Arsenal overcame a brief comeback scare to ease past AC Milan with a 3-1 win in the second leg of their last-16 Europa League tie on Thursday.
Milan looked a lot more threatening at the Arsenal Stadium, in need of two goals to save their campaign, and ended up opening the scoring through Hakan Calhanoglu. After a controversial penalty from Danny Welbeck though, Arsenal took back control in the second half.
The individual performances weren’t quite as impressive as in Italy, but it was still a professional team showing. Here are our match ratings:
David Ospina 7
There wasn’t much Ospina could go about Calhanoglu’s strike, and otherwise he made a few nice saves to keep Arsenal ahead. His distribution was better than in some recent matches, though still not perfect. The Colombian still seemed hesitant to come for corners, but otherwise his performance was good enough.
Hector Bellerin 7.5
Bellerin missed the first leg against Milan with injury, but did well coming back into the team this time around. Although it was over on his side, there wasn’t much he could do about Calhanoglu’s strike. Otherwise he kept things fairly tight defensively. At the other end he created one chance, which was as many as all but two of his teammates.
Shkodran Mustafi 8
Mustafi is definitely going through a revival since his poor performance against Brighton a couple of weeks ago. The German won all of his duels on the night, made five clearances, three interceptions and one tackle as he generally kept the Milan strikers at bay.
Still, and this feels like the hundredth time I’ve written this, he needs to stop blasting aimless long balls down the pitch. It almost never works and just gifts possession to the opposition. That was the only blot on an otherwise solid performance.
Laurent Koscielny 6
Fresh from a week’s rest after Arsene Wenger left him out of the squad at the weekend, Koscielny only lasted 11 minutes before an injury forced him off. It was pretty terrible luck, and meant he hardly had the chance to do anything, positive or negative.
Nacho Monreal 7
Monreal returned to the team for the first time since injury forced him off in Arsenal’s cup final defeat to Manchester City. He wasn’t quite at his very best, but still looked threatening on occasion getting forward. Hopefully he can stay fit and put a run together now.