Player ratings from Gunners midweek win


Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League table after securing a 2-0 victory over Luton Town on Wednesday evening.

Changes were expected from the team that held Manchester City on Sunday, and the boss certainly did not disappoint. Bukayo Saka missed out completely, while Declan Rice, Jorginho, Gabriel Jesus and Jakub Kiwior all dropped out.

Despite the changes, the Gunners did not have to sweat against an injury-ravaged Luton. A sweet finish from Martin Odegaard had the hosts rolling after possession had been regained in the visitors’ half, and after Thomas Kaminski had saved well from Emile Smith Rowe, Daiki Hashioka turned an ESR cross into his own net to give Arsenal a 2-0 half-time lead. -time in advance.

The Emirates faithful may have been hoping for a midweek rout when both teams re-emerged in the second half, but Luton gradually clawed their way back into the contest as Arsenal were more content to exploit the space given up by Rob Edwards’ team during the transition.

The Gunners’ sturdy structure once again came to the fore as Luton pushed unsuccessfully. David Raya enjoyed a quiet night between the sticks as Arsenal returned to the top of the table.

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Here are Arsenal’s player ratings from their 2-0 midweek win.

Goalkeeper and defenders

David Raya (GK) – 6/10 – The kicks were very direct. Didn’t have a proper save to make despite Luton threatening in the second half.

Ben White (RB) – 7/10 – Continues to play with swagger, as shown by his first U-turn, even though Luton had a few joy from the start by exploiting the space behind White.

William Saliba (CB) – 7.5/10 – There wasn’t much to complain about. Saliba once again made things easy.

Gabriel (CB) – 8/10 – Zinchenko’s problems meant Gabriel was more active than his partner, and the Brazilian was once again brilliant when forced to defend balls into the box. Carlton Morris was pretty handy up top, but Gabriel didn’t have any major issues.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) – 5/10 – The Ukrainian’s misfortunes continue. I thought he was comfortably Arsenal’s sloppiest performer tonight and never felt safe when Luton attacked his flank. Gabriel sometimes saved him.

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