Ozil, Mkhi, and Iwobi Shine, Welbeck Disappoints in Sweden

The Gunners left Sweden with 3 away goals and a clean sheet, essentially making the 2nd leg at the Emirates a formality. Let’s look at how the players did…

David Ospina – 8.5

This will certainly be a day we all tell our grandkids about: the day an Arsenal keeper saved a penalty. I’m not positive but I heard someone say that’s the first time that’s happened since 2014. Ospina didn’t have too much to do but he had 5 saves and ensured we’d leave Sweden with a clean sheet.

Hector Bellerin – 6

Made a rash challenge to give away the penalty in the dying moments of the game. Other than that he was solid with 94% passing and completing 4 dribbles. Just wish he tightened up his play in the final third.

Calum Chambers – 6

Was shaky at times when Ostersunds pressed us. Besides a few of those nervy moments, he helped deliver a clean sheet with some good interceptions and clearances.

Shkodran Mustafi – 6

Luckily didn’t have a PK called on him and escaped with no cards. Besides that, he made 5 great tackles and was a defensive workhorse throughout.

Nacho Monreal – 6.5

It’s clear that Wenger isn’t worried about losing Laca to injury because we still have Monreal! The Spaniard slotted away yet another goal but could have done better with tracking back.

Mohamed Elneny – 7

Minus a counter-attack or two where he was caught out by being too far up the field, Elneny did well defensively in front of the back four. Only misplaced 3 passes out of 109 total! He acted as the pivot point in midfield and took great care of the ball.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 6

A pretty positive performance from AMN today in his natural position. His time at left-back has definitely led to some defensive improvements and we already know he can make great runs forward. If he strengthens up and stays tidy in possession we could have a great CDM in the near future.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 7

Was dangerous throughout. Made the cross that led to the own goal and assisted Ozil for the 3rd. He would’ve received an even higher score if he hadn’t been dispossessed a few times, but they were mostly in the final third so nothing too drastic (and just for the sake of not having to repeat myself, Mkhi and the next three players all had three key passes each so take note of that).

Mesut Ozil – 8

Even cold-blooded Mesut put in a good performance with great movement and key passes. Perhaps if it was 20 degrees warmer or the opponent was more worthy he would’ve ran a little, but it wasn’t needed. Scored the 3rd goal.

Alex Iwobi – 8

Loved his enthusiasm throughout. While Mkhi and Ozil seemed slow, Iwobi clearly wasn’t taking the opponent lightly and always looked ready to cause the defence trouble. Just please practice with Auba and Laca on your shooting please!

Danny Welbeck – 5

All I can say is, please Laca, get well SOON!

Sead Kolasinac (on for Monreal in 73rd minute) – 5

Just doesn’t seem anywhere near the player we saw at the beginning of the season. Fits into a back-three formation with wingbacks so much better.

Eddie Nketiah (on for Welbeck in 83rd minute) – N/A

We were up 3-0, why didn’t you bring him on sooner!?

Reiss Nelson (on for Mkhitaryan in 84th minute) – N/A

Same as above.

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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.