Our first pre-season match is behind us, how did our players do?
Since it’s pre-season, it’s natural to have a lot of subs and Arsenal made eight of them. Naturally, it’s also hard to rate a player after only a half time or even only 10 minutes, but here are some thoughts about the 19 players (!!) that we got to see tonight.
Emi Martinez – 6
Emi played first half and did okay. He made a few decent saves, including right before the goal that sadly fell right on one of Lens’ player’s feet.
Mathieu Debuchy – 6.5
Almost gave him a 7 but had to take half a point due to yellow card. Debuchy was easily our best player in first half with some very good forward passes.
Per Mertesacker – 6
Once again, the only thing Per did wrong today was something he can’t fix – he was too slow a few times. Other than that, okay.
Calum Chambers – 6
Chambers is to blame for only goal we conceded, a really bad header he then repeated in the second half as well but it didn’t end in a goal. He did look much better in second half when he was moved to the right-back position.
Nacho Monreal – 6
Nacho didn’t do much, didn’t have to, but it was nice to see him again.
Mohamed Elneny – 6
Also didn’t have to do much defensively. He had a shot but it went far above the goal.
Francis Coquelin – 6
Coquelin was being Coquelin – tackling like it’s a crucial match in the middle of the season. He didn’t get a card so that’s a good thing…
Theo Walcott – 6
Theo was involved in all our attacks, although his decisions were poor most of the time. He managed to score but it was offside.
Alex Iwobi – 6
Alex did okay in first half, nothing much in second half.
Jeff Reine-Adelaide – 6.5
Jeff was looking decent, and him, Iwobi and Akpom played some nice passes. He had a great shot on goal that went just wide.
Chuba Akpom – 6.5
Chuba had our first shot on target for this season, although the goal keeper saved it. He had a few more chances as well, but no goal for him.
Macey – 6.5
Matt looked really good in goal in his first senior appearance for Arsenal, he made one amazing save with tips of his fingers.
Bielik – 6
Bielik was just okay, had some bad reactions and misplaced passes.
Gibbs – 6
Gibbs didn’t have to do much but looked sharp.
Campbell – 7
Joel once again showed how much he loves and wants to play. Really good upfront with some chances created.
Gnabry – 6.5
Serge looked good overall, always joining in the attacks, but his best move was the assist for the Ox.
Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7
Ox scored the only goal for Arsenal and what a goal it was – a cheeky chip over the goal keeper. He was good overall as well, great pace.
Chris Willock – 6
Chris got to play only 10 minutes, but he showed off some great skills, exciting prospect indeed.
Gedion Zelalem – 6
Same as Willock, only got 10 minutes but looked good during that time.