Dinamo Zagreb 2 Arsenal 1: Player ratings as Oliver Giroud sees red

Player ratings as 10-man Arsenal slump to a 2-1 loss to Dinamo Zagreb following Olivier Giroud's red card

By Steven Prince

Dinamo Zagreb

Eduardo The Portuguese goalkeeper made two early saves from Olivier Giroud but was rarely tested by the visitors. 7/10

Ivo Pinto A marauding attacking performance from one of the Croatian side’s plethora of talent from Portugal, but equally solid in defence as the Gunners chased the game. 7

Leonardo Sigali A consummate display from the central defender, who looked totally untroubled from start to finish. 7

Jeremy Taravel It takes a certain player to get away with wearing a ridiculous number such as 87 but the Frenchman performed resolutely, throwing himself into a number of tackles and blocks. 8

Josip Pivaric The buccaneering left back was rewarded for his endeavours as his run forced the error from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. 8

Paulo Machedo The midfielder put the second goal on a plate for Junior Fernandes with a sumptuous delivery. An integral cog of the Dinamo midfield three. 8

Arijan Ademi (man of the match) For everything that Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla were unable to bring to the game, Ademi was the polar opposite. Screened the defence masterfully and rarely gave the ball away, even when Arsenal laid on the pressure. 9

Domagoj Antolic The host’s captain looked solid after returning to the team from injury. 7

El Arbi Hillel Soudani The rapid Algerian was able to set up Josip Pivaric with a beautiful slide rule pass but he did miss a sitter from a yard. 7

Marko Pjaca The young Croatian started brightly but faded into obscurity as the game progressed. 6

Junior Fernandes – The best friend of Alexis Sanchez will be the toast of Tocopilla after his thumping header put the game ultimately beyond Arsenal. A willing runner until substituted. 7

Substitutes

Ante Coric Little opportunity to make an impact as Dinamo attempted to shut up shop in the second half. 5

Filip Benkovic No time to make an impact. N/A

Marko Rog No time to make an impact. N/A

Arsenal

David Ospina The Colombian looks like he will be the cup competition goalkeeper and he had very little to do, despite conceding twice. There was nothing he could do for the either goal and made a crucial interception in the second half. 7

Mathieu Debuchy A mixed bag on his return to first team action. A lack of sharpness was noticeable but showed his defensive qualities when Arsenal reverted to a back three. 6

Gabriel The Brazilian has grown in stature since his winter move from Villarreal. Brusque and rugged, he gave the host’s forward line very little change over the course of the game with a number of key tackles, aside from one blip in injury time. 7

Laurent Koscielny An assured defensive performance from the French central defender, who carried out all of his duties with aplomb and confidence. 7

Kieran Gibbs The England left back looked very positive going forward and did very little wrong before being withdrawn given Arsenal’s numerical disadvantage. 7

Mikel Arteta The almost perennially injured skipper looked very far away from full match fitness. A welcome return to the first time but unfortunately the sending off conspired against him as he was unable to impact on the game. 4

Santi Cazorla The little Spaniard has an array of deft touches and skill, but he is not a holding midfielder. He lost the battle of the midfield: often outmuscled and outpaced with a distinct lack of defensive nous. 5

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain His lightning pace is often one of his greatest assets, but it was unable to get him back into position for the Dinamo opener after being caught out by a splendid pass. The own goal was just an extra kick in the teeth. 5

Mesut Özil After a first half devoid of any memorable involvement, the German World Cup winner stepped up after the interval and looked threatening. However, this needs to be the case for the full 90 minutes rather than just one half. 6

Alexis Sanchez The Chilean is still not quite back to the level he was at during the previous campaign. But he delightfully teed up Theo Walcott to put Arsenal back in the game and, similarly to Mesut Özil, delivered a much stronger performance once the Gunners were reduced to 10. 7

Olivier Giroud An early bath for the out-of-sorts striker seemed to sum up the current sentiments of the Frenchman. Perhaps slightly harsh but an example of why backchat can be so costly. 3

Substitues

Theo Walcott Vintage goal from the English forward gave his side hope but it was too little, too late with a man down. 7

Joel Campbell The forgotten man of the Arsenal forward line showed a number of good touches and attacking play. The Costa Rican put himself in the frame for further involvement as the Gunners tried to get themselves something from the game. 6

Francis Coquelin Dinamo may have taken their foot off the pedal once he had entered the fray, but his performance during his spell in the game showed Messrs Arteta and Cazorla how to play as a holding midfielder. 6

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