Last night, Arsenal beat the Blades at Bramall Lane by 3 goals. 3 really nice goals I might add. It was a really good performance. Our press was really good. Watching Pepe, Saka and Martinelli run riot in the channels was a joy. Partey and Ceballos were bossing the midfield and Lacazette was sensational. It was a game that I think Arteta used to learn about his squad. Can Xhaka fill in at left back? Yes. Can Pepe and Saka cause havoc in more central areas? Yes. Should Martinelli start on the left for the rest of this season? Absolutely!
LENO – 6: He had pretty much nothing to do in fairness, but he did everything reasonably competently
CHAMBERS – 6: Solid enough, comfortable on the ball but perhaps didn’t get forward as much as he has done in recent weeks
HOLDING – 7: I thought he was probably our best defender today, didn’t really make a mistake
MARI – 7: I was really impressed with how he played the ball out from the back and he defended reasonably well as well
XHAKA – 7: Filling in at left back and he did so really well. He connected the play well, made no real mistakes and proved to Arteta that he is an alternative replacement for Tierney while the Scot is out injured
PARTEY – 9: I thought he was exceptional in this one. He was a little bit sloppy in the first 15 minutes, but then he just dominated the game. Played through the Sheffield press with ease. The best evidence of which was his turn and pass to set up Lacazette’s second goal
CEBALLOS – 8: I thought that was one of his best performances in the last few months. For a while, he had endured some dodgy form, but he was really good here. Playing on the half turn, drifting out wide and playing those cute passes in and around the box. What an assist for Lacazette’s first goal!
SAKA – 7: He was bright and lively. Looked back to his best. I just think he needed a goal or assist or something to boost his rating any higher; his final action was a little bit lacking
PEPE – 8: A really good showing from Pepe. Helped to create Martinelli’s goal and was really dangerous. We need to give him a run of games for the run in now. I think him, Martinelli and Saka need to play some games together. Football can be simple at times, get some quick tricky players all running at you and the opposition will buckle eventually
MARTINELLI – 8: Much like Pepe and Saka a really lively game. If he had his shooting boots on it could have been a hattrick for him, but I’m glad he at least got A goal. Time for him to play more regularly now
LACAZETTE – 9: I thought his link up play was good but maybe not quite as good as normal. But, he is still my MOTM for those two well taken goals and a real captain’s performance. I think with Martinelli, Pepe, Saka and Lacazette playing so well, Aubameyang should struggle to get back into this team
ARTETA – 9/10: He took some risks and they paid off. The only reason why I think it isn’t a 10/10 is that I really wanted to so Azeez and/or Balogun involved somehow. They deserve some first team minutes, especially in the league considering we have little left to fight for
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