[Player Ratings] Arsenal 4-1 CSKA: Ramsey excellent but Ozil was unplayable

By on April 5, 2018

Arsenal have taken control of our Europa League quarter final after beating CSKA Moscow 4-1 in the first leg at the Emirates this evening.

Aaron Ramsey scored twice – including a spectacular acrobatic volley – while Alexandre Lacazette also grabbed a brace with Aleksandr Golovin curling home a superb free-kick for the visitors.

No doubt Ramsey will take the headlines for his superb goal but it was Mesut Ozil who ran the show tonight.

Here are my ratings:

Cech  6/10 | Couldn’t get a near a world class free-kick but was otherwise relatively quiet.

Bellerin  7/10 | Assisted Ramsey for the opener and was always a threat down the right.

Mustafi  5/10 | Poor defending led to their away goal and was given a tough time by Musa in the first half.

Koscielny  5.5/10 | A little unfortunate to give away the free-kick for their goal as he did get the ball but stupid nonetheless.

Monreal  6/10 | Another solid outing from the reliable Spaniard. Not as involved as Bellerin but didn’t put a foot wrong.

Xhaka  6.5/10 | Awful attempted clearance in the build-up to their goal but was otherwise solid enough. Went about his business quietly.

Ramsey  9/10 | Lovely finish to open the scoring but his second was world class. Denied hit hat-trick after hitting the post in the second half but was excellent from start to finish.

Wilshere  5/10 | Not Jack’s night. Everything he tried didn’t come off and he couldn’t really influence the game before being replaced in the second half.

Ozil  9.5/10 | Unplayable at times. Completely ran the show. Won the penalty and superb assist to tee-up Ramsey for his flick-volley. Also assisted Lacazette for his second goal and created numerous chances. World class performance.

Mkhitaryan  7/10 | Involved in some fine interplay but was overshadowed by his team mates. Limped off with a knee injury in the second half.

Lacazette  8/10 | Scored his second consecutive penalty before firing home a well-placed finish. Missed a decent chance to grab his hat-trick but was busy all night during an excellent display.


Iwobi  5/10 | Fluffed a great chance to score when he stupidly opted to pass.

Elneny  5/10 | A willing player but limited.

Welbeck  5/10 | Almost grabbed a late goal but saw his close-range effort well saved.


So we’re in control of the quarter finals and it will take a huge f**k-up in Russia next week to prevent us reaching the semi-finals of the competition. Next up, Southampton at home on Sunday…

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