Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Ozil Gets 8.5 | Arsenal Players Rated In Their Draw Vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Unai Emery’s misery continues as Arsenal yet again fail to seal all three points in the Premier League. This time, it was against Wolverhampton Wanderers as the two teams drew 1-1 at the Emirates.

The hosts started the game slowly, with Diogo Jota providing at early threat. But, they eventually grew into the game and scored the opener in the 21st minute through Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gunners mounted more pressure on the visitors after the goal and were in total control.

The game became more open in the second-half, with Wolves trying to push Arsenal back and score the equaliser. The hosts too looked clumsy at times and their opponent made total use of it. In the 76th minute, Wolves finally restored parity through Raul Jimenez. And even though Arsenal then pushed forward, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men somehow managed to contain the pressure, denying them two additional points.

Here is how Emery’s men performed in their draw with Wolves.

Bernd Leno 7.5

Wolves managed a decent eight shots on target this afternoon. But, barely few of them troubled Leno in goal. Though the German couldn’t have done anything to stop the equaliser, he did well to deny Ruben Neves and Matt Doherty.

Calum Chambers 7.5

It was a mixed performance from Calum Chambers and a rather surprising one. The ex-Southampton star is typically a defensive-minded individual. But, it was in defence he struggled, often failing to get the better of Jota. He e was quite in the final third and made good use of his chances to push forward.

Sokratis 6

Another below-par defensive display from Sokratis, whose poor judgement of the ball allowed Jimenez to make a clean header and score the equaliser. His work-rate and commitment were impressive as ever.

David Luiz 7

Outshined Sokratis with his aerial and physical prowess which was essential in dealing against an athletic Wolves side. Was a little bit lucky with his deflected cross, which ended up assisting Lacazette and then Aubameyang for the first goal.

Kieran Tierney 8

It was yet another impressive performance from Tierney, who made his league debut last weekend. The Scot looked solid in defending against Traore for most of the game and did well to make himself a passing options in the build-up.

Lucas Torreira 6

Torreira was given a versatile role by Emery this afternoon. The Uruguayan moved forward and acted as an auxiliary number ten whenever required. But, he wasn’t effective, at all.

Matteo Guendouzi 6

It was a disappointing performance from Guendouzi, who somehow failed to find the incision in his passes. Often gave away possession cheaply with poorly executed long passes as well. But, his determination helped Arsenal push forward during the final stage of the game.

Dani Ceballos 6.5

Impressed in the first-half with his bag of tricks. The Spaniard really enjoyed alongside Ozil in the final third, though he featured in central midfield for the most of the game. Not as much influence as one would have liked though.

Mesut Ozil 8.5

Filled the massive creative void that was present following the departure of Aaron Ramsey. The German hovered around the half-spaces and tried to evaluate best passing options Also made a host of clever runs in and around the backline.

Alexandre Lacazette 7.5

A selfless square pass to feed Aubameyang for the opener. Aside from that, the Frenchman enjoyed very little possession of the ball. But, he made well use of his limited opportunities, creating spaces for his teammates and threading important passes inside the penalty area.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 7

Scored his 50th goal for the club with a calmly sidefooted kick to score the opener. But, he wasn’t as involved afterwards, though the Gabonese international showed terrific commitment and work-rate.


Gabriel Martinelli 8/10

Replaced Lacazette during the hour mark and provided more flair into the Arsenal attack. It is a good thing that Emery now considers the youngster as a reliable first-team option, thanks to his performances in the Cup.

Bukayo Saka N/A

Once again failed to make an impact after coming on as a substitute.

Sead Kolasinac N/A

A late replacement for jaded Tierney.

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