Arsene Wenger was in attendance as Arsenal were held to a 1-1 draw by an enterprising AS Monaco side in the Emirates Cup on Wednesday evening.
Mikel Arteta shuffled his pack for the contest as Emile Smith Rowe earned his first start in over a year, and it was Monaco who had the better of the opening exchanges as the impressive Alexandr Golovin forced a good save from Aaron Ramsdale.
The Gunners were initially limited to half-chances before the visitors eventually grabbed a deserved lead through midfield star Youssouf Fofana. The hosts rallied thereafter, however, and skipper Eddie Nketiah levelled proceedings before half-time.
Monaco re-emerged on the front foot after the break and missed a pair of gilt-edged chances at the start of the half before the Gunners improved and finally started to assert themselves on the contest with Arteta making a whole host of changes on the hour.
Substitute Leandro Trossard was denied one-on-one by Philipp Köhn, who also smartly denied Fabio Vieira. The contest then fizzled out down the stretch, with the two sides sharing the spoils over 90 minutes before an utterly futile penalty shootout.
Arsenal 1-1 AS Monaco player ratings
Here are the Arsenal player ratings from the Emirates Cup draw with Monaco.
Goalkeeper & Defenders
Aaron Ramsdale (GK) – 6/10 – A stronger performance from Ramsdale, who made fine saves from Wissam Ben Yedder and Golovin. There was little he could do to deny Fofana’s opener.
Takehiro Tomiyasu (RB) – 5/10 – A sub-par display. Tomiyasu struggled to deal with Golovin’s savvy movement from an inside left position, and he didn’t offer much in possession.
William Saliba (CB) – 5/10 – Certainly wasn’t Saliba’s greatest showing. While his work in possession was of a high standard in the second half, he should’ve received his second yellow card for a foul on Fofana.
Jakub Kiwior (CB) – 6/10 – A quiet outing for the Pole, whose lengthy run-out suggests he won’t feature on Sunday.
Jurrien Timber (LB) – 7/10 – Timber didn’t drift infield until the second half, meaning his influence in possession wasn’t major. However, he showed off his stellar defensive skill set and once again looked at ease.
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