Cologne 1-0 Arsenal – player ratings

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Arsenal topped their Europa League group in spite of a 1-0 defeat to Cologne at the RheinEnergieStadion tonight.

A second half penalty from Sehrou Guirassy gave the home side the victory, but the draw in the other game between Red Star Belgrade and BATE Borisov meant the Gunners won the group.

Here’s how the players rated.

DO
13
5.5
MD
2
5
PM
4
7
RH
16
6
CC
21
5.5
FC
34
4
ME
35
4.5
AMN
55
6.5
JW
10
5.5
DW
23
5
OG
12
4
DO
13
6
MD
2
6
PM
4
7
RH
16
6
CC
21
6
FC
34
5
ME
35
6
AMN
55
7
JW
10
6
DW
23
6
OG
12
5
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13: David Ospina

6
arseblog
5.5
Readers
36

Didn't have a lot to do but showed he's as good as Petr Cech when it comes to penalties

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2: Mathieu Debuchy

6
arseblog
5
Readers
34

Did fine, clearly doesn't have the legs for wing-back, unlucky to concede the penalty as the bloke dive like Divey Magee.

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4: Per Mertesacker

7
arseblog
7
Readers
3

Unflustered, great positioning and reading of the game needed

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16: Rob Holding

6
arseblog
6
Readers
52

He was grand

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21: Calum Chambers

6
arseblog
5.5
Readers
35

Looked like a man who hasn't played for some time, doesn't have the legs at the moment to offer a threat in that position

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34: Francis Coquelin

5
arseblog
4
Readers
40

Dribbled the ball out of play at least three times. But also nearly scored, hitting the post with one effort. Not his finest night though.

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35: Mohamed Elneny

6
arseblog
4.5
Readers
51

He's dependable, you know what you're going to get.

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55: Ainsley Maitland-Niles

7
arseblog
6.5
Readers
56

Industrious and showed good skill at times, needs to work on his final ball though

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10: Jack Wilshere

6
arseblog
5.5
Readers
9

Tried to make things happen, sometimes he tried a bit too hard. Things didn't happen

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23: Danny Welbeck

6
arseblog
5
Readers
39

It was pre-planned for him to come off after 45 minutes. Wouldn't it have been better to put him on for 30 at the end?

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12: Olivier Giroud

5
arseblog
4
Readers
29

Got little service but did little otherwise.

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17: Alex Iwobi

6
arseblog
5
Readers
46

Added a bit of something when he came on but it wasn't enough something

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61: Reiss Nelson

6
arseblog
6.5
Readers
59

Had one lovely dribble which resulted in a shot

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62: Eddie Nketiah

N/R
arseblog
5.5
Readers
63

On too late to rate and on too late to actually do anything

Vote is now closed.

Bonus rating: 10/10 - Jermaine Jenas saying he couldn't see Arsene Wenger making any half-time changes, moments before Alex Iwobi's introduction for Danny Welbeck was announced. Glorious.

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