Arsenal player ratings v Basel: Forward steals the show (not Sanchez)
By Matt Farr
Football Insider rates the Arsenal players during their impressive 4-1 victory over Basel in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
David Ospina 7 – Made some excellent saves. Looked confident. Disappointed not to keep a clean sheet.
Kieran Gibbs 9 – Not too much work to do defensively, but was very impressive. Lots of ability in attack, and had a role to play in more than one Arsenal goal.
Laurent Koscielny 7 – Was tested from time to time. Communicated well with his defensive partner. Looked assured as ever.
Rob Holding 7 – A Champions League debut for Holding could have led to a nervy performance. But he gave a solid defensive display, until one error that allowed Doumbia to score.
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Gabriel Paulista 7 – Forced into an unfamiliar position once again, but wasn’t troubled.
Aaron Ramsey 7 – Looked comfortable on his return to the starting XI. Was creative, distributed the ball well, and worked well alongside Xhaka.
Granit Xhaka 6 – Had nervy moments against his former club, but plenty of promise and formed a solid midfield base with Ramsey, and later Mohamed Elneny.
Lucas Perez 9 – Was in the right place at the right time, not once, but three times. It was a memorable night for the Spaniard, who came away with a superb hat-trick.
Mesut Ozil 9 – Pulled the strings in attack, another sublime passing and attacking display from the German.
Alex Iwobi 7 – Came back into the side and maintained his rise to fame this season. Movement was good, capped off his performance with a goal.
Alexis Sanchez 8 – Another exceptional performance from the Arsenal striker. Had a part to play in each of Arsenal’s goals, and almost scored a sensational free-kick. Given a much-deserved rest with the Gunners firmly in control.
Olivier Giroud 6 (for Ramsey 69)
Mohamed Elneny 6 (for Sanchez 69)
Theo Walcott 6 (for Ozil 74)
In other Arsenal news, former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has criticised Arsene Wenger’s selection policy.