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Saka Gets 6.5, Odegaard With 5 | Arsenal Players Rated In Disappointing Loss Vs Crystal Palace

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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 clashed heads with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park earlier tonight as they hoped to collect all three points on the road. The Gunners made a poor start to the game and conceded the opening goal in the 16th minute when Jean-Philippe Mateta scored with a good header from close range. Jordan Ayew doubled Palace’s advantage with a clinical finish just eight minutes later as Mikel Arteta’s men went into the half-time interval trailing by a 2-0 scoreline.

Wilfried Zaha added another goal for the Eagles from the penalty spot in the 74th minute as Arsenal crashed to a disappointing 3-0 loss in the London derby.

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

GK: Aaron Ramsdale – 5.5/10

The Gunners keeper made a couple of saves but won’t be pleased after allowing three goals during the 90 minutes.

RB: Cedric Soares – 6.5/10

He maintained a solid defensive shape at the back and made a couple of decent runs down the right flank.

CB: Ben White – 5.5/10

White looked shaky at the back and produced a lackluster display on the defensive end of the field.

CB: Gabriel – 6/10

The Brazilian talent cleared his lines when needed and was good on the ball. However, he failed to stop the Eagles from wreaking havoc inside his penalty area.

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 04: Players of Arsenal look dejected after conceding their side’s first goal scored by Jean-Philippe Mateta of Crystal Palace (not pictured) during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal at Selhurst Park on April 04, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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LB: Nuno Tavares – 5.5/10

Tavares failed to give a good account of himself in the first half and got substituted after 45 minutes.

CM: Thomas Partey – 5.5/10

He struggled to get a foothold in the game and could last only 74 minutes.

CM: Granit Xhaka – 6/10

Xhaka was tidy with his passing but failed to protect his backline.

RW: Bukayo Saka – 6.5/10

He had a few bright moments in the game and struggled to threaten the Palace goal.

CAM: Martin Odegaard – 5/10

Odegaard failed to make himself useful in the final third and was guilty of conceding a cheap penalty in the second half.

LW: Emile Smith Rowe – 6/10

He engineered some decent chances going forward but didn’t manage to register a goal.

ST: Alexandre Lacazette – 5.5/10

The French talent never looked like he would score.


LW: Gabriel Martinelli – 6.5/10

His pace caused a few problems for the Palace defenders.

ST: Eddie Nketiah – 6/10

Nketiah was unfortunate to rattle the woodwork.

CM: Albert Sambi Lokonga – 6/10

He made one good chance in the opponent’s half.

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