Luton Town 3-4 Arsenal: Player ratings as Rice steals it at the death

  • Declan Rice headed home winner at the death to seal all three points
  • David Raya endured wretched night at Kenilworth Road
  • Kai Havertz equalised in the second half

Declan Rice was the hero on Tuesday night
Declan Rice was the hero on Tuesday night / Julian Finney/GettyImages
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Declan Rice stole all three points for Arsenal in a 4-3 thriller at Luton Town on Tuesday night.

The hosts made life difficult for the Gunners early on and they were particularly impressive without possession. It looked as if a cagey affair was in store, but then two goals arrived at both ends of the pitch.

Gabriel Martinelli gave Arsenal the lead after some quick thinking from Gabriel Jesus created the chance before Gabriel Osho equalised from an outswinging corner.

The visitors continued to huff and puff against Luton's aggression and sound defensive structure, but they eventually retook the lead just before half-time through a close-range Jesus header.

However, the contest quickly turned on its head at the start of the second half as Arsenal's passivity was taken advantage of by the hosts. Elijah Adebayo beat David Raya in the air to equalise before the Gunners goalkeeper was at fault again as he let Ross Barkley's effort squirm under him.

A quick response was crucial for the visitors, and they got it through Kai Havertz. The German poked home after some more fine work from Jesus. From that moment on, Arsenal's pressure was relentless and it was Declan Rice who produced the all-important moment with the last kick/head of the game!


Luton Town 3-4 Arsenal player ratings

Here are the Arsenal player ratings from their thrilling win at Luton on Tuesday night.

Goalkeeper & Defenders

David Raya, Elijah Adebayo
Where's David Raya? / Catherine Ivill/GettyImages

David Raya (GK) - 2/10 - Deary, deary me. This was just awful from Raya, who was directly responsible for Luton's second and third goals.

Ben White (RB) - 7/10 - Looked a threat every time he joined the attack. White's superb run and deft cross teed up Jesus for Arsenal's second.

William Saliba (CB) - 6/10 - Overzealous at times when competing in the air as Adebayo sought to make life difficult for the Frenchman.

Gabriel (CB) - 6/10 - Perhaps should've won a penalty in the second half. Was a threat in the Luton box and generally proved efficient with the ball. Didn't duel much.

Jakub Kiwior (LB) - 5/10 - First half performance was quite clumsy and I never thought he looked settled.

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