An Arsenal starting 11 (£154.8M) worth nearly 20 times more than their opponents (£7.65M) was completely outclassed in the first 45 minutes of football. Even with several inexperienced players in the side, on paper, they should’ve dispatched Ostersunds FK fairly easily. Arsenal could never fully recover after conceding to quick first-half goals, but they did what they could do to finish the game ahead on aggregate. Let’s see how the Arsenal players did (spoiler alert: nobody is higher than a 6.5)…
David Ospina – 5
This match should’ve been a light warm-up for him heading into the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City. However, he did little to try and stop the 2 goals. He needs to be lightyears ahead of where he was tonight along with the rest of the team on Sunday.
Hector Bellerin – 6
He had a troublesome time with Sema in the first-half but did well to put pressure on their defence. He tidied up defensively in the second half and provided the lucky assist for Kolasinac.
Calum Chambers – 4.5
I’ll be nice and say at least he was trying to make a goal-line clearance on the first goal. But, he was totally schooled on the second goal. Woke up a little in the second-half but still didn’t make a single tackle the entire game.
Rob Holding – 5
Just slightly better than Chambers on the night. It appears the two young Englishmen can’t be played alongside each other in a game quite yet. They still need that experienced centre-back alongside to calm their nerves.
Sead Kolasinac – 5.5
Made an error leading to the first goal and was almost non-existent defensively for us. His rating for the first half easily could’ve been a 2 or 3 but he made up for it with the goal and harassing their defence late on.
Mohamed Elneny – 5.5
Didn’t provide any help on the goals. Other than that it was a so-so performance from him, not unlike most of his other games. I wish too much that he’ll be the Egyptian Coquelin, but he doesn’t seem capable of being a stuck-in defensive force. For what it’s worth, he worked hard as usual.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 5
I was excited to see him get his chance in midfield after covering at left-back for a while. Now I’m not excited and wish I could take it back. Subbed off at the half for a more stable performer in Xhaka.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 4
Misplaced 20 of his 54 passes for a 63% pass completion rate. His assist hattrick seems like a distant memory at this point. He hasn’t stopped trying to be creative, his passes just aren’t coming off at the moment. Hopefully, this little funk he’s in is over by Sunday.
Jack Wilshere – 5
Unlike the rest of the players, he was better in the first half than the second. A lot of the attack went through him but he faded later on.
Alex Iwobi – 6.5
Our best player on the night. It’s clear he wanted to make something happen which was refreshing compared to the rest of his teammates who looked like they wanted to head home early. He attempted 8 dribbles! Unluckily, only 4 of them were successful but his work rate is a reason why Wenger keeps playing him.
Danny Welbeck – 5.5
He wasn’t as awful as he was in the first leg since he actually got some shots in this time. A more superior striker (*cough* Lacazette please come back *cough*) would’ve put away at least one of his 4 on-target shots.
Granit Xhaka – 6
Came on for AMN to provide some stability in midfield. Did his job by being clean under possession as usual and making a few tackles.
Joe Willock – N/A
Not on long enough…
Reiss Nelson – N/A
Not on long enough…