Well that is what we all needed badly. A clinical first half, a controlled second half, a clean sheet and two precious away goals. The team played as a unit, was disciplined and had a good shape to it, and everybody worked hard. There was a spine to this team in more than one way; and how desperately we needed to see this!!
Ospina: 9 – excellent balance between getting involved and staying in position for 90+ minutes. Strong focus throughout the game and clean and decisive interventions. Almost faultless performance: My MOTM.
Chambers: 7.5 – worked hard, not faultless but worked well with the CBs.
Koz: 8.5 – The old dog is not dead yet. Inspirational performance and fought for that clean sheet with everything he had. Couple of fine tackles and last ditch blocks.
Mustafi: 7.5 – Much better by the German. Formed a strong bond with his fellow defenders and fought hard for the clean sheet.
Kolasinac: 7 – Improvement from recent games but still a way to go. Good involvement in attacking moves on the left.
Maitland-Niles: 8 – Came on for Kola and was very impressive. Calm and controlled and almost faultless 30+ minutes.
Rambo: 8.5 – Disciplined, energetic performance and a very fine and most important goal at the death of the first half. We needed balance in the team, and therefore in the midfield, and Rambo delivered.
Xhaka: 7.5 – Kept it simple and made himself constantly available for the defenders when playing out from the back.
Jack: 7.5 – Strong first half but less involved in the second half when he seemed to tire quickly.
Ozil: 8 – Excellent first half in which he produced two fine assists. Developing a good partnership with Mkhi.
Mkhi: 8.5 – Who needs Sanchez? Very good performance on our right in the first half, with a bit of luck for the first goal but also unlucky not to score a second one in the first half.
Welbeck: 7.5 – Extra half a point for a great diagonal ball for Mkhi from which he almost scored. Worked his socks off for 90 minutes. Shame he lacks the ability to anticipate where he needs to be next to get in a scoring position.
Wenger: 9 – Good structure and discipline in the team and good substitutions to see the game out.
Overall a very satisfying game with the attackers doing their job in the first half and the defenders doing theirs in the second one. But it was a team game for 90 minutes too, giving Milan no chance to ever get into the game.
Proud of the Boys.