Arsenal eased past FC Vorskla on Thursday, with a 4-2 scoreline that ended up flattering the visitors, if anything.
Unai Emery picked a fairly strong side to ensure the win in Arsenal’s opening Europa League fixture, making it four victories in a row in all competitions. It took a while for the team to get going, as many didn’t seem to be on the same wavelength. Once the first goal went in though, the game opened up and the Gunners never looked in trouble.
Vorskla got a couple of very late goals, but even then the feeling was more disappointment than fear the away side might actually come back into the game.
Let’s have a look at how the individual players did on the night.
Lucas Torreira 7.5
For the first time, Torreira got himself a competitive start for Arsenal. The Uruguayan made good use of it, with a busy 57 minute performance. He had to get involved a bit more creatively than perhaps he would alongside Granit Xhaka, but showed he was capable of doing so, making a couple of chances. His free-kick went close as well.
Mohamed Elneny 6.5
Perhaps this is harsh, but I can’t think of any other midfield player who completes 95% of his passes without ever really getting involved in the build up offensively.
Elneny loses possession so rarely, but he needs to do more with it. It’s not as if he’s racking up the interceptions and tackles either, as he didn’t make any on the night. It wasn’t a bad performance, but it really wasn’t a good one either.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan 7.5
This was a Mkhitaryan showing that summed up his performances with Arsenal so far. He was actually pretty sloppy on the ball, completing the second lowest percentage of passes on the team and getting dispossessed as much as anyone. Nonetheless, his interception and pass led to the first goal, then he assisted the second and the third.
Somehow, even if he looks a bit off, Mkhitaryan still gets involved in the goals. No one has been directly involved in more this season. If he could just tighten up his possession he’d become indispensable.