Arsenal player ratings vs Slavia Prague: Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka shine; Alexandre Lacazette steps up

Simon Collings
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Arsenal cruised into the semi-finals of the Europa League after defeating Slavia Prague 4-0 in the Czech Republic.

Here’s how Mikel Arteta’s side rated at the Eden Arena...

Bernd Leno 6

A quiet night for the German, who had very little to do. Another clean sheet, though, with the defence in front of him looking solid.

Calum Chambers 8

Is quickly beginning to establish himself as Arsenal’s best right-back. Solid in defence and carried a threat when going forward too.

Rob Holding 7

You could hear him barking out orders all game and he marshalled the defence well. Looks so much more comfortable playing alongside Pablo Mari, as opposed to Gabriel.

Pablo Mari 7

Given the nod to start over Gabriel and did well. Nice and composed on the ball. Always seems to play with minimal fuss.

Granit Xhaka 7

Filled in at left-back again and did a good job once more. Fears he could be troubled due to a lack of pace, but didn’t really put a foot wrong.

Dani Ceballos 7

Kept things simple and was solid. Worked his socks off and pressed well. The perfect partner for Thomas Partey in midfield.

Thomas Partey 8

Bossed the midfield and ran the show. So neat and tidy, and passing was so much more slick compared to last week.

Bukayo Saka 9

Leno said in the build-up to this match that the 19-year-old will be world-class one day. Showed his huge potential again tonight with a goal and a fine display.

Emile Smith Rowe 9 | Star man

Arguably his best performance in an Arsenal shirt. Linked the play and was everywhere. Unlucky to have a goal chalked off for offside.

Nicolas Pepe 8

Opened the scoring with a lovely composed finish. Has been excellent in Europe this season and continued his fine form tonight.

Alexandre Lacazette 9

A captain’s performance. Led the line excellently and scored twice. A big display after his poor showing in the first leg.

Substitutes

Mohamed Elneny (Smith Rowe 66’) 6

Came on and helped Arsenal see out the game.

Eddie Nketiah (Lacazette 78’) N/A

Gabriel Martinelli (Saka 78’) N/A

Cedric Soares (Partey 78’) N/A

Folarin Balogun (Pepe 88’) N/A

Unused: Ryan, Hillson, Bellerin, Gabriel, Willian, Nelson, Azeez.

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