Arsenal continued their recovery job of the 2021/22 season with a decent if not slightly wasteful 1-0 win against Watford yesterday.
Despite Saka having a goal ruled out for offside and Aubameyang missing a penalty, it was not until 10 minutes into the second half when Smith Rowe fired home in what turned out to be the winning goal. Here is how the players got on…
RAMSDALE – 7: In truth had next to nothing to do but his distribution was decent still. He did have a slight moment where he missed the ball when coming out to clear, but luckily enough that one mistake went unpunished
TOMIYASU – 7: I was very impressed with Tomiyasu yesterday. I don’t think he put a foot wrong really. I’m still waiting to see what he has to offer going forward, but there’s no denying that he is a top defender
WHITE – 8: MOTM for me. Hardly a mistake in sight, won plenty of fouls, created some chances and had a hand in the goal. Him running forward with the ball was at times the main way we were creating chances
GABRIEL – 7: Solid as usual from Gabriel. He and White compliment each other really well
TAVARES – 7: This guy is a baller! When we signed him I figured he would impress me in the cup games but would be quite inconsistent given his age. Well, he keeps playing at a seriously high level and gets more exciting to watch with every game he plays
LOKONGA – 6: A bit soft in possession at times, but not an awful performance
MAITLAND NILES – 7: Better than Lokonga in this game. He was just more composed in possession and more disciplined out of it. That being said, we really didn’t look the same without Partey
SAKA – 6: Worked hard and started the game well, but in the end drifted a bit and couldn’t impact the game in the way you would expect him to
SMITH ROWE – 8: He was having a game like Saka really; some decent moments but nothing to shout about. But, then he scored so he deserves some bonus points for that
AUBAMEYANG – 4: This is not me hurling abuse at him saying he’s finished. This was just one of those days where luck was totally against him. In the first few minutes, he had an open goal at his mercy but miscontrolled the ball (Saka finished the chance but was offside). Then, he had the chance to make amends with a spot-kick but a poor penalty was kept out by Foster. Finally, he slides in to steal Odegaard’s goal just for that to be ruled out because he was in an offside position when he shot. A day to forget for Auba.
LACAZETTE – 7: I thought he linked the play well but often lacked a good final ball. Not bad, but not great.
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