[Player Ratings] Ostensunds 0-3 Arsenal: Mkhitaryan shines but Welbeck flops

By on February 15, 2018

Arsenal all-but booked their place in the next round of the Europa League after beating Ostensunds 3-0 this evening.

Nacho Monreal opened the scoring with a poachers finish before an own goal made it 2-0 inside the opening half hour. Mesut Ozil added to our advantage after the break before David Ospina maintained the clean sheet with a late penalty save.

Here are my ratings:

Ospina  7/10 | Made a smart save to keep it at 2-0 midway through the first half and saved a last minute penalty.

Bellerin  6.5/10 | Bombed forward at every opportunity and was heavily involved in the final third but gave away a needless late penalty.

Chambers  5.5/10 | A couple of shaky moments. Not sure why he was picked ahead of Holding.

Mustafi  6/10 | A little fortunate to not give a penalty away shortly before our third goal but was otherwise solid.

Monreal  7/10 | On hand to open the scoring with another goal and always a threat down the left.

Elneny  6.5/10 | Did the simple things well enough and kept the ball moving from defence to attack.

Maitland-Niles  6.5/10 | Tidy performance but I was a little surprised he played with so much freedom. I would have liked him to sit in front of the defence more but that was difficult alongside Elneny.

Iwobi  6/10 | A decent outing but his final ball was still lacking and was frustrating at times.

Ozil  7/10 | Barely got out of first gear but still got himself on the scoresheet. Easy nights work.

Mkhitaryan  7/10 | Set-up the second goal with a fine cross and grabbed his second assist of the game with a lovely ball for Ozil.

Welbeck  5/10 | Failed to grasp his opportunity. He looked a little rusty as his touch was poor and wasn’t really a goal threat.


Kolasinac  5/10 | Saw out the final 15 minutes.

Nketiah, Nelson  N/A | Only on for a few minutes at the end.


So a relatively straightforward victory that puts one foot in the next phase so we can rest our key men for the second leg next week ahead of the Carabao Cup final.

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