Arsenal 2-0 Luton Town: Player ratings from Gunners' midweek win

  • Arsenal returned to top of Premier League table ahead of Liverpool's game on Thursday
  • Martin Odegaard opened the scoring for hosts
  • Emile Smith Rowe impressed on return to XI

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Arsenal are back on top of the Premier League table / Eddie Keogh/GettyImages
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Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League table after they secured a 2-0 win over Luton Town on Wednesday night.

Changes were expected from the side that held Manchester City on Sunday, and the boss certainly didn't disappoint. Bukayo Saka missed out entirely, while Declan Rice, Jorginho, Gabriel Jesus, and Jakub Kiwior all dropped out.

Despite the changes, the Gunners didn't have to break a sweat against an injury-ravaged Luton. A sweet Martin Odegaard finish got the hosts rolling after possession was won back in the visitors' half, and after Thomas Kaminski had saved well from Emile Smith Rowe, Daiki Hashioka turned an ESR cross into his own net to hand Arsenal a 2-0 half-time lead.

The Emirates faithful may have been hoping for a midweek rout when the two sides reappeared for the second half, but Luton gradually found their way into the contest as Arsenal became more content with exploiting the space Rob Edwards' side surrendered in transition.

The Gunners' sturdy structure once again came to the fore as Luton pushed without success. David Raya enjoyed a quiet night between the sticks and Arsenal returned to the top of the table as a result.


Arsenal 2-0 Luton Town player ratings

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Arsenal celebrate their opener on Wednesday night / ADRIAN DENNIS/GettyImages

Here are the Arsenal player ratings from their 2-0 midweek win.


Goalkeeper & Defenders

David Raya (GK) - 6/10 - Kicking was very direct. Didn't have a proper save to make despite Luton's second half threat.

Ben White (RB) - 7/10 - Continues to play with a swagger, as shown by his slick first half turn, although Luton had some joy early on exploiting the space in behind White.

William Saliba (CB) - 7.5/10 - There was little to fault. Saliba once again made it look easy out there.

Gabriel (CB) - 8/10 - Zinchenko's issues meant Gabriel was more active than his partner, and the Brazilian was once again brilliant when forced to defend balls into the box. Carlton Morris was pretty handy up top, but Gabriel had no major issues.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) - 5/10 - The Ukrainian's woes continue. Thought he was comfortably Arsenal's sloppiest performer tonight and I never felt secure when Luton attacked his flank. Gabriel occasionally bailed him out.

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