Arsenal 0-2 Barcelona – player ratings

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For 70 minutes it looked quite good and there was certainly no lack of effort on the part of the players, but two goals from Lionel Messi leave us with a massive, almost impossible, task for the second leg.

Here’s how the players rated tonight.

PC
33
8
HB
24
7.5
PM
4
5.5
LK
6
7
NM
18
7.5
FC
34
7
AR
8
6.5
AOC
15
4.5
11
6
AS
7
5.5
OG
12
5.5
PC
33
8
HB
24
7.5
PM
4
6.5
LK
6
7
NM
18
7.5
FC
34
6.5
AR
8
7
AOC
15
4.5
11
6
AS
7
6
OG
12
5.5
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33: Petr Cech

8
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8
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45

Made some big saves, could do little about either goal.

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24: Hector Bellerin

7.5
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7.5
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37

Defensively really good, the only time they really got any space behind him was for the first goal

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4: Per Mertesacker

6.5
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5.5
Readers
3

A mixed bag - made some hugely important blocks and tackles, but he'll be ruing that layoff to Flamini which led to the penalty. Put your foot through it Per!

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6: Laurent Koscielny

7
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7
Readers
5

Got away with a lapse in concentration when he allowed Suarez to peel off him and head just wide in first half injury time – otherwise strong and dogged throughout

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18: Nacho Monreal

7.5
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7.5
Readers
14

I thought that early yellow card – harsh too, he slipped – might prove costly but he defended well all night, especially against a team as willing to dive and get you sent off as Barcelona.

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34: Francis Coquelin

6.5
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7
Readers
40

Tidy enough overall - did he get a knock? Why did he need to come off?

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8: Aaron Ramsey

7
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6.5
Readers
13

Easily our most efficient player with the ball, making 45/50 pass (90% - the best in the team by a distance), and put in a good defensive shift too.

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15: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

4.5
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4.5
Readers
12

Oh dear Alex. Should have scored in the first half, and that his own heavy touch contributed to his injury sums up his season. It's getting quite worrying now.

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11: Mesut Özil

6
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6
Readers
28

He did ok but couldn't quite find that moment of magic.

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7: Alexis Alexis

6
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5.5
Readers
38

No lack of effort but he gave it away a lot, and we were lucky not to be punished when Suarez hit the post after one of them.

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12: Olivier Giroud

5.5
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5.5
Readers
29

He worked hard all night, did his defensive duty, but that moment he tried a reverse pass to Walcott – who was going the other way – will be what people remember. Why didn't he try to shoot himself?!

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14: Theo Walcott

5.5
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4
Readers
11

Did very little of any consequence when he came on

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23: Danny Welbeck

6
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6.5
Readers
39

Buzzed around with some energy and pace up front, I'd start him against United.

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20: Mathieu Flamini

5
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2.5
Readers
16

It wasn't the greatest pass to him from Mertesacker, but the wild hack just shows how off the pace he is. Only a desperation option now, and you have to ask if we were that desperate tonight.

Vote is now closed.

Bonus rating: 10/10 for Coquelin picking up Dani Alves by his big stupid cheating head.

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