RWB) Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7
He was Arsenal’s biggest threat offensively in the first half. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tired in the second but he put in a number of excellent crosses into the Middlesbrough box. He was tested defensively but did well in this new position.
CM) Granit Xhaka – 6
He seemed to struggle at times positionally. Granit Xhaka cut a lonely figure in the centre of Arsenal’s midfield at times and was put under a lot of pressure by the home side. However, the Swiss midfielder rarely gave it away.
CM) Aaron Ramsey – 6
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He worked hard in the centre of the park and grew into the match. Aaron Ramsey’s best moment of the match was undoubtedly his knock-down for Mesut Özil to put the Gunners back ahead in the second half.
LWB) Nacho Monreal – 5
It wasn’t Nacho Monreal’s best match. The Spaniard was playing a new position and struggled to find the right balance. His final product was lacking offensively and he was caught out of position for Middlesbrough’s goal.
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