AC Milan v Arsenal - Player Ratings

Last updated : 07 March 2008 By Luis Anaconda

Was it really (in the main) the same players who struggled on Saturday that gave Maldini, Pirlo, Kaka and co the runaround in Milan. Seriously was it? I was so high up it was difficult to tell. Anyway, suitably high marks were the order of the day at any rate (yes - I may still be drunk).

Manuel Almunia - 7 - Big question marks have been placed on his big-match temperament but he was a calm presence in goal, if hardly over-employed.

Bacary Sagna - 7 - If he dipped below his high standards on Saturday, he was his excellent best yet again in the San Siro.

William Gallas - 8 - Played as if he was born to perform in such a magnificent environment and his example clearly rubbed off.

Philippe Senderos - 8 - Barely a foot wrong and thankfully shown that his sometimes fragile confidence survived the own goal on Saturday. The only constant in the back four as we've kept clean sheets in Milan, Madrid and Turin, I believe.

Gael Clichy - 7 - Best left back on the pitch - is there any higher praise than that?

Emmanuel Eboue - 6 - Did well in helping to drive Milan back but as in the first leg he missed a presentable chance and, worse, risked being sent off for diving, despite obvious warnings.

Mathieu Flamini - 9 - Shaded by Cesc for man-of-the-match, maybe, but is hard to separate our midfield duo as they work so brilliantly in tandem.

Cesc Fabregas - 9 - What else can you say about him?

Abou Diaby - 7 - Abysmal on Saturday, he improved hugely on Tuesday to prove a good outlet in the left.

Alexander Hleb - 8 - Victim of one of the worst bits of refereeing you will ever see, but rose above it to provide such a potent axis with Cesc behind Ade.

Emmanuel Adebayor - 7 - Probably not his finest game, but kept the AC Milan defence on their toes all game and got just reward at the end.


Theo Walcott - 7 - Lively against Villa and took that confidence with him in a superb cameo appearance.

Gilberto - n/a