Arsenal began their European campaign with an fun 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany this evening.

The scoreline was perhaps a bit flattering – the home side had 24 attempts on goal – but the focus should be on Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock, two young players who scored to help us on our way to victory. Emi Martinez deserves a mention too for keeping that rarest of things, a clean sheet.

Read the Frankfurt 0-3 Arsenal report and see the goals here

Here’s how the players rated this evening.

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pitzkale
pitzkale

Emi impressive

SB Still
SB Still

Can we have a rating for the manager as well for all the games please?

Mpls
Mpls

Been reading here for years and folks continue to ask after nearly every match. I’m thinking not gonna happen.

For me that’s a-ok.👌

Plenty of bellyache about the manager everywhere else. I like this just focused on the players.

Ozymandias
Ozymandias

Very…

SizC
SizC

I thought blogs was tight with an 8.5 rating.

Eboue's Stepover
Eboue's Stepover

I am still hugely concerned by the sheer amount of shots on goal we concede. Luckily Emi was fantastic tonight.

That being said, a team that young going to Frankfurt and doing the business is delightful stuff.

Rich
Rich

We started the game with:
Saka 18
Willock 20
Smith-Rowe 19
That’s a lot of inexperience, there’s a reason why managers like Mourinho and Allegri rarely give youth a chance, and have throughout their careers punted on experienced players with tactical nous.

There seemed to be an acceptance at the start of the season that we’d suffer with a younger squad, but 6 games in and Arsenal fan base are already in typical meltdown.

There’s been a lot of change, we don’t have any structure, because we haven’t got a structure, and are currently in the process of moulding a new team.

But when you add Guendouzi 20, Torreira 23, Niles 22, Bellerin 23, Tierney 22, Nelson 19, along with the 3 above, we’re bound to have games were we lack a bit of composure, because our experienced players like Xhaka, Mustafi, Luiz, Sokratis, Ozil, Chambers are erratic at best.

I don’t think changing the manager will suddenly turn us into a well drilled outfit, we’re inexperienced, and I don’t think the worlds greatest coach will suddenly turn that lot into consistent performers.
But with time and patience, our young players could turn into something special,

DrVenkman
DrVenkman

I totally agree with that

Wilsheres Middle Finger
Wilsheres Middle Finger

Ceballos 23 to add to that too.

Frank Bascombe
Frank Bascombe

Thank you Richard.

Simon
Simon

Dont foget about Holding as well!

Martinellis belly
Martinellis belly

All the complaints have been about the old unreliable players though and the way they’re being set up and instructed to play. No ones been criticising the young players

santi's thigh grab
santi's thigh grab

This comment is too rational and logical for an Arsenal supporters blog. Where’s the knee jerk outrage, the pointed fickle finger of fate, the dragging of the manager through the streets? Where am I…

JOHANNES LEITNER
JOHANNES LEITNER

Yes but, conceding 55 goal attempts in the last 2 games, one of which was against the side at the bottom of the premier league is mind boggling and probably record breaking.

db10s

Good points.

My only worry is all these changes (on and off the pitch) are perhaps making us go backwards. Last night’s victory aside, we seem to be be worse off the ball compared to the middle of last season. Our failure during the run in last season didn’t have that many youngsters come in but yet we lost the ability to impose ourselves. Hopefully this is the case where we have go backwards to go forward. Time will tell.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

To be fair, of the 96 shots we’ve faced so far this season, 72 were penalties. And 28 of those were Harry Kane dives.

Lucas Sam
Lucas Sam

They should have built an Olympic pool instead of a football stadium

assistantref
assistantref

There’s a reason it’s shaped like a toilet bowl, mate.

Alex
Alex

Dives into shit cause he’s shit?

Mpls
Mpls

Mouth open, of course.

AnonymousGun
AnonymousGun

Returned to his family.

Martinellis belly
Martinellis belly

Are there any songs about him diving? 50,000 fans singing it might remind the ref to watch out for it and make him think twice before trying it.

George
George

Pretty much agree with all of this. At times our tactics seem to be let them shoot and then work our version of the counter from the restart.

Love seeing those youngsters!

Dave
Dave

Let them shoot then hoof the ball up to them… I miss when Leno came and would do lovely clipped passes to the wing backs or midfielders. Now it’s either a 2 yard pass or a hoof.

Goodebemeyang
Goodebemeyang

Someone really needs to have a word with Pepe now. As Arsene used to say, when things are not working out, the best thing you can do is get the basics right.

Jack
Jack

He did set up Saka for his goal.

myrtle
myrtle

My nan would have made that pass.

HansRott
HansRott

Your nan SHOULD have made that pass, but she fluffed her lines, didn’t she?

… couldn’t get her feet sorted out and tripped over herself … quite the embarrassing cameo as it turned out.

Clockendrider
Clockendrider

Set up? He made an obvious pass….

lessthanthesumoftheirparts
lessthanthesumoftheirparts

He looks rustier than a fork in a drainpipe. On for 10 minutes and their fullback was already beating him for pace. What’s going on?
Seems to be lacking intensity and confidence. Even shown up by Saka a bit as that cut inside and finish should be his go-to. Strange start but it took Pires and Henry a long time to adjust from Ligue 1 and that didn’t turn out too badly.

Moxrex
Moxrex

Totally agreed, it seems our current lot would do alot better under Wenger. Wenger was great when he had David Dein to take care of transfers and he was focused on football.

Emery was the biggest winner today because whatever the opposition was sending towards didn’t work otherwise the number of chances and shots taken was pretty high. It could easily have been a loss on another day. Putting on the kids help to relieve the pressure from many players and also from Emery because the question about Ozil not playing would have been put and he would have replied that the weather was not suitable for Ozil 🙂

Henrypiresberg
Henrypiresberg

Emery is at his best a clueless manager. Does a lot of tinkering and prays that it works. Pep can get best out of Sterling and Unai can’t handle Özil who has second best assist record in the league actually tells a lot about Unai as a manager. He is small, naive and insecure. This type of manager never makes it big. At best he can get us back to CL spot which AW did with Lord Bendtner and Chamakh.

Martinellis belly
Martinellis belly

I saw him knock it past a defender twice beat them for pace and them having to foul him to stop him? Don’t remember him being beaten for pace?

Dave
Dave

People just love making stuff up. He goes past people for fun, he’s created loads of chances for us too… There’s definitely more to come from him but I’m in disagreement with a lot of people’s analysis of him so far.

George
George

Spend a lot of time peering into drainpipes do we?… 😉

goonero
goonero

I think he did fine. The biggest miss of the day was Auba`s off that peach of a pick out from Chambers, he and Willock could have each had a hat-trick today.

BergkampsWonderland
BergkampsWonderland

He really frustrated me too. Not any lack of offensive output, the talent is pretty obviously there and it’ll come soon enough. But, as he did at Watford, he just camped out on the right side of attack after coming on. He’s either tactically inept, which is something that can be helped (he’s young and a forward), or that’s what the coach is instructing him to do, which would be insane.

Two yellow cards down the right side of defense after he came on.

Martinellis belly
Martinellis belly

Its fine. He’s probably just overthinking things. Once he gets a few and relaxes he’ll be good. Also saka and Auba both could have slipped him in for their goals and then people wouldn’t be worried

Rich
Rich

This is just mental, I thought Pepe looked bright when he came on.

How many times have we seen players take time to settle? Lacazette was lightweight in his first season, People were writing Fabinho+Kieta off at Liverpool over Xmas + new Yr last season.

£72 million doesn’t buy you the finished article, give the lad some time to settle ffs

Awesomesauce25
Awesomesauce25

While i agree that all players need some time to integrate and settle in… seems insane to me that 72M doesn’t buy a finished article. Crazy days.

Jean Ralphio
Jean Ralphio

He didn’t have a preseason. That said, if Emery is consistent with what style we play, he should get into the groove. At least he can beat his man. He’ll do well.

Dave
Dave

Emery. Consistent. Hahahahah. Ha.

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

If Saka is keeping Pepe out the team by the end of this season I’m going to be so happy / distraught.

Martinellis belly
Martinellis belly

If Saka came with a 72m price tag I reckon hed be shitting himself a bit too. It’ll come

HelderHughes
HelderHughes

If it doesn’t we might have to make him captain…

Parlour’s Pay Packet
Parlour’s Pay Packet

Lovely evening for the young lads but it does concern me that the same old deficiencies are present. We can’t allow that many shots consistently and expect to win games with the regularity we need to in order to secure top 4 / a cup. Don’t mean to be negative. Willock looks like such a player!

Tankard Gooner
Tankard Gooner

Was thinking the same thing mate. In the end they had 8 more shots than us, 1 more on target. Somehow we’re not closing down opposition before they let one loose. If we give away this number of chances against clinical teams, I don’t have too high hopes for the season. But good win nonetheless, even though the scoreline is a tad flattering.

Dave
Dave

The defence is stationed WAY too close to the goal – Emery scared of getting done by long balls but it’s inviting pressure because once their midfield/forwards pass our midfield they’ve got empty space to play in before they reach our defence.

Bai Blagoi
Bai Blagoi

“Torreira should be pronounced Tor-ray-ra, but then called Bukayo Saka ‘Buyako’ for the duration of the game.”

I have already given up expecting the commentators to call Arsenal players correctly. And Ko-la-she-nats should change his name Ko-la-see-natch to make them happy.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Yes, but Torreira should be pronounced Tor-ray-ra.

I think you can also give people a pass on Kolasinac, seeing as how there have been about three different “official” versions given. I’ve gone for your pronunciation, but I’ve still not got a clue if that’s right!

Dave
Dave

I would go for Toe-ray-ee-ra, personally.

Bergkamp2Wright
Bergkamp2Wright

Hoping the front 3 that finished the game start on Sunday.

Good performance going forward, still conceded a lot of shots on goal.

Norfolk gooner
Norfolk gooner

Jake Humphrey, during the analysis saying shit, 10/10

Luchorino
Luchorino

Surely that would be 0/10 son

sakaboom
sakaboom

Mustafi is better than Sokratis. I’m not even being funny. You put VVD in that system he’ll be exposed.

If he plays like he did tonight, he’ll might just be our best CB lol

Richard
Richard

Everybody knows Mustafi can be a capable defender, but he’s not someone to depends on as he well self-destruct at various moments, generally when we need it the least.

A Different George
A Different George

Although many Arsenal fans blame him for everything, an objective analysis of almost all of Mustafi’s matches yields one of two descriptions:

(1) Mustafi played quite well.

(2) Mustafi played quite well, except for that horrible mistake that cost us the match.

myrtle
myrtle

The whole of last season says otherwise. Sok was far better and anchored our defence. Mustafi’s errors indirectly/directly cost us fourth place.

Martinellis belly
Martinellis belly

Wish Chambers had got the chance to stake his claim at cb. Hes definitely miles better than Sokratis at playing it out. Defensing wise not enough to judge yet.

Prakhar
Prakhar

I will do the unhealthy thing in regards to Mustafi’s errors.

Never forgive, never forget.

(And never @ the player on Twitter or Instagram either, that’s just uncivil.)

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

Revisionism at its finest. Please rewatch the Palace game last year and see if you still think Mustafi is the best at the club!

assistantref
assistantref

I think everyone has known for a long time that Mustafi is generally a good defender most of the time but that he averages at least one Mustafi a game and you don’t want that from a central defender.

Upamecano but downalego
Upamecano but downalego

Saka, Martinez and Willock, probably in that order, made the game special.
ESR getting back into it after injury was a nice bonus.
Felt Hartson was a bit harsh on Chambers given how long it’s been since he’s played at RB (or even in the starting 11…).
Slightly worried about Aubameyang being tired at the weekend, and feel his hard work setting others up went a little unnoticed, even if he did miss a couple of good chances (fatigue?). Pepe still looks rather lost unfortunately, it’s too early to worry but it’d be nice to see him show us some magic soon.
Xhaka, Luiz and Mustafi avoided any notable errors, but it’s not what they do in Europe that worries me, it’s their PL form/decision making that’s what causes a lot of us a few headaches, hopefully this match can be a platform for them to transition their performances to domestic contests.

Very enjoyable game to watch, can’t remember the last time I watched a match where the ball spent such little time in the middle of the park!

goonero
goonero

Buyako Saka isnt even a mispronunciation, thats just straight up dyslexia.

CJay
CJay

your font is dyslexia

goonero
goonero

Youre just jealous your font is weak while mine is jazzy as fuck

CJay
CJay

😂😭

Kranky Kroenke
Kranky Kroenke

How about Mustafi, eh…I would’ve played him at right back like Germany did at the 2014 WC. Still need better organization to stop all the attempts at goal. Overall, decent performance. Nothing to shout from the rooftops about.

Dave
Dave

Chambers is NOT a RB, proven once again today.

thankyou22
thankyou22

Remember the penalty against Sp*rs last season at Wembley? Mustafi at RB.

A Different George
A Different George

Yes, I also remember a penalty at Spurs this season at home, a penalty at Watford last week, a horrible giveaway at Watford, and a penalty at Liverpool. Luiz, who gave away one penalty every 55 or so matches for Chelsea, has given 2 away so far for Arsenal. Maybe it’s not Mustafi.

Naked Cygan
Naked Cygan

If you forget about transfer fee, Saka should start ahead of Pepe based on performance. Pepe seems off, needs time to settle. Martinez was amazing, but if both teams took their chances this game would finish 7-7. We were awful defensively again, don’t let the clean sheet fool you.

Tim
Tim

Saka is a LW, Pepe is a RW? You want Pepe benched for Saka so what, Nelson can play on the left? Nah rather Saka – Auba – Pepe

Dave
Dave

100% agree mate the best way to get the most out of your new 72m signing is by dropping them.

Prakhar
Prakhar

Martinez wasn’t kidding when he said he believed he is just as good or better than Leno. One cup keeper I am fully ready to get behind.

And Saka.. The man’s crosses are the most consistent I have seen from an Arsenal player in a decade. What an excellent all-round game.

If getting a man of the match performance on your first start gets you dropped, and having howlers and giving away penalties gives you starts. I don’t know what message would that send to the players, youth and senior. If Saka doesn’t feature next match as a sub at the very least, young players will be fair to think “what more can I do”.

bob
bob

Definately. Between Chambers getting dropped for Luiz, Bielik not getting a look in, and Willock and Toreirra pretty much getting dropped in the prem, it’s hard to say Emery is happy to give youth a chance, though Douzi has been a bright exception (though he was signed, not developed internally). I hope Saka gets the left wing for Sunday, he’s def earned it, and it’s a chance for Emery to show the young players that if you play that well you will be relied on for important games and get real chances.

Mootilated
Mootilated

I don’t think Guendouzi does anything special that Saka and/or Willock cannot do. Fine, they play different positions but what I mean is that Guendouzi hasn’t really shown me he can do anything SUPER bar that one game against Spurs for 20 minutes. So, why not give the other youngsters a go if you give Guendouzi? I don’t get it.

Putney
Putney

I can’t get over how accurate the AMN drawing is.

Ozilrightfoot
Ozilrightfoot

Hats off to saka….proper proper proper winger performance.
Saka should be ahead of Nelson right now. Seems much more assured, confident and technically secure player.

Pepe seems lost. Was really hoping auba would tee him up for third to kick start his career. Even if he gets goal..his passing his tactical awareness still need working. Just like I told my mate he would come to live in second of season .Hoping he gets on score sheet soon or else he would feel the wrath of English media.

Just like blog mentioned scoreline is paper over cracks. Considering we scored couple when they were reduced to ten men. they still have way too much space in front of box.

We are 6 games in the season yet we don’t Know we going to high press the opposition or going to sit back. N it’s reflecting in the space we give them between midfield and defense. It’s high time unai pick one tactic and stick to it.

Marty1886
Marty1886

Why has Ceballos got yellow skin in the ratings? I know he’s Spanish but… lol

Emmanuel
Emmanuel

I don’t want to heap unnecessary pressure on Willock but boy he’s a joy to watch. He glides through midfield with graceful strides reminiscent of Diaby before the injuries took their toll. And then he has a knack for late runs in the box like Ramsey. We have a good one on our hands.

Sqif
Sqif

We lack this player so long, like Yaya you’re or diaby. They are rare. Willock has a similar mold. Great talent.

Spursarewank

Yup I see that. Willock has the goody goods to set himself up in our midfield for the long term. Just need him to work on consistency which will come with more gametime

DyGooner
DyGooner

Said it before and I’ll say it again Saka is one to watch, Arsenal should def invest in that kid

Johnson
Johnson

Good job they couldn’t finish their dinner.

Decent enough performance.

Nameless_Gooner
Nameless_Gooner

Emi massive

Chriz
Chriz

More of Saka please

Bodie CI5
Bodie CI5

Well that game just made me eat my words, but i don’t mind being proven wrong when it goes Wright, big well done to the youngsters

Monkey knees
Monkey knees

Tonight shows that when his head is on straight, and he has clear instructions, we DO have a player in Xhaka! He has that almost Poldi-esque air of not being able to “fit” into a standard position..!? When he can play his own game, with support and the right players/plan around him, he shows his class… Bit, whether that will happen at this club is questionable. Still, Mustafi looked decent, too!

Spursarewank

I think it’s more to do with a staggered pace of the game in Europe. The Premiership is relentless and I feel he’s suited for the Bundesliga. Bayern should really be in for him since Javi Martinez is slowing down. Id say 55 mil and they can have him

YpsiGooner
YpsiGooner

I know it was his first senior game time in ages, but Smith Rowe got held in check tonight. Hopefully that’s just youth and rust and won’t matter long term.

Richie b
Richie b

Well i think we played a desent enough game, but i agree we are allowing to much chances at our goal we need to develope the habit of closing down our oponents quickly. I think the goalkeeper martinez looks more assure right now more than leno and should be given a chance in the epl and the young lads should be use more often in the epl, chelsea is a perfect example in youth so far because they did not have a choice, and they look like a better team than us so far,our coach is not a coach that is positive thinking he is more defensive minded and i did’nt like the statement he made before the liverpool match that he his scare of playing them,you can’t tell your troops that when you going to war.

Mark
Mark

Martinez looked very commanding, didn’t handle every shot cleanly, but was up quickly to recover the ball. Great with his quick distribution too, maybe Leno can take some pointers from that.

Xhaka tried his best early to gift them a goal with a very bad pass right outside of the 18, but luckily didn’t cost us.

Saka and Willock (who continues to impress) both eased into the game and really were strong at points, need to get more consistency of course, but they are so young that will come.

Auba got a nice goal, but missed a real sitter in the 2nd half. Worked hard and was well involved.

Not sure though why Auba had to play the whole match when players like Pepe really need to playing time more and would have been an opportunity to give Nelson and Martinelli some more time.

The Far Post
The Far Post

Believe Auba stayed on because we were only 0-1 up deep into the 2nd half until Saka scored the 2nd at 85 min. By then, we had already used up the third sub to take out Kola (perhaps because of injury) at the 80 min.

yen
yen

To be fair, Xhaka was far better from Torreira tonight, more than 0.5 points. Like the Sofascore ratings where they got him as our 3rd best player (after Saka and Martinez) at 8.1, whereas Torreira is 6.8. Sounds about right. Credit where it’s due.

goonshow
goonshow

Can’t believe Santori hasn’t deluged us with 1000 words of I told you so’s on Xhaka and Mustafi – who, in fairness, both looked decent tonight.

Santori
Santori

And I was correct.

See my nicely composed view of the players. Its about 1000.;)

Peter Story Teller
Peter Story Teller

Patience he’s still typing!

just another fan
just another fan

I think Chambers should be given more opportunity for playing time. Doesn’t seem to do much wrong back there, and just looks more coordinated than some of our other defenders.

Santori
Santori

I thought he struggled half way through first half.

He’s a Rback by natural position.

I don’t think Unai is convinced with him at Cback. It may be to do with positioning and strength in the air.

He did OK second half nothing too wrong, tidy feet going forward.

BUT mentioning him without mentioning our clean sheet courtesy of Mustafi-Luiz would be quite obtuse.

It seems they brought the best out of each other.

Dave
Dave

Chamber is NOT a RB. Just because a player has played their previously doesn’t mean they are a RB.

Diaby was developed on the wing by Wenger, was a he a winger?

Cultured Determination
Cultured Determination

i can see why we sold iwobi. we have saka, nielson and rowe, though all are not as good as iwobi yet, i’m confident at least 1 of them will surpass him by next season. saka looks really great. shall we play a front 3 of saka auba and pepe this weekend?

PEA14
PEA14

Totally agreed that with Saka, it means selling Iwobi seems negligible. Though i always rated him and hope he can play to his max potential..

Kolkata_Gooner
Kolkata_Gooner

All hail the Faceless Saka.

bob
bob

I, for one, welcome our new faceless overlord.

Santori
Santori

A bit of perspective :

1) Martinez – I think we’ve taken in some lessons from Watford chastening. He played the ball out very well IMO finding players around the half way line quickly. Came out strong to smother some dangerous crosses too.

2) Chambers – Started well in his “natural position’, tidy feet. Struggled half way through the first half positionally and we let some of them in. BUT also had not as much support from the wide forward Smith-Rowe. That said a good option to have at Rback beyond Bellerin and AMN. I feel there are still some issues with his central positioning and strength in the air that has not gained the trust of the gaffer as yet in that role. Could have a role to play yet in CM/DM.

3) Mustafi – Who would have thought? Back from the dead and put in a very good performance. No nonsense clearances, was switched on all match, some very good last ditch critical blocks put in. BUT also strength in the air we have been missing for a while. As I’ve always said, his faults (and they are there) are always greatly exaggerated by some who go looking only for them and his merits often ignored by same crowd. CLEAN SHEET with Mustafi-Luiz? Perhaps they bring out the best in each other!? the world’s going balmy I tell you.

4) Luiz – Nothing wrong today either. Dove tailed in well both error prone defenders. Thought we’d see HOlding get some minutes. Have to caution the usual people who somehow think Holding is an automatic upgrade to what we have (The bar isn’t set terribly high). He has been working in with U23s but is still not entirely water tight. None of Mustafi, Luiz or Holding have been decent in back 4, most of their better performances have been with back 3. So jury still out and options are what they are but decent from Mustafi-Luiz today at least. No panic.

5) Kolasinac – Worked his socks off Hope we have knackered him too much. Put in a real shift on the left. Slightly more support from Saka but still a lot of work to do and a couple of spells, too many crosses coming in from the left. BUT constantly provided us outlet from left side going forward.

6) Granit – ANOTHER very good shift for me following Liverpool and Watford. Plenty of stops and intercepts, tackles (prob won’t see 7amkickoff publish any with his selective stats). BUT also aerial cover which is critical for us and headed intercepts from the half way line to put the other team back under pressure. Also some very good distribution today capitalising us quickly following turnovers. And lots of communication. As I said, we need to stop dithering and just appoint him and Sokratis captain. We don’t have the best choices but better than being headless. BOTH of them can at very least try and help organize and rally the players during defensive phases. No 5 captains nonsense senor, a bit of accountability please. Thought Granit tried to lead today. MOTM for me. Should score much higher in rating IMO.

7) Torreira – Good to see him complete the match. was concern given recent knock when he got taken out today. He seems to have a relish for going forward and having a go. One great opportunity to him in first half and another effort second half. Good hard working display next to Granit.

8) Willock – Some good runs and endeavor from deep as usual but a bit of naivety at times. One good opportunity squandered first half but he made amends with trying his luck (and if you don’t you don’t score), which with fortuitous assistance via their defender found the net via the crossbar. High energy performance today and plenty of grit. The one thing I’d say though is we still have not found the right equilibrium between the attackers and the midfielders particularly in keeping ball.

9) Smith-Rowe – Good to see him back fro long lay off and will get better but completely overwhelmed today and not in the races. I don’t think right wide is comfortable for him either. Chambers had a bit of work to do as a result. In fact I felt both our fullbacks did better than it seems given they had to make up for a bit of inexperience ahead of them on the flanks.

10) Auba – Thought we would see JJ or Martinelli. As is Unai was not going to be complacent with this one given last result. Got a goal but squandered several easy chances he should have frankly put away to establish some psychological control for us. Don’t think he should score as high in ratings. He needs to protect the ball better for us. Each time he loses the ball, we are right back under the cosh.

11) Saka – Thought he struggled first half and showed some inexperience playing the ball. BUT he persevered through like a real warrior and got himself a superbly finished goal as the game open up with them a man down courtesy of the card happy official. BUT the assist was even better as he put the Germans under pressure, stole the ball and sneaked the ball cleverly through to Auba. Again I don’t think he should score as high (much of that bc of his goal and assist) but very exciting young player with a bright future and giving us some hope given we sold Iwobi (IMO prematurely, lost Maalen, Gnabry, Bennacer)

12) AMN – came on to cover the hard working Kolasinac. Shows his versatility in this squad covering at Rback. Young player who will continue to grow and learn in the fullback positions now his natural positions (plural)

13) Cebellos – Brought in to control the game better. Still thought he did no assert that much more influence and we fortunately benefited from the sending off. BUt some tidy work to try and keep the ball. Midfield somewhere between our attack (Auba’s propensity to lose the ball) and the next line in the centre of the park is where the work needs to be done. How we can work in concert higher up and win the ball back/keep it is the main issue preventing these yoyo swings from attack to defense. Telling sometime in second half BOTH Granit and Kolasinac got more aggressive pushing forward to attack the opponents early and show its done to the younger players.

14) Pepe – Came on. Not enough for me. Still early days yet but I’m expecting a little more now. He cost 72m, hope we are not getting a 14m performance every season since its in installments. Need to see him more aggressive. Last match he was outshone by Watford’s cheaper dark horse Deuolofeo. This match it was Saka. I mentioned we made a good but expensive capture 9and likely at expense of truly fixing Cback issues) We could have got equally effective options for cheaper in Ziyech or Fekir. Time to start stepping up Pepe. He’s raw abilities are definitely there so it’s just a question of putting in continued effort. What concerns me is there are few alternative options with Iwobi gone (Laca out) beyond the young guns.

Gaffer – Was surprise at the Cback selection. Certainly enough to give anyone palpitations prior to match. Also surprise he kept Auba all match. Thought we may have seen Nelson over Saka and then maybe Saka with Pepe second half. BUT overall still some work to do in making us more retentive with the ball and working as a unit higher up. 4-3-3 is a better structure for us than the diamond. Would also like to see him try 3-4-1-2 as an alternative given our Cback issues and the current fullback/wingbacks.

Our wide players also at the moment still a bit disconnected with the backline albeit better than with the diamond.

Would have subbed off the ineffective Smith-Rowe at half time.

otherwise good to get back to winning ways and clean sheet a bonus for our defense. Lessons taken on board with playing out the back, Martinez effective findng our players with good distribution. A postitive to say the least.

Kolkata_Gooner
Kolkata_Gooner

Santori, I’ve always wondered, do you write your comments on MS Word first?

goonshow
goonshow

Aaaaand….

thar she blows!

Mintoes
Mintoes

Saka! What a game!!

Willock – outstanding. Again. Must start every game for us rest of season.

Martinez – yes please. Great performance. Looked better than Leno. Start him at the weekend.

Mustafi – credit when credits due…decent alongside Sideshow.

Well done lads, great team display tonight.

PEA14
PEA14

Was abit worried when i saw the Mustafi + Luiz combo. But they did alright tonight (Mustafi > Luiz)
Maybe , just maybe for once that negative + negative = positive….?

George
George

How good was Emi? Blimey. Leno will need to stay on his toes, which is good for us.

Saka looks a bit special. Great to see Smith Rowe back. And that run from Willock!

PS Saka is 77, not 87. I think he has his eye on that number 7…
PPS Darke is always a knob-end, but I really like Hartson.

Oregoon

Ian Darke commentating and the sound goes to zero.

Gavin Binding
Gavin Binding

Martinez and Saka were brilliant. Fortunately, that was enough.

Patient goner
Patient goner

Blogs, I thought Saka wore the No 77 Jersey.

PEA14
PEA14

Emi is impressive. Not sure if its a change of tactics or pure determination, he never plays it short.
Maybe we should plays it long for a change

Master Floda
Master Floda

Saka wears 77, not 87

Malaysian gunner
Malaysian gunner

No doubt Arsenal have won but the way they allow opposing teams to
shoot is cause for concern.If y ou want to win games its the defence
that must be tight. The Watford game is a good example.

shokim
shokim

Ian Darke is a tool. Sako & Willock did great & really showed how well our Hale End academy graduates are doing making the step up to the first team.

Limey
Limey

Ratings too low for Luiz/Mustafi – both very good.
Inconvenient truth.

Dave
Dave

‘Did nothing wrong’ 6/10. Hmm.

Dave
Dave

Buyako Saka could be the next Santi Carzola

VMan
VMan

People complaining about Pepe will be the same people praising him when he scores a brace on Sunday! Give him time…

Trigg27
Trigg27

People criticising our defensive performance need to take a deep breath and look at the back four we put out last night.

Chambers playing his first game at RB in a year, Mustafi who is now 4th choice CB at best and Kolasinac who we know struggles in that formation. Only Luiz could be said to be part of our first 11 and even that’s debatable with Sokratis and Holding in the squad. With everyone fit, it’s very possible that none of those four make it into the side.

Yes we conceded 24 shots last night, but how many of those actually troubled the keeper?

willpower
willpower

How do I flick the switch to see the ratings without voting