Arsenal were made to work incredibly hard for their 1-0 win at Crystal Palace on Monday night
The Gunners were fairly cumbersome in the first half, although Eddie Nketiah spurned two brilliant opportunities to give the visitors the lead. The striker swiftly atoned after the restart, though, as he won the spot kick which Martin Odegaard coolly converted.
Takehiro Tomiyasu’s dismissal made life difficult for the visitors, who were fortunate not to concede a penalty after being reduced to ten men. They were forced to defend their box stoutly for the remainder of the contest, and Odsonne Edouard should’ve drawn the hosts level with a header from close range.
Mikel Arteta’s substitutes re-introduced some control to Arsenal’s play in the dying embers of the contest, with Palace struggling to fashion an opening in the seven minutes of stoppage time.
Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal player ratings
Here are the Arsenal player ratings from Monday night’s win at Selhurst Park.
Goalkeeper & Defenders
Aaron Ramsdale (GK) – 6/10 – Secure when tested. Was a shaky parry early on, but this was a pretty serene Ramsdale performance, overall.
Thomas Partey (RB) – 6.5/10 – Palace’s compactness meant he performed a more typical right-back function, and he looked pretty comfortable (apart from when Eberechi Eze drifted over to his flank).
Ben White (CB) – 7.5/10 – A quiet outing until Tomiyasu’s red card. White, like the rest of the Arsenal defence, did an excellent job of limiting the number of big chances created by Palace.
William Saliba (CB) – 8/10 – Loose touch which led to an excellent recovery challenge aside, Saliba was imperious once more. Dominant in the air throughout, the Frenchman didn’t give the hosts a sniff.
Takehiro Tomiyasu (LB) – 4/10 – Harsh second yellow, but first for dawdling at a throw-in was silly.
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