Arsenal goalkeepers Petr Cech and Emi Martinez both shone in Wednesday’s win over Bayern Munich.
It was a difficult match for Arsenal as they had to spend the majority defending, but they dug deep and managed to snatch a goal right at the death.
Arsenal continued to use a back three despite not having enough fit first-team defenders to play it. Bayern, who looked sharp from the beginning, exploited that and gave the midfielders filling there a difficult time.
Still, the Arsenal players battled the heat, humidity, poor air quality and dodgy stomachs to get a draw and win the game on penalties.
Here’s how the players got on.
Petr Cech 8
He had plenty to do today and if not for him, the scoreline at half-time would have been much worse. He had no chance saving the penalty, but managed to pull off a number of sharp saves to keep Arsenal in the game.
Mohamed Elneny 6
Drafted in at the last minute to replace the ill Per Mertesacker, Elneny did okay in the middle of the back three. A highlight of his performance was his distribution.
Nacho Monreal 6
He struggled to keep up with the runs of James and Lewandowski in the first half, but did improve after the break to make a couple of vital interceptions.
Krystian Bielik 5
Bielik struggled to impose himself on the Bayern attackers as he was frequently dragged out of position. He was afforded little support from the right wing-back.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles 4
Unfortunately, Maitland-Niles received a total roasting from Ribery in the first half and didn’t have a clue how to defend against him. He improved a bit in the second-half when he was moved inside to centre-back.
Sead Kolasinac 5
The Bosnian was always positive whenever he went forward and ably supported the attack, but at the expense of his defensive duties at times. He was subbed off before half-time due to illness.
Granit Xhaka 5
This was a game that passed the Swiss by. Arsenal were without the ball for large periods, and he made a few sloppy passes whenever he did have it. He got back to make a crucial tackle in the second half but wasn’t too impressive on the ball.
Francis Coquelin 4
He looked lost in midfield, not knowing what to do with the ball and often chasing shadows. He was booked for a late tackle on Ribery, which was a very Coquelin thing to do.
Mesut Ozil 7
Ozil had a busy game. He always looked to get on the ball and create chances for the team. He made the best chance of the first half with a typically accurate through pass to Lacazette, and had a decent chance himself with an early volley. Arsenal missed his guile in the second half.
Danny Welbeck 5
Welbeck struggled to get involved during his time on the pitch. Every time he threatened to get away from someone, he was called up by the ref for something or other.
Alexandre Lacazette 5
In a game where precious few opportunities fell his way, he would have been disappointed not to have buried his one-on-one in the first half. He also struggled to keep hold of the ball up front.
Emi Martinez 7
He didn’t have many saves to make during his time on the pitch, but he became the hero during the penalty shootout by actually saving a penalty – something not many Arsenal keepers manage to do.
Cohen Bramall 6
He had his hands full with the lively Kingsley Coman, but handled himself well. He was always a willing runner going forward whenever Arsenal had a break.
Reiss Nelson 6
Nelson didn’t have as many opportunities to show off his exciting attacking skills, but defended very well as a right wing-back.
Joe Willock 6
He had to get through more defending than he probably would have liked, but he worked hard and tracked back whenever he needed to. He didn’t have many opportunities to show what he could do on the ball.
Aaron Ramsey 7
Ramsey was busy and industrious in midfield, to the point where he tried to do to a bit too much on occasion. He set-up the equaliser with an excellent first-time cross, however.
Alex Iwobi 7
Iwobi continues to play as if he’s realised he needs to work hard to get his starting spot back. He was always looking to take the Bayern players on, and created the equaliser with a good tackle in midfield followed by a surging run. He took the goal well with his head and has arguably been Arsenal’s most impressive player in pre-season.
Theo Walcott 4
Bar one tame effort he had on goal from a tight angle, he didn’t get involved. He hasn’t impressed much so far.
Eddie Nketiah 5
He came on late and didn’t get much to work with.