Arsenal are through to the semi-final of the Europa League after a 1-0 win over Napoli gave us a 3-0 aggregate win over the Italians. Alexandre Lacazette’s first half free kick brought about the all-important away goal, which left the home side with a mountain to climb that even the crazy bloke who free-climbed El Capitan couldn’t have managed.

The downside was an injury to Aaron Ramsey who looked to have pulled his hamstring but all in all a good night’s work.

Read the Napoli 0-1 Arsenal match report and see the goals here

Here’s how the players rated this evening.

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Cacho
Cacho

The semifinals will bring us a tasty matchup with Valencia and a tasty bag of jamon ruffles!

Djgooner
Djgooner

Return of the Coq should be fun

Djgooner
Djgooner

Or rather a tasty return for the Coq

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

A clash of a Coq anda Mkhi.

Ben
Ben

And Gabriel.

indiegooner
indiegooner

And Gabriel Paulista

Almọnd
Almọnd

10/10 for Sokratis trying to convince Koulibaly to hand in a transfer letter to force through a move to Arsenal in the summer.

VAgooner
VAgooner

I thought the same!

goonshow
goonshow

We gotta buy him – he’s a machine!

A Different George
A Different George

And his release clause is a mere 150 million euros.

GoonerJust
GoonerJust

Away victory, away clean sheet, I think it is the first this season? Yeay, away jinx stops in Naples! Now let’s do the domestic away games!!!

Flummoxed
Flummoxed

There was Monday after all.

Pal
Pal

AMN looks like veira with those long strides and impressive strength. Exciting

YoungFabregas
YoungFabregas

Mhmm but looked like Andres Santos the way those Napoli players were dancing past him on the left :/

VAgooner
VAgooner

I kept thinking that he looked like he was trying to avoid getting carded? Either that or his positioning was shit, I’m not sure which it was.

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner

Not sure about Miki. I noticed on Monday against Watford he seems to back off 50/50s and even balls that are in his favour. He did the same tonight

VAgooner
VAgooner

I mentioned on the match report comments that I couldn’t really remember a single positive moment from him this season, just mainly aggressive misses from good positions (not to mention even more aggressive misses from not-so-great positions). Maybe cash in this summer and use the money to reinvest in the defense? Let ESR take his substitute appearances (and starts, for all I care. He’s been great whenever he played this season.) Or, let Reiss Nelson take over his starting spot on the right.

Goonshow
Goonshow

Agreed – not sure where you found the 7 for Miki Blogs? He ran a lot but that’s it – gave the ball away 7 times!! And seemed to drift infield constantly leaving AMN on his own, hence his low tackle count when Nap were pressing 2nd half.

Goonerink

Yeah past 2 games Mhkis final 3rd contribution has been woeful.

I was left wondering how Armenia can look at him as their greatest athlete ever with his current form.

Orse
Orse

This is even more true for Iwobi. He has so little ambition to win a ball atm, like he doesn’t care all that much

goonshow
goonshow

100% – see my comments below. At what point does ‘up and coming talent’ need to deliver… another 4 seasons wait?!!!

DB10s Air Miles
DB10s Air Miles

Missitaryan. Not been overly impressed with him to be honest. I wouldn’t be that sad to see him go.

Aditya Swarup
Aditya Swarup

I know people will downvote this and it was a thoroughly professional European job done by Arsenal. But at the same time, I can’t help but notice that some of our players just don’t know how to tackle and win the ball. Pointing fingers specifically at Mkhitariyan and Iwobi. Almost everytime Mkhitariyan just chickened out of a challenge or going for a 50:50 clash. Iwobi always gets into good positions where we are like 1 on 1 or 2 on 1 but he always makes the wrong decisions. He runs after the players but hardly puts in a firm tackle to win the ball. That is why each and everytime our midfield is overwhelmed and overworked.

It will again be a tough day against Wolves away from home, now that we don’t have Ramsey.

goonshow
goonshow

Spot on mate – I’ve ground the Iwobi axe on this forum many times but we always seem to justify his inclusion with ‘Academy’, ‘youngster’ and ‘talent going forward’ or (as Blogs puts it tonight) ‘good out-ball down the left’.
Its high time we looked at the facts:
– he is no longer a ‘youngster’ – at 23, he’s almost FOUR years older than Guendouzi, for eg – and is he really that much more value to the team? Certainly not ito commitment and work rate;
– ‘talent’ – I’ve always agreed he has undoubted ability… but talent is without commitment and work ethic soon becomes a synonym for ‘wasted potential’. He utter lack of any defensive responsibility is a luxury which this Arsenal team cannot afford;
– ‘out-ball’ – look hard at his stats over the past 2 or 3 seasons: a tiny % of goals and assists relative to the time he’s been on the field. If we class an out-ball as simply getting it into the opposition half for 10-30 seconds before they run it back at us, then fair enough. He runs it up the left, sometimes beating one or even two players BUT…
then frequently gets dispossessed before distributing; or… runs into a blind alley positionally; or… puts in a poor cross or simply passes it back towards the halfway line; or… tries to go on his own and shoots high wide and not very handsome!
He has the worst defensive record in the PL gents… the worst! Check Opta for his 50/50 wins, tackles completed, headers won – whatever formula you choose, it does NOT make pleasant reading.
He’s a likeable fella and yes, an Arsenal lad – but given where we all want – and beleive – this team should rise to, he ain’t up to the task and it’s time we accept that.
As I’ve said before – a useful perspective comes from this: we are giving Ramsey away for FREE; yet keeping Iwobi… in what universe does that make any sense whatsoever?

Goonerink

Iwobi will learn that with games.

Mhki looks like he is past it tbh.

goonshow
goonshow

Mate – he has had 123 appearances for Arsenal, playing over 7000 minutes! How much time should we give him?
In that ‘time’ – he’s scored just 13 goals and has 17 assists… TOTAL! His shots per game is 1.3 but most disappointing is his aerials – less than 10% won. And his supposed ‘strength’ is his size and ability to hold up play??
His return this season is an average of 0.1 goals per game in club competitions. Last season his average was 0.06 goals per game, he scored 3 goals in 52 club matches.
And here’s the thing – his WhoScored rating for this season is his worst for the past 4! So he is not growing or developing but actually backtracking (sadly not what he ever does on the field!)

noel
noel

no cazorla return but hello coquelin and gabriel!! and of course coquelin would score in an arsenal match for the first time of his life……

Adrian
Adrian

Yeah own goal

A Different George
A Different George

I always thought that Francis would get one for us before he left, and I pictured it as like Flamini’s volley against Spurs. Not a great player, but played hard, did his best, and has made a good career. I’m sure he will get a fine reception when he comes back.

Essy
Essy

10 for all the players and coaches you us fans proud

Mutisya

10/10 to the boss for the team selection. we were never on the back peddle and the substitutions were spot on

on a side not, just saw that we’ve kept 6 clean sheets in our last 7 games? what have they done with our Arsenal?

Chickenshite

Please don’t jinx it. Please don’t jinx it.

Gana
Gana

Kos the Boss.
I don’t know what will we do when he decides to leave at the end of next season.

Kroenke the Klown
Kroenke the Klown

Just give Sokratis 10 minutes alone with him in the Rosicky contract signing dungeon. The extension will get signed!

KongoKim
KongoKim

Keep the flags high so he won’t! So many people were stating hes too old and shit, after a rusty start after nearly 17 decades out of injuries. bullox! i love this man! prime example of a defender!

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

Cry and the buy Koulibaly?

VAgooner
VAgooner

Throw in Mustafi for good measure. Even if they insist otherwise.

Kill two birds with one stone.

renaissancerosicky
renaissancerosicky

Hopefully he’ll have already been replaced with an able deputy who can take over the mantle after some proper planning and decisive action from Arsenal in the market

lololololololol jk

goonshow
goonshow

Amen – the captain fantastic who many here were writing off as a ‘crock’ and a ‘spent force’ just a few months back… shame on ye of little faith!!!!

HolyGoat
HolyGoat

I can’t understand how Iwobi can play for Arsenal. He looks totally lost when he is one on one, loses posession and/or momentum when he has the ball and contribute too little in the goal/assist department for a player in his position. Would like to see him get those things in order because i like the guy, otherwise would an upgrade be welcome

Orse
Orse

I also wonder what his best position is. Once we get a proper winger, he’s probably not going to play there a lot. Can see him develop into a decent attacking midfielder, but I agree, atm he’s not contributing enough

goonshow
goonshow

And yet 36 people on this forum think your comment is inaccurate??? Obviously those with blind faith who feel the tag ‘Academy youth’ masks any and all ills.
Facts – he is a decent bloke but LACKS COMMITMENT to the team (apart from his off-field indiscretions). His completion rate (either a goal, an assist, or even just a dangerous cross) is pitifully low relative to the amount of ball he gets on the ‘out-ball’ from our defenders and mids. And I will say it again: his defensive stats are the worst in the entire PL.
Nice fella – but sadly, at now 23 years old, clearly a passenger in a team that it on the rise and moving to better standards.

Bendtnerschridtmastree
Bendtnerschridtmastree

I love how all the Iwobi haters probably wanted us to extend Wilshere at 26. Iwobi has been one of our best players this season, no player has had better chemistry with Kolasinac this season.

Most of our created chances from the wide areas come from the left. He’s also a perfect sub when we’re under pressure and need an out ball.

goonshow
goonshow

Mate – you have no idea of my views on Wilshere so best keep the sweeping inaccuracies off this forum. ‘Probably’ and ‘most’ – perhaps actually looking at real match stats might prove illuminating…
Sead is the real source of the LHS chances with twice as many as Alex… Laca, Auba, Ramsey all have more assists than him this season.
All our other mids have more goals (including Ozil with far less game time). Even Kos has the same number of goals as Iwobi!
Which then begs the question – if he’s not delivering going forward, perhaps he make up for it on defence?
He’s by far the worst in the squad for just about every def stat… even Ozil has won more aerial duels! And tiny Torreira has 5 times bette aerial stats!

Enough said.

MrSymes
MrSymes

“looks totally lost when he is one on one, loses posession and/or momentum when he has the ball”

To me he’s one of the few players in the team that can actually beat a man, and his best attribute is keeping the ball under pressure. He regularly keeps hold of if when facing two or even three opposing players – his strength and control are pretty exceptional.

His problem is his final ball around the box. Often he takes a touch too many and kills momentum, or looks up for the pass but makes the wrong decision. I’d say it’s these disappointing moments which perhaps distract you from what he’s good at. Like early (and mid) Walcott, he’s very good on his instincts but problems arise when he has time to think. Walcott did fix that part of his game, though, so through experience it is possible.

Easily our most improved player this season in my view (at the end of last season I couldn’t tell all what he was supposed to be good at), and one of the best overall.

goonshow
goonshow

He’s actually currently enjoying his worst rating of the past FOUR seasons on both WhoScored and Sqawka… and they look at actual stats mate, not the rosy-hued selective ones.
I have never said the lad doesn’t have talent, or doesn’t have certain abilities – however no-one can argue that he simply does NOT deliver anywhere close to what he should… and to what the others vying for his position do. I repeat my point: Ramsey be given away as ‘surplus to requirements’ when we’re keeping one of the consistenty poorest performers?

It does not – and will never – make sense.

Yankee Gooner
Yankee Gooner

I love it when the “ Obviously those with blind faith who feel the tag ‘Academy youth’ masks any and all ills.” guy is ALSO the “keep the sweeping inaccuracies off this forum” guy.

On Iwobi, though, I’m not closing the book on him just yet—he’s made big strides under Emery this year, and if that continues, he could be quite a player. The clock is def running down on him, IMO.

goonshow
goonshow

wise words -agreed,

A Different George
A Different George

As long as you are talking about actual stats, I’m sure you know that WhoScored has Mustafi as our highest-rated defender, a little above Koscielny.

joey
joey

I’ve always seen him as more of a midfielder than a winger. Yes, his best attribute is keeping the ball under pressure… which is more important in midfield than attack. His attacking stats are dismal, after all.
He possess neither the pace nor trickery of a typical winger to deliver the early, devastating ball, like Sane for instance. Or even Gnabry.

But if Emery could see Iwobi in the middle, where he’s tasked with keeping the ball and occasionally charging forward, without the pressure of scoring or assisting, he just might unleash the best of this boy.

John Lavery

Replace him with Fraser, simples.

Kroenke the Klown
Kroenke the Klown

Yay 2 more matches of Coq-themed punnery!

Let’s hope it’s not a limp affair

GraeB
GraeB

It’ll be hard to think of any.

Petit's Handbag
Petit's Handbag

Finally revenge for John Carew all those years ago

Cyprus The Immortal Gooner
Cyprus The Immortal Gooner

Papa holding Kulibaly by the neck and not letting him go until he nodded that he understood…

SuperTom7
SuperTom7

Papas do that. I do that to my kid too.

DrVenkman
DrVenkman

Sokratis is clearly a boss of a James Brown level

Goonerink

I was shitting myself, if he had wanted koulibaly could have related badly to that and papa would have seen red.
You can’t put your hands on people’s faces/necks.

That being said the amount of bastardry in this team now is frightening, #cojones

Goonerink

Reacted*

Bob
Bob

They said be careful what you wish for, you’ll regret it when Wenger leaves. Best points finish in the league for a decade is on and semi final of Europa League

Onenil
Onenil

Thankfully we didn’t hire David Moyes.
New era – new boss. Wenger’s way worked for a long time, but not forever. It happens to all managers… look at Mourinho. Special my arse.
We have a good one in Emery. The club did well to appoint him. With someone else’s squad and no budget we are odds on a return to Champion’s League football. COYG!

Thomas b
Thomas b

Am so impressed with Kos, the man was a rock at the back today.

Santori
Santori

Did not catch the first half so hard to rate for me but on basis of second half, overall a very discipline performance likely helped by us taking that away goal as well.

Thought Koscielny was solid today. Did not think he may be risked on account of wear and tear but every appearance a bonus. Some important clearances by Le Boss and overall good solid marshalling.

AMN still got beat a number of times too easily but for the most part he kept calm. Its both his asset and weakness.

Kolasinac seem to have something going on with Koulibaly as did Sokratis…could not get his hands off the Senegalese

Another bonus today Granit in midfield. Again thought we may not risk him on account of recent groin strain but a bonus. Very discipline this season and not a surprise he tends to be the one holding things together in the deepest position in midfield just ahead of the defense.

Lacazette (did not see his goal) I feel is the difference for us. We can play any permutation of Torreira-Granit-Guendouzi- Ramsey (for the matter Elneny even) but its the link play that Laca provides that makes the difference to successful prosecution further forward. As soon as he is out of picture, Auba is a different animal not quite as effective (and we have to play a different way to get anything out of him.

On that note, another poor miss by Auba at point blank. Could have finished it off completely early second half.

Iwobi came on later and I felt provided plenty of running out wide to present some threat from us at least as we for the most part shifted down to second gear.

They had their chances with Milik missing a sitter (Prob too fast for him) and Monreal almost did the charitable thing for them.

Otherwise strong professional job and we can take heart we’ve won twice away now plus 3 clean sheets in a row (yes one with Mustafi)

Onwards.

COYG

George
George

Very impressive, well done.

10/10 John Hartson – more please!

Ash
Ash

I support the call to let Ramsey go only due to his injuries. He will never play more than 35-40 games in a 60 game season. Thats no where good enough to win you titles.

Goonerink

It is if you have his replacement a 30 game a season world class replacement

Nick
Nick

[ ] … “when his hamstring went.” The decision not to give him a massive, long-term contract was justified. He never has and never will be able to stay fit.

Thomas kaifa
Thomas kaifa

We are going to win the europa league trophy
Arsenal defeated Man Utd Chelsea Tottenham Napoli who is Velencia
Arsenal 💪 💪 💪