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Martinelli Gets 7, Saka With 5.5 | Arsenal Players Rated In Poor Loss Vs Liverpool

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Arsenal welcomed Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium earlier tonight as they hoped to pick up a win in front of their home fans after managing to earn a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash. The Gunners made a bright start to the game but conceded the opener against the run of play as Diogo Jota found the back of the net with a good run and finish. The North London outfit failed to regain their early momentum and went into the half-time interval 1-0 down on the scoreline.

Mikel Arteta’s men produced a flat display in the second 45 minutes and saw their hopes of reaching the final get crushed in the 77th minute when Jota scored again for Liverpool with a cheeky finish. The match ended with the Gunners suffering a 2-0 defeat which knocked them out of the Carabao Cup.

Let’s take a look at how each Arsenal player fared during the contest against the Reds.

GK: Aaron Ramsdale – 6/10

He made one save in the game but was a bit untidy with his ball distribution. However, Ramsdale won’t be happy after conceding a goal in each half.

RB: Takehiro Tomiyasu – 6.5/10

Tomiyasu won a lot of aerial duels and did his fair share of defending. He even made two good runs going forward.

CB: Ben White – 6/10

White was defensively solid for most of the first half. However, he looked a bit tired in the final quarter of the game.

CB: Gabriel – 6/10

He cleared his lines when needed but was unable to stop Jota from scoring two goals tonight.

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LB: Kieran Tierney – 6.5/10

The Scottish talent produced a battling display down the left flank but lacked quality in the final third.

CDM: Albert Sambi Lokonga – 6.5/10

He set up Arsenal’s best chance of the game but was often overrun by the Liverpool midfielders.

CM: Martin Odegaard – 6.5/10

Odegaard set up a couple of decent chances for his teammates but never got a sniff at goal.

CM: Emile Smith Rowe – 6/10

He struggled to get a foothold in the game and got replaced in the 73rd minute.

RW: Bukayo Saka – 5.5/10

Saka failed to influence the game the way he would have liked and put in a lackluster display in the final third.

LW: Gabriel Martinelli – 7/10

The Brazilian speedster was Arsenal’s biggest threat going forward. However, he couldn’t take any of his chances.

ST: Alexandre Lacazette – 6/10

The French striker wasted a great chance to score but worked hard off the ball.

Substitutes:

CM: Thomas Partey – 4/10

He got booked twice and let his teammates down by getting sent off in the 90th minute.

ST: Eddie Nketiah – 6/10

Nketiah never got a sniff a goal.

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