Arsenal beat Monaco to lift the Emirates Cup this evening, and here are our player ratings.
The Gunners started the game slowly but got into it soon after. However, it was Monaco who took the lead at the half-hour mark after a sloppy error from Gabriel Martinelli. Eddie Nketiah then levelled the scores just before half-time, and the game finished 1-1.
Arsenal then beat Monaco 5-4 on penalties to win the Emirates Cup.
Arsenal player ratings vs Monaco
Aaron Ramsdale: 8/10
The Englishman was decent with the ball at his feet and pulled off an excellent save to deny Aleksandr Golovin early in the game. He then saved a penalty in the shootout to help us retain the Emirates Cup. There’s no need for David Raya just yet.
Takehiro Tomiyasu: 7.5/10
Tomiyasu started the game in his natural right-back position and had a decent outing. He switched sides as well on a couple of occasions and almost set up Declan Rice for his debut goal. It’s nice to see him back in action after his lengthy absence.
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William Saliba: 7/10
Definitely not the Frenchman’s best game in an Arsenal shirt. Saliba lost his man on a couple of occasions in the first half and could’ve easily been sent off for two yellow card offences. It’s only pre-season though, there’s no need to be worried.
Jakub Kiwior: 7/10
The Pole started the game on the left side of central defence and finished on the right. He was very good on the ball and should be pleased with his display.
Jurrien Timber: 9/10
Jurrien Timber made his Emirates debut this evening and he was fantastic. The Dutchman played at left-back and looked extremely comfortable. He’s a contender to start there again against Manchester City in the Community Shield this weekend.
Thomas Partey: 9/10
All eyes were on Declan Rice in midfield today, but it was Partey who stole the show. The Ghanaian was absolutely fantastic and this performance should convince Arteta to keep hold of him.
Declan Rice: 7.5/10
The Englishman was the man everyone was looking forward to seeing today. He started the game cautiously but grew into it and had a decent outing. Unfortunate to not score in the first half.
Emile Smith Rowe: 8/10
It’s so good to see Smith Rowe back in action. The Englishman looked sharp and had a few very good touches. Hopefully, he can continue and return to his best soon.
Gabriel Martinelli: 8.5/10
Martinelli was arguably the best player on the pitch in the first half until Monaco’s goal. He caused the visitors all sorts of problems, but his error made it easy for them to open the scoring. Arteta will not be happy with that one.
Fabio Vieira: 8/10
Vieira started in Bukayo Saka’s right-wing position today, and he had a very good game. He clearly doesn’t have the pace to start there every week, but he’s more than good enough to step in when required.
Eddie Nketiah: 8.5/10
We must admit, we were surprised to see Nketiah wear the captain’s armband today, but he delivered. He scored the equaliser just before half-time and led the line brilliantly. With Gabriel Jesus injured, he may have to lead the line again at Wembley this weekend.