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Simon Collings was at the Amex to run the rule over Arsenal…
Aaron Ramsdale 7
Had a scary moment early on when he fumbled the ball, but other than that was solid. Good save late on.
Takehiro Tomiyasu 5
He has been excellent since signing but he really struggled today, particularly in the first-half. Improved a bit after the break.
Ben White 7 | Star man
Probably Arsenal’s best defender as he returned to his old club for the first time. Made a few vital headers and blocks.
Solid, but not quite as commanding as he usually is. Won his fair share of headers, though, and improved as the game went on.
Kieran Tierney 5
Another player who just wasn’t quite at his usual best. A few errors in defence and his crossing was a little off. Frustrating.
Thomas Partey 6
A mixed bag of a performance. He was excellent at some moments - creating a great chance for Smith Rowe - then off it at other times. Broke up play nicely.
Albert Sambi Lokonga 6
Nothing spectacular, but was fairly solid after being handed a start in the absence of Granit Xhaka. Should be better for the experience.
Bukayo Saka 6
Probably one of Arsenal’s best players. Always looked the most likely to make something happen when given the chance to go at his full-back.
Martin Odegaard 4
Really struggled to get into the game and wasn’t his usual self. Touch and passing surprisingly off. Hooked just after the hour mark.
Emile Smith Rowe 6
One of Arsenal’s better players. Carried the ball well and showed plenty of industry, with and without the ball. A strong display.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 4
Just never got into the game and had a tough afternoon. Struggled to hold the ball up and barely had a sniff of a goal. Pressed hard without the ball.
Nicolas Pepe (Odegaard 63’) 5
Brought on to try and snatch a goal but was fairly quiet.
Alexandre Lacazette (Aubameyang 72’) 6
A handy contribution off the bench. Linked play well and gave team a focal point.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Saka 90’) N/A
Subs not used: Leno, Cedric, Holding, Tavares, Elneny, Martinelli.