Arsenal player ratings vs Benfica: Aubameyang and Saka rescue Gunners on a nightmare night for Ceballos

Simon Collings
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<p>Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates his late Arsenal winner in Athens</p> (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates his late Arsenal winner in Athens

(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal left it late to qualify for the last-16 of the Europa League, but a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace eventually saw them beat Benfica 3-2.

Simon Collings assesses how Mikel Arteta’s men got on in Athens...

Bernd Leno 6

Like in the first leg, nothing the German could do about Benfica’s goals. Other than that he had very little to do.

Hector Bellerin 5

Fine defensively, but going forward he struggled to make an impact on the game - which has been an issue for him this season.

David Luiz 6

Not at fault for either goal but passing out from the back was not up to its usual level. Not at his commanding best.

Gabriel Magalhaes 6

Was perhaps marginally better than Luiz, but doesn’t look quite like the force he was earlier on this season.

Kieran Tierney 7

Was looking a little lacklustre, but then burst into life by scoring a brilliant goal to make it 2-2.

Dani Ceballos 4

Was having a good game, but it quickly turned into a nightmare. Gave away the free-kick for the opening Benfica goal and then his poor header set through Rafa Silva to score the second.

Granit Xhaka 6

Controlled things quite nicely in the midfield and didn’t really make any errors.

Bukayo Saka 8 | Star man

The teenager was the hero and Arsenal’s saviour once again. Set up Aubameyang for his first goal with a beautifully disguised pass and then crossed to him for the winner, too.

Martin Odegaard 5

Wasn’t really in the game and when he did have the ball the Norwegian failed to make the impact you’d expect from your No10.

Emile Smith Rowe 5

Struggled and didn’t have a great game. Has impressed since coming into the side, but doesn’t look as effective playing out left.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 8

A much better performance from the Arsenal captain. Took his first goal well and then bagged the winner with minutes to go.


Willian (Smith Rowe 63’) 6

Came off the bench and put in one of his better performances for a long time. Set up Tierney for Arsenal’s second goal.

Thomas Partey (Ceballos 63’) 5

First game back since injuring his hamstring earlier this month. A quiet cameo.

Alexandre Lacazette (Bellerin 78’) N/A

Calum Chambers (Saka 90’) N/A

Mohamed Elneny (Odegaard 90’) N/A

Subs not used: Ryan, Hein, Mari, Cedric, Martinelli, Nketiah.

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