DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 13: Emre Can and team mates warm up during a training session at Merkur Spiel-Arena on November 13, 2019 in Duesseldorf, Germany. Germany will play a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier match against Belarus on November 16, 2019 in Moenchengladbach. (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Arsenal failed to capitalise on their winning momentum as they were held 2-2 by Standard Liege in the final matchday of the UEFA Europa League. The Gunners were lucky to get away with not just qualification to the next round but also a top of the group finish, thanks to Vitoria Guimaraes’ late heroics against Eintracht Frankfurt.

However, this performance surely wouldn’t go unnoticed by the Arsenal fans knowing the club must improve if they are to prevail in the next stage of the competition. Here is how Freddie Ljungberg’s men fared in their disappointing draw with Standard Liege.

Emiliano Martinez 5

Had another difficult time in between the sticks, where he was quite unlucky to concede two goals via deflections from his own defenders. The Argentine also looked nervy with the ball at his feet and his overall distribution was poor.

Konstantinos Mavropanos 5

Looked jittery at the back, which is understandable given the fact that he has played very little football within the past 12 months. We could have rated him lower, but given this was his first competitive appearance in over seven months, we decided to give him a bit of a pass.

David Luiz 5

It’s as if David Luiz is adept in proving the fact that he is not quality enough to be included in Arsenal’s starting lineup. It was another abysmal defensive display from the Brazilian, who completely failed to assert his dominance and appeared way too lazy in dealing with crosses.

Sokratis 4

Much like his partner-in-crime, Sokratis lack of technical prowess when Arsenal tried to play the ball out from the back was apparent. He was even close to making a defensive error while his overall lack of pace allowed the Standard Liege players to provide quite a threat on the counter.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles 5.5

Looked promising at times but was often bogged down by the pressure from the Standard Liege attackers. He mostly had to operate in a deeper role.

Matteo Guendouzi 7

Guendouzi’s performance relied on Arsenal’s efforts as a team. The Frenchman struggled to influence the game when it was becoming hard for them to contain the pressure. But at the same time, his driving runs during the final phase of the campaign did cause a lot of problems for the opposition.

Joe Willock 6

Willock had a disappointing game as his struggles under Ljungberg continues. The young midfielder was the culprit when Arsenal conceded the second goal while he was also restricted from making any driving runs down the final third.

Bukayo Saka 9

Saka was one of the most active players in the first-half when Arsenal dominated the game. And despite a relatively quiet second half, the youngster showed his true quality by producing an incredible cross out of nowhere to assist Lacazette’s goal.

Minutes later, he got onto the scoresheet himself by combining brilliantly with Gabriel Martinelli just outside the box. The winger could undoubtedly become a prized asset for the Gunners if he can maintain his performances week in week out.

Emile Smile Rowe 7

Smith Rowe showed glimpses of his talents, most notably when he tried to wriggle through tight spaces. But more often than not, the youngster seemed to lack the concentration and precision, which is something he needs to improve on.

Reiss Nelson 6.5

Was quite lively in the first half, often drifting in and around the final third. But, he was never really able to make a substantial impact on the proceedings.

Alexandre Lacazette 7.5

Lacazette led the line with his commitment and work-rate, which seemed to have improved, perhaps due to the extra burden this evening. However, the Frenchman wasn’t sharp at all except when he latched onto an incredible cross from Xhaka to score the all-important first goal for Arsenal.


Gabriel Martinelli 8

Made a quick impact after coming on as a substitute in the 69th minute. The Brazilian was the one who linked up with Saka that eventually led to the equaliser. Also looked menacing with the ball at his feet.

Calum Chambers N/A

Came on for Maitland-Niles, who looked tired and dejected. But, the ex-Southampton star wasn’t able to stop the opposition from crossing the ball into the box.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang N/A

A late replacement for Smith Rowe.

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