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Saka Gets 8, Saliba With 7.5 | Arsenal Players Rated In Lackluster Draw Vs Sporting

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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 Sporting Cp at the Jose Alvalade Stadium earlier tonight as they hoped to earn a good result on the road in the Premier League. The Gunners made a decent start to the game and got themselves ahead in the 22nd minute with the help of William Saliba’s goal. However, the home team responded quickly and equalised just 12 minutes later via Goncalo Inacio’s effort. Both sides went into the half-time break with a 1-1 scoreline.

Paulinho completed the turnaround for the Portuguese side in the 55th minute. However, Arsenal equalised due to an unfortunate own goal from Hidemasa Morita just after the hour mark. The clash ended with Mikel Arteta‘s players earning a lackluster 2-2 draw away from home.

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

GK: Matt Turner – 6.5/10

Turner made a few decent saves at the back but conceded a couple of goals during the game.

RB: Ben White – 6/10

He made one key chance in the final third but was far from convincing at the back.

CB: William Saliba – 7.5/10

Saliba performed his defensive duties well and scored the opening goal in the 22nd minute.

CB: Jakub Kiwior – 5.5/10

He struggled to get into the flow of the game and did well to last 70 minutes.

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LB: Oleksandr Zinchenko – 7/10

Zinchenko made a couple of solid tackles and had a lively game in the opposition half.

CM: Fabio Vieira – 7.5/10

He caused a few headaches for the opposition defenders and has got an assist to show for his efforts.

CM: Jorginho – 6.5/10

The Italy international earned the ball back twice and was accurate with his passing.

CM: Granit Xhaka – 7/10

He got stuck in with some solid tackles and made one good chance in the final third.

RW: Bukayo Saka – 8/10

Saka completed a lot of dangerous dribbles with the ball but didn’t do enough to register a goal.

ST: Gabriel Martinelli – 7.5/10

Martinelli made a lot of eye-catching runs with the ball in the final third but there was no goal for him this evening.

LW: Reiss Nelson – 7/10

He showed a few glimpses of what he is capable of but struggled to finish off his chances.


RB: Takehiro Tomiyasu – 7.5/10

Tomiyasu had a few bright moments in the opponent’s half.

CM: Thomas Partey – 6.5/10

He added some bite and steel to Arsenal’s midfield.

CAM: Emile Smith Rowe – 6/10

Smith Rowe made one encouraging run in the opponent’s half.

CB: Gabriel – 6.5/10

He made two decent runs with the ball.

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