Arsenal cruised to the FA Cup quarter-finals in a rather easy fashion, seeing off Championship high fliers Boro in a 2-0 victory at the Emirates.
A game in which many Arsenal fans expected more goals, considering the way the Gunners played in the first half. It was not going to be so and two first half goals from Olivier Giroud was all that it took to humble Boro.
Here are our player ratings, man of the match and flop of the match for Arsenal.
Will be disappointed with Tomlin and Bamford for not giving him much to do, but will be thankful to Kike for hitting his late header on the post.
Very good game today, showing better movement forward. His defensive ability has never really been in question, and showed it well.
As far as debuts go, it went well for the new boy. The yellow was the obvious stain but he looks a good baller and will match up to Per and Kos, when he gets to grips with the odd language called English.
Showed good leadership to accommodate and guide Gabriel on his debut.
Was up for it from the start, showed he was fired up by the competition to get his place back from Monreal. Excellent game going forward, with good movement to provide the assist for Giroud’s first. Monreal for Monaco still.
Unusually good game from Flames, even trying out his shooting range again. Played like he wants to start against Monaco, and may well do so.
Played much deeper, it looked to even favour him more with more touches of the ball and more passes and influence on the game. If you watched the game alongside Barcelona vs Levante, you would not have noticed a difference between him and Xavi. Pure class
Aitor Karanka added his name to an already prestigious list of those who jump the queue after a game to get Ozil’s shirt. Imagine not rating him.
Welbeck: 6 (FOTM)
The least potent of the attacking quartet, but still lively with his pace and work rate. Hope the goals start coming soon
Showed every sign bar scoring a goal that he is now back. Great instincts to take the corner quickly for Giroud’s second goal.
Giroud: 9 (MOTM)
No guarantees he would have still got the hat trick if he had played all through but two exquisite goals – the first with the whole team involved in its build up – makes him Man of the Match.
Rosicky: 7… Created two very good chances within the short time he played.
Walcott: 6… Surprised he missed the Rosicky chance, given his sharp-shooting form
Akpom: 6… Still learning, only 19.
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