Arsenal 2 – Middlesbrough 1: Player Ratings

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A much-needed win over Middlesbrough, however, it might be too late, with the Gunners needing to win pretty much every game from now until the end of the season to qualify for next year, it looks an impossible task.


Petr Cech – 7.5
Came back into the side after injury, played well and made some good saves, though he didn’t have anything thrown his way that was too challenging.


Gabriel – 7
Solid performance, played well in this new formation. Didn’t play well going forward but with three at the back, it’s probably best.


Laurent Koscielny – 7
Glad to see him back, the defence looks much more solid when he’s playing, though he managed to switch off for Middlesbrough’s goal.


Rob Holding – 7
Looks promising as always, would really like to see more of the player before the season ends.


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7.5
Played very well in this formation, it looks like the right wing back role could very much suit him.


Aaron Ramsey – 7
Got around well and also got the assist for the goal. However, whenever he got the ball the play seemed to go sideward or backwards.


Granit Xhaka – 7
Looked to get the ball forward whenever he got it.


Nacho Monreal – 7
A decent performance again but he let Downing cross too easily for the goal, but worked hard throughout the game.


Mesut Ozil – 7.5
Worked hard all night, tracked back well, which is very rare to see. Managed to get the winning goal as well and shush the critics.


Alexis Sanchez – 8
Gave away position a few times, but that free kick was absolutely sublime to get us ahead in the game.


Olivier Giroud – 7
Was quiet all game, but then again he hardly got any service. If we’re not going to cross the ball in, then I don’t see the point in playing the Frenchmen.


Hector Bellerin – 6.5

Francis Coquelin – 6