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Nketiah Gets 8.5, Saka With 8 | Arsenal Players Rated In Hard-Fought Win Vs Manchester United

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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 Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium earlier tonight as they looked to earn a win at home in the Premier League. The Gunners made a good start to the game but conceded the opening goal in the 17th minute when Marcus Rashford scored with an excellent strike. However, Arsenal found the leveler courtesy of Eddie Nketiah’s goal in the 24th minute. Both teams went into the half-time break with a 1-1 scoreline.

Bukayo Saka gave his team the lead with a brilliant strike in the 53rd minute. However, Lisandro Martinez equalised for Man United with a brave header just six minutes later. Nketiah ended up netting the winner in the 90th minute with a great finish from close range. The contest ended with the North London earning a hard-fought 3-2 victory in front of their home supporters.

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

GK: Aaron Ramsdale – 6/10

Ramsdale made a couple of good saves but won’t be pleased after conceding two goals today.

RB: Ben White – 6/10

He made some important defensive contributions but lacked quality in the final third.

CB: William Saliba – 6.5/10

The French talent earned the ball back twice and was a strong presence in the air.

CB: Gabriel – 6.5/10

He didn’t do much wrong at the back and was accurate with his passing.

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LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko – 6.5/10

He worked hard defensively and made one good chance in the final third.

CM: Martin Odegaard – 6.5/10

Odegaard got stuck in with some solid tackles and was a real threat in front of the opponent’s goal. However, he failed to find the back of the net.

CM: Thomas Partey – 7/10

He was a positive influence at both ends of the pitch.

CM: Granit Xhaka – 7.5/10

The Swiss sensation anchored the midfield well and managed to engineer some decent chances in the opponent’s half.

RW: Bukayo Saka – 8/10

Saka caused all sorts of problems for the Man United defenders and scored a superb goal early in the second half with a great strike from long range.

ST: Eddie Nketiah – 8.5/10

He got his name on the scoresheet in both halves and was a constant menace up top. Nketiah deserves to be named the man of the match.

LW: Gabriel Martinelli – 6.5/10

Martinelli engineered some decent openings in the final third but failed to register a goal himself.

Substitutes:

RB: Takehiro Tomiyasu – 7/10

He made two good chances in the opposition half and has got an assist to show for his efforts.

LW: Leandro Trossard – N/A

Trossard didn’t get enough time to make an impact.

CB: Rob Holding – N/A

He hardly had any time to influence the game.

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