Arsenal Midfielders Ratings
Thomas Partey (CM) – 5/10 – This was not a display that anyone saw coming. While there were moments of the Partey supporters have become accustomed to, it was generally very sloppy from the Ghanaian who misplaced passes and got caught in dangerous areas.
Looked better in the second half – there was an understanding that grew as the match wore on – but it was still underwhelming by his own high standards. Clearly isn’t fully fit. It showed.
Granit Xhaka (CM) – 7/10 – With Partey being surprisingly off boil, it was vital that Xhaka was composed in the centre of the park, which he was. Nothing outstanding from the Swiss but he did well in situations that called for it and spread the ball diagonally well.
Covered a lot of ground and did so well.
Emile Smith Rowe (AM) – 7/10 – Also guilty of a few sloppy moments when Arsenal were in promising areas, yet as a ball carrier and a reliable presence in the final third it was Smith Rowe who was the most dangerous asset Arsenal had.
Constantly initiating the press, he was visibly barking order to Nicolas Pepe on where and when the engage the man on the ball. His energy was plain to see.