Arsenal played hosts to Slavia Praha at the Emirates Stadium earlier tonight in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League quarterfinal tie. The Gunners were lacklustre in the first half despite missing a lot of chances. They finally broke the deadlock in the 86th minute courtesy of Nicolas Pepe’s lovely dinked finish. However, Tomas Holes equalised for Slavia Praha in the 3rd minute of injury-time.
Let’s take a look at how Arsenal players rated:
Bernd Leno – 5.8
Made some good saves but he conceded the equalizer in injury-time in his near post.
Hector Bellerin – 6.2
The Spanish full-back had a decent game and was solid at the back but did not contribute enough going forward.
Rob Holding – 6.7
Holding had a solid game at the back and was commanding in the air.
Gabriel – 6.3
The Brazilian defensive ace made a couple of important challenges but he must get into habit of never letting the ball bounce as a CB which nearly cost us . Still learning…
Cedric Soares – 6.2
Cedric had a solid game at left-back but he could have done better with his positioning for their equalizer.
Thomas Partey – 6.3
He protected the Arsenal backline quite well but played a few misplaced passes until he ran out of gas and was replaced in the 77th minute.
Granit Xhaka – 6.0
The Swiss midfield ace was busy in the middle of the pitch but struggled to influence the game.
Bukayo Saka – 6.9
Saka made two exciting runs during his time on the field was a menace for their defence during his time on the pitch. He missed a great chance to score early on.
Emil Smith Rowe – 6.1
Smith Rowe worked hard but struggled to get himself involved in the game and got substituted before the full-time whistle.
Willian – 5.8
The Brazilian playmaker had an average game but was unlucky not to score when he hit the post.
Alexandre Lacazette – 5.6
Hard working display from the Frenchman also hit the woodwork in the second half when it was easer to hit the back of the net. He was also guilty of squandering some decent chances.
Gabriel Martinelli – 6.3
The youngster added some energy to the Gunners attack.
Mohamed Elneny – 6/10
He covered a lot of ground after coming off the bench.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 6.7
The Gabon international assisted Pepe’s goal with a lovely pass but was guilty of squandering a great chance from close range.
Nicolas Pepe – 6.8
Pepe managed to break the deadlock in the 86th minute with an excellent run and a dinked finish.
Dani Ceballos – N/A
He hardly had any time to influence the game.