchez before assisting Giroud. Definite improvement from the right-back in the second half.
Shkodran Mustafi 7 – His passing skills were probably more worth looking at that his defensive ones as Mustafi didn’t have a lot to do all evening. Didn’t really put a foot wrong in a routine performance.
Laurent Koscielny 7 – He was expected to put in a solid display against the National League leaders and did so. A very professional performance from the centre-back.
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Kieran Gibbs 6 – Pretty poor in both attack and defence in the first period. Had a good chance to double Arsenal’s lead with a free header which he put well over the goal. Forced the own-goal from Luke Waterfall.
Aaron Ramsey 8 – Comfortable on the ball and showed a good range of passing throughout the game. Took his goal very well to put his side five ahead.
Granit Xhaka 6 – Is there a team Xhaka hasn’t picked up a yellow card against? Add Lincoln to that list. Even against non-league teams he can’t maintain discipline.
Theo Walcott 8 – Definitely looked the sharpest out of the Arsenal players when the scores were level and deserved his opening goal which prevented the inevitable boos at half-time.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 5 – Completely ineffective in the opening stages where Lincoln looked very impressive. He must have been suffering with some sort of issue and was taken off early.
Alexis Sanchez 7 – For a former Barcelona player he didn’t do anywhere near as much as he should have against a non-league side. He only started to play well after the Gunners took the lead although he did score a brilliant goal to put the Gunners four goals up.
Olivier Giroud 5 – Frustrated in the first half and didn’t stand a chance in the air against the Lincoln central defenders. His goal was through no hard work of his own as Bellerin found the statuesque figure in front of an almost open goal.
Mesut Ozil (on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 27min) 6
Francis Coquelin (on for Granit Xhaka 61min) 6
Lucas Perez (on for Olivier Giroud 65min) 5
In other Arsenal news, a Sky Sports pundit has said where the Gunners would finish without Alexis Sanchez.