Player Ratings: Arsenal 0-0 Villareal – Bellerin and Partey disappoint but Smith Rowe impresses

Bernd Leno: Some smart saves when called upon but not really too much to do on the night. Decent playing out from the back when required. 6.7

Hector Bellerin: Was deservedly given the nod after a strong display against Newcastle but did little to reward his manager’s faith. Gave the ball away frequently and awful in the final third. 4.6

Rob Holding: Vocal as ever and went close with a couple of headed chances, but Arsenal did miss the passing range of David Luiz to break down Villarreal’s narrow defence. 6.2

Pablo Mari: Exposed on occasion as Arsenal looked to commit men forward but dealt with that well particularly after Chukwueze went off. Better than in the first leg but still not one of his best displays for the Gunners. 5.7

Kieran Tierney: Clearly wasn’t fit to start the game and only had to because of Granit Xhaka’s late injury. Couldn’t combine well with Pepe down the left and lacked his usual assertiveness when going forward. 5.8

Thomas Partey: Was asked to do a lot as basically a one-man-midfield while the rest were instructed to get forward. Didn’t cope well though and gave the ball away on several occasions when playing out. 4.4

Emile Smith Rowe: Was everywhere around the pitch and had arguably the best chance of the night when his scooped effort at the start of the second half curled just wide. A low bar but the ‘Croydon De Bruyne’ was probably the man of the match. 6.8

Bukayo Saka: Some occasions where he was able to get in behind the Villarreal defence but not really enough on the night to cause them too many problems. 6.2

Martin Odegaard: Struggled to get on the ball as Arsenal struggled to link the play between defence and attack yet again this season. Again couldn’t really influence the game as we know he’s capable of. 6.1

Nicolas Pepe: Showed intent throughout and looked determined to break through the Villarreal defence. Save for one shot at the beginning of the second half though couldn’t directly threaten. 5.8

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Hardly touched the ball but had by far Arsenal’s best chances when he hit the post twice. Not his fault as the amount of times the ball got forward to him was minimal. 6.4

Substitutes –

Gabriel Martinelli: Direct and energetic as always but could do little in terms of goal mouth action when isolated out on the left. 6.5

Alexandre Lacazette: Provided something of a physical threat for Albiol and Torres to deal with but was introduced too late to do anything. 6.1

Willian: Brought on at a time when Arsenal desperately needed a goal despite having not scored one himself all season. Very little more needs to be said. 5.7

Eddie Nketiah: Came on too late to influence the game. n/a.

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