It wasn’t the best game of all time but who doesn’t love a good penalty shoot-out win? Weirdos, that’s who.
Anyway, here’s how the players rated.
Lukasz Fabianski: 6/10 – Played well generally but might be disappointed about the goal. He seemed to get a good hand on it.
Carl Jenkinson: 8/10 – Lively, committed, drove forward well, but his defending was top notch throughout.
Per Mertesacker: 8/10 – Always in the right place at the right time. The steady, assured rock we have grown used to. Won more headers than Adam Sandler has been in crap movies.
Thomas Vermaelen: 7/10 – A solid return to the starting line-up for the skipper, he’ll be pleased with his night’s work.
Nacho Monreal: 7/10 – Struggled a bit with his passing during the 90 but had a good extra time and splooged home the winning penalty.
Mikel Arteta: 7/10 – Went off with what looked like cramp late on, and did look a bit leggy at times, but the run out will have done him good.
Isaac Hayden: 6/10 – Kinda lucky not to see red with a fairly reckless tackle in the first half, but the young man put himself about well.
Thomas Eisfeld: 6/10 – Was going to get a 5 but the goal wins him a point. Other than that he was pretty poor, getting caught in possession and ball watching a lot.
Serge Gnabry: 5/10 – Tried hard but nothing worked apart from one pass to Bendtner. Robbed of the ball constantly in the final third, and was too exhausted to take a penalty really.
Ryo Miyaichi: 5/10 – Like Gnabry ran at the defence well when he had it but some of his passing/final delivery was ridiculously poor. Faded out of the game at times.
Nicklas Bendtner: 7/10 – Ok, he missed a great chance to win it in normal time but he worked hard, won lots of headers, set up the goal and scored the first penalty. A decent return for a guy who hasn’t played in a long time and still has no real long-term future at the club.
Chuba Akpom: 7/10 – At only 17 he’s still so raw but you can see there’s something there waiting to be tapped.
Kriss Olsson: 6/10 – Tidy enough as a sub, scored a crucial penalty.
Hector Bellerin: 6/10 – Came on for Arteta late on and although he’s a right back, didn’t really look out of place in midfield.
Feel free to debate and discuss in the comments, but please read the comment policy first and don’t get angry with each other, or me, about imaginary points.