Team Spirit MotM at The Mestalla Player Ratings
By Matt Sadler and Boris Mellor
May 9 2019
After a week of exciting European comebacks, combined with our poor form away from home, you felt that this tie just might not be over. Valencia attacked but fortunately we have two in-form and efficient strikers. We're in the final!
Aubameyang's all-round game has been better recently. He wants Champions League football. Meanwhile Xhaka, who has genuinely looked better for the majority of this season, has been horrible recently. But the sum was greater than the parts, it was team spirit that got Arsenal through as they bossed the last twenty minutes.
Cech - 5. Slow. Genuine legend of the game but we can't start him in the final.
Sokratis - 6. Tough game up against Gameiro.
Koscielny - 6. Okay.
Monreal - 6. Okay but Rodrigo got between him and Kolasinac for Valencia's second.
Maitland-Niles - 5. Mixed performance. Struggled defensively at times but set up Aubameyang's second superbly.
Torreira - 6. Okay. Battled.
Xhaka - 4. Slow. Poor in possession.
Kolasinac - 5. Not great. Lost Rodrigo for Valencia's second.
Ozil - 7. Quality on the ball. Made a scene when he got subbed off.
Aubameyang - 10. Scored a hat trick (third was a superb finish), worked hard and caused trouble for the Valencia defence.
Lacazette - 8. Set up the first and took his goal very well. Doesn't stop running.
Mkhitaryan - 5. Didn't do a great deal.
Mustafi - 5. We gave Valencia a chance to get back into the tie and they didn't take it.
Guendouzi - N/A. Not on long.
Team Spirit 10