Arsenal player ratings vs Everton as Leno drops clanger and Nketiah disappoints


Bernd Leno: Had so little to do until he was called upon to pick up a simple Richarlison cross. Instead he let it squirm through his legs to go in for a horrible moment that ultimately decide the low quality match. 4.

Calum Chambers: After a run of convincing displays at right-back this was probably Chambers’ worst since his return. Nothing shambolic but the England international struggled to deal with Lucas Digne’s aggressive running. 5.

Rob Holding: A solid enough display from the Arsenal captain for the night who produced an excellent block to thwart Gylfi Sigurdsson at the start of the second half. A little too cautious in possession though. 6.


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Pablo Mari: An excellent display from the Spaniard who is such a clear leader on the pitch. Calm in possession he drove the Gunners forward on countless occasions when they threatened to drop deeper. 7.

Granit Xhaka: Beaten way too easily for the goal but can’t be blamed for what happened after. Generally sound despite playing out of position again. Arsenal miss Tierney’s attacking impetus though. 6.

Thomas Partey: An underwhelming display from the Ghanaian who gave away countless unnecessary fouls in the midfield to allow Gylfi Sigurdsson chances at goal. 5.

Dani Ceballos: Lively in the midfield and very nearly won a crucial penalty for the Gunners. A decent shot from distance also forced a fine save from Pickford. Aside from that kept the ball well enough to justify his selection over Mohamed Elneny. 7.

Bukayo Saka: Not the best display from the England international. With most of the Arsenal attack going down the left, he found it difficult to get into the game but still could easily have scored on another day. 6.

Emile Smith Rowe: Like his fellow Hale Ender Saka, Smith Rowe struggled to influence the game too much. More will be needed against Villarreal on Thursday. 6.



Nicolas Pepe and Jonathan Moss
Nicolas Pepe hands the ball back to Jonathan Moss after Arsenal have a penalty overruled by VAR in their 1-0 defeat to Everton

Nicolas Pepe: Arsenal’s brightest spark going forward on the night. Most of the good things going forward came from the Ivorian who was unlucky to have been judged a millimeter offside in the build-up to the penalty the Gunners had overturned. 7.

Eddie Nketiah: It feels harsh to go in on the youngster who is clearly lacking in confidence after such a long spell out. He was given an opportunity tonight and simply didn’t take it. On his heels too often and lacked belief to get in the right goal-scoring positions. 5.

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Martin Odegaard: Like Smith Rowe before him, could hardly influence the game despite pressing manfully on his first appearance for three weeks. 6.

Gabriel Martinelli: Interestingly used at number nine after coming on. With Nketiah’s disappointing display he may well get the nod there on Thursday against Villarreal. 6.

Willian: Came on too late to influence the game. n/a.





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