After Tuesday’s trashing in the Champions League, there was absolutely no room for error for Arsenal, as they hosted Lincoln City in the quarter-finals of the Emirates FA Cup.
The Gunners struggled to get into the rhythm in the first-half, before blowing their non-League opponents away in the second-half. Arsenal cruised to a 5-0 over Lincoln City which will send them to Wembley for the third time in four years. Here are our ratings…
Petr Cech: 6/10
Starting in place of the injured David Ospina, the former Czech international had almost nothing to do throughout the whole game, but we saw a slight improvement in his distribution, which is a good sign for weeks to come.
Hector Bellerin: 7/10
He wasn’t tested defensively and helped by adding numbers going forward with good runs and a good understanding with Theo Walcott, he still needs to improve on his final ball though.
Shkodran Mustafi: 6/10
Rhead gave him quite a hard time during the first-half, but the German stayed pretty solid, after a disastrous performance midweek, even if he wasn’t helped by the referee. A solid night for the German international.
Laurent Koscielny: 6.5/10
Le Capitaine was, as always, reliable and solid. He was somewhat strangely booked but other than that he had a very comfortable and composed match.
Kieran Gibbs: 6.5/10
Starting ahead of Monreal in the Cup, he was Arsenal’s weak link in the first-half, with poor positioning and sloppy touches. However, he improved after the break and forced an own goal from Lincoln’s captain due to his cross. He got forward well and looked more solid in defence as the game wore on.
Granit Xhaka: 6/10
Booked for a late tackle, the Swiss struggled tonight, as he was unable to firmly control Arsenal’s game like he usually does. It was a more convincing game from Xhaka although it seems Wenger still hasn’t found his ideal midfield partner.
Aaron Ramsey: 7.5/10
He was always moving, offering an option – even in tight areas – for Arsenal to pass to. Ramsey covered a lot of ground throughout the game, tracking back to defend and win the ball back, as well as bursting into the box when needed. He grabbed Arsenal’s fifth goal of the night too, to cap off a good night.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Not rated
Arguably Arsenal’s best player in 2017, Oxlade-Chamberlain started the game brightly, with some good passes, but had to come off after 25 minutes due to what is reportedly a hamstring injury, “not a bad one” according to Arsène Wenger.
Theo Walcott: 7.5/10
He was an ever-present figure in Arsenal’s attacking plans, always looking to get in behind his defender and combining well with his teammates. He struck the post with a nice volley and scored Arsenal’s first goal, his third in the last four games after a good passing move in the box.
Alexis Sanchez: 7.5/10
Quiet in the first half, the Chilean woke up after the break, offering solutions and always looking a threat on his left wing, he grabbed a goal with a superb curler and the assist for Ramsey’s goal, with a beautiful pass over the defence.
Olivier Giroud: 6.5/10
Handled well by Lincoln’s central defence, the Gunners have found it difficult to get the ball to the Frenchman, however, he socred Arsenal’s second goal after another great passing move. Not his greatest performance but still a good goal.
Mesut Özil: 7/10
Came on after 25 minutes for the injured Oxlade-Chamberlain, the German took a bit of time to fully get into the game, but after that, he created chances and had a good go at goal, sreminding that his quality is still there after a tough start to 2017.
Francis Coquelin: 6/10
Came on for the booked Granit Xhaka, he won a few balls back and committed a few fouls, not much more to say.
Lucas Pérez: 6.5/10
Came on for Olivier Giroud, after his non-inclusion in the starting XI, which caused outrage amongst Arsenal fans. He struggled to have a real impact due to Lincoln sitting very deep, but he still showed his delightful link-up play and went close to getting an assist a few times. The Spaniard deserves more minutes, which is difficult due to the number of forwards Arsenal currently have.
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