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Lacazette Gets 8, Aubameyang With 7.5 | Arsenal Players Rated In Derby Draw Vs Crystal Palace

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Arsenal welcomed Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium earlier tonight as they hoped to pick up a victory in front of their home supporters in the London derby. The Gunners made a bright start to the game and took the lead in the eight-minute courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal. The North London outfit managed to keep their noses ahead and went into the half-time break one goal to the good.

Christian Benteke scored the equalizer for the Eagles just five minutes into the second half with a great finish. Arsenal were in a world of trouble as they conceded another goal in the 73rd minute when Odsonne Edouard found the back of the net to put his team in a strong position to claim all three points. However, Alexandre Lacazette came off the bench to score the all-important leveler for the home side in injury-time which meant that both London teams played out a 2-2 draw after the full-time whistle.

Let’s take a look at how each Arsenal player performed during the clash against the Eagles.

GK: Aaron Ramsdale – 6.5/10

The Gunners keeper made some important saves during the game but won’t be pleased after letting in two goals in the second half.

RB: Takehiro Tomiyasu – 7/10

The Japanese talent was defensively solid and was even quite lively going forward. He made multiple tackles to make life difficult for the opposition.

CB: Ben White – 6/10

White passed the ball well and had some bright moments throughout the game. However, he won’t be satisfied after conceding two goals tonight.

CB: Gabriel – 6.5/10

The Brazilian defensive ace was strong in the air and made a couple of crucial clearances inside his half.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 18: Takehiro Tomiyasu interacts with Ben White of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on October 18, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
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LB: Kieran Tierney – 6.5/10

The Scottish full-back did his fair share of defending but failed to influence the game in the final third.

CM: Thomas Partey – 5.5/10

Partey gave away the ball cheaply in the lead-up to Christian Benteke’s goal. However, he deserves some credit for making a positive impact at both ends of the field.

CM: Martin Odegaard –  6/10

Odegaard found it difficult to get into the flow of the game and got replaced after the hour mark.

RW: Nicolas Pepe – 6/10

He was always willing to have a strike at goal but was quite underwhelming with his productivity in the attacking end of the pitch.

CAM: Emile Smith Rowe – 6.5/10

Smith Rowe linked up play well with others around him but squandered two good chances to get his name on the scoresheet.

LW: Bukayo Saka – 6/10

Saka could only manage to orchestrate one good chance in the first half. He picked up an injury and was substituted at half-time.

ST: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 7.5/10

The Gabon striker gave Arsenal the all-important lead with a calm finish. However, he didn’t do much else in the game.


CM: Albert Sambi Lokonga – 6/10

The 21-year-old had a tough time anchoring the Arsenal midfield in the second half.

ST: Alexandre Lacazette – 8/10

Lacazette salvaged a point for the Gunners with his injury-time goal from close range.

ST: Gabriel Martinelli -N/A

He didn’t get enough minutes to influence the game.

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