Player Ratings: Galatasaray 1-4 Arsenal

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Wojciech Szczesny- 6

The Polish stopper didn’t have too much to do during the game but when called upon his handling was decent. Showed signs of rustiness when he came out for a cross and missed, with Wesley Sneijder heading over the bar. Couldn’t do much about the goal he conceded.

Mathieu Debuchy- 8

The Frenchman had a decent game on his return from injury and showed exactly why Arsenal had missed him over the recent months. Didn’t have too much to do defensively but was solid when called upon, whilst also showing his strength going forward.

Per Mertesacker- 7

After a horror show at Stoke City, Mertesacker was much better in Turkey last night. Didn’t have much to do defensively but was commanding in the air and made a crucial last-ditch block to deny a Galatasaray goal in the second-half. Was unfortunate to concede the free-kick that led to the hosts goal.

Calum Chambers- 7

Decent performance from the young defender but was far from his most difficult test. Wasn’t really called upon until the second-half but he put in a decent shift.

Hector Bellerin- 8

Playing on the opposite side than he is used to, Bellerin put in a brilliant performance and showed his strength going forward. Good to see Arsenal have another option on the left-side when Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal are unavailable.

Mathieu Flamini- 6

Struggled to deal with the difficult Wesley Sneijder and was booked just 15 minutes into the match. Not his most difficult game and he’ll want more like yesterday’s. Made way at half-time due to his caution.

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Aaron Ramsey- 9

Back to his brilliant best after scoring two goals in the first-half of football he played, both with his weaker foot. First goal was a calm finish into the far corner but his second was a once in a lifetime hit. Sheer magic from the Welshman, who was taken off at the break as a precaution.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain- 9

Excluding Alexis Sanchez, Oxlade-Chamberlain has been Arsenal’s best player this season and he showed his strength again with another decent performance. His first-half performance was wonderful as he was fantastic going forward, though he did disappear a little after the break.

Joel Campbell- 7

The Costa Rican had his chance to impress last night but didn’t grab the bull by the horns, as he was rather quiet. Did cause problems going down the flanks though and had a decent opportunity saved. Needs more minutes to acclimatise to the Arsenal way.

Lukas Podolski- 8

Continued his tremendous scoring record when starting in the Champions League and opened the scoring after just three minutes with a thunderbolt strike. Added another right at the death and could have had a hat-trick as he hit the bar in the first-half. Shows Arsenal have another option going forward.

Yaya Sanogo- 6

Held the ball up well at times but failed to get going in the match. Caused problems going forward but was the weakest of Arsenal’s attacking trio. Needs to improve in order to justify his game-time.

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Substitutes

Ainsley Maitland-Niles- 6

After coming on for the second-half, Maitland-Niles was unfortunate to see Arsenal’s intensity drop which meant we didn’t get to see the best of the young midfielder. Looked very confident on the ball though and his passing was very good, also solid defensively.

Gedion Zelalem- 7

Looked comfortable in the midfield and his passing was fantastic, though again we didn’t get to see the best of him due to the decline of intensity in the second-period.

Stefan O’Connor- 6

Didn’t get much time on the field and was played out of position at right-back but looked confident during the short time he was on the field.

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