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December 11, 2013 7:45 PM GMT
Stadio San Paolo — Napoli
Referee:‬ V. Kassai‎
Attendance:‬ 34027‎
 
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Napoli 2-0 Arsenal

The Gunners were pushed all the way by the home side, who netted two late goals only to then miss out on a place in the Champions League knockout stage

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Rafael
    35
    5
    3.00

    Rafael

    Assured in goal, saving well from Giroud, but was not often tested otherwise.

  • Federico Fernández
    36
    10
    3.00

    Federico Fernández

    Dealt with the occasional threat from Arsenal well, but overall, this was not the most testing game from him.

  • Pablo Armero
    26
    10
    3.50

    Pablo Armero

    Like Maggio on the opposite flank, he put in a great two-way performance, defending with energy and attacking with real purpose. The only blot on his performance was a poor finish from a gold en chance in the second half.

  • Raúl Albiol
    33
    6
    3.00

    Raúl Albiol

    Performed strongly when isolated against Giroud, often winning the ball against the French striker. Never looked in trouble at the back.

  • Christian Maggio
    37
    5
    3.50

    Christian Maggio

    Strong and determined when defending his flank, and overlapped powerfully more than once, with a few motoring runs spelling trouble for the opposition defenders.

  • Blerim Dzemaili
    34
    7
    3.00

    Blerim Dzemaili

    Defended stoutly, closing down the likes of Ozil well, and was quick to release the ball to the flanks to take advantage of the overlapping fullbacks Armero and Maggio.

  • Valon Behrami
    27
    10
    3.00

    Valon Behrami

    Solid enough in the middle of the park, though he was visibly second best during a few spells of Arsenal pressure, and could do little to interrupt those periods.

  • José Callejón
    62
    6
    3.50

    José Callejón

    Left unmarked a few times out wide on the left flank, but he could not make it count, proving a little wasteful on the ball when presented with an opportunity to do so. He did strike late with a composed finish, but it came with too little time to affect the course of the group.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    117
    12
    4.00

    Gonzalo Higuaín Top of the Match

    Once or twice, he threatened to escape off the ball, but those moments were few and far between. Not always able to hold the ball up well enough to supplement the build up. However, that was all forgotten when he slotted his side into the lead after a great turn.

  • Dries Mertens
    31
    14
    2.50

    Dries Mertens

    Made a surprising number of tackles as his defensive work was praiseworthy, but like many of his team-mates, he could not produce consistently enough at the other end to aid his team's cause.

  • Goran Pandev
    28
    30
    2.00

    Goran Pandev

    Try as he might, he could not get into his groove in the attacking third. Napoli looked a much better side in the offensive third once he was swapped out for Insigne.

Substitutions

  • Lorenzo Insigne
    58
    5
    3.50

    Lorenzo Insigne

    Helped to change the game for the hosts. Difficult to pick up moving off the ball, and set up Callejon's ultimately fruitless late goal.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    42
    24
    3.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    Brave in traffic when coming from the ball, and could not be blamed for either Napoli goal.

  • Per Mertesacker
    36
    35
    2.50

    Per Mertesacker

    Initially struggled against the pace and movement of the opposition, but began to perform more in his usual composed manner as the match wore on. However, he was found out late on once again, as Higuain turned him with ease for the opener.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    51
    18
    3.00

    Laurent Koscielny

    Covered well for Mertesacker more than once, using his quick burst of speed to good effect to chase down and harry the Napoli runners. An assured display from the Frenchman.

  • Carl Jenkinson
    19
    53
    3.00

    Carl Jenkinson

    Given the slip by the energy of Armero once or twice, but his own engine was admirable, as he chased every ball, and always looked to push forward when needed.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    21
    40
    2.50

    Kieran Gibbs

    Suspect positionally on a handful of occasions, particularly a run by Maggio that saw him nearly lob Szczesny from the edge of the box. Otherwise decent.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    25
    39
    2.50

    Tomas Rosicky

    Put in an admirable defensive shift as always, but could not always get up to his usual level when on the ball in the attacking third.

  • Mikel Arteta
    22
    90
    1.50

    Mikel Arteta Flop of the Match

    Generally assured in possession, and willing to work towards the cause off the ball, but there were one or two moments when his dwelling on the ball caught him out and allowed Napoli to attack. He nearly cost his team a place in the knockout stages with two avoidable bookings that left the Gunners a man down.

  • Mesut Özil
    64
    45
    2.50

    Mesut Özil

    His off the ball movement was always admirable, but on the ball, he could not muster much to cause problems to the Napoli defence, apart from one feed for Giroud. Began to tire late on, which did not help his team defend their tenuous qualification hopes.

  • Santi Cazorla
    23
    58
    2.00

    Santi Cazorla

    Another substandard game from the Spaniard, whose passing was not always up to scratch, and he created little in the way of chances. Subbed in the second half as Wenger went for a more forceful presence in the middle.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    66
    23
    3.00

    Mathieu Flamini

    Relished the physical confrontations as usual, and made sure that his presence was felt with a few crunching challenges. Covered every blade of grass.

  • Olivier Giroud
    19
    61
    2.50

    Olivier Giroud

    Toiled relentlessly as ever at the top of the box, and in addition to some sterling defensive work, he managed to test Cabral with one snap shot. However, the Gunners could have possibly done with a more rounded presence up top on a few attacks, as he did not always look in total control of the ball.

Substitutions

  • Monreal
    20
    34
    2.00

    Monreal

    Did not offer the defence any sort of protection from the left wing, and lost sight of Maggio on a few occasions.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    31
    35
    2.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    Added some fresh legs in the middle of the park, and was a little more defensively assured than Cazorla.

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Group A Matchday 6
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