Arsenal picked up a 4-2 win over Brighton and Hove Albion this evening, and here are our player ratings.
Goals from Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Eddie Nketiah and Gabriel Martinelli helped us pick up a very important victory, and we’re now seven points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
Here are our player ratings.
Arsenal player ratings vs Brighton
Aaron Ramsdale: 6/10
It really did look like the Englishman would get his clean sheet at one point. Ramsdale will be really annoyed with some of his defenders today, but the most important thing is the victory.
Ben White: 6.5/10
White had a decent game at right-back. As long as he was on the pitch, we were cruising, and even though he can do a lot better than he did today, he should be happy with his display.
William Saliba: 4/10
In the first half of the season, there wasn’t another centre-half in the entire Preemier League as good as Saliba. Since after the World Cup, however, the Frenchman hasn’t quite looked like himself. He wasn’t great against West Ham, but his performance today was his worst in an Arsenal shirt.
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However, it’s important for all of us to remember that he’s still only 21 and it’s normal for players to go through such phases in their careers. Hopefully, he’ll bounce bank strongly.
Gabriel Magalhaes: 7/10
The Brazilian, like most players around him, was very good for large parts of the game, but he couldn’t stop Brighton from causing some panic in the end.
Oleksandr Zinchenko: 7.5/10
Zinchenko had a good game today on his return to the side. He played a big part in our opening goal and almost everything he did when we were in possession was excellent.
Thomas Partey: 7.5/10
The Ghanaian’s brilliant tackle to win the ball back from Tariq Lamptey was the biggest reason why we scored so early. After he was substituted, we lost complete control of the game in the middle of the park, which just shows how important he is to our side.
Granit Xhaka: 7/10
The Swiss international didn’t have his greatest game, but he wasn’t bad either. He did everything he had to do pretty well, but like most of his teammates, he couldn’t bring some control towards the end of the game.
Gabriel Martinelli: 8.5/10
Martinelli was a constant threat from the first minute of the game. His deflected shot led to Saka’s opener and his venemous left-footed strike after the break gave Eddie Nketiah the opportunity to score his goal.
He put the icing on the cake with a goal of his own in the end and that proved to be very, very crucial.
Martin Odegaard: 9/10
We’ve played twice since the World Cup ended and Odegaard has been our best player in each of those games. He was rightly awarded the Man of the Match award too.
His goal was a good strike, but his assist to Martinelli showed just have incredible his vision is. He’s such a joy to watch.
Bukayo Saka: 7.5/10
Saka made his first goal look so easy, but it was anything but. We’ve seen many players make a meal out of situations like those in the past, but the Englishman showed incredible composure and skill to make no mistake.
Apart from his goal, he had a relatively quiet evening – credit to Brighton for keep him out of the game.
Eddie Nketiah: 7/10
Another game, another goal.
Nketiah was constantly questioned by fans, pundits and the media after Gabriel Jesus suffered his injury. The Englishman is definitely not Jesus, but he has scored two goals in his last two appearances, while the Brazilian failed to find the net in over 10 games before the World Cup.
Not too bad, is it?