Arsenal 1-1 Slavia Prague: PLAYER RATINGS
April 08, 2021, Kick-Off 8pm
Europa League quarter final, first leg
Bernd Leno 5/10
Not called into action until the 35th minute. Often kicked long from goal kicks with a varying degree of accuracy. Couldn’t keep out Holes’ last minute header just after making a brilliant save that caused the corner.
Hector Bellerin (C) 5.5/10
Good one on one and offered options going forward.
Rob Holding 6.5/10
Covered Bellerin’s forward runs well in his first Europa League start this season but was no stranger to an attacking venture himself. A really solid performance from the 25 year old.
Gabriel Magalhães 6.5/10
Gabriel had very, very little to do in defence in the first half in a performance that will hopefully be a confidence boost for the Brazilian. Kept Slavia’s top scorer Abdullah Sima very quiet with a dominant display.
Cedric Soares 4/10
Tucked in alongside the centre backs when Arsenal were out of possession and wasn’t always supported by Willian. Will never replicate the attacking drive of Kieran Tierney but does a job at left back. Caught out at the far post for Slavia's equaliser
Thomas Partey 3.5/10
It still feels like we are fairly far away from seeing the full potential of the Ghanaian midfielder. Decision making and passing were clear problems tonight.
Granit Xhaka 6/10
Midfield looked much more balanced than on Saturday with the left footer alongside Partey.
Bukayo Saka 6/10
Missed a fantastic opportunity in the first half where he couldn’t quite wrap his foot around the ball. Constantly lively and won multiple set pieces in good areas.
Emile Smith-Rowe 5/10
Much like Martin Odegaard against Liverpool, most attacks avoided Smith-Rowe and went down the flanks instead. Arteta should be focusing on how to get the best out of the England U21 star.
Very unfortunate to hit the post with a free kick at the start of the second half. Substituted with 17 minutes to go.
Alexandre Lacazette 5/10
Looked eager throughout, but missed chances will spoil a decent performance. Somehow missed a glaring opportunity in the 61st minute going 1 on 1 with the goalkeeper after doing all the hard work to pressure Slavia’s defence.
Martinelli (Sub, 73’) 7/10
It will be hard to find an Arsenal fan who is not desperate to see Martinelli start for the Gunners. Almost found the top corner with a left footed strike.
Mohamed Elneny (Sub, 77’) 6/10
Part of the collective impact of Arteta’s 4 substitutions in 4 minutes, and might be in contention to start against Sheffield United on Sunday after another stinker from Thomas Partey.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Sub, 77’) 6/10
Guided a shot wide immediately after coming on, in acres of space in the box. Assisted Pepe’s winner.
Nicolas Pepe (Sub, 77‘) 7/10
Broke the deadlock with four minutes to go with a burst of pace and a clever finish.
Dani Ceballos (Sub, 88’)
Subs not used: Ryan (GK), Hein (GK), Mari, Lopez, Ceballos, Azeez, Nelson, Nketiah