Arsenal 4 – 2 Dundalk
P L A Y E R R A T I N G S
Rúnarsson: 6 – some good footwork and passing, but probably should have done better with Dundalk’s first goal?
Chambers: 6.5 – nice to see him back on the pitch and a committed performance with some good progressive passing. One point deducted for letting in two goals through the middle of defence (same for the other two CBs).
Mustafi: 6 – energetic and committed performance. One point deducted for letting in two goals through the middle of defence.
Mari: 6 – see Chambers and Mustafi.
Soares: 7 – pretty solid, all-round performance. He just looks better on and off the ball than Hector: a more natural passer and mover, better crosses, better shot on goal and defensively not inferior to Bells.
Willock: 8 – solid, energetic AND intelligent performance, and he topped it off with a goal. A scoring midfielder…. a scoring midfielder. Extra point for the goal. Almost MOTM.
Elneny: 8 – tidy and mature, links up play so well and what a screamer! Extra point for the goal.
AMN: 7.5 – solid, energetic, masterful performance. He is so Zen.
Pepe: 7.5 – harder game for him to be motivated about but Super-Nic played with verve and enough desire to make a difference. Half a point extra for his assist.
Eddie: 7.5 – got his goal through perseverance and put himself about with a fine combination of energy and Zen-calmness. Extra point for that goal. Still feel there is more to come from Eddie this season.
Smith Rowe: 8 – fine ball control, movement and passing. He gave us momentum and options and Dundalk had no answer to him. An assisting midfielder….. an assisting midfielder. Half a point extra for the assist (Elneny). Almost MOTM.
Ceballos: 7 – kept it relatively simple with a few fine passes.
Balogun: 8.5 MOTM – benefited well from the tiredness of the Dundalk defenders and available space. Good hold up play, positioning and anticipation. Fine goal for which he gets an extra point, and another half point for the assist. Some return for 30 minutes on the pitch.
Cottrell and Azeez: not long enough on the pitch to score them but especially Azeez made some impressive passes, showing good awareness of his fellow players around him.