Europa League

Arsenal 4 CSKA Moscow 1: Player ratings as Ozil, Ramsey sparkle

Arsenal player ratings as the Gunners take a big step towards the Europa League semi-finals with victory over CSKA Moscow in the first leg of their quarter-final clash

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta at Emirates Stadium
Mesut Ozil
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil Photo: Puma

Arsenal took a giant stride towards qualification for the Europa League semi-finals with a dominant 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at The Emirates.

Here are the player ratings from north London…

• Petr Cech – Started ahead of usual cup keeper David Ospina, who had an ankle injury. Could do little to prevent Aleksandr Golovin’s excellent free-kick from nestling in the top-right corner in the 15th minute. 6/10

• Hector Bellerin – Seemed a bit off the pace defensively but was very useful going forwards. Improved in the second half. Assisted Ramsey for Arsenal’s opener in the ninth minute. 6

• Shkodran Mustafi – A reasonable display but he still looks out of sorts at times. Arsenal will likely be looking for defensive reinforcements this summer. 6

• Laurent Koscielny – A decent evening for the veteran centre-half, who has struggled for form and fitness recently. 6

• Nacho Monreal – A great presence going forward as usual. Solid performance from the Spaniard. 6

• Aaron Ramsey (man of the match) – Was in superb form throughout. Had a goal flagged off for offside in the seventh minute but found the net from close range shortly after. Then netted a superb second to make it 3-1 when he flicked Mesut Ozil’s cross over the goalkeeper. Could have had a hat-trick with a number of second-half chances, the best of which bounced off the post. Arsenal fans will be hoping to see him sign a new contract soon, with his current deal set to expire next summer. 8

• Granit Xhaka – Returned to the starting line-up after beginning the game as a sub against Stoke. A solid enough performance from the Switzerland international. 6

• Mesut Ozil – A strong performance from the World Cup winner. Assisted two of Arsenal’s four goals in the first half. That’s four assists in his last two Europa League appearances. 7

• Jack Wilshere – Not at his very best tonight. Uncharacteristically sloppy in possession. Subbed off in the 74th minute to rapturous applause. Arsenal fans will still be hoping to see him commit his long-term future to the north London club. 6

• Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Decent enough evening for the Armenian. Was involved in many of Arsenal’s best attacks in the first half. Subbed off in the 61st minute after picking up a knock. 5

• Alexandre Lacazette – Made his first start since 30 January following a spell out with a knee injury. Looked sharp throughout – confidently dispatched his penalty and netted Arsenal’s fourth in style. Lasted 74 minutes before being replaced by Danny Welbeck. 7

Substitutes:

• Alex Iwobi – Was immediately involved in a handful of Arsenal attacks after replacing Henrikh Mkhitaryan but couldn’t help the Gunners find a fifth goal. 6

• Danny Welbeck – N/A

• Mohamed Elneny – N/A

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