Arsenal Under-23s player ratings vs Brighton as Patino impresses while Balogun and Salah star – Football.London

Karl Hein: The Estonian is a vocal presence between the sticks for this Arsenal side and was largely assured. One moment dropping the ball from a corner though shows the youngster still has some concentration issues to conquer before he’s first team ready. 6.

Ryan Alebiosu: Attacked well from right wing back but occasionally looked a little nervous in possession. One moment getting into the box to shoot was a highlight. 6.

Zane Monlouis: Struggled a little bit early on as Brighton created some chances from his right half space at the back, but grew into the game well. 6.

Omar Rekik: The Tunisian’s final ball had to be a little better when getting forward to play through Mika Biereth in the second half. He was defensively solid though and made a few goal saving interceptions. 6.

Mazeed Ogungbo: Nice and alert throughout and looked assured on the left side of Arsenal’s back three. Received instructions well from the coaching staff and was another defender who grew into the game. 6.

Joel Lopez: Got forward nicely down the left flank to be in the perfect positions for cutbacks. His assist for Salah’s goal was a highlight in an impressive athletic performance. 7.

Charlie Patino: It’s easy to see why the 17-year-old is attracting such praise with performances like these. Has been compared to Jack Wilshere in the pass but played a more withdrawn role on the night akin to what Granit Xhaka does for the first team. Some incredible long passes that show he has the vision, but now just needs the physicality to make the step up. 8.



Salah-Eddine celebrates his goal for Arsenal under-23s against Brighton unde-23s in their Premier League 2 clash at the Emriates. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)
Salah-Eddine celebrates his goal for Arsenal under-23s against Brighton unde-23s in their Premier League 2 clash at the Emriates. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

Salah-Eddine: A late arrival into the box for his goal showed his fine movement off the ball. Some good set piece delivery too, although at times the midfielder held on to the ball a bit too long before making a decision. 7.

Tim Akinola: Some really nice moments from Akinola, who looks physically ready to make the step up. Pressed well and had the pace to ease away from markers when on the ball. 7.

Folarin Balogun: This striker is simply too good to be playing at this level. Won two penalties himself with fine footwork and looked to be playing at second gear throughout. Needs to work on his penalty technique though after missing the first and just about squeezing in the second. 8.

Mika Biereth: The former Fulham striker was unlucky not to be played in on two occasions in the second half after some good movement, but could do with being a bit more proactive in the runs he makes. Clear potential there although he seemed to tire as the game went on. 6.

Substitutes –

Omari Hutchinson: Had a decent chance to get a shot off in the box, but took a little too long to release it. Unlucky not to be starting right now. 6.

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

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

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