Arsenal 2 – Middlesbrough 1: Player Ratings

Arsenal - Middlesbrough 18-04-17

A much-needed win, 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 Champions League 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.

 

Substitutes
Hector Bellerin – 6.5

Francis Coquelin – 6

Could Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also leave this summer?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

With both Ozil and Alexis surely on the way out, could Oxlade-Chamberlain also be leaving the Gunners this summer? The Telegraph have reported that Liverpool could be lining up to sign the Arsenal forward, with a deal of around £35m.

 

The Englishman is heading into his final 12 months on his contract along with Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Wojciech Szczesny and Kieran Gibbs. Although most of the talk has been about the German and Chilean’s contract, there hasn’t been mentioned about Chamberlain’s.

 

The Telegraph have reported that Liverpool is lining up to try and sign the player, hoping that the club will be convinced to sell if they offer around the £35m mark. However, Wenger has repeatedly spoken about the player and his hope that he’ll stay:

 

“I personally think it’s vital that Chamberlain stays at Arsenal,” he said.

 

“We bought him when he was very young and built him up. He has a great mentality and a good football brain and it would be big damage for us to lose this kind of player.”

 

This talk of the player leaving the club isn’t new, with stories coming out a few months ago that the player was angry that he hadn’t already been offered a new contract. Supposedly he would reject any new contract on offer no matter what wages were offered.

 

With lots of first team players going into their last 12 months on their contract, it is certainly looking to be an interesting Summer. It would be a shame to lose the forward given the time he’s been at the club and at his current age 23, he is surely going into the peak of his career.

Arsenal 0 – Crystal Palace 3: Player Ratings

This must be the end, surely, with Arsenal fans singing “you’re not fit to wear the shirt”, I don’t think there’s any way of coming back from this, this is certainly the end for Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal.

 

Emiliano Martinez – 6
He’s really the least of our problems, we can’t be expecting world class saves from the third choice keeper. However was unlucky with the penalty and managed to go the right way, but still couldn’t save it.

 

Hector Bellerin – 6.5
Went well going forward, but looked shaky at the back. It might be time for him to spend some time on the bench, looks nowhere near like his former self.

 

Shkodran Mustafi – 7
Picked up a yellow, has started staying on his feet, but still looks shaky at the back.

 

Gabriel – 7
The better half of the two centre backs, but still hardly anything to brag about.

 

Nacho Monreal – 7
Another solid performance from Monreal! Win, lose or draw, Nacho always puts in a shift. However, he looked massively exposed at the back, due to the left forward not tracking back.

 

Mohamed Elneny – 6
After his good performance against West Ham I was hoping for more, however, that was yet to be the case, the only highlight was his shot going slightly wide.

 

Granit Xhaka – 7
His balls forward were our only threat, but then again half of them went wayward.

 

Theo Walcott  – 6.5
Captained the Gunners again, though it was a pretty poor show from him. That post-match interview he had summed up the state of the team at the minute, “They wanted it more”.

 

Mesut Ozil – 6.5
Nothing really worked for him tonight, has always looked shaky when playing away from home.

 

Alexis Sanchez – 7
Always tried to make things happen, but nothing did happen.

 

Danny Welbeck – 6
Went missing for all the time he was on, hardly even got a touch.

 

Substitutes
Olivier Giroud – 6

Aaron Ramsey – 6

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6.5

Arsenal – Crystal Palace: Match Preview

Arsenal host South London club Crystal Palace on Monday night, with the Gunners trying to make the ground up on Liverpool and Manchester City, in the hope to guarantee Champions League football next season. Arsenal currently sit in 5th place in the league, though they’ll have to catch up as they’re the last team to play this week.

 

In terms of team news, Wenger said Laurent Koscielny is set to be out for a shorter time than expected after the player went off injured with a suspect Achilles injury in the match against Manchester City. The Frenchman will be ruled out for the game against Palace but could be back for next Monday’s match.

 

Emiliano Martinez will be between the sticks for Wenger’s side as Cech and Ospina are still out injured, the Frenchman will be hoping that he’ll be able to keep another clean sheet after his impressive midweek performance.

 

The manager also had a few words to say about Alexis Sanchez, with the player making more headlines every day about a move away from the club. In the pre-match conference, the manager spoke that he believes that the Chilean is happy at the club, and thinks it’s down to his agent and club to reach a figure.

 

Hopefully, the North London club will be able to get the better of Palace, and they’ve certainly got history on their side with Arsenal only losing once in the last 15 meetings (W11 D3 L1). However, Arsenal have always struggled against Sam Allardyce teams, with the way he sets out his team, so hopefully although it’ll be a struggle we’ll be able to come out with three points.

Arsenal 3 – West Ham 0: Player Ratings

That’s exactly what we needed after our recent run of form, especially with Liverpool dropping points against Bournemouth.

 

Emiliano Martinez – 7
Kept a clean sheet for his first start of the season and managed to make two good saves.

 

Hector Bellerin – 7.5
Should have scored and picked up a stupid yellow card. However, he played well and is starting to look like his former self, although he’s still managing to get beaten for pace which would of never have happened last season.

 

Shkodran Mustafi – 7.5
Managed to cope well with Andy Carroll, also brought the ball forward well from the back.

 

Gabriel – 8
Was calm and collected throughout the whole game, was one of his best games in an Arsenal shirt. Hopefully, we can see more of this of this Gabriel.

 

Nacho Monreal – 7
He really should have had two penalties, the officials in the match were really diabolical! Although, he had another solid display, following on from the City game.

 

Mohamed Elneny – 7
Got in some great positions and kept the play following from back to front.

 

Granit Xhaka – 8
Starting to really come into his own, worked well with Elneny and his distribution was superb moving play from defence to attack.

 

Theo Walcott  – 8
Captained the Gunners and worked hard throughout the night, also managed to not throw a hissy fit when he got substituted.

 

Mesut Ozil – 9
Got an assist and goal, so you can’t really ask much more from a player. His confidence is starting to come back, which is great to see.

 

Alexis Sanchez – 7
Whenever he got the ball he tried to make something happen, which is what you want to see from a player. However, he did give the ball away a few times.

 

Danny Welbeck – 7
Never really got into the game, but who can blame him, as he’s still trying to get back to full fitness.

 

Substitutes
Olivier Giroud – 7

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7

Aaron Ramsey – 6