Arsenal player ratings vs West Brom as Aubameyang stars while Odegaard impresses on debut – Football.London

Aaron Ramsdale: Actually had to work quite hard given the score line. Plenty of decent saves from one on one situations as he worked hard for his clean sheet. Was closed down at one point playing out from the back but looks to be a very solid acquisition in goal off the back of this performance. 7.

Nuno Tavares: You can’t fault the Portuguese international’s enthusiasm, but his application at times leaves a bit to be desired. Plenty of heavy touches and a few rash defensive moments. Very direct in offensive play though. 6.

Rob Holding: Dealt well with the aerial threat provided by Kenneth Zohore, and was assured on the ball. One moment where he was caught saw him landed in the book, but a solid enough performance from the Englishman who surely must start on Saturday. 6.

Sead Kolasinac: A surprise call at the back and an even bigger surprise that he was in at centre back. Did OK though save for a poor tackle that landed him in the book. If it is to be a farewell match then this is a nice one to bow out on. 6.

Calum Chambers: Didn’t really have to get forward much but looked good when he did. A far more defensively assured performance as well than the one against Brentford. 6.

Mohamed Elneny: Tidy in possession and his defence splitting ball was key for Arsenal’s second. A good all round display from the Egyptian who has been linked with a move away. 7.

Granit Xhaka: A good performance of leadership from the Swiss midfielder. Dropped deep to aid the build up play and did a good job of dinking some balls over the West Brom defence that could have caused some problems. 6.



Nicolas Pepe celebrates a goal with Alexandre Lacazette for Arsenal vs West Brom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Nicolas Pepe celebrates a goal with Alexandre Lacazette for Arsenal vs West Brom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Nicolas Pepe: The Ivorian looked frustrated as he kept getting in space on the right and not receiving the ball. Some really nice moments when he did though including a goal he’ll be happy with to get him underway for the season. 8.

Martin Odegaard: A fantastic second debut for the Norwegian who helped link the Arsenal play beautifully. An Ozil-esque assist for Saka’s goal was the highlight of a really promising display. 8.

Bukayo Saka: Integral to the build with his direct play in the first half. Was interesting to watch him come central to do this where he looked really threatening. A lovely first goal as well to cap off a fine display. 9.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: What an excellent way to end your goal scoring drought! The Arsenal captain, restored to the number nine role, looked so much more dangerous when actually close to the goal. His third goal was the archetypal Aubameyang finish to show that he has hopefully got his confidence back. 9.

Substitutes –

Ainsley Maitland-Niles: Will have been disappointed not to have started the game but will be happy to have assisted the best goal of the night in Aubameyang’s third. Received a warm welcome from the West Brom fans after his loan here. 7.

Alexandre Lacazette: Came back from his time out with COVID with a goal almost instantly and looked pretty motivated. Will be interesting to see if he starts on Saturday of if Arteta keeps Aubameyang down the middle. 7.

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

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