Ramsey 8/10, Lacazette 7/10 in Arsenal's FA Cup exit vs. Man United
Manchester United's complete turnaround under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continued at the Emirates with a comfortable 3-1 win over Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round.
Two quick goals in three first-half minutes put the hosts on their heels and while the fightback was impressive with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's well-taken goal before half-time, they couldn't press on from there in the second half.
In the end, tired legs and defensive injuries led United to score their third inside the final 15 minutes and condemn Arsenal to a frustrating cup exit.
Arsenal gave United plenty of nervy moments but couldn't get the decisive goal they needed past a rusty Sergio Romero. Still, the confidence of their front five was encouraging.
Once again, the defending simply wasn't good enough against a strong Man United side. If Arsenal's resurgence under Emery is to continue, they need to develop or discover some spine at the back. Giving up a third in the final 20 minutes was understandable given their exhaustion and injuries to both central defenders who started the game.
Manager rating out of 10
6 -- Emery ran out a fairly strong XI at home, which was encouraging given the form of the visitors heading into Friday's game. Yet he couldn't use his subs proactively due to injuries, which meant two of his changes were to replace the hobbled defensive duo of Sokratis and Koscielny. The formation with Ramsey in the playmaking role did cause United problems.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Petr Cech, 5 -- Broadly helpless on all three Man United goals, which came in quick succession. The third will be especially disappointing given that his parry of a long-range Pogba shot that fell kindly for Anthony Martial to score the decisive goal.
DF Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 6 -- Pinned back due to the attacking threat of Martial and didn't look as comfortable as he does when free to attack.
DF Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 3 -- Forced off early with injury but never looked comfortable in the 21 minutes he was on the pitch anyway.
DF Laurent Koscielny, 5 -- Also forced off with an injury midway through the second half. Looked reasonably comfortable before and after United's scoring burst.
DF Sead Kolasinac, 5 -- Loves getting forward and linked well with Iwobi down the left but failed to keep United's pace in check. Not his best afternoon.
MF Lucas Torreira, 5 -- Helped Arsenal establish plenty of possession and time on the ball but couldn't push them to do enough with it.
MF Granit Xhaka, 5 -- Forced to perform many roles including defensive midfield and then as a make-shift centre-back following Koscielny's injury. Did little of it well.
MF Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 6 -- Took his goal well but his position wider on the right meant he couldn't link with Lacazette as much as he likes to.
MF Aaron Ramsey, 8 -- Oh, how Arsenal are going to miss the Welsh midfielder when he joins Juventus on a free this summer. He was purposeful, positive and persistent throughout from the No. 10 role behind Lacazette. His performance deserved a goal.
MF Alex Iwobi, 6 -- Made the most of having room to run at Ashley Young and began the move for Arsenal's goal when he found Ramsey in space down the left. Would have felt hard-done by the substitution, which came as a result of Koscielny's injury.
FW Alexandre Lacazette, 7 -- Worked tirelessly on both sides of the ball from start to finish and deserved more for his effort.
DF Shkodran Mustafi, 5 -- Helped keep United at bay for a while but just not authoritative enough when Arsenal needed his seniority in the second half.
MF Mesut Ozil, 5 -- He was on the pitch.
MF Matteo Guendouzi, 5 -- Couldn't do much to stem the flow.