Arsenal 4-2 Leeds: Player Ratings from a brilliant win

Written by Edward Pitt

February 14, 2021

Arsenal 4-2 Leeds: Player Ratings from a brilliant win

Overall, a brilliant Arsenal performance to secure ourselves a massively important 3 points. It was a scintillating first hour really, playing some of the best football we’ve played all season. In the last 30 minutes, it became really back and forth as Leeds finally started to pose a threat on the counter attack as they pulled two back. But fortunately, that was the wake up call Arsenal needed and we saw the game out in the end. It was too little too late for Leeds. Here are how the players performed…

Leno – 7/10: I don’t think he can really be blamed for either Leeds goal and made a couple of good saves in the match. He also dealt with crosses very well today

Bellerin – 9/10: If he hadn’t fallen asleep slightly for Leeds’ second goal, I would maybe be giving him a perfect 10. He was so brilliantly confident in attack and carried the ball up the pitch brilliantly on multiple occasions. He capped off the performance with a well taken goal as well at the end of a brilliant Arsenal move

Luiz – 8/10: Again you could argue he could have been better positioned for Leeds’ second goal, but overall I was really impressed. He dealt with Bamford really well, made some crucial blocks and some great passes into the final third

Gabriel – 7/10: That was much more like it from Gabriel. Since his return from COVID I think he’s been really shaky. But this was him back to his usual self at the back

Cedric – 6/10: Not totally convinced by Cedric’s performance. He was decent going forward but looked a little bit all over place in his attempts to defend Raphinha

Ceballos – 7/10: I was very impressed by Ceballos. I wanted to see him play because I knew he could help us play through the lines which he did very well. He was really impressive

Xhaka – 8/10: Top quality again from Xhaka. He is making so many people, myself included, eat their words right now. He is very composed on the ball and is really improving his decision-making. He played a nice pass to Aubameyang to get our goal scoring started as well

Saka – 9/10: Saka was one of our best players on the pitch today. Things were happening every time he got on the ball. He won two penalties, hit the post, set up so many chances and I lost count of the number of times he went on a crazy run taking it past 3 or 4 players each time

Odegaard – 7/10: I was really impressed by Odegaard. If he had registered what would have been a deserved goal or assist, no doubt I’d be giving him an 8 or 9. But he showed some nice touches, some good creativity and some quick feet in tight areas. I think he can have a great impact on our team this season

Smith Rowe – 7/10: I thought he made a slow start to the game out on the left, but eventually he grew into the game and started making things happen. If he can get more comfortable out on the left, our attack will be very exciting

Aubameyang – 10/10: He’s definitely still got it. We just need to start getting it out of him. A hattrick of great goals and to be honest it should have been more. He was floating around the front line for fun and nobody in the Leeds defence was consistently able to pick him up

ARTETA – 9/10: I liked the lineup; I think Lacazette needed some rest and was happy to see Odegaard start. My only grievance was bringing Willian on instead of Martinelli or Pepe who I think were far more deserving of some minutes 

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