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Crystal Palace 1-1 Arsenal: Player Ratings

Crystal Place Arsenal Aubameyang

Aubameyang’s sending off

Crystal Palace entertained Arsenal in the lunchtime fixture of Saturday and as expected, there was a drama for all fans involved. I will publish an in-depth review of the game tomorrow, but it was not surprised to see that the starting lineups of both teams matched what I published in the preview of the game.

Here are the Gooner Daily player ratings:

Starting XI

Bernd Leno: The German shot stopper had little to do all game long but did well to claim some cross and made himself available when required. Unfortunate to concede from that deflection off his teammate. (6)

Sokratis Papastathopoulos: Had a good game by this fair standards, making the necessary blocks, clearances and interceptions. Would not be happy to concede that goal after his display (6)

David Luiz: Was at the heart of everything good for the team, especially with building from the back with his inch-perfect distribution. It is ironic to know that his deflection cost his side all three points. (7)

Ainsley Maitland-Niles: His duel against Wilfried Zaha was publicized prior to the game and it is fair to say that he acquainted himself well with the threat the Ivorian posed on that flank. (7)

Sead Kolasinac: Marauded the left flank but did not offer much in the final third. (6)

Granit Xhaka: In the week he declared his loyalty to the club, Xhaka has gone from strength to strength putting up another committed performance in the middle of the park. (7)

Lucas Torreira: Covered every blade of glass on the side but got injured. His absense in the second half was sorely missed. (7)

Mesut Ozil: Involved in some good attacking plays for his side. Sacrificed to make up for Aubameyang’s dismissal. (6)

Nicolas Pepe: Had a poor game by his fair standards, making little or no impact from his favored position. (5)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Showed his class with a neat finish after some intricate passing play. Gutted to receive his marching orders for a mistimed challenge. (7)

Alexandre Lacazette: Continued working hard in attack but his lack of confidence in front of goal is a big cause for concern. (6)


Matteo Guendouzi: Brought onto the pitch to do Torreira’s work but failed miserably. (5)

Gabriel Martinelli: Tried to impose his influence on the game but was on the end of some intense fouling (6)

Reiss Nelson: Did not play enough to earn a rating. N/A

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Arsenal 1-0 Leeds United: Player Ratings

Arsenal Reiss Nelson celebrating with his teammates

Reiss Nelson celebrating with his teammates

Arsenal struggled in the first 45 minutes but had enough in the tank to see out the threat Leeds United posed. The team I predicted was different from this evening’s starting lineup, as Mikel Arteta went for a stronger squad.

Here are the Gooner Daily player ratings:

Starting XI

Emiliano Martinez: The Argentine goalie was the standout performer for Arsenal in the first half, making some vital saves from the Leeds onslaught that kept his side in the contest. (9)

Sokratis Papastathopoulos: He played fielded as a right back in an experiment for the real battle against Wilfried Zaha this weekend but he acquainted himself well in an unfamiliar position. (7)

Rob Holding: His last game for the club was as far back as November 2019 and it was evident with some erratic passing that put his team under intense pressure. He struggled all game long. (5)

David Luiz: The experienced Brazilian made some clearances to sweep at the back but did not do enough to protect his partner in defense. (6)

Sead Kolasinac: Marauded the left flank but did not offer much in the final third. (6)

Granit Xhaka: He can consider himself lucky that Anthony Taylor was in a good mood because he should have been sent off due to persistent fouling. (5)

Matteo Guendouzi: He was overwhelmed in midfield and could not influence the game as he would have liked. (6)

Mesut Ozil: Covered lots of ground but did not offer much in the final third. (6)

Nicolas Pepe: Had a poor game by his fair standards, making little or no impact from his favored position. (5)

Reiss Nelson: Bar the goal which turned out to be the match winner, he struggled in the game. (5)

Alexandre Lacazette: He has not still picked up form but worked hard for the side with his endeavor and defensive works. (6)


Gabriel Martinelli: His introduction to the game breathed some life into the Arsenal attack and he showed off some brilliant touches. Unfortunate not to find the back of the net after some lovely footwork. (8)

Joe Willock: Did not offer much after replacing Ozil. (6)

Bukayo Saka: Did not play enough to earn a rating. N/A

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Crystal Palace 1-2 Arsenal: Match Report and Player Ratings

Crystal Palace summer signing Cabaye attempts to close down Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil during the first half of the league contest

Ozil was exquisite yesterday! MoTM!

Crystal Palace 1 (Ward 28′) – Arsenal 2 (Giroud 16′, Delaney o.g. 55′)

Match HighlightsPost-Match Press Conference

Following the shocking season opener against West Ham, I expected the Gunners to prove their worth against a Crystal Palace outfit that has been hugely impressive under Alan Pardew. With Alexis Sanchez back to full fitness, it was simply a case of who was going to leave the team to accommodate the Chilean sensation and your guess was as right as mine, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Arsenal began the game with more urgency and Alexis almost got off the mark when he received a superb Ozil pass, dallied on the ball before firing a shot through the keepers legs but a defender was on the line to block the effort. Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha were a handful for the Arsenal defenders, using their pace and trickery to good effect but the full backs, Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin, were up to the task. Arsenal opened the scoring when Ozil drifted in a great pass behind Olivier Giroud but the forward showed off some improvisation to fire a shot that showed off his technical quality.

Giroud's acrobatic shot landed in the back of the net after Delaney failed to block his goalbound effort from flying past McCarthy  

Giroud’s acrobatic finish

After scoring that goal, the Gunners took their foot off the pedal and were punished for it through a combination of juvenile defending and some questionable goalkeeping from Petr Cech. Laurent Koscielny will take some part of the blame for failing to close Joel Ward down but while I shouldn’t take anything away from a perfectly executed low drive to the Arsenal net, I’d expected Pete Cech to at least put a limb to stop the ball. It just breezed past him like…

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech looks dejected after conceding his third Premier League goal since completing his move to north London

Double agent?

That was the third goal he was conceding in his first two Arsenal games. He had conceded two in his last nine for Chelsea. Speaking of Chelsea, lol, never mind! :'(

Arsenal sprang back to life after conceding the equalizer and the onslaught continued. Alexis and Ozil combined superbly to feed Aaron Ramsey on the edge of the area but his flicked effort was saved by Alex McCarthy. At the start of the second half, Crystal Palace almost took the lead when Conor Wickham reacted quickly to Zaha’s cross but his effort clipped the post when Cech rooted to the spot.

Arsenal got their breakthrough when Bellerin swung in a cross that was headed goalwards by Alexis but Delaney’s anticipation turned disastrous as he put the ball past his own goalie.

Delaney conceded the own goal that decided the contest

Crystal Palace tried to bring themselves back to the game when Jason Puncheon showed good control before firing a shot straight at Cech. Francis Coquelin can thank his lucky stars he remained on the pitch after a series of rash challenges and Wenger took him out for the Ox, deploying Ramsey in the holding position. With Crystal Palace fighting for an equalizer, they left gaping holes at the back but the Gunners didn’t exploit it. Ozil’s dinked a neat ball for Ramsey but he blasted it over. Santi Cazorla and the Ox also had some point-blank efforts that were saved by McCarthy and Wenger did his bit to bring on Kieran Gibbs and Mikel Arteta that added some steel to the team.

In the end, it was good to finally get three points in the log table and I hope this would be a start of a good run of results in the team’s bid to challenge for honors this season.

Player Ratings


Petr Cech had a relatively routine day in goal but in all honesty, he hasn’t been convincing. 6/10

Hector Bellerin was very efficient in his defensive duties and battled hard with Crystal Palace’s wingers. 7/10

Nacho Monreal put up another solid display at the back. 7/10

Laurent Koscielny could have done better in preventing the goal from the hosts. 6/10

Per Mertesacker didn’t have much to do in the game. 6/10


Francis Coquelin had a frustrating game and almost earned himself an early bath. 6/10

Aaron Ramsey was industrious as ever but he could have done a bit better with his finishing. 7/10

Santi Cazorla always made himself available for a pass and was better when he was restored to the middle. 7/10

Mesut Ozil had 98% passing accuracy, made 10 crosses, created five chances and had an assist. Man of the Match performance. 10/10


Olivier Giroud showed his team work skill set and must be delighted to score such a wonderfully-crafted acrobatic finish. 8/10


Mikel Arteta was at his combative best with his most telling contribution coming when he stopped Lee from having a goal attempt. 7/10

Kieran Gibbs offered some protection to Monreal on the left. 7/10

The Ox was all-action as usual but his end product was found wanting. He should have finished that late effort though. 6/10


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