Rapid Vienna 1-2 Arsenal Player Ratings: Comeback Win Capped Off by Thomas Partey Debut

Arsenal, Mikel Arteta (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Pepe has to step up for Arsenal
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images) /

Nicolas Pepe (RW) – 5/10 – Didn’t do enough on the ball. Crosses and corners were poor, never beating the first man (apart from the goal) and when he had chance to run at defenders the Ivorian either lost possession or ran into areas of little danger. Not a great evening, although he was starved of companionship in the first half.

Alexandre Lacazette (ST) – 5/10 – Was the supposed to be a No. 10 or lead the line? The times he opted to come short were misjudged. Link up with Aubameyang offered more options in the second half. Did win a fair few fouls, so, there’s that.

Eddie Nketiah (LW) – 4/10 – All his best work came off the ball when he tracked back to cover. It wasn’t a great night for Nketiah who isn’t suited to playing out wide. Had chances to come infield but failed to take advantage of the rare moments he had possession.



Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 8/10 – Excellent since coming on. Was happy to drop deep when needed, occupy the centre-halves or come wide to link up with Saka. Changed the game.

Hector Bellerin – 7/10 – Did what Cedric didn’t do for 65 minutes and make runs beyond the back line. What he offers Arsenal in an attacking sense is massively improved under Arteta.

Joe Willock – N/A – Not on long enough to earn a rating.

Kieran Tierney – N/A – Likewise for our plastic bag hero.

Reiss Nelson – N/A – Wound down those 30 seconds brilliantly.