Arsenal player ratings vs Brentford as Mari and Chambers struggle but Smith Rowe turns up

Bernd Leno: The German couldn’t do much for the opening goal even though it was at his near post, and was probably fouled for the second goal. Looked flappy from a few crosses though. One good save from Mbuemo showed what he’s capable of, but a mixed display to say the least. 5.

Calum Chambers: Really poor for the opening goal as he allowed Sergi Canos to cut inside far too easily. Offered very little offensively. Poor aerially for the second goal as well. 4.

Ben White: Some really nice moments on the ball where he showed composure with a first half switch to Pepe the highlight, but the England international struggled against the aerial threat of Ivan Toney throughout due to the unavoidable weakness of his diminutive stature. 5.

Pablo Mari: A really jittery display from the Spaniard who struggled throughout with Brentford’s high press. He often panicked and hoofed the ball away as he looked uncharacteristically nervous in possession. Awful aerially from Brentford’s long throw for the second also. 4.

Kieran Tierney: Arsenal’s most used attacking threat, the Scot was clever in the final third, looking to put in his usual consistent supply of crosses. Brentford largely dealt well with it, but Tierney deserves praise for offensive output compared to that of his teammates. 7.

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Albert Sambi Lokonga: So much excitement around the young Belgian before tonight after an exciting pre-season, but this was not the Premier League debut he would have wanted. Tried to be adventurous in possession but was often guilty of giving it away as he looked nervous throughout. 5.

Granit Xhaka: A really poor moment in the first half where the Swiss was almost caught in possession on the edge of the box was a low moment. Given the captain’s armband but couldn’t lead with his passing, often choosing the safe option instead of the riskier ball. 5.



Granit Xhaka controls the ball for Arsenal in midfield against Brentford at the Brentford Community Stadium. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)
Granit Xhaka controls the ball for Arsenal in midfield against Brentford at the Brentford Community Stadium. (Photo by Eddie Keogh/Getty Images)

Nicolas Pepe: Isolated out on the right wing with Chambers tasked with coming infield instead of overlapping. Showed some nice moments on the ball, but was consistently crowded out by the hardworking Brentford defence. 6.

Emile Smith Rowe: By far Arsenal’s brightest spark on the night with some nice line breaking runs and turns away from Brentford’s high press. His spin in midfield followed by a run and shot early in the second period was probably the Gunners most exciting moment. 8.

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Gabriel Martinelli: One headed chance from the corner was probably the most he got into the game. Made some good runs but his teammates refused to use him. Looked confused as to where he was supposed to be standing when Tierney got the ball in the opposition third. 6.

Folarin Balogun: Touched the ball just 13 times in his first 54 minutes on the pitch indicating how Arsenal struggled to use him. Worked diligently and kept making runs, but the Gunners’ lack of creativity in the final third again meant he hardly had any chances to score. 6.

Substitutes:

Bukayo Saka: Warmly received in one of the few bright moments on the night after coming on, and looked far more lively on the ball than what had come before him. Again though couldn’t do much without enough men being in the box to help him. 6.

Reiss Nelson: Looked nervous on the rare occasions that he got the ball. Looks to be a player who has totally lost his confidence at this level, and needs a move to kickstart his young career. 5.

Nuno Tavares: Showed his versatility coming on as an attacking right back, and looked to use his offensive instincts to get Arsenal back into the game. Ultimately too little too late though. 6.

Source by Football London

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