Europa League Player Ratings: Arsenal 1-0 FC Zurich - Gunners win to avoid play-offs

Kieran Tierney's first half cracker is enough to seal victory as Arsenal top Group A and avoid Europa League play-off

Europa League Player Ratings: Arsenal 1-0 FC Zurich - Gunners win to avoid play-offs


Arsenal beat FC Zurich 1-0 to finish top of Europa League Group A on Thursday evening. 

On a fraught evening at the Emirates, Kieran Tieney's excellent first half striek was enough to seal victory - and safe passage through to the knock-out stages of the tournament, thereby avoiding the need for a two-legged play-off next February. 

Read on for to find out who impressed in our Player Ratings

Aaron Ramsdale: 7/10 - A clean sheet was required and a clean sheet was what the Gunners netminder delivered. Job done

Ben White: 7/10 - Played his part in keeping the FC Zurich forwards out on an increasingly fraught evening 

Gabriel: 7/10 - Solid and uncompromising

Rob Holding: 7/10 - A unyeilding yeoman with a nice thatch

Kieran Tierney: 8/10 - A cracking strike aided by a superb technique. Battled throughout and gave his all for the cause

Fabio Vieira: 7/10 - Not as influential as he would have liked but wasn't for lack of effort 

Lokonga: 7/10 - Committed and intelligent 

Reiss Nelson: 6.5/10 - Kept his place after Sunday's two-goal salvo but failed to impress albeit on a challenging evening 

Mohamed Elneny: 7/10 - Reliable and unflinching in the heat of battle amid the smoke and the pyro

Eddie Nketiah: 6.5/10 - Always works so hard but to be a top, top quality striker you have to turn your half chances into goals, not near efforts - that said, his running on and off the ball never let the Zurcih backline settle

Gabriel Jesus: 6/10 - Badly needs a goal. Which is strange considering how great a start he has had this season and what an excellent striker he is. It will come because class is permanent

Substitutes: 

Thomas Partey: 7/10 - Came on to help push his side onto victory

Bukayo Saka: 7/10 - Fit again and gave his side a boost simply by coming on against a tiring Zurich side 

Takehiro Tomiyasu: 6/10 - On for Ben White. Picked up a knock and had to be replaced by Cedric as the clock ticked down

Martin Odegaard: 7/10 - The Norwegian came on late on to help steady the ship 


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