Arsenal player ratings: Defenders impress but sub has a shocker in Barcelona defeat
PUBLISHED: 21:58 23 February 2016 | UPDATED: 21:58 23 February 2016
Arsenal battled hard but were beaten 2-0 at home to Barcelona. Here’s how we rated the Gunners.
Petr Cech 7
Made one world-class save from a Neymar shot and didn’t really do anything wrong all night. Left stranded for the first goal.
Hector Bellerin 7
Kept Neymar quiet for so long and was consistently solid down the right. Played himself out of trouble often.
Laurent Koscielny 6
Physically dominant in a real battle against Suarez but beaten on the break that led to Messi’s opener.
Per Mertesacker 7
Read the game well all night and constantly made crucial interceptions at the back.
Nacho Monreal 8
Picked up an early booking but he was never in danger of being sent off. Excellent defensive cover down the left.
Francis Coquelin 6
Messi and co. got behind him on occasion but overall a solid display in front of the back four. Taken off disastrously in the second half.
Aaron Ramsey 8
One of his best performances for weeks. Did some brilliant defensive work in more of a holding role alongside Coquelin.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 6
Worked hard but he wasted a great chance on the break with a poor chance. Picked up a knock.
Mesut Ozil 6
Started off a few counter-attacks but did not really get the ball in his favourite areas. Looked like he gave up after the first goal.
Alexis Sanchez 6
Brilliant work rate as always and he looked dangerous on the break but he’s just lacking that final touch at the moment.
Olivier Giroud 6
Chances were few and far between but his hold up play was good. Played a poor pass for Walcott when he should have had a crack at goal.
Theo Walcott 5
No real influence on the game after coming on.
Danny Welbeck 6
Worked hard as ever and ran the channels but he never got a sight of goal.
Mathieu Flamini 3
Came on and instantly gave away a terrible penalty. The game needed a cool head and he did not provide it.