A good match for Arsenal and a qualification against the French Ligue 1 side, Rennes, who was offside in most of their attacks and couldn’t score a goal to force Arsenal into the extra time.
Arsenal scored an early goal by Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, five minutes after the beginning of the first half, and then the second goal came in the first half by Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Moreover, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang scored the third goal in the second half and celebrated in his own way, through wearing a mask, and got booked. Knowing that Pierre Emerick Aubameyang missed plenty of chances throughout the match.
We will rate our players after every match, here is Arsenal Insider players ratings:
Petr Cech: Had a calm match, didn’t have to make a lot of saves. 6.5/10
Shkodran Mustafi: A calm match. 6.5/10
Nacho Monreal: As well, a calm match today. 6.5/10
Laurent Koscielny: Was solid today. 6.5/10
Sead Kolasinac: His defensive and offensive effort were decent, even though didn’t create as much as usual. 7/10
Granit Xhaka: Had good passes today, especially in depth passes. 7/10
Aaron Ramsey: His partnership with Xhaka was good today, and made an assist. 7.5/10
Ainsley Maitland-Niles: Scored an important goal, 7.5/10
Alexander Lacazette: Played well today, didn’t have to go off. 6.5/10
Mesut Ozil: Not convincing as well, Mkhitaryan was better than him. 6/10
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang: Scored two important goals, and made an assist. But missed plenty of chances that could have ended the match earlier or Arsenal. 8.5/10
Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Was better than Ozil, in defense and attack. 5/10
Alex Iwobi: Was close to scoring seconds after getting into the pitch. 5/10
Lucas Torreira: Didn’t have much time to do anything. 5/10
Man of the match: Pierre Emerick Aubameyang deserves it, as he scored twice, and made an assist. His presence today was crucial in Arsenal’s win.
Unai Emery: A good match and qualification, even though they had to score the three goals in the first half to secure the qualification. 7.5/10