Monaco 0-2 Arsenal – player ratings

147

The hurt tonight isn’t about what happened at the Stade Louis II, the 2-0 win was a very positive performance. However, it’s all about injury time in the first leg when that goal made it 3-1 to them. That was the killer.

Anyway, here’s how the players rated this evening.

147
Leave a Reply

avatar
newest oldest most voted
Gooner
Gooner

Ozil was magnificent I thought. I just cannot understand the criticism.

BillyBatts
BillyBatts

Many people are morons.

stonroy
stonroy

At some point we have to look at the glaringly obvious. We lost the first leg of Bayern, Milan and now Monaco miserably and always end up trying to play catch-up in the 2nd leg,missing out by a goal. You don’t think Wenger has something to do with that? We’re the ‘almost’ team…almost do enough.

Dick Swiveller
Dick Swiveller

I doubt he tells the team to go out there and defend like idiots.

stonroy
stonroy

So he’s responsible when we win but not when we lose? and consistently lose in the same manner in the CL. It’s a lack of concentration, focus and disciplineby the team and who is responsible for that? The buck should stop with him. I’m not saying he’s a bad manager, he’s just not getting the results and there has to be a reason why.

henley gooner
henley gooner

But he doesn’t tell them to go out and defend well.

Dick Swiveller
Dick Swiveller

He can’t manage the game on the pitch, he coaches them to have the right reaction to the situations, so when they flooded forwards leaving us too open at the back he must take some criticism for, if nothing else, failing to drum it into them well enough. However, I don’t think it’s a basic coaching failure, players will make mistakes and hopefully a few more in the squad have now had it drumeed into them that doing stupid shit ends badly.

Zuk
Zuk

Only criticism I have for Ozil on the night, and in general is not finishing enough – his finishing needs to improve for someone who finds himself in goal scoring positions as much as he does. He is unfairly criticized for his defensive efforts – he has an overall languid demeanor, which primarily contributes to this perception – that said, he was the one chasing down Monaco the full length of the field in the final two minutes of extra-time to regain possession. He should spend his entire training sessions shooting.

Podge
Podge

The important aspect everyone leaves out when discussing Arsenal’s failures in the champions league for the last 5 years is that in 3 of those seasons we have played the best team in world football at that time Bayern twice and Barca in 2011. We were never expected to beat them and did better than expected in those ties, we messed up against AC Milan but the 4th we conceded against them was a penalty that shouldn’t have counted otherwise we would have went through. Against Monaco we could have been out of sight by half time in the first leg but Giroud had a bad night and we were 1-0 down because of a tame shot deflected past our keeper. Misfortune is almost always a factor in losses.

Chairman Meow

I agree, frankly I thought we were excellent all round with only bellerin and alexis slightly off, but still great. the ratings are meant to be for one game and it seems lots of fools have taken into account the previous leg.

jonnycakes82
jonnycakes82

Spouting that bollocks about Ospina’s kickin again,get over it.Wenger stuck a fork in Schez he’s done.

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix

Stop getting so het up about this, it’s light-hearted. You can’t keep piggybacking on the top comment just because you’ve got an agenda.

Micky
Micky

I know, some of the twitter criticism makes you think they were watching a different game or don`t understand football.!

andre santos
andre santos

for those of you who follow cricket.
there s a new coq on the block.
thinks he s De Coq but stands no chance against our Coq.

gunnerboy
gunnerboy

quinton de kock for south africa.

DEEEE!!!! Coq for Arsenal

Swish
Swish

I hate to say it, but today’s football fan is a lot, lot dumber and it’s mainly localised to these islands whereby running around and doing fuck all for 90 minutes is easier to see for fans who have no concept of the game and it’s complexities than seeing a player who is constantly ghosting around the pitch to find space and recycle the ball, keeping it flowing and moving in the forward direction.

I love Alexis, he was tremendous for us at the start of the season, but he will be given a free pass from some possibly warranted criticisms of late because of his constant energy to zip around the pitch, where as Ozil, who moves so intelligently and so “lackadaisically”, that the opponents don’t see him. If professional football players who are paid thousands of pounds per week can’t pick up his movement, then there is zero chance of the idiotic fan or crap pundit picking up his movement either.

Ozil will never be a player that will spend 90 minutes chasing lost causes and running his feet into the ground. He never has been and never will be. There are many ways to play football, Ozil plays to his own tune and does it better than every player in the world. It’s because of that which is why he has a winners medal for the biggest trophies in football and it’s why these idiotic fans are sitting on their arses watching 20% of the pitch for 90 minutes, listening to has been ex players who could only dream about possessing 20% of Ozil’s ability and 20% of the awards he has won over the last 5 years.

And just think, a player of that ability plays for our club, I’m happy to carry on revelling in the fact I get to see him pull on Arsenal colours every week and see him do his thing for us. These muppets can carry on showing their lack of any knowledge and slate him from a position that means fuck all, Wenger sees his class and he’s the one who picks the team.

BurnBabyBurn
BurnBabyBurn

I love this comment

oh robin!
oh robin!

Mate, I cannot express in words how much I love this comment. The vitriol towards Ozil has just become Ridiculous these days.

gooner1886
gooner1886

Absolutely spot on! I would also add that a successfull team (and maybe life in general) is all about balance, you require players with different attributes to make that work.

Let’s talk about how he was much better for real Madrid, I wonder if that’s because they spend 80% of their games attacking against mostly far inferior teams… you think? Lol

Larone
Larone

I want this comment to be seen by the world. And if not the world then at the very least by Savage, Mills, Owen and any other of these baboons in suits that call themselves ‘experts’. Ozil’s stats don’t lie. He is world class.

timmytimtimothy
timmytimtimothy

Don’t ask me why I was on goal.com because it is drab, but they legit had a category at one point dedicated entirely to Ozil and all their articles bagging him. Forget the campaign against Chelsea, there has been a campaign/agenda against Ozil from the second he stepped onto the pitch in an Arsenal shirt.

Your comment is brilliant mate. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

I just wish more of our fans would open their eyes. If they did they’d see that we’re on the brink of building a tremendously talented and competitive team, and Ozil is at the centre of it! It doesn’t happen over night.

2nd or higher plus the FA Cup this season, and let’s go one step further next 🙂

COYG! Stick together 🙂

Stuart_Ten
Stuart_Ten

Thank you!

Bould's Eyeliner
Bould's Eyeliner

I think the obvious reasoning behind the pundits’ disgusting laziness in failing to come up with a single new sentence is also because he’s not exactly ‘white.’ They have no problem with Mertesacker and Podolski is loved, but Ozil, of course, not white, Turkish descent, not British, etc. Of course he’s the lazy one, etc., there’s some obvious racial undertone in lots of British commentary I’ve noticed…

Correct me if I’m being overly paranoid please, but I can’t help but feel that someone in the media has to start taking responsibility for the way they portray the game – a lot of fans nowadays learn the game from commentators frighteningly enough because that’s how these pundits are pitched – as ‘so-called’ experts.

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

So how do you explain the free pass given to Walcott for 9 years? Let’s keep it sensible shall we

Bould's Eyeliner
Bould's Eyeliner

Because he’s British. Nationalism and racism are not mutually exclusive… Plus there’s a very tangible and real thing where people are averse to being racist towards black people due to social stigma, and yet Asians and ‘Middle Easterners’ are somewhat free targets.

But this is quickly derailing from football so, if the general opinion is that I am being paranoid/ridiculous/*insertexpletive* I shall be more than happy to do so, rather than miserably continuing to believe that my suspicions are reality.

The red man
The red man

Well said

Mesut O'no
Mesut O'no

I’m sorry but some of you ‘fans’ really need to take your Ozil tinted glasses off.

He wasn’t bad tonight but he also wasn’t fantastic, he was mediocre and a record signing should be better than mediocre.

My favourite bit from him was when he took a free kick with about 5 minutes left, the first defender cleared it back to him but he just stood still & let the Monaco player collect it & run towards our goal.

Just because some one criticizes Ozil doesn’t mean they dont know football, it is a game based on opinions & some people don’t think he is as good as the know it all’s seem to think.

Swish
Swish

I love how you put ‘fans’ in your post to signal that we’re not fans, because we are supporting a player in our team against the detractors. As for mediocre tonight, he was well above average, his passing was smart, he created more chances than anyone else and he spent 90 minutes trying to find the right ball through a wall of 11 Monaco players.

As you said, it’s a game based off opinions, if that’s the case, feel free to look at the stats and you’ll see that he has become vital to this team, significantly over the last few weeks. Not opinions, facts. Calling those people who rely on facts and not opinions doesn’t make us know it alls, it makes us see the player without any tinted glasses whilst you are still wearing yours to underrate him.

WineArse
WineArse

I don’t know it all, but I’m pretty sure the game of football is not based on opinions.

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix

Don’t you see? This is the exact problem with Ozil’s style of play; we simply do not understand it! It’s a point I’ve been trying to make for ages. Anyone who analyses him positively will often use reference the fact that he is “subtle” and that “people don’t understand how well he plays” because in truth they themselves aren’t 100% certain of it. Whereas those who say negative things about him almost always simply become that stereotypical fan who is ignorant of how well he plays. It’s like that article I think arseblog referenced a while back; we simply don’t know enough about football to rate him properly, there aren’t obvious stats that will summarise his impact.

It’s infuriating. Because we’re basically arguing for him with “we can’t tell he’s playing well” and arguing against him with “we can’t tell he’s playing well”.

GoonerN16

Lost ya….. and your point is that you cannot tell if or when Ozil is playing well? But that says more about you, than him….. surely.

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix

Probably 🙁 but with most players it’s pretty obvious whether or not they’ve had a good game or not. With Ozil there seems to be a lot more variables.

My problem is probably that I rate Messi as the pinnacle of what a footballer can become, and players like Cazorla, Rosicky and Sanchez seem to have many more of Messi’s traits than Ozil does. But of course there are different ways in which a player can be effective – Ronaldo is the second best player in the world and he’s also very different to Messi.

I really like that I don’t understand Ozil because it reminds me that football is an incredibly complex game. But at the same time you’re probably right in that this means my opinion on him is completely irrelevant.

Dick Swiveller
Dick Swiveller

Well, if you don’t understand the way he plays then any comment will be pretty much just arguing.

GoonaChris

Neither can I. He was involved in almost every attack. Exquisite close control, held the ball while under pressure, and on the turn spraying a quick accurate pass… Especially in the last 10 mins and stoppage time where he played some dangerous balls into the box, and that run where he went on to weave between 3 or 4 players was incredible. It was a vintage performance from Ozil.

Such a shame we have failed to progress at this stage once again. The better team went out of course but we were just incredibly naive to gift Monaco this tie from that 1st leg.

ARiddlingName
ARiddlingName

While I love Alexis and he does not deserve too much criticism ‘in general’ after this match because he is quite clearly burning out due to being over-played, I think his rating for tonight particularly deserves to be lower..

David C
David C

it’s not a lack of effort. Actually, I think he was trying too hard at times to make something magical happen and gave the ball away cheaply. I’ll never blame him for anything because he simply carried this team through the first half of the season.

Micky
Micky

Think Alexis needs a rest before he gets injured, he deserves it although I would`t think he would want it!!

Micky
Micky

I mean deserves a rest!

Rochester
Rochester

Damn, I down voted you by accident. Damn s*rs fan must have been the other

Mpls
Mpls

He probably does need a rest. Fact is though, he’s a high-risk and high-reward style of player. He consistently charges into heavy defending, tries to make the risky pass work, and sometimes holds on to it too long. He did this even when he was carrying the team but his scoring was more consistent. When he’s on scoring and creating form it’s a worthwhile tradeoff for the most part, but I do think his big opportunity for improvement is in passing to maintain possession and pressure before he runs into a crowd of 3-4 defenders. Choosing his time to go hell-for-leather correctly will put him on top of his game.

aaron
aaron

Completely agree, if you don’t let him do those take on’s and dribbles then you will lose out on the times when they pay off massively, even last night when he wasn’t at his best, his touch and dribbling earned us freekicks in dangerous areas. Seems like as the season has gone on he is getting the ball in deeper areas and trying to force play a bit whereas at the start of the season he was getting the ball in dangerous areas, taking a few touches and unleashing a shot.

I think with the abundance of quality we now have in those attacking areas, he should be given a rest asap, Welbeck can fill in for him (work rate, high tempo game) and Walcott is more than capable of scoring the goals Sanchez has.

rich
rich

if you want to talk about keeping the ball,and passing it around yeah the three midfielders did ok,if you want to talk about making significant impacts on the game, no they didn’t enough, in the end sanchez, got fouled a lot and fell over quite a bit, carzola, held onto the ball well, got out of a few tricky situations with his neat footwork,passed it well, but kept running into the opposition and losing it, ozil kept the ball moving a lot, mainly sideways and also got away from a few tackles, but gave the ball away several times, and when he did lose the ball made very little effort to win it back. all three of them did ok, obviously we won the game 2-0, but we needed them to really be on their game in order to smash Monaco, and this is where they failed

Swish
Swish

Agreed, I love him to bits, he’s easily found his way into the favour of every Gunner with his first half of the season performances. I’d like to see him get a couple of weeks rest to get his energy levels back up as well as his focus, which seems to have gone a bit to the wayside lately. With the exit of Europe, we have Newcastle this weekend and then Liverpool on the 4th April. I’d rest him for the Newcastle game, let Welbeck start in that position and have Ramsey on the other flank, then start him against Liverpool.

The rest could do him the world of good as we look towards the end of the season, would love to see him hit his previous form again!

DFS
DFS

Alexis should have been taken off at half time. Welbeck was playing better, creating chances and enjoying more penetration.

I have said it before but there could be an ongoing dilemma with Sanchez developing.

Some weeks ago I made a point which some did not appreciate – that Sanchez did not appear to have been coached much since his arrival (some have since agreed) and now he has lost form it would be hard for the coach/manager to step in and ‘guide’ him back to form as they are essentially starting from zero.

Perhaps they should not even try. I have a feeling rather than interfere with Sanchez at his ‘natural’ best, the better option is to rest him (seriously -rest him) , simply be positive and let him work out his form for himself.

Tonight he looked addled…he was on the left, on the right, in deeper positions and then in the center trying to force something to happen. I felt he was confused because perhaps he is now being given confusing input (ultimately this is likely why he did not ‘fit’ with Barcelona).

I think he is a unique player who should be afforded a degree of free rein I would not extend to most, in large part because you know that he is going to put in a demon of a defensive turn regardless. However, I have a feeling that trying to impose too much structure on his game will stifle rather than improve it.

As I have said, I think if he is well rested, always encouraged and afforded a freer rein, he’ll work himself back into great form.

gooner1886
gooner1886

I have to disagree you don’t take off alexis in a game like tonight. He has the ability to get a goal from nothing, or beat a player and make a chance, he can even bang in free kicks… He didn’t play well but tonight was not the time to sub/rest him

DFS
DFS

It is a time to rest him. I believe he has now only scored once in the last 8 games.

If you use your argument you might as well apply it to any forward who has been in form through a period…they could all score at any time.

I can only recall one cross from Sanchez that created an oppotunity in the box yet Welbeck was consistently causing their defense problems.

If Real fans can call for Ronaldo to be subbed I think Sanchez can be rested.

raron aamsey
raron aamsey

Ozil was our best player. Again.

ARiddlingName
ARiddlingName

Upvoted because Ozil was fantastic, but IMO Koscielny was our MOTM, hardly put a foot wrong and had a fighting spirit till the end. Santi was a magician today as well, he had the most touches a player has had for an English club since 2009, gave away possession a bit at first but learned and improved during the game itself.

Swish
Swish

Agreed, Kos had another fine game tonight. Santi as usual, was terrific.

Pedro
Pedro

I hope Piers Morgan dies in a car crash.

Vino
Vino

Just delete him off Twitter and act like he did, fairly simple really.

TruthHurts
TruthHurts

His criticism is actually beneficial

Man Like Ozil
Man Like Ozil

Or, you know, you could just block him on twitter and move on with your life? Maybe turn off your phone every now and again? You’re not being forced to listen to him, so if he doesn’t fit your narrative that’s fine – leave him be.

Theone
Theone

No way Ozil was that good. Ramsey deserves that spot.

rochester
rochester

you’ve made your point several times, we know what you think. Although I don’t really think that you think.

Swish
Swish

70+ thumbs down, clearly you’re wrong.

rich
rich

or this page is full of people with a certain opinion

Daniel
Daniel

I understand why Walcott was supposed to come on, but I can’t help but feel that Welbeck may have been more effective in the final 15 minutes given our strategy at that point in the game of lobbing the ball into their box. Oh well. Time to retain our cup and take 2nd in the league!

Man Like Ozil
Man Like Ozil

But then you’re left with the inevitable question of who to take off for Walcott (the most likely player to score) – Ozil, Giroud, Santi, Welbeck or Sanchez? In any other game I think Sanchez would have been off but we needed three goals. Welbeck – as good as he’s been recently – is the least likely to create/score a goal out of those options. It was almost an inevitable sacrifice.
And please, please, please, please… let’s cut out the “time to retain the cup”/”at least we’ll win the FA cup” mentality right now. We nearly got buggered last year because of complacency and I think if that, and our first leg against Monaco prove anything, it’s that nothing can be taken for granted.

nevilleneville
nevilleneville

Are we asserting that a fans complasency has an impact on the psychological preparation of a professional athlete.

I want to see a correlation.

Where is @7amkickoff?

Gunnergetuptogetdown
Gunnergetuptogetdown

Gutted, so fucking close, yet so fucking far! Hopefully we have finally learnt our lesson this year. Time will tell….

TH9
TH9

The Ozil stuff is getting silly now, and i am glad blogs has pointed it out.

Santi, COq and Ozil were a great midfield spine tonight, the problems came out wide. People get annoyed when Ozil passes backwards and sideways…it’s because there is NO forward pass on. People are idiots.

Spooner
Spooner

Pretty stingy ratings, except for Walcott, remarkably. Thought mostly we were excellent tonight. With a few different decisions / more luck off the woodwork we might have made it through against the odds. Agree Ozil was impressive, though looked like his touch went off a little from tiredness or the desire to make something happen (lots of rapid fire balls in, which though good were less composed than he normally is).

Shere Willpower
Shere Willpower

No additional rating? Referee should get a 0/10.

mashkeyboardgetusername
mashkeyboardgetusername

I was quite impressed with him, that missed back pass aside. I don’t think Sanchez dived, just tripped over his own legs, but I can see why it could have looked like a dive.

Dick Swiveller
Dick Swiveller

Nah, the guy went into his side, there was enogh force to justify a penalty but might have been soft. Noone would bat an eyelid if it were given against us.

David C
David C

Away goals rule sucks!!!! No other sport has this nonsense. I’m from North America, but I would think that every neutral in the world thinks this game deserved extra time. They beat us by 2 goals, we beat them by 2 goals; what’s the difference?

Argh!!!!!

Well done to the Arsenal. You guys did all the fans proud. That silly 3rd goal in the first game…I knew it would be too much.

FA Cup and a rush up the standings! Still a great season, especially considering all the injury nonsense.

No one wanted to see that boring Monaco team going through…argh!! ok, rant over.

Thanks to the Arseblog community for being a great place to vent and laugh 🙂

Erwan
Erwan

You know its okay to rate Alexis fairly when he has a bad game, and I think a 6 is pretty generous for him today. He’s not above the team and we don’t have rationalize anything when he has a bad game, as he did today…he’s played his heart out for us this season but he seems to be suffering from some burn out. That is the natural course of a player’s trajectory. I think he lost the ball way too much today and didn’t do much with it when he had it. He’s probably a 4.5-5 for me. Our most wasteful player on the pitch in Monaco.

He needs to sit a game out and rest. And I’m okay with that with Ramsey returning to form – in him we’ve got another goal scorer.

Slickspartan
Slickspartan

I seriously don’t understand how Ozil can come in for any criticism, this was arguably one of his best games for us, in the 2nd half especially he gave absolutely everything and if he’s often getting judged for not taking games by the scruff of the neck, surely he done the opposite today!

Other then than Bellerin and Coquelin are becoming a joy to watch and thoroughly deserve their places in the team and Cazorla was brilliant as usual but watching Kos absolutely go in for everything and put his body on the line time as time again was reminiscent of Adams or Campbell!

I know we’ve been here before and know there are still improvements to be made but watching us these last few games and how far our passing and general game play had come along, dare I say that the team are finally clicking. I mean we’re usually reliant on one player but this is the first time in a long while where no matter whose name is in the first 11, you can almost guarantee a good performance!

I guess what I’m trying to say is I’m finally starting to enjoy watching this team play again!

Swish
Swish

Despite a couple of hiccups (Monaco at home, Spurs and Southampton at the start of the year), we’ve been playing at a different level, one that gives me great encouragement for our chance in the FA Cup. I also think that if Chelsea suffer another defeat or two between now and the end of the season (hopefully one of which is against us), I quietly see us making a bit of a late ‘out of nowhere’ challenge to the league. Admittedly, it’s a hopeful idea, but the way that our form in the league is and with them having a bit of a set back, I can see us finish strong enough to give them cause for concern or at the very least, some momentum to believe in ourselves for next year in the league. Dare I say it, I haven’t seen us play this well and this consistently since moving to the Emirates.

Tolz
Tolz

I totally agree with you. The team is finally beginning to play sumptuous football, reminiscent of Wenger teams of years past

Alex
Alex

Something to build on. I always get the sneaking suspicion that Wenger’s approach is to let the players manage themselves and then we get a poor first-leg result, he steps in to do some managing and we play a blinder….and fall just short.

I know I’m wrong about this, but it’s hard to feel differently. I’ll shake it off by the weekend. CO CO COYG

Dan D
Dan D

Agree with all but one of the ratings.

Sadly think Walcott was a non entity again and for me Welbeck should not have been taken off, so would have given him a 5.

Tearing my hair out re the Ozil comments tonight on TV. Actually think he should have buried the chance that he hit narrowly wide but otherwise thought he was excellent. Scholes has a bit of a vendetta for me with regards to Ozil.

DFS
DFS

Luckily the commentary I received overseas was Alan Smith…

Its been a huge mistake to use this generation of players (Neville (Gary), Scholes and McManaman) as if the public has demanded it. They consistently remark about kicking players out of the game (Phil Nevelle seems to be the only one to take the crticism to heart and improve) and they appear to have a blatant personal agenda regarding certain players.

With Ozil, I presume the issue for the likes of Scholes is jealously. He can obviously appreciate Ozil’s game (and will have endlessly pondered what it would have been like to face him) but chooses to run him down. It’s pathetic.

I have no problem with an ex-player providing commentary if they are inciteful, impartial and intelligent.- unfortunately the majority of those now employed offer nothing you could not hear down the pub.

I have long advocated for more smart football journalists to be used…

Mpls
Mpls

It’s not just you. Scholes has made up his mind what he’s going to say about Ozil regardless of the performance. Ozil would have been a prime candidate for one of ‘Scholesey’s Clumsy Tackles’ and he’s just bitter he didn’t get the chance.

But just look at what team all the divey cunts are on these days. I’d like someone to ask how he feels about that.

gazgoon
gazgoon

Really interesting to hear all the diverse commentary about Mesut. Personally, I think he’s the secret weapon that Arsenal have. He, by the virtue of his intelligent running (with the ball and without) and passing is the real groove to this team. He makes it tick. He makes his team mates that much better.

I thought his relationship with Ramsey last year was telling, and I can see them picking up where they left off last year now that both are coming into form and match fit. There are others that come to mind etc.

One thing that might appease the “negatives”, is that in recent games he’s tracked back and won the ball. I’m so happy to see this, (not in a “E’s fcukin’ rarnin ‘roun abit” manner) but because it indicates the guy is still learning what his game is. He’s already the only guy in the world who can see and make those amazing passing angles, and now he’s adding another facet or skill base to his play.

The guy is the best in his position in the world; and he wants to get better.

Dick Swiveller
Dick Swiveller

I think it’s his improved strength that matters a lot more than the running around, he did use to get barged off the ball (generally legitmitate challenges, sometimes not) which tends to occupy people’s minds more than the intelligent movement and technique that got him there in the first place. That’s why he’s a better player now imo, anyway.

gooner1886
gooner1886

Scholes has an anti arsenal agenda full stop. How does a man who can barely spit out two coherent sentences get a job as a pundit?

Gargoyle
Gargoyle

I came here to give Walcott a zero because he had little to no impact. We were playing with a man less because he was hiding behind Giroud in the box instead of providing some needed width. Everyone else was fantastic. Maybe Alexis could’ve done better, but he was fouled every 2 minutes, so I can’t really fault him that much.

Man Manny
Man Manny

We fought gallantly. Once again we fall short. No hard feelings.
This team won’t finish below second in the league if we continue playing like this.
Win the FA cup and if wemake two good signings in the summer, watch this team challenge the football power-houses next season.

Slickspartan
Slickspartan

I don’t get what’s going on with Walcott, other than hitting the post he done nothing, did he even have more than 3 touches of the ball since coming on! We were practically down to 10 men! I just don’t think he’s good enough for us anymore, every single one of our players are good and comfortable on the ball… Walcotts never been that player! He’s fast, gets in between the lines and was generally a good finisher but even his finishing seems to have abandoned him this season! Id happily take what we can for him and cut our losses

Swish
Swish

If Walcott can get back to his goalscoring form, I believe he will be a real asset for us. I just don’t see him getting a first place start and when his agent is telling him that he is worth more than £100,000 a week, I’m sure he’ll be telling him that he deserves a starting 11 spot week in and week out. I’d love to see him stay and fight, but he just doesn’t strike me as that sort of player and I can see him pushing for a move and us cashing in on him at the end of the season if his contract negotiations don’t progress quicker than they did last year.

Wenger is bang on the money, if he wants to be in a top team, he needs to stay and fight for a place. He also isn’t anywhere near as crucial as he was to us during his last negotiations.

shgooner
shgooner

Exactly as I predicted, we won 2-0 scoring a first half goal and another with 10 minutes to go. However, it does not take a genius to make this prediction. Anyone who has followed Arsenal for the past 3 years only would have made that prediction. In fact not only have we done this against Milan and Bayern but also this season against Stoke. 3-0 down at halftime, we needed 3 goals and guess what, we managed to score 2. It’s noteworthy that like tonight, the second was scored by Aaron Ramsey. Now I know that we were terrible in the first leg (just like we were in the first half against Stoke) but I don’t want to talk about that. I want to talk about us not having a plan B. In situations like this, we have had 45 minutes to score the equalizer against Milan, 20 minutes against Stoke, and tonight we had 15 minutes. For some reason, when we need 1 more goal our players become less urgent and don’t know what to do with the ball. Our long balls were easily cleared (not only tonight but against Stoke as well) because our players were trying to pick out someone in the box. The proper way to is to have 3 or 4 players in the box and then play a long ball randomly and have one of our players win the ball and if the second ball falls to another one of our players he will score. That’s what any other team would have done tonight. We need to start learning how to play in these situations even though it would be better to avoid these situations in the first place.

tim

Guys can somebody please tell me why the fuck was gibbs put on, he did nothing but pass sideways or back.

Why not Gabriel, very good in the air and well able to handle the big defenders, plus taking off welbeck was fucking stupid. We needed tall lads for the last few minutes.

Maddolove
Maddolove

Gabriel is a central defender, how was he suppose to help attacking play.
The five attackers we had in the pitch were responsible for our forward play.

Gabriel really.

tim

Why, because when he comes on , you have a choice of pushing mert, kos or gab upfront and using him like the orchs use crouch, thats why. We needed strong lads for the last 15 or so but instead we keep the ball out around the midfield passing with no end product. Why not lump the fucking thing into the box and see if theres a break maybe a knock down just MIGHT fall to one of ours for a fucking change.

tim

Look maybe emotions are still too high to come on here and start talking about it.

Won’t be right for days after this.

Goodnight everyone.

Sean
Sean

Bonus 0/10 to the ever-infuriating Andy Bellend for saying at the beginning of the match that Özil shouldn’t have been in the starting line-up. I’d rather watch the game in pure silence than have that absolute Derek ramble on from one nonsensical bleat to the next.

TH9
TH9

Oh and Walcott was brought on upfront to play next to Giroud, quite clearly too.

But he is the scapegoat de jour ofc.

Saffa Gooner
Saffa Gooner

If the game lasted 90 minutes tonight we would have won. Thanks ref.

Jap's Eye
Jap's Eye

I marked Özil less than others as he still had that exasperating shrug when a pass goes astray and the lack of trying to get it back. In the second half he was the man we paid big money for, working with Santi and Rambo, some exquisite passing and the ball to Nacho sublime.

Maddolove
Maddolove

The Home Leg: The moment The Ox lost that ball at the Emirates after scoring he’s fabulous goal at 2:1, I tweeted, “the Ox gives and the Ox takes it away” that 3:1 scoreline will be the end of us,

The Away Leg: And to be honest The Ox would have been the ideal player tonight with 15 minutes to go to dribble in the penalty box at The Monacians . The Monaco players were puffing and fatigue at 75 minutes. Theo bless him is low in confidence and his contibution was limited.

I thought Santi was super
I thought Ozil excellent
I thought Kos was the Boss
I thought Giroud and Alexis was target by Monaco
I think Giroud is more than a 7/10 striker as tweeted by the ignorant @MiguelDelaney
I thought Bellerin could have crossed better balls, but he was great ( He’ll be a star)
I thought Nacho had a good game, but hit tired at the end
I thought Per did his bit very well ( marshalled the group)
I though Le Coq was okay, but Ramsey is on form ( two goals in two games )
I though Ospina had little to do

I thought Monaco an very average Championship team ( Ligue 1) which we allowed to ” do us over” at the Emirates

I thought we were excellent tonight and it will be perceived as a Glorious Failure againin the CL ; But maybe next year season when the Arsenal players have their first preseason together in two years ( Ozil, Alexis, Gabriel, Calum, Debucy, Ospina, Kliek,), we will Match On various fronts

I love my team
Arsenal

Lindhe
Lindhe

This was a game when we should have had Podolski, banging them goals in at 100mph, I’m serious when we dominate a game such as this, It’s always good to have a deadly shooter like him. I rather have Podolski than Walcott as a supersub.

batman's agent
batman's agent

Ozil is really a humble lovable guy but he is no word class football player. Maybe it’s time we let go all the conspiracy theories on how,somehow, Ozil controlled and dictate the game with a trace. His supposed( and really rare) excellent outings are average at best when compared what Cesc used to do when he was here. Besides, we are arsenal – we may not know much about Defenders but we could talk all day about creative midfielders and Ozil is just a decent no.10 whatever the stats may say. Am not saying he is a flop but he is a flop. Let’s admit we overpaid for him( these things happen btw) and move on. Atleast he is not a cunt – he is a lovable, humble, classy guy with a decent football skills.

Micky
Micky

Sorry, you are entitled to your opinion but I can`t agree with you. Most of our positive play involves Ozil, did tonight and has done since he came back from injury. How can he be a flop?
Yes Cesc is a good player BUT he is struggling at the moment.. is he now a flop?

Swish
Swish

“Ozil is just a decent no.10 whatever the stats may say. Am not saying he is a flop but he is a flop. Let’s admit we overpaid for him”

Quite possibly the single most unintelligent thing I’ve read on this site today.

wellarsed
wellarsed

batman called. you’re fired.

Mpls
Mpls

Ozil and Cesc are different players. They play differently. They play different positions. They find spaces differently. One is left footed, the other is right footed. Ozil leads breakouts along the wings and floats laterally across the pitch in the attacking half. Cesc with that team is more a deeper lying playmaker while others do full AM duties. I don’t know what the hell he did with Barfa because that league bores me.

Long story short, direct comparisons between ‘the good old days’ players and the ones we have now just do not make sense.

The only people that looked off their game tonight to me were Alexis (because he set the bar high for himself) and Theo.

mashkeyboardgetusername
mashkeyboardgetusername

I’d actually put that down as one of our best performances of the season, even though we’ve scored more in other games and ended up going out on the night. Really impressed with pretty much the entire team, we just gave ourselves too much to do in the first leg. Maybe we’ll learn that lesson next year (assuming we qualify, which I believe we can). Maybe.

Ozil had a cracking game, but Bellerin impressed me the most, defended brilliantly (he dealt with that situation where he was the only defender between the attacker and the goalie perfectly, looked much more experienced than he actually is) and made some good moves going forward. Kind of wish someone would make the right wing position their own so he can really start to build an understanding with them.

santori
santori

Personally felt Walcott was the sort of player who could grab us two quick goals early on first half. Let him do the business and then take him off. As the game wore on and us getting closer to a positive result, Monaco would only become more entrench and less likely to cede space.

That said, we bit off more than we could chew because we were negligent first leg.

Opportunity missed this time which is what is so galling. Still I do not feel this team is close to being able to go all the way in the CL yet (bar a substantial amount of luck)

Still think we are one or two players away for that.

if we add a Khedira in the summer and maybe someone more creative to replace Walcott should he decide to leave, we may be able to mount a better challenge.

As is our focus is on finishing high in second and retain the FA cup for a second successive season.

If we finish second, it would demonstrate that we are closer at least to providing the consistency we need to sustain the challenge for the top prize domestically next season. That must be the next step.

Mohd
Mohd

Imho.there was too much overelaboration in the box.It was one pass too many.
Btw,some of the gunners were guilty of giving the ball away under pressure.
Against a swift counter attacking team like MU,it could have been curtains.
Anyway I am proud of the gunners performance and hopefully they can finish 2nd/3rd.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

It was a valiant effort… again. It’s a shame it all felt so inevitable. Hopefully next year we’ll learn to keep it tight in the first leg if we’re behind.
We scored 2 goals against a really stingy defence so that’s a massive positive to take away from the game and bring in to the rest of the season. Just hope the heartache doesn’t effect the team too much and that it’s a lesson learned by all

kaius
kaius

Great team performance. Kos was immense. Was on my feet applauding for minutes after Ramsey’s goal. Annoyed we couldn’t vary our play with early whipped crosses and shots from OUTSIDE the box, but we systematically subdued them physically and technically.

Alexis is battered from good ol’ 1st season syndrome (and he’s not the only player in the league who’s gone off the boil after a storming first half of a post-WC season). He’ll be monstrous next season. His style of play set a high standard for the rest of the team and we’ve been better for it.

Newcastle will be very tough after this game.

santori
santori

Alas, here’s where a Podolski may have been useful to throw into the mix last 10 minutes.

Feel if we do lose (let go) of Walcott in the summer that we should add a quasi-striker/winger with some experience./creativity

Granted Akpom, and Campbell (depending on loan performance) may push for this role but if they are not ready, then maybe someone from market can be an unknown but with wicked skills and predatory finishing.

Dick Swiveller
Dick Swiveller

I#m keeping my fingers crossed for Reus, pie in the sky but it would be perfect.

Wenger's Glasses
Wenger's Glasses

Giroud is top class. His performance in this game cemented that. Wrestling Monaco’s muscle heads on top non stop the whole game & get his goal.

Ozil & Santi, wow, I don’t think they can feel their own legs after this game. Really gave their all to the team.

I’m sad that we’re out, but also proud of the display. As everybody has pointed out, the fault is in the first game. Not in this one.

Matt
Matt

Great effort from The Arsenal tonight. The first leg was very much the exception when considering our current form. In reality I doubt we would have had much chance of winning the Champions League even if we did pull it off tonight.

I have no idea why Walcott was tucking in and standing on the defender when the game was begging to be stretched across the pitch. He offers little or no threat in the air and he was not making any clever or decisive runs in behind his marker. He did not look like a man desperate to make an impact to me.

Ozil was class yet again and worked as hard as anybody on the pitch until the 95 minute. Amazing that he was singled out by the ‘experts’ when Alexis was quite clearly the one struggling. I really do think that Alexis’ action man looks and constant running gives him an exemption from criticism among some fans and the media on the whole. While Mesut looks like more of an owl with pre-pubescent facial hair and despite his obvious class, is made out to be some kind of amateur (world cup winning) player.

Mark
Mark

So close and had some good chances (Welbeck’s shot blocked by the defender,Ozil’s free kick, the Giroud/Sanchez blunder, etc.) and were unlucky in some respects, but also did ourselves in at times with too many overrunning the ball and then our turning it over, not being very effective with our crosses (not sending them far enough and also no runs to the front post in front of the defender) and a number of bad turnovers when easy passes were available (esp in our half by Sanchez and Carzola). Good effort though by everyone and it wasn’t for lack of trying.

This match yet again showed what limited role Walcott can play when everyone is healthy as Sanchez, Chamberlin and Welbeck all have his speed, but all can dribble and play all over the field. Walcott is not suited for games when the defense is sitting deep and packing it in. I would not be surprised to see him hold out on signing a contract extension and then being sold this Summer.

I think Gibbs was brought in for some speed in the back as we were taking chances, but would love to see him touch the ball with his right foot one time. If he could dribble or shoot right footed teams are giving him that all day, but he keeps cutting back left.

Near the end I would have put Per up in the box with Giroud as we were launching balls in. Keep Bellerin and Gibbs a bit deeper with Koscielny, but have Mertesacker up there as a a target and also drawing attention from Giroud.

santori
santori

If we have to lose Walcott, we need a more creative player who can also play second striker.

Someone like Paulo Dybala comes to mind. Possibly Greizzman. Maybe Cabella rehabilitated but he is a little on the small side. A tricky player that can poach goals.

AndyWales
AndyWales

Played way too narrow towards the end. Ramsey ended up playing as a right winger for the last 10 minutes because there was no space in the middle. If Walcott sat on the right touchline and Sanchez on the left, then the goal would have inevitably came. Very good performance, but lacked mentality to finish the job. After the second goal, they were there for the taking.

NewHampshireGunner
NewHampshireGunner

Should have been 2-0 up by half-time with the Alexis penalty and Giroud’s pirouette goal. Every single time Alexis managed to shrug off a few minor fouls and hit the ground the referee would gesture to get up and I’d swear loudly. We didn’t deserve to through over two legs but I felt we did enough to get the 3-0 on another day. 7/10 times a game like today would have resulted in at least 3 maybe 4 goals.

We didn’t turn on fully until 30 minutes into the first half and Monaco did the exact opposite at the start of the second half. The second goal came a bit too late but you can’t fault the effort on the night. This round of the Champ’s League is played over two legs however and we woke up late.

FA cup and at least second this year. Champ’s league and 1st in the Prem next year. We’re good enough.

Mate Kiddleton
Mate Kiddleton

Scholes is a moron. “Ozil disappointing”. And that’s it, no reason why. Despite Mesut being a lynchpin in us controlling the midfield. Yeah great fucking punditry you worthless ginger cunt.

Black Hei
Black Hei

Quite amazing how Scholes, who is such a brilliant player, can sprout so much shite about Ozil.

Yorkshire Gunner
Yorkshire Gunner

Its an easy narrative for them to be honest and requires less effort than proper analysis.What I’d like to hear from Scholes, who was a top player, would be what Ozil might think about doing better etc.The level of TV punditry is sadly almost uniformly shit.

He did the give the ball away at times but trying to pass through a forest of players is never easy.

It really wasn’t a game for Walcott come the end to be fair but he does seem to be stationing himself too much at the edge of the box looking for that run in inside too much when he perhaps should look for other positions from which to get involved.

A win on Saturday will see us back on track for second.

Smudger
Smudger

He is a tedious bellend with no personality at all. Quite why he’s on TV spouting his nonsensical, ill-informed bollocks I’ll never know. My favourite comment was his outrage at Ozil swapping shirts at half time. Yeah, cause Mesut went up to Geoffrey fucking Kondogbia and said “‘scuse me mate, can I have your shirt, I’m a big fan”. Piss off, manc cunt.

Daniel
Daniel

Some of the criticism Ozil receives is completely unfair. He was absolutely brilliant! I know he probably couldn’t care less about what people like that ginger nut Paul Scholes have got to say about him but it really irks me!

arsenal fan
arsenal fan

Just wanna say Giroud was fantastic. He showed exceptional desire to win today. Never stopped running, never stopped trying, never gave up.
Na na na nanana na. Nanana na. GIROUD

jinwee

Özil had a better game today. I feel his improvement rate is steadily and slowly improving. Rly hope Sanchez gets a rest, form is not so good now, but class is permanent form is temporary. Walcott isn’t involved in team play at the moment, would have podolski over Walcott. Just my thoughts.

ghanagunner
ghanagunner

Don’t know if I should call you (arseblog) lazy or smart but i must say i was a little annoyed about having to see you put the same ratings here on espn. I was really looking forward for a little variation when i came here.

Swish
Swish

Err… it was the same match.

Anmol
Anmol

Agree with most part just think it will be Coq, Ramsey and Cazorla in the middle, and front three of Giroud Ozil and Welbeck

walcottboycott
walcottboycott

Is it just me really feeling the Walcott hate? He had what, 20 minutes? Time and time again saw him in good positions (acres) with no one wanting to find him…

A lot of talk about Ozil’s ‘ghosting/positioning’ that your average fan can’t see. I agree his positioning is amazing, but you see his and not Walcott’s? Very strange for me Jeff

wellarsed
wellarsed

Apart from the obvious frustration that a really decent away win counts for nought because we simply didn’t turn up for the first leg, I have to say I am really impressed with the development of several key players. Bellerin & the Coq have come in for deserved praise but I’ve also been really impressed with Nacho Monreal lately. He’s progressed leaps and bounds compared to the often nervy and desperate defender he was last season. I complained about him last season but credit where it’s due. Kudos Nacho!

momo
momo

cant believe he has hardly been mentioned but how good is monreal? solid, old-school, well positioned fullback. santi and co trust him up front more than theo and some others. he’s become a very solid player

Conchetumadre
Conchetumadre

Arsenal did really good today as a whole. Great defending away from home and constant pressure on the home team, and we scored two goals, and kept the home team begging for the ref to blow the final whistle. What else can we ask for?? Although I teared up a bit at the end, I was more proud to be an Arsenal fan.

SFGiants
SFGiants

Obviously, if we’d played this way in the first game, the Monegasques would be the ones crying in their beer. But now we can concentrate on the FA Cup and on snagging 2nd place.