Arsenal player ratings v Monaco: Giroud and Ozil fall flat

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Arsenal's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2010 hang in the balance after a 3-1 home defeat to Monaco in the first-leg of their last-16 tie.

David Ospina 6/10 – Couldn’t do much for Kondogbia’s deflected 38th-minute opener, nor the second-half goals from Berbatov and Carrasco. Looked anxious at times but it would be harsh to call for his benching based on this outing.

Hector Bellerin 6/10 – Solid enough in defence, while proving his usual adventurous-self going forward. Still needs to be told when to drop back but that wasn’t the reason for the defeat on this occasion.

Per Mertesacker 5/10 – Was unfortunate to deflect Kondogbia’s shot past Ospina for the opener but needs to shoulder the blame for his woeful positioning in the run-up to Berbatov’s goal. Distribution was poor, too.

Laurent Koscielny 6/10 – A tad better than his centre-back partner but struggled to cope when Monaco attacked on the break in the second-half.

Kieran Gibbs 6/10 – Coped well with the attacking threat of Monaco’s Dirar but failed to provide much going forward himself – disappointing, considering that was the reason he was brought into the side in the first place.

Francis Coquelin 5.5/10 – Gulf in class showed when matched up against the imposing Kondogbia. Reason to be concerned that the bubble might be about to burst after the hot start to his first-team breakthrough.

Santi Cazorla 6/10 – Showed some bright moments in the first-half, despite his deep role, but faded after the break as Monaco's defence clamped down on the match.

Alexis Sanchez 6/10 – Looked dangerous when on the ball but saw Monaco’s resolute defence negate his influence in the final third.

Mesut Ozil 4.5/10 – A miserable night. Couldn’t make a thing happen in the opponent’s half and should have been taken off.

Danny Welbeck 6/10 – Can’t fault his work-rate and did look dangerous when running at the French club’s defence. Should have got on the scoresheet in the second-half, though, when his shot cannoned off Walcott after his fellow forward’s initial effort was blocked.

Olivier Giroud 4/10 – Some woeful touches and movement in the first-half, before being hauled off on the hour after blazing a golden chance over the bar.


Theo Walcott (Giroud 60) 6/10 – Provided a much-needed attacking spark with his side 2-0 down but couldn’t manage to find a goal.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Coquelin 68) 6/10 – Netted what looked to be a crucial goal at the death to offer Arsenal hope, only for Monaco’s Carrasco to restore the visitors' two-goal lead merely moments later.

Thomas Rosicky (Cazorla 81) N/A – Couldn't do much with his limited time on the pitch.

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