Arsenal got the job done in their Europa Leauge opener away to Rapid Wien, but they definitely didn’t earn any style points for the 2-1 come-from-behind victory. As is being said all over, the Gunners lack of chance and shot creation is a problem, and it reared its ugly head in Vienna. Arsenal are going to concede the odd goal to a mistake, especially when they insist on playing out of the back, and banking on converting the two chances they manage a game doesn’t seem like the best strategy.
Bernd Leno - 4
Looked particularly shaky with the ball at his feet. Obviously, had one pass cut out that led to the goal against, but also had a few other concerning moments on the ball. Did make a nice scrambling save on a redirected ball in the first half.
David Luiz - 7
Had a solid, if unremarkable game apart from scoring the first goal. Made a couple key interventions to break up attacking moves.
Gabriel - 8
Remember him getting beat once, which is the only black mark on what was another solid, strong match. He’s really good.
Sead Kolasinac - 5
Didn’t stand out for any poor or strong moments. Had an average game, and unfortunately with how he is playing right now, average isn’t up to the level that Arsenal need.
Cedric - 2
Not a good showing from the backup right back. His passing was off, and he turned the ball over several times. Arsenal immediately looked better in possession when he was replaced by Hector Bellerin. I want to give Cedric a bit of a pass because it’s tough when you’ve gotten virtually no game time, but I’m concerned about him. Don’t worry though, he’s only signed for four more years.
Thomas Partey - 8
Had the most tackles and ball recoveries of anybody on the pitch. Consistently looked to progress the ball and make a forward pass. A promising first start for Arsenal’s big signing.
Mohamed Elneny - 7
Another quietly solid match. He doesn’t make many mistakes, and he found Hector Bellerin with a lovely through ball for the match-winner. He’s not going to boss a match, but he’s also not going to be the reason Arsenal lose, and there is value in that.
Bukayo Saka - 5
A quiet match for Bukayo, but I’m going to chalk that up to getting knocked around a bit and playing with Kolasinac behind and Nketiah in front.
Nicolas Pepe - 8
Was Arsenal’s best attacking threat for most of the match. Earned the free kick that he then served in for the first goal. Would love to see him get a run of matches with some kind of personnel consistency on his side of the pitch.
Eddie Nketiah - 4
He didn’t have much of an impact on the match, and the rating is more for the decision to play him from wide. I think we’ve got enough evidence that he’s not a winger.
Alexandre Lacazette - 4
Another sub-par performance. I’m not sure what he’s supposed to be doing in the formation right now, but it isn’t working. Could have set up Aubameyang for a third, clinching goal, but dithered on the ball for way too long.
Hector Bellerin - 7
Made an immediate impact when he came on, immediately improving the attack. Combined well with Nicolas Pepe. Made a good run in behind to set up Aubameyang’s winner.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - 7
Brought him on down a goal to get Arsenal back into it. Scored the winner. Did his job.
Kieran Tierney - NA
Came on in the 84th minute. Didn’t really have a chance to do much.
Joe Willock - NA
Also came on in the 84th minute. Also didn’t really have much chance to do anything.
Reiss Nelson - NA
Barely was on the pitch for a minute.