Olympiacos 0 Arsenal 3: Player ratings as Olivier Giroud runs riot

Player ratings as Arsenal produce a scintillating display to beat Olympiacos and reach the last 16 of the Champions League

Arsenal

Petr Cech Continued his good form since arriving from Chelsea. Great save in the second half to stop a Kostas Fortounis strike that looked destined for the top corner. 7/10

Hector Bellerin Not his best game by any means but didn’t do much wrong. 5

Per Mertesacker A solid display from the German. Made a number of crucial blocks in the second half as the home side turned up the pressure. 7

Laurent Koscielny A typically solid display from the centre-half. Looked assured alongside the Gunners captain. 7

Nacho Monreal Continued his consistent form. His shot hit the hand of Omar Elabdellaoui in the box for the second-half penalty. 6

Mathieu Flamini Was unlucky to see his deflected shot hit the crossbar in the 24th minute. A welcome, more disciplined performance from the Frenchman. 6

Aaron Ramsey Booked for challenge on Fortounis in the 18th minute. Whipped in a great cross for Giroud’s opener and worked hard all night in a superb Arsenal display. 7

Theo Walcott A decent performance after being preferred to Oxlade-Chamberlain by Wenger. Became more effective when switched onto the left wing, his pace causing the home side problems. Last 71 minutes on his first start since returning from his calf injury. 6

Mesut Ozil Worked hard and hit a number of good set-pieces. Superb pass to find Ramsey for the opener. Tested Jimenez Gago in the home side’s goal with a late free-kick. 7

Joel Campbell Very impressive indeed against his former employers. Often got back to help Bellerin out with defensive work and was at the heart of many Arsenal attacks. His superb, skilful play and low pass fed Giroud for Arsenal’s second. Clapped off by the home fans when substituted. 8

Olivier Giroud (man of the match) A bullet header from Ramsey’s cross put Arsenal 1-0 up in the 29th minute. Doubled the lead early in the second half with a cool finish despite picking up an ankle knock moments before, and confidently slotted home the penalty to wrap up the win. Heroic display from the France international. 9

Substitutes:

Kieran Gibbs Got forward well a couple of times. N/A

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain N/A

Calum Chambers N/A

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