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Marquinhos Gets 8.5, Xhaka With 7.5 | Arsenal Players Rated In Narrow Win Vs FC Zurich

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Arsenal faced off against FC Zurich at the Stadion Letzigrund earlier tonight as they hoped to pick up a positive result on the road in the UEFA Europa League. The Gunners made a bright start to the game and opened the goal-scoring in the 16th minute courtesy of Marquinhos’ goal from close range. Mirlind Kryeziu equalised for Zurich just before the half-time break from the penalty spot. Arsenal were being held 1-1 at half-time.

Mikel Arteta’s men made a decent start to the second half and regained their lead in the 62nd minute via Eddie Nketiah’s header. The contest ended with the North London giants earning a hard-fought 2-1 victory away from home.

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

GK: Matt Turner – 6/10

He made a few crucial saves at the back and couldn’t manage to stop Kryeziu’s penalty.

RB: Takehiro Tomiyasu – 7/10

Tomiyasu did his fair share of defending and made one key chance in the final third.

CB: Rob Holding – 7/10

The English centre-back cleared his lines when required and was accurate with his passing.

CB: Gabriel – 7/10

He made a lot of important clearances inside his half and did enough to restrict the home team from scoring more than once this evening.

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LB: Kieran Tierney – 6.5/10

Tierney threatened the opposition goal at times but struggled to get a foothold in the game.

CM: Fabio Viera – 6.5/10

The Portuguese talent made two good chances on the attacking end of the field.

CM: Albert Sambi Lokonga – 7/10

Lokonga anchored the midfield well and had two lively moments in the opponent’s half.

CM: Granit Xhaka – 7.5/10

The Swiss sensation made a lot of decent chances in the final third but failed to pick up an assist.

RW: Marquinhos – 8.5/10

The Brazilian winger looked really lively in the final third and has got a goal and an assist to show for his efforts.

ST: Eddie Nketiah – 7/10

Nketiah caused a few problems for the opposition but gave away a cheap penalty. However, he made up for his mistake by scoring in the second half.

LW: Gabriel Martinelli – 7/10

Martinelli was a constant menace down the left flank but there was no goal for him this evening.


RW: Bukayo Saka – 6.5/10

Saka had a few bright moments in the game after coming off the bench.

LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6/10

He made a couple of important defensive contributions.

CAM: Martin Odegaard – 6/10

Odegaard struggled to influence the game.

ST: Gabriel Jesus – 6.5/10

The Brazilian talent caused a few headaches for the opposition centre-backs.

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