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Burnley 0-0 Arsenal: Player Ratings

Burnley vs Arsenal

via Arsenal.com

Burnley hosted Arsenal in Turf Moor bearing in mind that they had lost their last 10 encounters with the Gunners. It was also a good game for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to return to action following his exemplary scoring record against Burnley. The official website has published the match report for your viewing pleasure.

Without further ado, here are the Gooner Daily player ratings for the Burnley vs. Arsenal game.

Starting XI

Bernd Leno: The German shot stopper wasn’t troubled for most of the game but he made one superb save from a Dwight McNeil shot. He will have his cross bar to thank for Jay Rodriguez’s goal-bound effort though. (7)

Skhodran Mustafi: Following his injury in the Bournemouth game, we feared that Mustafi was out for a lengthy period and it was surprising seeing him in the starting XI ahead of Sokratis Papathatoupoulos. The German defense justified his inclusion with a virtuoso performance. (9)

David Luiz: Another tidy performance from the Brazilian center back. He was concussed for his troubles with a double whammy from Nick Pope. (7)

Hector Bellerin: The Arsenal vice-captain is working his way to full fitness and put up another good shift n the right back position. He almost had a deja vu moment where he used his left to fire a shot but it went wide. I look forward to his fight with new signing, Cedric Soares, for a starting berth. (7)

Bukayo Saka: He showed some brilliant attacking play but he was thwarted by an injury that saw him play only for 45 minutes. (7)

Granit Xhaka: Another decent outing for the Swiss army knife, as he deputized as a left back following Saka’s injury. He has become a utility man under Mikel Arteta and we love. (7)

Matteo Guendouzi: He struggled to dictate the tempo of the game and looked overwhelmed. (6)

Mesut Ozil: Another ineffectual performance from the German schemer that got him replaced by a youngster. (5)

Gabriel Martinelli: Played out of position and couldn’t influence play from the right flank. Switched to the left and didn’t have much success either. (6)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Was rusty for missing three games out as he had the best chances to kill the contest. Sadly, he fluffed all of them. (6)

Alexandre Lacazette: Another game, another drought in front of goal. His away goalscoring form is really terrible with his last EPL goal on the road as far back as February 2019. I think it’s high time he spends some time on the bench. (5)

Substitutes

Lucas Torreira: Added some calm to the midfield when he joined the contest and supported Guendouzi admirably. (7)

Joe Willock: Replaced Arsenal’s chief creator and offered nothing in the final third (5)

Eddie Nketiah: Did not play enough to earn a rating. N/A

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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)

Substitutes

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)

Substitutes

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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