Did a “Welbeck Masterclass” Help Send Arsenal Players Past Milan?

David Ospina – 6

He made 3 good saves, but I can’t help but feel that he could’ve done something on that first goal. He didn’t seem ready in time to do much about it. Distribution wasn’t the greatest either, and we need the best from him leading into the next round.

Hector Bellerin – 7

His side was spared for the most part as Milan preferred going after Monreal’s side. Was lucky to not give a penalty away in the 2nd half. But, he did provide a lot of attacking power down his side. If his decision-making and passing ability in the final third was just slightly better he’d be a handful for opponents.

Shkodran Mustafi – 7

5 clearances and 3 interceptions from Mustafi today. He led the backline well after Koscielny went off early.

Laurent Koscielny – N/A

Went off early with a lower back injury. Let’s hope it’s not too serious.

Nacho Monreal – 6

He afforded Suso too much space and allowed him to cut in on his preferred foot. He was almost exposed with the first minute but thankfully his man’s shot went into the side netting. A little rusty overall (which is expected), but he was good going forward.

Aaron Ramsey – 7

Not quite as prolific as he was in the first leg, but he was all over the field and looked poised to expose Milan’s defense at any second.

Granit Xhaka – 8

Has Xhaka finally hit his stride? His defensive work-rate was great, winning the ball back 7 times, and did I mention he had a 94% pass success rate, completing 77 of his 82 passes? He loves a good shot from distance and although Donnarumma’s error was hilariously bad, it was a good, low, hard shot nonetheless. He’s probably our MVP in the Europa League so far.

Jack Wilshere – 8.5

A great reaction to the criticism he’s gotten lately. Wenger clearly made it a point for everyone to get between Milan and the goal when they got the ball. He did well with that defensive task, was way cleaner in possession, and distributed the ball well. To be more specific, he was only dispossessed twice, completed 4 dribbles and 95% of his passes, and his cross led to the third goal.

Mesut Ozil – 8

6 key passes from him today. The last time an Arsenal player did that in European competition was in 2013… by a younger Mesut (6 key passes vs Marseille). He also had more passes in the final third than any player on the pitch. Unlucky to not get an assist from any of those.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 7

Thankfully, when his offensive output isn’t there, he has a great work rate and defensive numbers to boast. He seemed to be all over the pitch and completed 4 tackles (more than any other player).

Danny Welbeck – 8.5

Okay, I was joking slightly when I said “Welbeck Masterclass” in the title. But, it was a very “Welbeckian” performance. He quite possibly dove to win a penalty but he slotted it home and we won 5-1 on aggregate, so who cares? He had two key passes and then headed in a sloppy goal at the end.

Calum Chambers – 7

I’ll admit I was worried to see him come on so early in an important match with an opponent who had to come out and score. But, he proved me wrong and did well slotting in for the captain even if it wasn’t on his preferred side. Encouraging stuff from him and Holding lately.

Mohamed Elneny – 7

Wasn’t asked to do too much as Xhaka’s goal pretty much ended the game two minutes after he came on. Completed 17 of 18 passes so that’s good.

Sead Kolasinac – 7

Almost assisted Ramsey in the 90th but didn’t do much otherwise.

 

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Clayton Maddox
Clayton lives in the United States and was born to be an Arsenal supporter. Although, he's only been watching since 2011 once his parents upgraded their TV subscription.