Arsenal player ratings vs Slavia Prague: Bukayo Saka stands out on off night for Thomas Partey and Willian

Simon Collings
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Slavia Prague scored a last-minute equaliser to break Arsenal’s hearts and claim a 1-1 draw in the first leg of thier Europa League quarter-final.

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Bernd Leno 6

A quiet night and had very little to do. On the rare occasions he was called into action, the German looked fairly solid. Couldn’t do anything about the goal.

Hector Bellerin 6

Solid if not sensational. Has been out of the team for a few weeks, but didn’t really put a foot wrong tonight on his return.

Rob Holding 7

Decent night for the centre-back, who has been out of form more recently. Never stopped talking and almosts scored in the first-half.

Gabriel 7

Like Holding, he had a good game. Didn’t offer the Slavia forwards much change and tried to get things going from the back.

Cedric 5

In for the injured Kieran Tierney and was doing fine, before he almost gifted Slavia a goal by clearing it straight to Petr Sevcik. Thankfully, he fired wide.

Thomas Partey 4

An off-night for the Ghanaian. Passing was a bit sloppy and had a tendency to run up blind alleys. Can and should do much better.

Granit Xhaka 6

Better than Partey alongside him, but not by much. The Arsenal midfield did look much more secure with him in it compared to Saturday.

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Bukayo Saka 7 | Star man

Arsenal’s best player on a very frustrating night. He missed a great chance in the first-half, but was the source of many of Arsenal’s best attacks.

Emile Smith Rowe 5

Got better as the game went on, but not at his usual self. Provided a great chance for Aubameyang to score just after the captain had come on.

Willian 4

Anonymous for large parts of the game and didn’t make enough of an impact. Struck the post with a brilliant free-kick.

Alexandre Lacazette 5

Some nice link-up play to get Saka in down the right - but then missed a glorious chance in the second-half.


Gabriel Martinelli (Willian 73’) 6

Full of energy and running. Made a difference when he came on.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Lacazette 78’) 6

Off the bench and made an impact. Missed a great chance, but then played in Pepe for the Arsenal goal.

Nicolas Pepe (Saka 78’) 6

Got the goal Arsenal deserved, but didn’t cover himself in glory with defending for Slavia goal.

Mohamed Elneny (Partey 78’) N/A

Dani Ceballos (Smith Rowe 89’) N/A

Subs not used: Ryan, Hein, Mari, Lopez, Azeez, Elneny, Nelson Nketiah.

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