Arsenal Player Ratings vs Vorskla: Here’s how the Gunners fared
Arsenal stormed to a 4-2 victory against FC Vorskla in their opening game of the Europa League. The Gunners dominated the possession and created a number of opportunities in the final third.
Unai Emery’s men have now picked up good form at the right time as the hectic schedule begins. The Gunners started their season with back to back losses against Chelsea and Manchester City, but have since won all their games under the new manager.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored two superb goals for the Gunners as Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil also got in on the act. Vorskla pulled two back through Vladimir Chesnakov and Vyacheslav Sharpar, but the deficit proved far too huge to reduce.
Arsenal Player Ratings
Bernd Leno (7/10)
Leno barely had anything to do but the German was fruitful with the ball at his feet. His distribution to the full-backs was impressive.
Stephan Lichsteiner (7/10)
The former Juventus right-back daunted up and down the field, making a number of vital tackles. His defensive instincts should not be overlooked too. He was a major influence on the night.
Rob Holding (6/10)
He was neat in possession and kept things simple at the back. Defensively, he didn’t have much to do.
He had barely anything to do in this game but Sokratis did cut out a few threatening passes.
Nacho Monreal (7/10)
Monreal was perfectly solid and provided a number of balls into the area. Hard to assess his game given that Vorskla didn’t threaten much.
Lucas Torreira (7/10)
Looked good in his first start for the club. He was energetic and lively in the middle of the park. Ws sometimes scrappy in possession but was always willing to track back.
Mohamed Elneny (6/10)
Was fruitful with his quick passing in the midfield but didn’t have much to do in defence. A typical Elneny performance.
Alex Iwobi (9/10)
Best player on the pitch for Arsenal. Picked up the assist for Aubameyang’s first goal and looked lively throughout the game. He was a massive asset for the Gunners in this game.
Danny Welbeck (6/10)
Despite his goal, it was a quiet performance from Danny Welbeck. His touch and passing were off the radar as usual.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (8/10)
Picked up two solid assists and capped an impressive performance. However, he didn’t seem totally comfortable playing as a No.10.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (9/10)
He was a little quiet in the first half but the Gabon international’s sudden change of energy saw him score two sublime goals. His pace on the ball constantly threatened the opposition defenders.
Mesut Ozil (7/10)
Ozil immediately asserted his dominance by pulling the strings in the final third. He scored a good goal and proved to be an impressive substitute on the night.
Matteo Guendouzi (7/10)
Made a couple of important tackles to stop the counter and immediately turn the wave in Arsenal’s favour. The youngster has been improving constantly.
Emile Smith Rowe (6/10)
A very bright cameo from the youngster but he didn’t have enough time to influence the game. Smith Rowe definitely is a real talent.