Well, this Europa League business seems pretty straightforward so far. Our second group game saw us keep our 100% per cent record in the group stages so far. Similar to the opener against Cologne though, last night seemed like a game of two halves, with the players putting in a much better performance in the first half.
David Ospina – 7.0
Ospina had a very solid performance in goal, from claiming corners and distribution to his five saves, however, there is an argument that he could’ve done better with Ivanic’s goal.
Shkodran Mustafi – 6.7
Out of the back three, Mustafi was probably the least impressive. Having also played 90 minutes on Monday maybe this game could have come round a bit too quickly for him as he was partly at fault for BATE’s second goal.
Per Mertsacker – 6.9
As usual, Mertesacker managed himself very well positionally last night as he helped see out the win. He was also able to put his header from a corner into the path of Rob Holding for our 3rd goal in in the first half.
Rob Holding – 7.0
After a few difficult games Holding seemed to be more comfortable last night and getting his first goal in Arsenal colours will give him a massive boost.
Reiss Nelson – 7.2
Playing at right wing back again Nelson’s attacking nature was still limited, but when he wasn’t on his defensive duties we got to see even more flashes of what is to come in the future with him sitting down opposition players as well as laying off players smartly at the end of individual runs.
Joe Willock – 7.4
On his debut Joe Willock had a very sound all-round game. He got himself up the pitch well by evading challenges as well as completing 91% of his passes, however, he did contribute on the defensive side of things making five tackles during his time on the pitch.
Mohamed Elneny – 6.7
Elneny had quite an average night doing his usual job of keeping the ball moving in midfield.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 7.0
Continuing to get minutes at left wing back Maitland-Niles put in an assured performance last night, however, the use of a right-footed player on the left did seem to hinder us a bit going forward as he would have to cut in onto his right foot.
Theo Walcott – 7.8
Bagging a brace after his goal against Doncaster last week Walcott was the match-winner again. his two goals were a mix of luck and good striking play as his initial header was pushed away before he knocked home the rebound for the first goal and the BATE keeper gifted him his second by virtually passing him the ball on the edge of the box.
Jack Wilshere – 8.2
Making his second start of the season, Wilshere continued to impress as he got his first 90 minutes down in a while. He was a threat going forward with his smart passing which helped him get into the box to assist Walcott’s first goal, as well as unlocking the BATE defence to find overlapping players, his performance was a level above everyone else.
Olivier Giroud – 7.0
We finally got there, Olivier Giroud is part of the 100 club after dispatching his penalty last night. It wasn’t the best of the 100 but he’s there now. Other than the goal though, he didn’t offer too much in the game.
Marcus McGuane – N/A
Eddie Nketiah – N/A
Our two young substitutes didn’t come on until late in the second half and only got a few touches between them so it would be hard to rate their performances.