Monaco 0 Arsenal 2: Player ratings as Santi Cazorla stars

Player ratings as Arsenal couldn't find a crucial third goal as Monaco reach the Champions League quarter-finals

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles

Monaco

Danijel Subasic Blocked Giroud’s initial effort but the Arsenal striker pounced on the rebound to end the Monaco goalkeeper’s run of three successive clean sheets at Stade Louis II in the Champions League. To compound his misery, he conceded a second after Ramsey’s goal. 6/10

Fabinho Tasked with keeping Welbeck quiet. He had to be rescued by Wallace on a number of occasions. Decent performance. 6

Layvin Kurzawa The Monaco defender bravely blocked Cazorla’s first-half attempt. He limited Sanchez to few clear-cut chances down his side. 6

Wallace Good tackle on Welbeck when the Arsenal forward threatened. The Monaco centre-half was an imposing figure in the home side’s back four, although his resistance started to wane in the second half. 7

Aymen Abdennour Battled with Giroud for most of the match, and there was no real winner of the contest, either. Showed bravery to deflect Welbeck’s effort wide. He was a solid performer. 7

Jérémy Toulalan Gave the ball away a couple of times. The experienced midfielder spent most of the night chasing Arsenal shadows. 5

Geoffrey Kondogbia The France youngster was a real presence in the Monaco midfield. He has earned comparisons to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, and on evidence of this last-16 tie, he looks the real deal. 8

Nabil Dirar A little lucky not to be penalised for a nibble on Sanchez, even though the Arsenal man was harshly booked for a dive. 5

Anthony Martial Quiet 59 minutes for the Monaco midfielder and he was replaced by Ferreira-Carrasco. 5

João Moutinho The Portuguese midfielder sent an early effort over the crossbar, highlighting Monaco’s attacking intent. Looked a threat in possession, juggling the ball in the Arsenal box at one stage. 6

Dimitar Berbatov Had Metresacker for company most of the night, with the German keen to swap shirts during the game. He showed his technical ability but was largely isolated. 5

Substitutes

Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco Injected a sense of panic in the Arsenal defence with a surge which was only halted by a recovering Koscielny. 6

Bernardo Silva N/A

Arsenal

David Opsina A quiet evening for the Arsenal goalkeeper. 6

Hector Bellerin Brilliant cross to find Giroud to create Arsenal’s first chance. Looked a threat going forward, defensively nervous at times. 6

Per Mertesacker The World Cup winner made no glaring errors tonight, which overall, will go down as a result for Arsenal fans. 6

Laurent Koscielny Hit the crossbar in the 22nd minute from close range but the centre-half’s blushes were spared by the offside flag. He bailed out his team-mates as Arsenal pushed for a winner. 8

Nacho Monreal Like Bellerin, Monreal pushed forward with mixed success. To his credit, played a part in the lead up to Giroud’s opener. 7

Santi Cazorla (Man of the match) His ambitious volley was closed down by Kurzawa. The Spain international was key to a good Arsenal first-half performance, keeping the Gunners moving at all times. Played the through ball for Giroud’s effort. 9

Francis Coquelin Fortunate to escape a booking for a naughty early challenge on Moutinho. The 23-year-old delivered in another big game for Arsenal as he protected his back four as the rest of his more forward-thinking team-mates pressed Monaco. 7

Mesut Ozil The Arsenal club-record signing made a promising start to the second leg, looking to find holes in the Monaco defence. Ozil drew a save from Subasic with a decent 52nd-minute free-kick. The German flashed a snapshot narrowly wide when he should have done a little better on the edge of the area. 8

Alexis Sanchez Probably the least influential of Arsenal’s big-name stars, and he was booked, a tad harshly, for diving at the end of the first half. The £35m man couldn’t find a winner. 7

Danny Welbeck The England forward couldn’t quite get a break as Welbeck tended to take one touch too many or the ball ran away from him. Can’t fault his effort, though. 7

Olivier Giroud Climbed well to get above Wallace but couldn’t guide his early header on target. Got his reward for a battling display in the 35th minute, staying alert and composed to guide a rebound into the roof of the net after his initial shot was saved. 8

Substitutes

Aaron Ramsey Arsene Wenger gambled on Ramsey as he replaced Coquelin, and the Arsenal manager may take a trip to a Monaco casino after tonight, after the midfielder grabbed his side’s second. 7

Theo Walcott N/A

Kieran Gibbs N/A

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