Cologne 1-0 Arsenal Man of the Match

Man of the Match Arsenal Insider

We may have lost last night but it didn’t seem to matter too much as we were still able to secure our place at the top of the group.

As everyone probably expected we didn’t get a reproduction of Saturdays win against Spurs as the rotated side didn’t quite work too well on the night.

Without as many options as the weekend’s games here are the contenders for man of the match.

Returning to the side he made his league debut against for Hannover 96, this performance didn’t warrant him coming off at half time. After a while out of the first team picture Per Mertesacker slotted back into the defence and was one of the top performers on the day.

In the middle of the back three Mertesacker wasn’t taken out of his comfort zone too much. With his strengths coming with his height, the German had a field day, winning nine of his aerial duels and positioning himself very well.

Even when it came to the penalty incident, Mertesacker seemed to have the situation under control before Debuchy gave the referee a decision to make.

Another good performer from the game was Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Despite still playing at left wing back he showed promising signs getting forward. Hopefully though he’ll start being used more centrally too as he showed in the first meeting between the sides he’s capable of performing there.

Playing at wing back though, Maitland-Niles had a very balanced game along with his early effort on goal. He managed five dribbles going forward as well as completing 94% of his passes. On the defensive side of things he was also very sound making five tackles.

As usual in these games Jack Wilshere also made an impact. Playing behind the striker he did well to fashion a few goal scoring chances and continued to show how dangerous he can be. Hopefully it’s only a matter of time before he gets a run in the Premier League.

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Art de Roche
Hi I’m Art and I’m currently studying Sports Journalism at the University of Gloucestershire. I support Arsenal and try to get down to the Emirates a few times each season hoping that we can finally win the Premier League again. But hopefully I write a bit more often than Arsenal win Premier Leagues!