Europa League Football

Arsenal 1-1 Atletico Madrid player ratings as Jack Wilshere shines despite late setback in Europa League semi-final

Arsenal have given themselves every chance of reaching the Europa League final after a fine first leg win over Atletico Madrid.

The header from Alexandre Lacazette was enough to secure a narrow 1-0 victory – but the Gunners will perhaps be happier not to have conceded an away goal.

Arsenal were gifted the upper hand before the game had barely started when Sime Vrsaljko was given his marching orders for two yellow cards in the opening nine minutes.

Manager Diego Simeone quickly followed him down the tunnel for his remonstrations on the touchline.

However, it did take until the start of the second half for Arsenal to take the lead, with Lacazette jumping above his rivals to head home from eight yards out.

But Griezmann out-muscled Koscielny before prodding home with his second bite of the cherry to put the tie back in Atletico’s hands.

Here is how we have rated all of the performances at the Emirates…


Ospina 6

Never understand why clubs play second choice keepers but good save from Griezmann.

Bellerín 7


Ospina 6

Never understand why clubs play second choice keepers but good save from Griezmann.

Bellerín 7

Really good. Pace and power going forward, always looking to overlap.

Mustafi 6

Much better disciplined performance. Put his foot in and kept his focus throughout.

Koscielny 6

Had one chance which he put wide, generally marshalled a strong defensive display until fatal error.

Monreal 6

Went close with a volley, defended well and did a very solid job.

Ramsey 7

Very busy, worked hard and tried to get forward. Was happy to shoot from any distance.

Xhaka 7

Kept his shape and his discipline, played a vital deeper role in front of defence.

Wilshere 8 MOTM

His brilliant cross set up the opener and he never stopped. Superb.

Welbeck 8

Great movement and pace, just needed to finish. Denied by terrific Oblak save.

Özil 8

These are the big games he thrives on, buzzing everywhere on the big stage.

Lacazette 7

Made up for missing early chance with brilliant header. Lively throughout.


Holding, Iwobi, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Cech, Nketiah

Atletico Madrid

Oblak 7; Vrsaljko 0, Giménez 7, Godín 7, Hernández 7; Correa 7, Partey 7, Ñíguez 6, Koke 6, Gameiro 6 (Gabi, 65); Griezmann 6.


Gabi (for Gameiro, 65)

Savic (for Correa, 75)

Torres (for Griezmann, 85)


Costa, Pérez, Werner, Olabe

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