Arsenal player ratings vs Sheffield United: Martinelli takes his chance; Lacazette ruthless

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Simon Collings
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Arsenal geared up for their Europa League quarter-final second leg with Slavia Prague by beating Sheffield United 3-0.

Simon Collings was at Bramall Lane to run the rule over Mikel Arteta’s players...

Bernd Leno 6

Didn’t have much to do but, what he did have, the German dealt with minimal fuss. A nice, quiet night for him - for a change.

Calum Chambers 7

A good game from Chambers, who is strengthening his calls to be the first-choice right-back. Got forward and caused problems too.

Rob Holding 7

Looking more like the player he was back around the turn of the year. Looks much more comfortable playing next to Mari than Gabriel.

Pablo Mari 8

A solid performance from the Spaniard, who just exudes composure at the back. Done his chances of starting in Prague on Thursday no harm.

Granit Xhaka 8

Asked to play at left-back and did an excellent job. Clear to see he is a true leader on the pitch and someone Arteta really trusts.

Thomas Partey 7

Neat and tidy from Ghanaian - and a much better performance than against Slavia Prague in midweek. Brilliant assist for Lacazette’s second goal.

Dani Ceballos 8

One of the Spaniard’s best performances in a long time. Was brilliant in the first-half, in particular, and setup the opening goal.

Nicolas Pepe 7

The Ivorian was a threat all night. Worked hard off the ball and played a big role in Martinelli’s goal.

Bukayo Saka 7

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Asked to play as a No10 and did a decent job. Bright, lively and at the heart of a lot of good attacks. Only shame was seeing him limp off injured.

Gabriel Martinelli 8

Handed a chance to shine and took it with both hands. Scored a goal and was relentless with his pressing. Will hope to start on Thursday.

Alexandre Lacazette 9 | Star man

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Two goals from the Frenchman and a great response to his showing on Thursday. Two brilliant finishes, which will boost his confidence.

Substitutions

Willian (Saka 69’) 5

Very quiet when he came on and didn’t make an impact.

Mohamed Elneny (Martinelli 83’) N/A

Eddie Nketiah (Lacazette 88’) N/A

Subs not used: Ryan, Gabriel, Bellerin, Cedric, Azeez, Nelson, Nketiah.

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