An okay first half for Arsenal where they led the result with an early goal by Alexi Iwobi. However, the red card for Sokratis at the end of the first half, has made Arsenal struggle in the second half and after he left off the pitch where the Gunners conceded one goal in the first half, and two goals in the second half.
This loss for Arsenal away from home will make the second leg complicated, especially after Manchester United’s match, where Arsenal will be keen to win both matches next week, with the suspensions and injuries the team is suffering from.
The team suffered defensively, where only Petr Cech was good today and saved Arsenal from at least two or three goals, where the second goal came as an own goal by Laurent Koscielny.
We will rate our players after every match, here is Arsenal Insider players ratings:
Petr Cech: Made a couple of saves, but can’t be blamed for the first goal, and the second own goal. 6.5/10
Shkodran Mustafi: Playing as a right-back isn’t helping, also poor defensive match. 5.5/10
Nacho Monreal: Played okay, was active on his left side. 6.5/10
Laurent Koscielny: A good defensive match, but his own goal could be crucial in Arsenal’s second leg. 5.5/10
Sokratis: A red card in the first half, silly mistakes. 4.5/10
Granit Xhaka: As well, silly mistakes and misplaced passes. Had to be subbed off with a yellow card. 6/10
Lucas Torreira: Was pushing forward and trying, even with one man down. 6.5/10
Alex Iwobi: Scored an important and crucial goal early in the match, had to continue the match. 7.5/10
Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Was okay in the first half, but the red card made him play more defensively on the right. 6/10
Mesut Ozil: Went missing, again. 5/10
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang: Going through his worst time at Arsenal, a very poor match. 5/10
Aaron Ramsey: Played as a striker, in a weird technical decision. 5/10
Matteo Guendouzi: Was playing okay, released some pressure in the midfield. 5.5/10
Sead Kolasinac: His substitution was weird. Tried to push forward through. 5/10
Man of the match: None from Arsenal’s players.
Unai Emery: A weird decision in the substitutions when the team is 10 men down and needs a goal, and he subs the only striker for a midfielder, to play as a striker. A terrible second half. 5/10