Arsenal Player Ratings From Champions League Triumph Over Besiktas With Alexis Sanchez Shining

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How the Gunners rated at the Emirates.

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Arsenal have confirmed their place in the Champions League Group Stage for the 17th successive year after beating Besiktas 1-0 on aggregate thanks to a first goal for the club for Alexis Sanchez at the Emirates Stadium.

It was a good night for the Gunners and here’s how their players rated in North London.

GK – Wojciech Szczesny – 6

Was a relatively quiet night for the goalkeeper when it came down to it, but the Poland international commanded his area well when called upon and looked assured between the posts.

RB – Mathieu Debuchy – 5

Things were going very well for the Frenchman – as they have been so far this season since a summer transfer from Newcastle United – but a 75th minute red card put a dampener on things somewhat.

CB – Per Mertesacker – 6

Given the captain’s armband for the night in the absence of Mikel Arteta and proved that he is a natural leader on the pitch and never looked too troubled at the back.

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CB – Laurent Koscielny – 7

As is generally the case the France international was solid in defence and made a number of key interceptions and tackles to keep the Turkish opposition at bay.

LB – Nacho Monreal – 7

Has come in for plenty of criticism during his time at the Emirates, but the Spaniard could not be faulted in this game as he showed composure on and off the ball.

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