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FIFA 19 Arsenal player ratings: an in-depth review

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Who is overvalued? Who is undervalued? Also, Carl is still on the team?

Cardiff City v Arsenal FC - Premier League
No word on whether or not the air guitar celebration will be included in the latest FIFA iteration.

Much like our reliance on Punxsutawney Phil to tell us just how much more winter we have left each year, so too do millions of soccer video game fans await the release of their team’s player ratings for the latest installment of the FIFA franchise. It’s never a matter of if their favorite team is disrespected with lower-than-expected player ratings, but by how much. Unless you are a fan of the top-heavy ultra-elite clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona, chances are you are going to feel that your favorite club has been slighted. After all, what is irrational fandom without the need for arbitrary validation from a video game company?

Suffice it to say, the player ratings for FIFA 19, which drops on September 28th, were leaked today by FIFA fansite Futwiz.com, which means that Arsenal’s individual player ratings are now open for public scrutiny. As an avid player of FIFA (leave the PES v FIFA v FM debate for a different forum, please and thanks), I for one was excited to see just how poorly Arsenal’s ratings dipped, and sadly I was not disappointed.

Now, let the handwringing begin!

THE TAKE-AWAYS

  • Arsenal’s poor 2017-2018 season has had a clear affect on the overall player ratings across the roster. Nearly every first-team member either dropped in rating or remained the same, with the only exceptions being Mohamed Elneny (77 to 78) and Rob Holding (72 to 74).
  • Coming in as Arsenal’s top-rated player for 2018-2019 is striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with an overall 87 rating, which is one point lower than his rating in last season’s version. Losing two points off of his pace rating (96 to 94), Auba lost his spot as the fastest player in the FIFA game. He did, however, gain a fourth star in skill moves and 8 (!) total points in physicality (71 to 79).
  • Mesut Ozil, everyone’s favorite scapegoat/whipping boy dropped to an overall rating of 86 from a rating of 88 last season after a forgettable first half of 2018.
  • Newly-acquired goalkeeper Bernd Leno’s overall rating of 84 is two whole points higher than veteran net-minder Petr Cech, who comes in at 82, whose four point drop from his FIFA 18 rating of 86 is the single-largest drop on the team.
  • The remainder of Arsenal’s summer signings are rated as follows: Sokratis - 84, Stephan Lichtsteiner - 80, Lucas Torreira - 78, Matteo Guendouzi - 67.
  • Despite a promising debut season that led to a new contract, Reiss Nelson is only rated 65, on par with [checks the table]...Gedion Zelalem? That, to me, seems well off.

As with all FIFA ratings, these are subject to change as the season goes on, but as it stands, Arsenal’s ratings are about what we thought they would be: underwhelming outside of a select few stars. The complete list of ratings are in the table below.

So what say you? Are the FIFA ratings fair? Any player who you believe deserved a better (or worse) rating? Let’s hear it in the comments.

FIFA 19 Arsenal Player Ratings

Player Rating Pace Shot Pass Dribble Defense Physical
Player Rating Pace Shot Pass Dribble Defense Physical
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 87 94 84 75 80 37 79
Mesut Ozil 86 70 73 86 84 24 58
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 84 82 78 79 85 52 69
Alexandre Lacazette 84 81 82 72 84 40 72
Sokratis Papastathopoulos 84 69 51 50 60 84 82
Aaron Ramsey 82 67 76 79 80 67 74
Laurent Koscielny 82 65 41 62 64 82 75
Shkodran Mustafi 82 62 57 64 61 81 77
Granit Xhaka 81 48 65 79 71 69 76
Sead Kolasinac 80 72 62 65 70 77 87
Stephan Lichtsteiner 80 71 58 72 76 79 74
Hector Bellerin 80 93 51 68 77 75 66
Nacho Monreal 80 69 58 71 74 80 70
Lucas Torreira 78 77 62 77 80 73 73
Mohamed Elneny 78 59 62 73 70 73 75
Danny Welbeck 77 80 74 70 77 43 75
Alex Iwobi 76 77 62 70 81 28 64
Rob Holding 74 60 34 55 64 74 73
Ainsley Maitland-Niles 71 82 59 68 72 60 65
Carl Jenkinson 69 66 50 65 67 69 68
Konstantinos Mavropanos 68 56 33 42 43 69 72
Matteo Guendouzi 67 63 60 68 66 63 65
Gedion Zelalem 65 60 50 66 66 44 55
Reiss Nelson 65 84 57 56 71 34 45
Eddie Nketiah 64 84 62 47 66 20 54
Cohen Bramall 63 88 45 56 64 56 59
Joe Willock 61 71 44 58 63 53 60
Emile Smith Rowe 60 76 60 53 64 20 44
Jordi Osei-Tutu 56 69 36 43 52 53 61

FIFA 19 Arsenal Keeper Ratings

Player Rating Diving Handling Kicking Reflexes Speed Positioning
Player Rating Diving Handling Kicking Reflexes Speed Positioning
Bernd Leno 84 84 82 73 82 48 85
Petr Cech 82 78 82 70 79 36 83
Emi Martinez 72 73 69 75 74 58 70