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At the Last Cooking on Gas Ratings V Valencia


By Matt Sadler
May 2 2019

After an awful start where we could've been 3-0 down, we responded well and went in at half time 2-1 up after a double from Lacazette. Nobody would've felt truly confident going to Spain with a 2-1 aggregate advantage.

 Lacazette missed a couple of chances to extend our lead, and you started to wonder whether we'd regret those misses, but Aubameyang scored late on, making it 3-1 on the night and in the tie.

The way we're playing away from home this tie is far from over, but we're in a great position going into the second leg.
 
RATINGS:
Cech - 7. Made a good save in the first half and off his line quickly in the second half.

Mustafi - 7. Really good first half and did well overall.
Sokratis - 7. Solid, and he was called into action a few times.
Koscielny - 7. Continues his good form, but you could see he was limping after every run towards the end.

Maitland-Niles - 6. Okay but there is a fine line between being composed and being too casual!
Xhaka - 6. Mixed bag. Occasionally sloppy in possession, but set up the second and nearly found Aubameyang with the pass of the night in the second half.
Guendouzi - 5. Thought he struggled. Wrong decision to start him for me.
Kolasinac - 6. Typical he gets into great possessions but wastes the opportunity, though he did find Aubameyang for the third.

Ozil - 6. Improved as the game went on.

Lacazette - 8. Scored two, worked hard and used the ball well, but missed a couple of big opportunities in the second half.
Aubameyang - 8. Worked hard, made chances and scored a vital third late on. One of his most complete performances for us?

Subs:

Torreira - 6. Looked better when he came on.
Mkhitaryan - 5. Tried to impact the game.
Monreal - N/A. Not on long.
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