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Arsenal player ratings: Gunners comeback seals top spot as Saka shines with goal and assist

Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka shines once again for Gunners in Europa League. [Image: Getty]

Arsenal moved into the last 32 of the Europa League on Thursday night, coming from behind to draw with Standard Liege in Belgium.

Goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka was enough for the Gunners to share points with Standard Liege and finish top of the Group F table with 11 points.

Footballfancam analyses how Freddie Ljungberg’s team actually performed on the night.

Emiliano Martinez: He found his cool at the second fold of the game despite the rowdy Standard Liege fans at his back. He came worryingly close to conceding possession in his own final third. Had no chance with the deflected goal. But average. 5

Ainsley Maitland-Niles : It was clear at a point Maitland-Niles wasn’t even paying attention to what was happening on the pitch, though he made couple of vital interceptions. His unimpressive performance saw him Subbed for Chambers. 4

Konstantinos Mavropanos: Made his first senior appearance of the season as he had played only two Under-21 games. On the 25th minute, there was a moment of scare after a clumsy pass in his own box which teed up Mehdi Carcela and almost led to a goal. But generally an okay performance. 6

David Luiz : Looked shaky on the ball at some point, but applied his years of experience to keep the Gunners defence in check, however, he was lucky that loose pass didn’t result in a goal or even a chance for Liege. 6

Sokratis: Was involved in an own goal with his hand while half turning away from a shot. Was subbed off in the second half in a bid to change formation. 5.

Matteo Guendouzi: You just can’t take it away from this young French midfielder, his ability to push forward was put to show but it came at the expenses of a weak midfield. But worked hard and tried to hold things together later on in the game. 5.5.

Smith-Rowe: Had a little above average performance after returning to the side from injury. Unlucky not to be on the scoresheet in the first half. He will be hoping to improve in the coming games to push for a chance in the League. 6.

Joe Willock: He couldn’t stamp his authority on the game as he went missing in the midfield, his worst point was his decision to square play the ball to Guendouzi in his own box on a woeful pitch. 4.

Reiss Nelson: Had some nice touches, good runs and link up play. Encouraging performance but will be disappointed with some of his dead ball delivery. 6.

Bukayo Saka: Such a raw talent. He was by far the best Arsenal player on the pitch, albeit in the second half. He took his goal neatly after whipping in a deadly cross to provide an assist for Lacazette a few minutes earlier. 7.

Alexandre Lacazette: The Arsenal captain for the night, He found himself in the right place at the right time to head Saka’s cross in, but was hugely disappointing for most part of the game. 6.


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