Arsenal Ratings – Midfielders
Reiss Nelson (LM) – 7/10 – Created more chances in the first half on Thursday than any Arsenal player had made across 90 minutes so far this season, and the most under the entirety of Mikel Arteta‘s reign. His assist was just rewards for another lively display. Surely deserving of a Premier League place?
Mohamed Elneny (CM) – 5/10 – Not the best of nights for Elneny who was sloppy in possession and not the improved, more progressive midfielder we’ve become used to this season. He gets the benefit of the doubt for the time he’s spent off.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (CM) – 9/10 – Admittedly, I expected Maitland-Niles to be rusty playing in that role given it’s felt like years since he last operated there, but he had a fantastic evening in the role. Agile, athletic and crisp with his passing, his role in the side helped Alexandre Lacazette play as well as he did (spoilers).
Nicolas Pepe (RM) – 8/10 – Didn’t slow the play down, linked up brilliantly with Lacazette and caused all sorts of problems to Rapid throughout the evening. His movement was clever, timing his runs well, and the only downside was his failure to score. Could/should have had a couple.