Arsenal player ratings v Manchester City: Duo are 3/10
COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Football Insider rates the Arsenal players after their 2-1 extra time victory against Manchester City in the FA Cup.
Petr Cech 5 – Should have collected the ball from Sergio Aguero’s feet after he took a heavy touch into the box, but the goalkeeper was too slow off his line and played his part in costing his side a goal. Did however make some important stops later in the match to help send his side through to the final.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 8 – Arsenal’s best player by a distance. Made a number of runs up the pitch and was awarded for his efforts with his fine cross setting up the equaliser.
Gabriel 6 – Ever improving at the back and helped his side keep out a strong City attack for the most part.
Laurent Koscielny 7 – Performed well at the back and was always keen to win the ball back for his side. The rest of the Arsenal team should follow by his example.
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Rob Holding 7 – A very confident display from the young centre-back. Looks very good on the ball and will only get better. Unlucky to finish on the losing side on Sunday.
Nacho Monreal 6 – Cost his team the first goal due to a lack of concentration which allowed Aguero a free run at goal, who will never miss in those positions. However, he atoned for it soon after as he bagged the equaliser with a sweet finish in the City box.
Aaron Ramsey 3 – Started City on the counter for their goal after he gifted City with possession on the edge of the area. A poor display from the Wales international as he ultimately failed to influence the match from the centre of the park.
Granit Xhaka 4 – Offered absolutely nothing to his team once again this season. Arsene Wenger may have to accept he splashed out on a flop with this one.
Mesut Ozil 6 – Looked as though he was up for the match on Sunday afternoon. Managed to show his ability in glimpses and was unfortunate some of his passes didn’t result in a goal for his team.
Alexis Sanchez 7 – Showed good work rate and tried to create things for his team, but is all too often eager to cut him from the left rather than staying out wide, which didn’t help his team going forward during the 90. However, he found himself with a glorious chance in extra time to score the winning goal for Arsenal.
Olivier Giroud 3 – Awful display on Sunday. Struggled to get into the match and when he did get on the ball he often lost possession to a Manchester City defender. Offered nothing to his team.
Danny Welbeck (For Giroud 83 minutes) – 7
Hector Bellerin (For Oxlade-Chamberlain 105 minutes) – 6
Francis Coquelin (For Ozil 119 minutes) – 6
In other Arsenal news, Thierry Henry couldn’t believe Tottenham did this against the Gunners at White Hart Lane.