Arsenal vs. AC Milan: Comparing and Rating the Two Sides
In case you missed it, we had a phenomenal game of football today.
Arsenal went into the game needing to win by at least five goals, and they put in a mesmerizing performance which looked as if they were going to accomplish the arduous task set before them.
Arsenal were brilliant throughout, while AC Milan put in a lackluster performance.
Wojciech Szczesny had a decent game today.
It is fortunate that he did not concede any, as AC Milan were presented absolute sitters.
However, credit goes to the Pole for making himself big and nerving Stephan El Shaarawi to shoot wide. His "save" against Antonio Nocerino was due to luck more than anything.
There was also the nervy moment that he gave the ball away to Zlatan Ibrahimovich.
Christian Abbiati had it rough today. Arsenal were pressing and looked to score with every attack they conjured.
However, if it weren't for his remarkable double save against Gervinho and Robin "I-always-score" van Persie, Arsenal would have equalized. And this fact has to be recognized as perhaps the most important aspect of the game.
He wasn't very impressive, only average. He did let in Stephen El Shaarwy and did not contribute too much going forward in my opinion.
He had a good game. He was defensively very solid and composed.
He had an utterly fantastic game. It goes to show you how much Koscielny has progressed.
He got the all important goal for Arsenal in the opening minutes and defended with perfection.
He was good defensively, but I was hoping more from him going forward. Some of his crosses were wayward.
Milan had a torrid day at defense. Everything went the worst possible way.
Not a great day to be a Milan defender. Milan did not press and conceded three goals. What else can you assign to a right back?
Perhaps the best of the Milan defenders.
Who knew Thiago Silva could make such silly mistakes. He was completely at fault for the second goal.
It's not a good omen to make your Champions League debut against a team like Arsenal who have been poised to attack from the get-go. He was completely exploited and was the weakest link in Milan.
Arsenal dominated the midfield play today with all three players making vital contributions.
Although Alex Song gave away the ball on a number of opportunities and looked tired, he did not have a bad game. He did contribute actively and provide a nice shield to the back four.
Tomas Rosicky's runs were a pleasure to behold and so were Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's. The former got the second goal for Arsenal while the latter was involved in the third goal.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's importance was highlighted when he went off and Arsenal's attacking prowess seemingly fizzled out.
A superb game for the trio.
Tomas Rosicky: 8.5/10
Alex Song: 7/10
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 9/10
The Milan trio of Nocerino, Bommel and Emanuelson were completely overrun and couldn't make any sort of contribution.
Nocerino missed a complete sitter which would have taken away those nerve wrecking moments of the latter half of the game.
Mark Bommel, though, was quite good for Milan and showed a tireless work ethic.
Antonio Nocerino: 4/10
Mark van Bommel: 6/10
Urby Emanuelson: 5.5/10
Arsenal utilized a 4-3-3 formation for the game with Robin van Persie supported by Theo Walcott on the right flank and Yao Gervinho on the right flank.
Both Walcott and Gervinho had a decent game, but it is simply not enough. Had one of them displayed some brilliance, the outcome would have been in Arsenal's favor.
Robin van Persie looked threatening all game long and did have a superb game. It's a pity that he missed that vital chance. Yet, his penalty showed the poise of a confident, world-class player.
He also had a great shot blocked by Abbiati in the first half.
Theo Walcott: 5/10
Robin van Persie: 8/10
AC Milan also utilized a 4-3-3 formation with Robinho, Ibrahimovich and El Shaarawy.
Robinho had a decent game but couldn't contribute much. Stephan El Shaarawy on the other hand had a great opportunity to knock the game out of Arsenal's grasp but failed to do so.
Ibrahimovich was somewhat a disgrace: despite putting in an effort, he went down too easily and failed to convert any chances. He missed a glaring opportunity when he was presented with the ball by Arsenal's keeper.
El Shaarawy: 2/10
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