That’s that then! In Arsenal’s last meeting with Chelsea this season, they made it a clean sweep without picking up a loss.
Despite a shaky start at the Emirates, Arsenal responded well in what over the 90 minutes was quite a deserved win. Here’s how the players got on in the semi-final:
David Ospina – 6.6
Could have don’t better to prevent Hazard’s early goal but other than that was pretty solid.
Hector Bellerin – 7.0
Did a good job to keep Marcos Alonso quiet, including an important block late on but could have tested his fellow Spaniard more often.
Laurent Koscielny – 7.0
Continued to make improvements as despite not making the best start in regard to the offside and given Chelsea goals, he bounced back well and was sound for the rest of the game.
Shkodran Mustafi – 7.3
A bit more of a force than Koscielny, Mustafi was very effective in the air and won quite a few important tackles to shut off Chelsea attacks.
Nacho Monreal – 8.0
In his second start back in the team, Monreal definitely made his mark again. With his header leading to Rudiger’s own goal he got us back into the game, and like Mustafi, he was very reliable at the back.
Mohamed Elneny – 7.8
Playing as the deepest midfielder, Elneny had a very solid outing. On the ball he was consistent, and he was very effective in his efforts to regain possession.
Jack Wilshere – 7.6
Picking up an early yellow card, Wilshere couldn’t be too industrious as usual but he still impressed. On the ball he spread play well and managed to drive past his opposition midfielders on a few occasions too.
Granit Xhaka – 7.2
Had a decent game on the ball and with his winner, however, seemed a bit stiff in some situations.
Mesut Ozil – 7.8
A very composed display. Starting off with the corner for Monreal’s equalising header, Ozil then controlled the game very well by dictating the tempo at will and showing great game management.
Alex Iwobi – 7.6
Keeping his place out wide, Iwobi put in yet another impressive performance. A lot of his night saw him having to track back against Victor Moses which he done very well, winning five tackles. He was also good in tight situations but should have put the game to bed with a open shot late on.
Alexandre Lacazette – 7.2
Despite not getting on the scoresheet, Lacazette didn’t stop moving which he was finally rewarded for as he assisted Xhaka’s goal on the hour-mark.
Aaron Ramsey – N/A
Sead Kolasinac – N/A
Both Ramsey and Kolasinac were only on for a few minutes and didn’t offer much.