Arsenal vs Hibernian full time ratings as Nicolas Pepe impresses and Jack Henry-Francis makes debut

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Arthur Okonkwo: A loud presence but looked flappy on a few occasions when crosses came in early on. That was a sign of things to come as a horrible error led to Hibs opener. May need a bit of time to get used to senior level as he looked horribly nervous 4.

Cedric: Relatively quiet game from the Portuguese who didn’t get forward much. A relatively poor back pass to Okonkwo for the goal although he would have expected the keeper to do better. 5.

Harry Clarke: Solid enough on his debut and was nicely coached through the game by Pablo Mari. A good advert ahead of a potential loan move this summer. 6.

Pablo Mari: Some wayward distribution when playing out from the back but defensively solid and a good leader alongside the debutant Clarke. 6.

Sead Kolasinac: Got forward well and emulated Kieran Tierney’s attacking threat on occasion. A little lax with his marking defensively though and lost his man on occasion. 6.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles: Will be happy to have been started in central midfield rather than right back, but was loose with his passing on occasion. More needed if he’s to be a regular in his preferred position. 5.

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Mohamed Elneny: Solid enough in possession and pressed well to win the ball back on occasion. The Egyptian could have perhaps been a bit more adventurous in possession though. 6.

Willian: A nice moment to turn away from the Hibs midfield, run at the defence and create a chance for Nelson. Would love to see more of that from the Brazilian. 7.

Reiss Nelson: Missed a couple of good chances in the box but did fire in a decent shot from wide right and made some good runs into space. End product was all that was missing from a good display. 6.

Eddie Nketiah: A horrible miss when given a huge chance early doors one-on-one. These are the opportunities a goalscorer like him should be gobbling up. Was bright and buzzing around after the spurned chance though. 5.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Relatively anonymous save for a shot in the left part of the penalty area and a free kick. Some dangerous runs and good movement though. 5.

Second half subs:

Karl Hein: It’s understood that talks have stalled over a new contract for the Estonian international. Couldn’t do too much over the goal he conceded. 6.

Omar Rekik: Solid on the ball and confident throughout. Will be hoping to get a few first team opportunities this season. 6.

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Omari Hutchinson: Looked composed at left-back and is considered one of the brightest prospects at the club. 6.

Nicolas Pepe: The best player on the pitch but will be disappointed with his missed penalty. 8.

Thomas Partey: Hit the woodwork with a magnificent free-kick. An important season awaits the Ghana midfielder. 7.

Folarin Balogun: Put one opportunity wide but looked bright and will be hoping for more first team opportunities. 6.

Emile Smith Rowe: Scored Arsenal’s only goal after taking up a good position at the far post. The Gunners will be hoping he signs a new contract soon. 7.

Alexandre Lacazette: Held the ball up well and it’s clear that the system suits him well. A great option to have upfront. 7.

Hector Bellerin: A second half assist for the Spaniard who is in talks with Inter Milan right now. Looks ready for the new season even if it may not be with Arsenal.

Jack Henry-Francis: A confident first team debut for the 17-year-old. An excellent passer of the ball who clearly works hard for the team. 7.

Source by Football London

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