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Tierney Brilliant; Saka Impress | Arsenal Players Rated In Their Win Over Sheffield United

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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.

Arsenal secured their second back to back win in all competitions after registering a hard-fought 2-1 win over Sheffield United. The Gunners were in charge of the first half, going ahead through a penalty goal from Nicolas Pepe. But, the hosts pushed forward in the second half and even scored a late equaliser through David McGoldrick.

It wasn’t enough for the Blades, however, as Arsenal still had time to recover their lead and that they did, thanks to Dani Ceballos’ magnificent finish in the 92nd minute.

Arsenal Player Ratings Vs Sheffield United

Emiliano Martinez 7.5/10

Emiliano Martinez made a crucial late save to deny Sheffield United from securing a 2-1 late in the game. Made another excellent save midway through the second half, although the Sheffield players were caught offside. A competent display from the Argentine goalkeeper.

Shkodran Mustafi 7/10

Shkodran Mustafi actually played really well when compared to his teammates. He got rid of long balls and made a lot of clearances throughout the game.

David Luiz 7/10

Returning to the starting lineup after a two-game suspension, David Luiz was fairly solid at the back. But, he, unfortunately, picked up an injury that led to his substitution early in the second half.

Sead Kolasinac 5/10

Initially started the game in the left-wing back role. But, the Bosnian largely operated in the back three alongside Luiz and Mustafi, and later Rob Holding. However, it was his poor clearance that allowed Sheffield United to equalise late in the game.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles 7/10

Replacing Hector Bellerin on the right flank, Ainsley Maitland-Niles provided solidity at the back. His passing was also top-notch, helping ease Arsenal’s transition from the back.

Granit Xhaka 7.5/10

It was another commendable display from Granit Xhaka this afternoon. The Swiss international looked sharp with his tacking while his passing was also crisp. A real leader in midfield.

Joe Willock 6.5/10

Joe Willock replaced Ceballos in the starting lineup, especially after scoring against Southampton. However, the Englishman failed to provide the creative spark that was missing in the Arsenal side. He was overall solid with his passing, though.

Kieran Tierney 8/10

Kieran Tierney was by far the best performer for Arsenal in this fixture. Operating in the left wing-back role, the Scot provided ample support to the attackers with his quick passing and brilliant movements. Moreover, his accurate crossing caused a lot of trouble for the Sheffield United defenders. A top display from the left-back.

Arsenal Player Ratings Vs Sheffield United - David Luiz had to come off.
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – JUNE 28: David Luiz of Arsenal reacts during the FA Cup Fifth Quarter Final match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC at Bramall Lane on June 28, 2020 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Pool via Getty Images)

Nicolas Pepe 7.5/10

Nicolas Pepe certainly looked like a spark in the first half. He was always willing to make things happen and deserves credit for converting the penalty to score the opening goal. The Ivorian endured a difficult second half as Sheffield United pushed forward and enjoyed possession. He did, however, play a key role in the winning goal.

Alexandre Lacazette 7/10

Alexandre Lacazette looked lively in what was his first start since the restart. The Frenchman was willing to make things happen and won the penalty that led to the opener. He was taken off midway through the second half.

Bukayo Saka 8/10

Bukayo Saka was lively throughout the game. His nimble movements and smart passing provided the creative spark in the Arsenal attack. The youngster was also willing to drop back and defend while it was his pass that opened up the Sheffield United defence at the end as Arsenal restored their advantage.


Rob Holding 6/10

Replaced Luiz in the 54th minute, but could not manage to replicate his performance against Southampton. However, the 27-year-old didn’t actually make any particular mistake at the back.

Eddie Nketiah 7.5/10

Replaced Lacazette in the 67th minute and made an immediate impact. His pace and tenacity caused problems for the opposing defenders, and it was his run that led to the late winner for Arsenal. Another promising display from the youngster, who keeps getting better and better.

Dani Ceballos 7/10

Came on for Willock in the 67th minute as Mikel Arteta opted for fresh legs. While Ceballos didn’t exactly make a huge impact, his brilliant finish late in the game was enough to help Arsenal seal the important victory.

Sokratis N/A

A late replacement for Pepe as Arteta opted to see out the one-goal lead.

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