Player ratings of starting eleven plus early subs (Elneny and Chambers)
Ospina: 6 – plays a lot on instinct and character but lacks calm and focus at times. Couple of good saves
BFG: 7 – good positional play and a bit unlucky with rebounds of the ball after making blocks and tackles. Calming influence to team mates
Holding: 5 – a bit too slow in anticipating the game and supporting the BFG at the crucial moments, and a bad give away that led to a goal
Kola: 8 – effective on the wing and a fine assist. Good aggression and focus. Better defensively in second half
Xhaka: 8 – controlled the contribution from midfield and kept game going constantly. Some fantastic passes
Coq: 6 – good aggression and energy and worked well with Xhaka. Shame he had to come off
Maitland Niles: 7 Much better second half, with good positioning and interceptions. Gave the ball away cheaply which led to a goal but that was a promising performance
Nelson: 7 – great wing play and very good crosses into the box. Good support in defence.
Theo: 8 – took his chances well after positioning well in the box. Good energy and aggression.
Iwobi: 7 – fabulous goal. Got better in second half but struggled to dominate our attacking play for large parts. But what a finish!
Giroud: 8 – the Hub played selflessly for the team and bagged a goal himself. Pivotal up front.
Elneny: 7 – started rusty but grew into the game. Provided calm in midfield and great support for the three CBs
Chambers: 7 – solid and confident.