Arsenal player ratings vs Crystal Palace as Aubameyang and Holding struggle but Pepe impresses


Bernd Leno: Made several smart saves in the first half as Palace looked to try their luck from distance. Dealt well with the crosses the opposition looked to lob into Benteke. 8.

Calum Chambers: Struggled a little at times to deal with Wilfried Zaha but not the first person to have that problem. Was never beaten catastrophically but did struggle to impact the game offensively as much as we’ve seen in recent weeks. 6.

Rob Holding: Was given a tough test by Christian Benteke and after dealing with it well in the first half he struggled in the second. Zaha’s trickery also caused him trouble as he was exposed often in the second period. 5.


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Gabriel: Was outmuscled by Christian Benteke for the goal he scored after generally standing up well to the physical test before that. Was worked a lot harder in the second half and struggled on occasion. 6.

Kieran Tierney: Booed mercilessly by the Palace fans after being kicked off the ball by Joel Ward in the first half but clapped back with an assist for Pepe’s goal. Like the rest of the team slowed down in the second half though. 7.

Thomas Partey: Some good covering in the first half but again lost his rhythm in the second. His fading influence was symptomatic of Arsenal’s loss of control in the game. 6.

Mohamed Elneny: It could be argued that he was fouled for the Benteke goal but a less charitable assessment is that he wasn’t strong enough when he needed to be. Showed a bit of fight but struggled to find the quality to match that. 6.

Bukayo Saka: An excellent piece of skill to backheel the ball to Tierney in the build up to the goal but struggled to influence the game as much after being moved to his third different position in as many games. 6.

Emile Smith Rowe: Found the pockets of space in front of the Palace backline in the first half that really caused Roy Hodgson’s side problems. However, once the hosts fixed that problem his influence declined. 6.



Arsenal's players celebrate their opening goal against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park (Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga - Pool/Getty Images)
Arsenal’s players celebrate their opening goal against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park (Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga – Pool/Getty Images)

Nicolas Pepe: Scored yet another goal, and this one was an absolute beauty, and looked to be enjoying himself back over on the right. Disappeared a bit in the second half but the goal right at the death to make it safe was even better than the first. 8.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Was again hardly given anything to work off by the players in behind him, but when the half-chances did come Aubameyang didn’t look quite as sharp as he has done in recent weeks. Needs to put this season behind him and focus on improving next campaign. 5.

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Martin Odegaard: A crucial pass in the build-up to Martinelli’s goal made up for a relatively anonymous display after coming on. 7.

Granit Xhaka: Bringing him on as a centre-back in the last few moments was perhaps an odd choice but it’s good to have the Swiss international back. 6.

Gabriel Martinelli: Got in behind the Palace defence for the second. A scrappy goal that was symbolic of Arsenal’s poor second-half display. 7.





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