Prolific Aubameyang, tireless Maitland-Niles: ranking Gunners after Rennes win
Following Arsenal's aggregate victory against Rennes, we analyse the players' performances.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - 8.5/10
The Gabonese scored two good goals and set up Maitland-Niles for his goal which sent us through to the quarter-finals. However, the striker missed a number of chances, including two absolute sitters immediately after scoring his second. With a little bit more luck, he could've had a hat-trick or more.
Aaron Ramsey - 8/10
Our midfield engine has fully returned. Since Emery reverted the Welshman back to his original deeper midfield position, the team has looked a lot more balanced and energetic. The 28-year-old got an assist for the first goal, made 3 key passes, which is more than anyone else on the pitch and made a couple of important tackles and interceptions in the middle of the pitch.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles - 8/10
The young right-back had yet another great performance in the five-at-the-back formation. Ainsley prospers in this set-up as he is not tied to the defence too much and has the manager's permission to go forward and support the attack. He got his first goal at the Emirates and made 5 successful tackles - more than any other player tonight.
Alexandre Lacazette - 7/10
The Frenchman played well today, again demonstrating that his main ability is his link-up play with the other attacking players. The 27-year-old registered 7 shots and looked decent overall, even coming deep at times and helping the midfield recover the football.
Mesut Ozil - 6/10
The German was definitely better today than against Manchester United on the weekend but he can still do a lot better. The playmaker created two key chances today, but made a lot of errors and gave the ball away more often than Emery would like to.
Shkodran Mustafi - 5/10
It's almost like the defender wanted Rennes to score tonight. Overall, the German was decent tonight, but as always he made a number of errors that were very dangerous and could've ended up as a goal for the French side. At this point, this is completely unacceptable and Mustafi must be demoted to the bench next game.
Petr Cech - 7/10
Nacho Monreal - 6.5/10
Laurent Koscielny - 7/10
Granit Xhaka - 7.5/10
Sead Kolasinac - 7/10
Alex Iwobi - n/a
Henrikh Mkhitaryan - n/a
Lucas Torreira - n/a