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[Player Ratings] Arsenal 0-0 Sporting: Guendouzi composed, Ramsey disappoints

By on November 8, 2018

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Arsenal qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League after drawing 0-0 with Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates on Thursday night.

We weren’t at our best at all and struggled to find our fluency but in fairness the game was overshadowed by a serious ankle injury to Danny Welbeck midway through the first half.

Here are my ratings:

Cech  6/10 | Had very little to do. Barely touched the ball all night.

Jenkinson  6/10 | A steady performance from the out-of-favour full-back. Not easy to play at left-back but did OK – apart from a wild attempted volley from 25 yards!

Sokratis  7/10 | Given very little trouble by the Sporting attack but did make a couple of decent blocks. Good to see him back as we’ve missed him in recent weeks.

Holding  7/10 | Another solid performance from the improving Holding. Didn’t put a foot wrong.

Lichtsteiner  6.5/10 | Put a couple of decent crosses in but sadly limped off with a hamstring injury.

Guendouzi  7.5/10 | Dictated the tempo of the game with some neat passing and was our most industrious player. Booked for a cynical foul on Nani after he failed to kick the ball out for the injured Lichtsteiner.

Ramsey  5/10 | Failed to take his chance. Looked off the pace and struggled to influence the game. Overplayed at times too.

Smith Rowe  6/10 | Not as involved as we’ve seen in previous outings. Was given some rough treatment by the visitors but he’ll learn from it.

Mkhitaryan  5/10 | Missed a decent chance late on to get on the score-sheet. He’s struggling for form and it showed tonight.

Iwobi  6/10 | A few flashes of his quality but nothing really came off for him.

Welbeck  N/A | Stretchered off with a serious ankle injury in the first half. Looks like a season ending injury. Absolutely heartbreaking for Danny.

Subs:

Aubameyang  6/10 | Missed a couple of half chances but was starved of service and kept under a tight leash by the well organised Sporting defence. Was clean through late on before being chopped down by Mathieu – who was sent off.

Kolasinac  5/10 | Added some balance down the left side after replacing Jenks.

Maitland-Niles  N/A |

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One Comment

  1. NM

    November 9, 2018 at 2:12 am

    You clearly didn’t watch the same game I did. Ramsey completed more passes than anyone else attempted, including 11 of 16 long passes. Several of his long passes got players in behind Sporting’s defense, where they were able to get off good crosses. Just because he’s leaving at the end of the season you don’t need unnecessarily dis his performances.

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