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[Player ratings] Arsenal 1-0 Qarabag: Saka and Nketiah impress for Gunners

By on December 13, 2018

Arsenal completed the group stages of the Europa League with a comfortable 1-0 win over Qarabag at the Emirates with Alexandre Lacazette scoring the only goal of the game early on.

Here are my ratings:

Martinez  5/10 | Virtual bystander for most of the game.

Jenkinson  6/10 | Easy night defensively but got forward to support in attack. Sadly his final ball was poor at times.

Sokratis  7/10 | Simple night’s work for the Greek defender. Made one superb block in the first half.

Koscielny  6.5/10 | Amazing to see him back and this was a good game for him to ease back in to action. Not tested but important to get some minutes under his belt.

Maitland-Niles  7/10 | Worked tirelessly down the left flank. Linked up well with Saka. Hope he gets more first team chances soon.

Elneny  6/10 | Typical Elneny. Simple, basic, steady.

Willock  6.5/10 | Showed some neat touches and was always keen to get on the ball. Was a little disappointed he didn’t do more with it though.

Nketiah  7.5/10 | Worked his socks off to help out in defence when needed and always a threat going forward down the right. Saw a goal ruled out for offside and superb ball set-up Saka late on. Encouraging display.

Ozil  6.5/10 | Assisted Lacazette for the goal but barely got out of first gear. Miles above this level but would have liked to see him really put some graft in to try and prove a point to Emery.

Saka  7.5/10 | Excellent full debut from the youngster. Very positive on the ball and unfortunate not to get a well-deserved goal when the keeper saved late on. Looks a real talent. My MOTM.

Lacazette  7/10 | Surprisingly started the game but showed his strikers instinct with a lovely finish to open the scoring.

Subs:

Medley  5/10 | Cameo appearance at left-back.

Monreal  5/10 | Replaced Koscielny with 20 minutes to go. Eased through the last part of the game.

Gilmour   5/10 | Nice to see another senior debut. Only on for last few minutes.

It was a simple night’s work and the win extends our unbeaten run to 22 games in all competitions. Let’s hope we make it 23 win another win at Southampton on Sunday.

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