[Player Ratings] Arsenal 3-1 AC Milan: Xhaka impresses, Welbeck punished for dive

By on March 15, 2018

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Arsenal survived an early scare to secure a 3-1 comeback victory over AC Milan tonight and book our place in the last 8 with a 5-1 aggregate win.

Milan opened the scoring with a long-range stunner before Welbeck blatantly dived in the area to ‘win’ a penalty which he dispatched for 1-1.

Xhaka then got lucky as the Milan keeper let his long-range strike through his hands before Welbeck wrapped things up late on.

Here are my ratings:

Ospina  6/10 | Should have done better for the opener but made a couple of decent saves in the second half.

Bellerin  6.5/10 | Average night for Hector. Was involved going forward but final ball was poor. Their goal came from his side.

Koscielny  N/A | Forced off early on with a back injury. Hopefully it’s not serious.

Mustafi  7/10 | A solid performance. Covered well alongside Chambers when he came on. Didn’t put a foot wrong.

Monreal  7/10 | Straight back in the team with another solid display. Kept things simple and didn’t give anything away down his flank. Quiet going forward.

Xhaka  7.5/10 | Should have closed down Calhanoglou quicker for his goal but was otherwise very good. Got another [albeit, fortunate] goal but form is improving.

Ramsey  7/10 | Was always involved and supported the attack throughout. Missed a good chance but almost scored in the build up to Welbeck’s second late on.

Mkhitaryan  7/10 | Almost scored with a header and worked his socks off. Keen to make things happen and was lively throughout.

Ozil  7/10 | Created six chances and he didn’t even play that well overall. Will have better night’s but always a threat when he’s on the ball.

Wilshere  7/10 | Went close with a powerful long-range effort in the first half and played a key role in the third goal. Much better after a couple of poor displays.

Welbeck  5/10 | Would have been a 7 if not for the horrible dive but dispatched the penalty well and was on hand to head home a second late on. Should give him some confidence.


Chambers  7.5/10 | One of his best displays of the season. Kept things simple and didn’t put a foot wrong.

Kolasinac, Elneny  N/A


So we’re in to the quarter finals and I’ll be happy with any of the teams we can face except Atletico Madrid! Draw is tomorrow at midday….


  1. Dewis

    March 16, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Even If We Face Atlentico Madrid We Will Thrash Them 4-0 We Have A Strong Squad

  2. Dewis

    March 16, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Arsenal Must Retain Ramsey, Wilshere And Bring Mahrez, Dembele, Jan Oblak, Gimenez And Modric

  3. Dewy Wenger

    March 16, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Bellerin, Ramsey, Wilshere Stay Xhaka Retain His Position Lacazette And Aubameyang To Play Together Arsenal To Sign Mahrez, Dembele, Gimenez And Oblak And Allegri Latest

  4. Arsene Wenger Wenger

    March 16, 2018 at 11:04 am

    I Prefer To Use 4-4-2 Next Season Jan Oblak, Bellerin, Mustafi, Smalling, Monreal, Ozil, Ramsey, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Lacazette And Aubameyang


    March 17, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Its true we need to use such formation that is 4-4-2

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