Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Odegaard Gets 8.5, Saka With 8 | Arsenal Players Rated In Dominant Win Vs Brighton

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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 entertained Brighton and Hove Albion at the American Express Community Stadium earlier this evening as they looked to earn maximum points on the road in the Premier League. The Gunners made a dominant start to the game and scored the opening goal in the second minute when Bukayo Saka found the back of the net. Martin Odegaard doubled Arsenal’s advantage in the 39th minute as he got his name on the scoresheet. The North London club went into the half-time break 2-0 up on the scoreline.

Eddie Nketiah scored Arsenal’s third goal just two minutes into the second half. However, Brighton got a goal back via Kaoru Mitoma’s effort in the 65th minute. Gabriel Martinelli put the match to bed when he scored his team’s fourth goal just six minutes later. However, the Seagulls responded with another goal in the 77th minute as Mikel Arteta’s men secured a dominant 4-2 win away from home.

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

GK: Aaron Ramsdale – 7/10

He made a few good saves at the back but won’t be happy after conceding a couple of goals.

RB: Ben White – 7/10

White made a few crucial defensive contributions and made one good run with the ball.

CB: William Saliba – 6/10

The Frenchman made a lot of important clearances at the back and made some poor errors in the second half.

CB: Gabriel – 6/10

He tried to keep things solid at the back and was a threat in the final third as well.

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LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko – 7/10

Zinchenko was a positive influence at both ends of the field for Arsenal but got replaced in the 59th minute.

CM: Martin Odegaard – 8.5/10

He engineered some decent chances for his teammates and has got a goal and an assist to show for his efforts.

CM: Thomas Partey – 6.5/10

Partey made a couple of inviting chances for his teammates to score but could last only 73 minutes.

CM: Granit Xhaka – 7/10

He worked hard at both ends of the field and produced a decent display at the centre of the park.

RW: Bukayo Saka – 8/10

Saka scored the opening goal in the second minute and did his fair share of defending when required.

ST: Eddie Nketiah – 8/10

Nketiah caused some problems for the opposition defenders and scored a good goal in the 47th minute.

LW: Gabriel Martinelli – 7.5/10

He was a constant menace down the left flank and got his name on the scoresheet in the 71st minute.


LB: Kieran Tierney – 6.5/10

He tried his best to keep things tidy at the back.

RB: Takehiro Tomiyasu – 6/10

Tomiyasu earned the ball back once.

CM: Mohamed Elneny – 6/10

He struggled to get a stranglehold in the game.

CB: Rob Holding – N/A

Holding didn’t get enough minutes to warrant a rating.

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