Player Ratings

Player Ratings: Everton 4-0 Manchester City – Everton’s Midfield Runs Riot

These are Fresh Football’s player ratings for Everton’s home clash versus Manchester City this Sunday.

Everton:

Joel Robles – 6.5

The Spaniard had little more than three or four shots at goal to deal with, which he did, on top of making a couple more chances tougher to execute from the opponent’s perspective by making himself big on occasions, as well as keeping a clean sheet.

Seamus Coleman – 6.5

A reasonably solid performance from Coleman, considering the opposition he was up against today. The Irishman was typically good at supporting play down the flanks.

Mason Holgate – 6.5

A real prospect, who had to deal with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Sterling and Aguero attacking him for much of the afternoon, but the young defender came out on top.

Ashley Williams – 6.5

A no nonsense performance, sweeping everything in his sight at the heart of Koeman’s back three (five).

Ramiro Funes Mori – 6.5

Much like Williams, Funes Mori kept things simple for the most part, even if his positioning wasn’t entirely up to scratch.

Leighton Baines – 7

As he enjoys an injury-free spell in Everton’s XI, Baines kept on top of things down a relatively quite left flank.

Tom Davies – 8.5

A real moment in Everton’s season, as 18-year-old Tom Davies emerges as the Man of the Match. Combative in midfield and purposeful in possession, the new Goodison Park hero fully deserved his goal. See more reaction to his performance here.

Gareth Barry – 7.5

A strong and simplistic performance from Barry, standing as the base for counter-attacks by anchoring Koeman’s midfield with success.

Ross Barkley – 7.5

A key outlet in Everton’s attack, Barkley offered a bold reminder of just how good he can be.

Kevin Mirallas – 7.5

The Belgian winger produced the goods alongside his compatriot, Lukaku, with an assist for his international teammate and a well-taken finish in the second half.

Romelu Lukaku – 7

Owner of the opener with a first-time finish, as he held his own against the majority of the City’s defence.

Subs:

Morgan Schneiderlin – 6

The new signing offered brief glimpses of his capabilities, as he strived to shut down the game.

James McCarthy – N/A

Ademola Lookman – N/A

Difficult to hand a rating based on six minutes, but a well-executed strike for a debut goal really was the cherry on top of the icing for all concerned.

Manchester City:

Claudio Bravo – 4.5

Not his finest hour and shipping four will do little settle the question marks around the Chilean goalkeeper.

Bacary Sagna – 5.5

The better half of City’s full backs, Sagna did go close to pulling a goal back for the visitors with a looping header at the back-post, but he might well have required more in support of attacks.

Nicolas Otamendi – 4.5

Often toyed with by Lukaku, proving to be no match for the Belgian forward on the day.

John Stones – 5.5

Not the comeback of dreams he would’ve hoped for. Wasn’t the worst by any means.

Gael Clichy – 4.5

Culpable in Everton’s first goal and left chasing shadows for the hosts’ third. One to forget.

Pablo Zabaleta – 4.5

Totally ineffective in build-up, as the Argentine was neither here or there positionally against an industrious Everton midfield.

Yaya Toure – 6.5

Among the best in a City shirt, connecting dots well from a deeper role than we’re accustomed to seeing him in – a nice throwback to his younger days.

Kevin De Bruyne – 6.5

Perhaps the most likely to create magic for City from the left, so there can be minimal, if any, complaints over the playmaker.

David Silva – 5

Had little-to-no effect on Everton’s defensive posture, despite a few warnings in the first half.

Raheem Sterling – 5.5

Found himself in good areas in the first half and might well feel he deserved a penalty for his troubles in the first 45 minutes too, but the Englishman ultimately cut a frustrated figure.

Sergio Aguero – 5

Looked to force his way into the game, subsequently without success.

Subs:

Kelechi Iheanacho – 4.5

Joining Aguero in attack, the forward almost went unnoticed upon entrance.

Player Ratings For Liverpool’s XI Against Plymouth

Here are the Fresh Football player ratings for Liverpool’s starting eleven vs. Plymouth Argyle from their 0-0 draw on Sunday. 

Loris Karius 6

Karius was asked very few through the match, giving him little chance to impress and stake a claim to replace Simon Mignolet in the starting lineup.

Trent Alexander Arnold 7

Bright in the first fourty five minutes, Alexander Arnold’s overlaps down the right hand side were a resourceful outlet for Liverpool. In the second half he was less involved going forward, but he did his job well defensively and put in a solid display.

Alberto Moreno 6

Moreno defended well in the rare moments he was called upon. Most of the match was spent in the opposition half and despite advancing down the left flank, he failed to produce a quality final ball.

Joe Gomez 6

It was a pretty easy re-introduction to match football for Joe Gomez, with the 19 year old not really tested by Plymouth’s attack. He showed his quality in possession to ensure Liverpool kept probing away in the second half. He has received lots of praise for his performance from Liverpool fans. 

Lucas Leiva 6

Due to the absence of a Plymouth attack, Lucas was able to venture forward into midfield and provide the extra man for the Reds, allowing them to enjoy comfortable possession throughout the match. He produced a rare shot on goal in the second half that was saved by McCormick, and didn’t put a foot wrong.

Kevin Stewart 6

Made a key interception to stifle Plymouth’s counter attack in the second half, with Tanner threatening to race clear on goal in the final ten minutes of the match. However, he showed his inexperience with some poor long range shots towards the end of the match and he will need to improve that decision making if he’s going to break into the side.

Emre Can 7

Kept Liverpool ticking over in midfield, sweeping the ball out wide whenever possible to try and get Divock Origi some service. Can set up Woodburn’s first half chance and was replaced mid-way through the second with Klopp eager to prevent a replay.

Ovie Ejaria 6

Ejaria had minimal impact on the game, especially in the second half. The youngster wasn’t able to make a telling contribution in the final third despite being the furthest forward of the midfield three.

Ben Woodburn 7

Woodburn had the best chance of the first half for Liverpool after being set up by Emre Can but the Plymouth goalkeeper did well to block his shot. He showed little bursts of his ability before being replaced by Roberto Firmino.

Sheyi Ojo 6

Ojo take on his man enough in the game and was often a rather subdued figure within the game. The lack of space in behind the Plymouth back line made it a frustrating afternoon for the youngster.

Divock Origi 5

Origi was largely anonymous for Liverpool as the away side shut off all space, preventing him from running in behind and using his pace. Dropping deeper and deeper in the second half to get involved, he had little chance to really test the Plymouth keeper.

Player Ratings: AFC Bournemouth 3-3 Arsenal

These are Fresh Football’s ratings for Arsenal’s away clash versus Bournemouth in the Premier League.

Bournemouth

Artur Boruc – 5.5

Rarely brought directly into action by Arsenal, the ex-Celtic stopper had little chance in stopping the efforts that did hit the target.

Simon Francis – 6.5

A solid performance that was later blemished by a red card for a late tackle on Aaron Ramsey.

Steve Cook – 6.5

Reliable for the most part, but his performance faltered as Lucas and Alexis Sanchez joined Giroud centrally.

Charlie Daniels – 8

An excellent first half, and game in general, coupled with a goal that could’ve sent Bournemouth on their way to a historic victory in the Premier League era.

Junior Stanislas – 7

Worked the channels well and threatened Čech’s goal on a few occasions. A real handful.

Dan Gosling – 7

Another lung-bursting performance from the box-to-box midfielder, although Gosling is sure to look back on his left footed effort in the latter stages of the game that could’ve regained Bournemouth’s lead.

Harry Arter – 7

The industrious midfielder didn’t disappoint, with his pressing proving priceless in rocking Arsenal to their core in the first half.

Ryan Fraser – 9

Direct and explosive, Fraser dug Bournemouth out from Arsenal’s spells of possession on the counter en route to scoring the Cherries’ third of the night. A constant threat out on the left flank that proved to be a huge bonus to the Gunners’ once he limped off.

Joshua King – 6

Plenty of industry provided from the man partnering Callum Wilson in attack, supporting counter-attacks and back-tracking at every given opportunity to help out his team.

Callum Wilson – 6.5

Claimed good ground in behind Arsenal’s defence with regularity. Overall, it was a good performance, more noteworthy for his work rate than anything else.

Subs:

Andrew Surman – 5.5

Came on to regain some control in the second half, which worked initially prior to Bournemouth amplifying the score line to 3-0, but the deep-lying midfielder and his team were caught retreated in their own half for far too long after Fraser’s goal.

Adam Smith – N/A

Brad Smith – N/A

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Arsenal

Petr Čech – 4.5

Question marks have begun rounding the veteran goalkeeper in recent weeks, and the former Chelsea man was again partially culpable in a game that saw Fraser score with a cheeky finish through his legs at the near-post.

Héctor Bellerín – 4

Among his worst performances in an Arsenal shirt, as all three of Bournemouth’s goals originated from Bellerín’s right flank.

Shkodran Mustafi – 4.5

There was a real lack of synergy in the backline awaiting Mustafi in his return to the first team. Often naïve in possession and made to look silly by the in-form Fraser, the German can at least polish up his invincibility record following Olivier Giroud’s late equaliser.

Laurent Koscielny – 4.5

Left chasing shadows for the best part of the game, with it being unclear whether his early substitution was related to any knock picked up in battle.

Nacho Monreal – 4.5

The 30-year-old has made steady progress on his form in recent weeks, but the likes of Stanislas looked adamant to bring Monreal back to square one, with varied success.

Francis Coquelin – 3.5

Struggled to impose himself early on versus Bournemouth’s pressing game and an injury midway through the first half robbed him the time to rectify that order.

Granit Xhaka – 5.5

His general play was decent, and Xhaka can even claim the assist from Giroud’s equaliser, but the penalty given away in the 20th minute does little to clear up his erratic image, meanwhile proving to be costly to his team.

Aaron Ramsey – 5

Fashioned a few half-chances for himself going forwards, but, clearly, he’s no Mesut Özil.

Alex Iwobi – 4

Nothing in this one from Iwobi, who might well be feeling the effects of two games in three days. Offered the rare hope for an Arsenal goal in the first half, but struck the ball wide.

Alexis Sanchez – 6

A very fiery version of Alexis Sanchez was on show again, as the Chilean dug deep to follow-up Giroud’s flick-on and kick-start Arsenal’s comeback in the 70th minute.

Olivier Giroud – 6.5

Even underperforming, Giroud came up big when it mattered most, assisting Sanchez for Arsenal’s first of the night and grabbing the headlines for himself with a late equaliser. Yet another clutch moment for the Frenchman this season.

Subs:

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6

Not so inspirational going forwards, but Oxlade-Chamberlain did come up with a crucial 11th hour intervention on Fraser, as the Scot eyed up his second of the night one-on-one with Čech.

Lucas Perez – 6

Noteworthy in most build-ups late on and the proud owner of the goal of the night, driving in a left-footed volley from an acute angle.

Gabriel Paulista – 5.5

Steadied the ship a little at the back, though a deeper block from the home side made sweeping up possession a lot easier the Brazilian, but Gabriel was on hand to support the Gunners’ aerial threat that eventually earned them two goals.

Player Ratings: West Ham United 0-2 Manchester United

These are Fresh Football’s ratings for West Ham United’s home clash versus Manchester United in the Premier League:

West Ham United

Darren Randolph – 6.5

Came up with an important reflex save to deny Antonio Valencia a simple tap-in, with the Irish goalkeeper left with little to work with in denying the visitors’ two goals.

Håvard Nordtveit – 4.5

The weak link in West Ham’s defence, adapted at right back and fully exposed by Marcus Rashford’s entrance in the second half.

Winston Reid – 6

Kept the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic as quiet as possible throughout much of the game, eventually falling foul to an offside goal by the Swede.

Angelo Ogbonna – 6

Much like Reid, Ogbonna kept things tight as best as he could in what seemed to be an inclined pitch following Sofiane Feghouli’s early red card.

Aaron Cresswell – 5

Due to obvious circumstances, we didn’t see the ex-Ipswich Town full back bomb up and down the left flank as often as he would’ve hoped, taking away a key outlet in the Hammers’ attack.

Cheikhou Kouyaté – 5.5

Closed many avenues centrally but also tired substantially as the game went on, allowing for greater dominance by United.

Pedro Obiang – 6

Among the best in a West Ham shirt, evading the bodies situated in the middle of the park to set counters with the ball in his possession, but like his midfield counterpart, Kouyaté, Obiang appeared visibly fatigued in the latter stages of the game.

Sofiane Feghouli – N/A

In his first start for the London club, the former Valencia wide man was sent off rather controversially after just 15 minutes of football.

Manuel Lanzini – 6.5

The key threat going forward, somewhat muted following Feghouli’s red card.

Dimitri Payet – 5.5

Looked sharp in the early exchanges, but he also shrunk in size and effectiveness after Mike Dean’s controversial decision in the game’s infancy.

Michail Antonio – 4

The West Ham top scorer spurned a great chance one-on-one to give the hosts the lead and United weren’t so merciful soon after at the opposite end.

Subs:

Andy Carroll – 4.5

Came on in response to United taking the lead, but the man most likely to find him inside the box turned out to be the player he replaced – Payet. A missed opportunity from Slaven Bilić, rather than anyone else.

Edimilson Fernandes – N/A

Manchester United:

David De Gea – 7

As reliable as ever, De Gea came up with two big saves to deny Lanzini and Antonio a goal either side of the half time interval.

Antonio Valencia – 5.5

Arguably should’ve scored from close range, didn’t, but there’ll be few complaints from a defensive perspective, which is never a bad thing.

Phil Jones – 6

Another clean sheet for the file, strengthening the defender’s case to enter the defensive equation definitively in the José Mourinho era.

Marcos Rojo – 6

Started the game at centre back, ended it at left back. Solid, once again, in both positions, as his versatility begins to prove fruitful.

Matteo Darmian – 5

Victim of a tactical shift at half-time that saw Juan Mata replace him against 10-man West Ham. A solid, if insignificant, first-half performance by the Italian.

Michael Carrick – 6.5

Very sound in conducting United’s search for a goal, keeping them composed, as they eventually broke through the Hammers’ barricade.

Ander Herrera – 6.5

Typically kept play ticking, pressed high to retain possession and provided a threat late in the second half, as the game opened up. Good again from the Spaniard.

Paul Pogba – 6.5

In the same boat as Herrera, the multi-million pound man grew as the game went on, going close to goal himself a couple of times in the second period.

Jesse Lingard – 4

Hit the post from just yards out in United’s clearest goal-scoring opportunity in the first period, as the 24-year-old failed to inflict damage upon a compact West Ham side prior to be replaced by Marcus Rashford.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 5

Not his finest performance of late, with space to operate in proving to be limited.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 5

Starved of service for the best part, but Ibrahimovic still managed to add a goal to his name, despite being in an offside position.

Subs:

Juan Mata – 6.5

The goal scorer of yet another crucial goal for the Red Devils, as he tipped the balance once more in United’s favour.

Marcus Rashford – 7

The key to unlocking the game, Rashford was able to cause disruptions down the left flank and, crucially, assist Mata for the game’s opening goal.

Chris Smalling – N/A

In-Depth Player Ratings for Manchester City vs. Arsenal

Here are the Fresh Football player rating’s for this afternoons clash at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City

Claudio Bravo – 5

Had little to do during the first half and could not doing anything about Theo Walcott’s opener, much the same in the second half, cannot recall him making a save.

Pablo Zabaleta – 6

Was relatively solid at the back and tried to get forward as much as he could, was subbed off at half time.

Nicolas Otamendi – 7

Was all over the place for Walcott’s opener as he looked set to have a tough afternoon, but after composing himself he grew into the game and dominated Arsenal’s attacking force in an impressive performance.

Aleksandar Kolarov – 8

Kolarov was superb at the back for City today and certainly the better of the two centre-halves, he was calm, excellent in possession and defensively solid in a fine performance.

Gael Clichy – 6

As always, a very strong outlet going forward but was a bit more vulnerable defensively, seemed to be behind the pace at times of the games but overall was impressive against his former team.

Fernando – 8

Showed fantastic energy and drive from the midfield and dominated the likes of Coquelin and Xhaka, was defensively solid and disciplined whilst recycling possession very well.

Leroy Sane – 8.5

Always looked positive going forward and showed some glimpses of trickery in tight positions in the first half. Scored a very well taken goal in the 47th minute and caused Arsenal’s back-line havoc all afternoon.

Yaya Toure – 8

Toure was again superb for City this afternoon and has been growing in confidence again since his return to the starting XI, he dominated the midfield in an all round brilliant display.

David Silva – 7.5

Silva provided an excellent assist for Sane’s opener and was brilliant in possession as always, was rightly booked for a cynical foul but was at the heart of everything good for Manchester City.

Raheem Sterling – 8

After missing a golden chance in sixth minute to equalise he did not let this dwell on him. He was brilliant all game and got his reward in the 71st minute after scoring an excellent goal, getting away from Monreal and firing past Petr Cech.

Kevin De Bruyne – 9

Was City’s most dangerous player in the first half and always looked like he could create something. Arguably made pass of the season for Sterling’s winner after switching play exquisitely, was technically ahead of every single player on the pitch.

Arsenal

Petr Cech – 4

Cech broke a new record today after going eight games without a clean sheet as Arsenal’s defensive struggles continue, although he made some good saves his distribution was atrocious and put the Gunners under extreme pressure. Could’ve done better for the winner too.

Hector Bellerin – 6

Showed some glimpses of his pace and broke from the back to start the build up to Walcott’s goal, was quiet apart from that and was pegged back for most of the game due to City’s dominance.

Gabriel Paulista – 3

Today again showed why Arsenal miss Mustafi, Gabriel was absolutely diabolical. He blasted a ball at Hector Bellerin which nearly led to an own goal, was woeful all round defensively and always hoofed the ball long, not the Arsenal way.

Laurent Koscielny – 6

Koscielny was probably one of Arsenal’s better players on the afternoon, as always held his own and showed solidarity at the back, will probably be annoyed with himself for not getting in front of Sterling’s shot.

Nacho Monreal – 5

Had a tough afternoon against City’s attackers and was beaten so easily by Sterling which he scored from, a defender can only back off so much until he realises he’s allowed his marker into a dangerous position, an absolute disaster by Monreal.

Granit Xhaka – 5

Xhaka was poor in the midfield for Arsenal today, he gave the ball away in dangerous areas and for not one minute did he or Coquelin have any control for Arsenal, very poor performance.

Francis Coquelin – 4

Coquelin has many limitations in his play and this showed again today, he has no technical ability and is a disaster in building play from defensive situations. Yes he shows passion, but that will not win games, for someone starting for Arsenal without any ability to play football is quite baffling, it drags the team down.

Theo Walcott – 6

Walcott’s pace got the better of City, he scored a very well taken goal in the fourth minute and could have had another. Worked very hard all afternoon and was one of the better performers for Arsenal.

Mesut Ozil – 2

Was the worst performer on the pitch in an utterly horrible display, twice this week Ozil has gone missing when Arsenal needed him most and for a player demanding a pay rise then maybe he should start playing like he deserves one. When the tackles started flying in he started walking about the pitch feeling sorry for himself. Did not applaud the away fans at the end and should be embarrassed.

Alex Iwobi – 5

Worked hard to press from the front with Sanchez but had a quiet first half, gave the ball away at times when he needed to be more composed, faded away in the second half and was subbed off for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Alexis Sanchez – 7

Beautiful assist for Walcott’s goal and ran himself into the ground as usual in the first half, much the same in the second half, you won’t find a more determined player than Sanchez and to be honest he deserves a lot better.

Subs

Manchester City

Bacary Sagna – 7

Came on at half-time and was excellent down the right-hand side, hardly had any defensive duties but was solid when called upon.

Jesus Navas – N/A

Kelechi Iheanacho – N/A

Arsenal

Alex Oxlade – Chamberlain – N/A

Olivier Giroud – N/A

Mohamed Elneny – N/A

Player Ratings Out Of 10 For All The Everton and Arsenal Players

These are Fresh Football’s ratings for Everton’s Premier League clash at home to Arsenal on Tuesday night:

Everton

Maarten Stekelenburg – 6

Nothing spectacular from the Dutch goalkeeper in between the sticks, but he did provide a few successful ‘Cruyff turns’ on Arsenal’s stars that went down well with sections of the home crowd. His experience throughout periods of the game were also an invaluable feature in Everton riding spells of Gunners attacks, cutting the impetus.

Seamus Coleman – 7

A typical, tenacious Seamus Coleman performance, completed by the goal late into the first-half that brought the Toffees level.

Ashley Williams – 7

From zero to hero – the Welsh defender was at the centre of Arsenal’s first goal, deflecting Alexis Sanchez’s free-kick past Stekelenburg, but the ex-Swansea skipper more than made up for his less than fortunate moment with an 86th minute winner.

Phil Jagielka – 6.5

Solid alongside Williams and pivotal in the build-up that led to his defensive partner’s late heroics, but the former Sheffield United man will be ruing a late tackle that saw Mark Clattenburg brandish a red card upon him, subsequently ruling him out of the Merseyside derby next Monday.

Leighton Baines – 8.5

The English left back was on top form versus Theo Walcott, picked up an assist for Coleman’s equaliser and was on hand to salvage Everton with an 11th hour clearance off the line from Alex Iwobi’s shot in the dying seconds of the game.

James McCarthy – 6.5

Lifted the crowd with some borderline tackles which, ultimately, Everton benefited from over the course of both halves.

Idrissa Gana Gueye – 6.5

Alongside McCarthy at the base of midfield, Gueye’s energy was priceless in maintaining Everton’s often relentless tempo and making things uncomfortable for Arsenal through constant pressure.

Ross Barkley – 6

A better performance from the under-fire Englishman, who on another day might well have chipped in with a goal or two with the chances he had to either score or assist.

Aaron Lennon – 4.5

The ex-Tottenham Hotspur winger put a shift in when required to do so, but he was, ultimately, disappointing in the final third.

Enner Valencia – 7

Among his best performances for his new club, Valencia ran the channels well and ensured an uncomfortable night for Nacho Monreal with his pace.

Romelu Lukaku – 6.5

An incredibly sacrificial display from Lukaku, often hanging within Laurent Koscielny’s radius to occupy Arsenal’s star defender for the benefit of his teammates. The Belgian’s link-up play from direct balls proved to be sound, despite rarely threatening to beat Petr Cech himself.

Subs:

Kevin Mirallas – 5

The winger came on to refresh the left flank when replacing Aaron Lennon, but didn’t have much success up against Hector Bellerin.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin – N/A

Ramiro Funes Mori – N/A

Arsenal

Petr Cech – 6.5

There was little the Czech Republican could do for both headed goals scored by Everton, but Cech did come up with a big save to deny Jagielka just moments before Williams’ winner.

Hector Bellerin – 6.5

The Spaniard grew into the game from an offensive aspect, meanwhile keeping both Lennon and Mirallas at bay on the right flank.

Gabriel Paulista – 6

Filling in for the injured Shkodran Mustafi after spells at right back, Gabriel appeared to have made the smooth transition back into the heart of the defence, initially, but the likes of Valencia and Lukaku did get the better of the Brazilian on a few occasions as the game opened up.

Laurent Koscielny – 7.5

Busy with Lukaku in his peripheral view, the Frenchman dealt with much that came his way.

Nacho Monreal – 6

A game of phases for Monreal. At times he looked troubled, in particular when in foot races next to Valencia, but there were also moments when the experienced left back was on hand to trouble the Everton back line with associative play on the flank.

Granit Xhaka – 5.5

The Swiss midfielder failed to impose himself on a hectic, end-to-end game, and how Arsenal could have done with someone to set the tempo on a night filled with disappointment.

Francis Coquelin 6.5

Played his part in combating Everton’s tenacity, pressing with success himself and winning his fair of 50/50s that kept Arsenal somewhat competitive in the middle of the park.

Theo Walcott – 4.5

Unfortunately for Arsenal, Walcott was never in the game.

Mesut Özil – 4.5

The pace of the game blew past the German playmaker, who will also be kicking himself for missing a great opportunity to make it 2-1 to Arsenal midway through the second half.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 4.5

Another who never managed to leave his imprint on the game, cutting a frustrated figure on Arsenal’s left flank and committing his fair share unnecessary fouls as a consequence.

Alexis Sanchez – 7

Looked to be the likeliest Arsenal player to tip the balance all night after scoring the first goal of the game, but too many of his teammates just weren’t on the same wavelength.

Subs:

Olivier Giroud – 4.5

The Frenchman’s introduction didn’t quite have the desired effect the Gunners imagined him to have, as Everton pushed up their defensive line and made it difficult for the target man to spearhead Arsenal’s counters through a natural lack of pace.

Alex Iwobi – 5

Promised more than both Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain from wide areas when coming on, but his general passing game was a little off in crucial moments.

Lucas Perez – N/A

Player Ratings For Both Teams: Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur

These are Fresh Football’s player ratings for the game in between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

Manchester United

David De Gea – 7

The Spaniard made some good, if uncomplicated saves to keep Man United’s register clean throughout the game.

Antonio Valencia – 6.5

Maintained a solid display from start to finish, entering in interesting disputes with Danny Rose out on United’s right flank.

Phil Jones – 7.5

The former Blackburn Rovers man continues to offer José Mourinho food for thought with yet another impressive performance, this time marking Harry Kane out of the game.

Marcos Rojo – 7

Solid once more, accommodating Jones from a technical aspect at the heart of defence. Rojo has been given lots of praise from the fans, see some reaction here.

Matteo Darmian – 6

The Italian had his hands full with both Kyle Walker, Son Heung-Min and later Moussa Sissoko bombarding his flank, but Darmian didn’t let his side down.

Michael Carrick – 6.5

At the base of United’s midfield, Carrick was on hand keep things compact, evade Spurs’ habitual high press and set purposeful counters.

Ander Herrera – 6

Combative in midfield, priceless in supporting Carrick up against the likes of Vincent Wanyama, Mousa Dembélé and Dele Alli.

Paul Pogba – 7

Among his best performances in a United shirt, the Frenchman took full advantage of the space beyond him in an open second half, threatening Spurs in a number of attacks and leaving his compatriot, Hugo Lloris, stunned when smashing the post from a dangerous free-kick. Better.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 8

Another man of the match performance from the Armenian, the man to break the deadlock with an emphatic finish in the first half. Mkhitaryan served as the main outlet in spearheading counter-attacks.

Anthony Martial – 5

Very passive and unsupportive of his full back partner, Darmian. The weak link in United’s side.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 6.5

Far from being the main threat, but the spaces occupied by Ibrahimovic proved to be incredibly beneficial in confusing a high defensive line from Spurs.

Subs

Marcus Rashford – 5

There was nothing of note in the final third from the young Englishman, but his mere presence and fresh legs was enough to dampen Kyle Walker’s appetite to roam forwards.

Eric Bailly – N/A

Marouane Fellaini – N/A

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris – 6.5

Kept Spurs’ hopes of taking something from the game alive with a couple of good saves from Pogba and Ibrahimovic efforts.

Kyle Walker – 6

Often supportive high up on the right flank, but didn’t quite find the openings that have so often seen him inflict damage in Mauricio Pochettino’s set-up.

Toby Alderweireld – 6

A little rusty and limited further by United’s tactical approach to prevent him from playing the ball out from the back, but the Belgian was generally okay.

Jan Vertonghen – 5

Never quite managed to patch up the gap between him and Danny Rose, exposed fully by Mkhitaryan on his way smashing in the game’s only goal.

Danny Rose – 5.5

Lively as always, but second best up against Mkhitaryan and Valencia.

Victor Wanyama – 5

Missed a very good chance to equalise in the second half with a tame and inaccurate header, whereas the Kenyan, moreover, was an unnecessary quantity in midfield in Spurs’ search for an equaliser.

Mousa Dembélé – 5.5

Never quite got ahold of the game as he usually does, to Spurs’ detriment.

Son Heung-Min – 5.5

Appeared the most likely player in the first half to bring Spurs level, testing De Gea from range on a couple of occasions, but the South Korean was sacrificed for Pochettino’s tactical switch early in the second period.

Dele Alli – 4.5

Failed to link the midfield to a stranded Harry Kane in a toothless performance from the young Englishman. Tottenham fans aren’t happy with his performance, see some reaction here.

Christian Eriksen – 5

Always a threat from a set-piece, that’s almost a given, but Eriksen continued to be somewhat uninspired as one of Spurs’ chief creatives.

Harry Kane – 4.5

Buried in United bodies and culpable in Mkhitaryan’s goal, giving the ball away prior to the hosts’ quick counter.

Subs

Moussa Sissoko – 5

Came on to take full advantage of Martial’s flawed back-tracking, but the Frenchman lacked a little finesse in his thought process to ever hurt the Red Devils.

Harry Winks – N/A

Georges Nkoudou – N/A

Player Ratings: F.C. Zorya Luhansk 0-2 Manchester United

Manchester United qualified for the Europa League next stage with a fairly comfortable 2-0 away win against Zorya Luhansk. Although it was a fairly good performance from Jose Mourinho’s men, they will be disappointed as despite the 3 points, they finished 2nd in the group because Fenerbahce beat Feyenoord in the other match in the group. 

These are Fresh Football’s ratings for Manchester United’s Europa League clash away to Zorya Luhansk.

Manchester United

Sergio Romero – 5

A comfortable night for Man United’s number two between the sticks, with the Argentine pulling off a decent save when required in the 72nd minute to prevent a Zorya equaliser.

Ashley Young – 5

No fireworks, but Young was able to do a job without any flagrant complaints. Kept himself in Mourinho’s plans by again showing versatility, this time at right back.

Eric Bailly – 7

A big display from Bailly, steadily returning to full fitness. The ex-Villarreal man swept up much of what was played in and around of United’s defence, providing a fair share of crucial interceptions in the meantime.

Marcos Rojo – 6

Comfortable in possession and helpful in recycling possession. Had little to do with regards to defending, however.

Daley Blind – 5

A quiet one from Blind, but solid nonetheless.

Ander Herrera – 6.5

Alongside Bailly, Herrera proved to be pivotal in pressing higher up and ensuring that the Red Devils recouped possession as soon as possible.

Paul Pogba – 4.5

Pogba was one of the few to try and speed up proceedings within the visitors’ large spells of possession, but his general execution of passes/shots from range left a lot to be desired.

Juan Mata – 6

The Spaniard has been among the most impressive for United this season and today, albeit throughout lacklustre spells, the former Chelsea midfielder stood out again before being replaced by Jesse Lingard.

Wayne Rooney – 3

A no-show from the United captain on the night. Passes going astray, poor control…forgetful. Does he warrant a place in the starting eleven at the moment? Not based on this performance.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 6.5

The goalscorer of the well-taken first goal prior to dazzling the Zorya defence with individual some brilliance. Mkhitaryan continues to impress in a United shirt since he was finally selected by Jose.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 5

A bit hit and miss, but the Swede began to grow into the game once Rooney was taken off, freeing up his habitual radius of action. Ibrahimovic was on hand to kill the game off late on with United’s second goal.

Subs

Jesse Lingard – 4

The winger was able to quicken play up, but made his fair share of poor choices in the final third.

Marouane Fellaini – N/A

Timothy Fosu-Mensah – N/A

Player Ratings: FC Basel vs. Arsenal – Gibbs & Lucas Shine

 The Gunners ran riot against FC Basel on Tuesday, winning 4-1 and remaining unbeaten in the Champions League thus far. With PSG drawing, the win meant Arsenal topped their group for the first time in 6 years. Here are Fresh Football’s ratings for the Arsenal eleven. 

David Ospina – 7

Made two good saves and looked very comfortable in between the sticks in the first half and could do little about Doumbia’s consolation goal for Basel.

Gabriel – 7

Since Hector Bellerin’s injury Gabriel has slotted in at right-back and has done superb thus far, he was solid in the first half and won tackles whilst being defensively strong in the air with much of the same in the second half, solid performance.

Rob Holding – 7.5

The 21-year-old’s first start in the Champions League this season was a success, in the first half he was composed in possession and defensively sound with much the same in the second half, apart from maybe losing his marker in Basel’s goal he was a rock at the back and did not look out of place.

Laurent Koscielny – 7.5

As always, the Frenchman was solid at the back for Arsenal and comfortable in possession throughout and kept the Basel attack at bay.

Kieran Gibbs – 9

Gibbs was superb in the first half, he grabbed an assist in the 8th minute with a smart pass across goal paving the way for Lucas to slot home, he then saw his shot saved to lead the way for Perez to net again, a carbon copy of the first goal.Not only was he superb going forward but also defensively brilliant in a marvellous performance.

Granit Xhaka – 8.5

Solid and efficient in possession as always, did not let the occasion of returning home get to him and played some brilliant passes through the lines throughout the match.

Aaron Ramsey – 8

Playing in the midfield pivot for the first time with Granit Xhaka was a new experiment for Arsene Wenger, the Welshman was good in possession and was always an outlet going forward but did leave Xhaka isolated in his defensive role at times in the first half but showed much more solidarity in the second.

Alex Iwobi – 8

Iwobi, who has been fighting for his place in recent weeks looked really up for the game in the early stages and was closing down and good on the ball, he gave away possession at times in the latter stages of the half though. Scored Arsenal’s fourth goal in the second half with a tidy finish and his work rate was immense throughout.

Mesut Ozil – 8.5

The German magician was superb for the Gunners in the first half, he passed the ball to Gibbs exquisitely in the build up for the second goal whilst remaining immense on the ball. A brilliant assist in the 53rd minute to set up Alex Iwobi, pulled the strings and was majestic throughout before being subbed on the 73rd minute.

Lucas Perez – 9.5 (MOTM)

Talk about being a fox in the box, Lucas was alert for both his goals in the first half poaching at the back post. Scored his third goal in the first minute of the second half with a brilliant finish running away from goal and was working hard for the Gunners from start to finish. Lucas played most of the game on the right-wing.

Alexis Sanchez – 8.5

The man who scored a wonderful hat-trick on Saturday was again quality for the Gunners, his pass to Gibbs for the first goal was beautiful, a hawk-eye pass which was pitch perfect, Arsenal’s Chilean was quiet going forward but was brilliant on the ball and closed down quickly from the front. Beautiful pass to Ozil to assist Iwobi, hit the bar with a magnificent free-kick before being substituted in the 69th min.

Subs

Olivier Giroud – 6

Nearly scored in the 73rd minute but saw his effort just go past the post but did not make much of an impact in the time he had.

Mohamed Elneny – 6

Solidified the midfield and kept things ticking in the closing moments.

Theo Walcott – 6

Made a few runs at the Basel defence and had one shot comfortably saved, but like Giroud, did not influence the game when he come on.

Ratings: How Manchester United’s Players Rated In 1-1 Draw vs. Everton

Manchester United once again failed to pick up three points this weekend and it will be a cause of frustration for many United fans. We take a look at how their players performed in the 1-1 draw with Everton. 

David De Gea – 7.5

Made a few crucial saves to ensure the three points went back to Old Trafford in a good performance.

Antonio Valencia – 6

As always, was an outlet going forward and was excellent defensively too against a dangerous Kevin Mirallas.

Phil Jones – 6

Since his return, he has been solid in the United defence and was once again impressive today against Lukaku, was solid in tackles and in the air and is giving Mourinho a headache for when Bailly is deemed fit to play.

Marcos Rojo – 6

Firstly, he should not have lasted the whole game and should have been sent off for an appalling challenge on Gueye, but apart from his horror challenge was very strong at the back for United and has surprisingly improved in recent weeks.

Matteo Darmian – 3

Darmian, for me, is woeful and proved to be woeful again today. He struggled tremendously defensively and doesn’t offer anything going forward, it must be a matter of time before Blind and Shaw take his spot.

Michael Carrick – 6.5

Finally, Mourinho has integrated Carrick into the starting XI and he is yet to disappoint, his intelligence and passing in the middle of the park is superb. Perhaps in January, with Carrick’s age in mind, Mourinho may be looking for a player of his ilk to take over at some stage, or at least share the burden. Jon Obi Mikel has been linked

Ander Herrera – 6

Herrera, who slotted alongside Carrick, was impressive again today, apart from his short pass to Rojo (which could have cost his team to lose a man) he was very good in the midfield and as always was bursting forward.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 8

Well, who thought this Armenian was so special, well, everyone did bar Mourinho. But, finally he has seen sense, when Henrikh is on the ball anything can happen, he was at the heart of everything good for United again today and was a headache for Everton all afternoon after another immense showing.

Paul Pogba – 4

The Frenchman struggled to make an impact throughout the 90 minutes and was wasteful in possession, Mourinho has yet to get the best out of Pogba but will need their most expensive signing ever to pick up in these types of games, he was not quick enough on the ball and struggled to make an impact, a poor showing.

Anthony Martial – 6

Firstly, lets touch on his exquisite assist for Ibra, it was a superb pass with sublime technique. He had a brilliant battle against Coleman, a 50:50 duel which was very pleasing on the eye for viewers.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 6.5

Apart from his wonderful goal to open the scoring, Ibra found himself dropping far too deep (again) to collect the ball, he did not offer too much after he opened the scoring. It’s not the first time that has been the case and Mourinho may have to pluck up the courage to remove Zlatan from the attack to improve the overall performance of his team. 

Subs

Marcus Rashford – N/A

Had little impact in the closing stages of the game.

Marouane Fellaini – 0

Woeful, embarrassing, disgrace. A few words to describe his laughable cameo, gave away a penalty after being on for 3 minutes in his 100th appearance for the club, turning out to be a disastrous one.

Ratings: How Everton’s Players Rated In 1-1 Draw vs. Manchester United

Here are Fresh Football’s ratings the clash between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park. First, we look at the Everton ratings. 

Maarten Stekelenburg – 5

What on earth was he thinking for United’s opening goal? The decision making and communication was poor with him being left red-faced after Ibrahimovic’s goal, apart from the howler, he had little to do in the afternoon and looked comfortable between the sticks.

Seamus Coleman – 7

What a battle it was with Martial, he had his hands full all afternoon but was solid defensively whilst, as always getting forward to help his side on the attack.

Ashley Williams – 7

Had a tough afternoon against Zlatan Ibrahimovic but held his ground well in a very physical battle.

Funes Mori – 7

In the same situation as Williams, had a tough afternoon against the big Swede but was good defensively, holding his own against the United attackers in general.

Leighton Baines – 7.5

Well, against one of the most efficient players in the league, he struggled with Mkhitaryan’s magic but was not left red-faced and had the last laugh scoring the equalising penalty in the 89th minute.

Idrissa Gueye – 9

Gueye was absolutely immense again today, he was impressive from start to finish and dealt with the likes of Herrera and Pogba well, he won the penalty late on and was awarded MOTM after a great display.

Gareth Barry – 6

To be honest Barry was lucky to be on the pitch for the time he was after a few clumsy tackles not being dealt with by the referee, was not his most impressive display though but as always dug deep to help his side.

Tom Cleverley – 5

Facing his former club, it was normal he was well up for it and helped out defensively and offensively but things just did not pull off for the Englishmen and was left frustrated at times.

Yannick Bolasie – 4.5

For someone that promises something so beautiful, Bolasie was very quiet this afternoon against the Red Devils and had little impact on the game, he was subbed off in the second half and was quite poor in possession.

Kevin Mirallas – 6.5

Likewise Bolasie, was quiet through the first half especially as he struggled to make an impact, he could have scored in the 52nd minute but was denied by a superb save from De Gea, did not give up and caused to be a real nuisance in the latter stages.

Romelu Lukaku – 4

For someone who was probably most hungry for the match to send a statement to former boss Jose Mourinho, things didn’t go his way, was shrugged off the ball by United’s defence and was kept quiet during the game, a poor showing.

Subs

Gerrard Deulofeu – 6

Coming on in the 65th minute you just knew Darmian would be in for an even bigger challenge, Deulofeu was brilliant in the closing stages and was a menace going forward.

Mason Holgate – 6

Replacing the injured Coleman, was solid whilst showing glimpses of promising signs, won the battle against Martial and Rashford.

Enner Valencia – 6

Valencia was a true menace when he entered the fray, he could have scored from a bullet header but De Gea was equal to his effort, was a very good cameo for the Toffees man.

Player Ratings: Arsenal 2–2 PSG

Here are the Player Ratings for Arsenal’s 2-2 draw at home to PSG.

David Ospina – 6

Coming in as usual for the Champions League, Ospina could do very little about Cavani’s opener. Didn’t really have much to do throughout the game as although PSG had a lot of the ball, he was rarely tested. Has nothing really to be rated on.

Carl Jenkinson – 5

Jenkinson looked a little out of his depth in truth. His crossing was constantly rash and his control and movement wasn’t much better. Fair play to him though he did put a decent delivery in for Verratti’s own goal. Lost his man for Lucas’ headed equaliser. Was subbed off for the Ox with 10 to go.

Skhodran Mustafi – 6

Lost Matuidi for the opener and then didn’t have the pace to get back on him. Not his best game in an Arsenal shirt by any stretch.

Laurent Koscielny – 6

Couldn’t do much for Cavani’s goal, but was caught in possession after 52 minutes, giving the ball away and proceeding to foul – it could’ve been fatal as Lucas’ resulting free kick hit the bar with Ospina nowhere near it.

Kieran Gibbs – 6

He’s in a personal battle with Nacho Monreal for the left back spot and although he hasn’t been a regular, he looked natural, albeit far from spectacular, in the Arsenal back four.

Francis Coquelin – 5

Coquelin was not at the races. Many wanted to see Xhaka start and I think it would have been better. Coq got a yellow card in the first half with a silly foul and his passing blunted Arsenal’s attack before it could even start. In the 2nd he was hampered by his yellow and didn’t do much – subbed off with 10 to go.

Aaron Ramsey – 8.5

Starting in his favoured central role, Ramsey was very strong in the tackle and looked keen to impress from the off. Arsenal’s best player in the 1st half without a doubt. He certainly showed that he is more natural playing in the middle.

Mesut Ozil – 7.5

Ran around a lot in the first half but to no avail. A great disguised ball to Alexis Sanchez for the penalty. He helped Arsenal retain the ball in the PSG half very well – using his small frame well to hold off the tough PSG midfielders.

Alexis Sanchez – 8

Quiet first half until the very end when his good run was found by Ozil and then a good quick turn saw him brought down to win a penalty. His carving pass opened up PSG for Verratti’s own goal and he deserves credit for that also. Looked fit enough and worked hard to create chances all night.

Alex Iwobi – 4

He looks tired even though he’s had a lot of rest recently. Was certainly one of the most anonymous players on the pitch on the night. To top off his bad night he headed the ball into his own net just before getting subbed off.

Olivier Giroud – 6

Wanted to get into the starting line up and probably deserved to following a couple of goals from the bench recently, but in the early stages he was poor and laboured. Got his one chance on the edge of half time from the penalty spot and credit to him, he converted calmly.

Subs

Granit Xhaka – N/A

Theo Walcott – N/A

On for Coquelin with 10 minutes to go in an attempt to get all 3 points, did he touch the ball?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – N/A

Like at Old Trafford, the Ox came on at right back with 10 to go to try and win the game, couldn’t have any effect.

Player Ratings For Both Teams: Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 West Ham United

These are Fresh Football’s ratings for Tottenham Hotspur’s London derby versus West Ham United at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris – 5

Nothing of note from the French goalkeeper, who was fairly powerless in stopping Michail Antonio’s opening goal and the penalty converted by Manuel Lanzini later on.

Kyle Walker – 5

Spurs will be left wanting more from the full back in the direct duel with Aaron Cresswell on the right flank, whereas his general play also proved to be a little rough around the edges, today.

Eric Dier – 6

A solid performance from Eric Dier, slotting in at centre back without any considerable concerns.

Jan Vertonghen – 7

Provided a platform to play out from the back, as always, and came up with a few crucial tackles at a time when the hosts were chasing the game.

Danny Rose – 6

Much like Walker, Rose looked unable to function down the flanks as he’s accustomed to doing, but he did manage to get the better of Antonio on a few more occasions in the second half, most importantly in the lead-up to Harry Winks’ equaliser.

Victor Wanyama – 6

The Kenyan undertook fairly simplistic duties throughout the second half, but did so very well, sweeping up possession in the middle of the park to set Spurs back on their way to attacking West Ham.

Mousa Dembélé – 6

He’ll have had more dominant performances, but Mousa Dembélé appeared relatively neat in possession nonetheless, before being replaced by Son Heung-Min

Harry Winks – 8

Intensity, tenacity, creativity and an important goal, all on the 20-year-old’s Premier League debut. A very mature performance.

Christian Eriksen – 5

The Dane is currently a long way away from what we’ve been used to seeing from him in a Spurs shirt, acting as a chief culprit in losing possession in this one.

Harry Kane – 6

Operating around Vincent Janssen in a two-striker formation, Kane never quite got into the game, but his mark on the occasion is there for all to see; Two goals, three points.

Vincent Janssen – 4

Lacking synergy between him and Kane, as well as many more of his teammates. The Dutchman is looking increasingly difficult to fit into the first XI, especially with Son thriving.

Subs:

Son Heung-Min – 6.5

A big introduction into the game, having a helping hand in both of Spurs’ late goals that gives the home side all three points and maintains invincibility in the Premier League.

Dele Alli – 5

Didn’t quite have the desired effect coming on in the second half, as difficult as it may be in a derby.

West Ham United

Darren Randolph – 7

Made a few key saves, particularly one from an Eric Dier header in point-blank range, but the Irishman was arguably at fault for the turnaround when his attempted save from Son’s cross diverted the ball away from Angelo Ogbonna and into Kane’s path.

Michail Antonio – 6

A great first half display up and down the right flank, complete with yet another headed goal, but the Englishman may well have blown his engine in the second period, as Rose and Son exposed his defensive flaws on a number of occasions.

Cheikhou Kouyaté – 7

A quality performance from Kouyaté, somewhat of a throwback to his Anderlecht days when instructed to play as the third central defender. The towering figure did very well, particularly in the first half when driving the ball out from defence to commence purposeful counter-attacks.

Winston Reid – 6

A solid performance from the captain was later marred by the Spurs turnaround and a second yellow card in injury time.

Angelo Ogbonna – 6

Another who, like Reid, performed to a good standard in the heart of defence.

Aaron Cresswell – 6

In the left wing-back role, Cresswell specialised in minimising Kyle Walker’s effectiveness

André Ayew – 4

West Ham will have been hoping for spurts of inspiration from Ayew, but the opportunities for the Ghanaian never came.

Pedro Obiang – 6.5

Stood his ground in quite an offensive midfield from the Hammers, on top of being the go-to-guy to settling down play in certain phases of the first half.

Manuel Lanzini – 7

Among the best in a West Ham shirt, it was Lanzini who spearheaded the counters for the visitors and caused Tottenham’s defence the greatest cause for concern.

Dimitri Payet – 4

Totally uninspired, perhaps fatigued, and how the Hammers could have done with an on-song Payet for certain openings late in the second half.

Diafra Sakho – 4

Lots of running and little else from the striker who was soon replaced by Simone Zaza in the second half.

Subs:

Simone Zaza – 6

Provided greater involvement from as a focal point, perhaps courtesy of the game opening up, but lacked any real conviction from shooting areas. A positive cameo, however.

Edimilson Fernandes – 5

The young Swiss was on hand to rejuvenate the West Ham midfield as best as he could and combat the eventual Dele Alli entrance.

Håvard Nordtveit – N/A

Few were the minutes the former Arsenal man had on the field, but it was he who turned out to be among the most decisive characters of the tale, sweeping Son’s foot and gifting Spurs the late penalty that won the clash.

Every Arsenal Player Rated Out Of 10 vs. Ludogorets

We take a look at how each Arsenal player performed in their 3-2 win over Ludogorets.

David Ospina – 5.5

Poor for both Ludogorets goals and looked very uncomfortable in the first half, especially with set-pieces. Made a few vital saves in the second half but did not look at his best at all.

Carl Jenkinson – 4.5

Put in a few dangerous crosses in the first half but was non existent defensively, got the run around in the second half and was lucky not to be sent off. Could he leave in January? Check bet-uk for advice.

Skhodran Mustafi – 5.5

Poor first half from Arsenal’s rock at the back, looked very shaky whenever Ludogorets were on the attack. Much the same in the second half, left gaps in behind and was not at his best by all means.

Laurent Koscielny – 6

Much like Mustafi in the first half, poor defensively, saw the ball a lot but did little with it, second half vice versa, struggled against their attacking flair but done enough to ensure the Gunners only conceded two.

Kieran Gibbs – 5

Poor defending for their second goal, you learn to stay on your feet in under10 football, looked very vulnerable defensively but was a good option offensively.

Granit Xhaka – 7

Scored a well taken goal in the 20th minute and saw a lot of the ball in the first half but struggled to dictate anything in the second half before being subbed off.

Francis Coquelin – 6

A very quiet first half from the Frenchman, did not seem to win the battle in the middle of the park and endured a very frustrating second half, much the same.

Aaron Ramsey – 7

Ramsey took a while to get going and showed cases of rustiness with his passing, but he made a brilliant assist for Giroud to draw the Gunners level. Having 75 minutes under his belt he is certainly in good shape ahead of the North London Derby on Sunday and endured a good second half.

Mesut Ozil – 9 (MOTM)

Ozil should have put Arsenal ahead after seven minutes but saw his shot easily saved by the keeper, he assisted Xhaka’s goal with a good delivery but apart from that the German was quiet in the first 45. In the second half he did well and always looked to get the attack going, he scored the winning goal in the 90th minute, and may I add, it was one of the best goals I have seen in Europe for some time, a Bergkamp-esque finish.

Alexis Sanchez – 6

Playing out on the left hand side restricted Sanchez’s game massively, he doesn’t have the same freedom and was a different player in the first half and this was telling again in the second half as he was not able to create as much as he has done playing in the central role, a very quiet night for Arsenal the star.

Olivier Giroud – 7

Giroud started his first game for the Gunners and was very average up until his goal in the 40th minute and had much the same type of performance in the second half, very quiet but won the tackle which saw the break for Ozil’s goal.

Subs

Alex Iwobi – N/A

Mohamed Elneny – 7
Came on and composed the Gunners midfield whilst getting the all important assist for Mesut Ozil’s winner.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – N/A

Player Ratings: Southampton 0-2 Chelsea – Tadic Shines For Underperforming Saints

Southampton were 2-0 losers at home to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon. We take a look at who impressed for the under par Saints, and who let them down.

Fraser Forster 5: admittedly, Forster made two fine saves in the game, but he also parried plenty back into the box. Not the best showing from the big man.

Cuco Martina 5: Martina was at fault for the second goal after comically attempting to block the strike – he also failed to influence the game in the opposition’s half.

Jose Fonte 6: Fonte put in a number of strong tackles, but being the captain of a defence that’ conceded two goals, he has to receive a six.

Virgil Van Dijk 6: Van Dijk had a very similar game to Fonte. His ability was clear for all to see, but Chelsea were so prolific in front of goal.

Ryan Bertrand 6: considering that this is Bertrand’s first game back from injury, he was looking sharp and had the right idea on numerous occasions, but failed to make the final ball count.

Oriol Romeu 6: despite arguably being at fault for the first goal, Romeu soon grabbed a grip of the game and won plenty of midfield battles. However, Hazard often left him split in two minds, hence why Romeu only receives a six.

Jordy Clasie 4: Clasie was poor today and failed to influence the game at either end of the pitch.

Steven Davis 5: Davis failed to initiate enough counter attacks or be expressive enough in today’s game

Dusan Tadic 7: Tadic was one of the few Southampton players who asked questions of the Chelsea defence

Charlie Austin 5: In fairness to Austin he received little service, but when his one chance arrived, he failed to take it.

Nathan Redmond 6: Redmond gave his all today and put together a number of nice dribbles and passing moves.

Sofiane Boufal 6: It’s clear to see that Boufal looks to make the difference whenever he gets the ball. Some tricks worked out, others didn’t, but ultimately, the Chelsea defence was just too organised.

Chelsea’s Player Ratings In 2-0 Win vs. Southampton

Chelsea were 2-0 winners when they faced a tough away trip to Southampton. It was another 3 points for Conte’s men in his new 3-4-3 system. We take a look at how the players rated.

Thibaut Courtois 7: Courtois carried everything that was asked of him in a calm fashion.

Cesar Azpilicueta 7: Azpilicueta is one of the League’s most consistent performers and today was no exception.

David Luiz 8: Luiz was not only strong in the tackle today, but also exceptional on the ball, delivering a number of inch perfect 40 yard diagonals to the feet of Hazard.

Gary Cahill 7: Antonio Conte’s system is doing a fantastic job of hiding some of Cahill’s recent flaws. A strong performance from the England International.

Victor Moses 9: Moses was a driving force in all areas of the pitch today. He got stuck in amongst the tackles, was assured on the ball and gave the Southampton defence plenty to think about.

Ngolo Kante 8: as per, Kante was alive to every loose ball and redistributed play exceptionally.

Nemanja Matic 8: Matic is returning to his best. Strong, intelligent and precise showing from the Serbian today.

Marcos Alonso 6: Alonso was useful in build up play, but was ripped to shreds by Tadic and made some poor decisions in the final third.

Pedro 6: Pedro carried out his job in pressing and vacating certain areas of the field, but failed to make an impact up top.

Diego Costa 8: when Costa is fit, there are few better centre forwards in world football. His passing was crisp when needed, he carried out his defensive duties and of course, found the back of the net in sensational style.

Eden Hazard 9: Hazard was a nightmare to contain throughout the 90 minutes, causing the Southampton defence to twist and turn whilst the ball stayed glued to his feet. He found and made the most of every inch of space that he was given and even placed his name on the scoresheet.

Player Ratings: Sunderland 1-4 Arsenal

Below are the Arsenal player ratings for their impressive 4-1 win at the Stadium of Light vs. Sunderland in Saturday’s early kick off. 

Petr Cech – 5: Wasn’t really tested in the first half, in the second he was stupid to bring down Defoe, and that let Sunderland back into the game, luckily Cech’s slip up didn’t cost us but it was another worrying blip from him, not the first time this season. 

Hector Bellerin – 7: Good attacking outlet down the right, his usual self. 

Skhodran Mustafi – 6.5: Had a really good performance for all but 10 seconds where his misjudgement gave Sunderland the penalty. His ball skills are very good 

Laurent Koscielny – 7: Koscielny was as assured as ever on the ball and strong in the tackle, helping to nullify Sunderland’s threat at the root, high up the pitch. 

Kieran Gibbs – 8: With Monreal having a knock, Gibbs was given another chance to impress and he did so very well. He made several quality crosses and even got an assist for the crucial second Arsenal goal. I think after this performance he must keep his place in the side, even when Monreal is back fit.

Francis Coquelin – 6: Had a quiet game, perhaps didn’t have to do as much defensively as he often does, his presence at least gave Arsenal some defensive security. 

Mohammed Elneny – 8: Was criticised for his display last week by many, but he was quality in midfield today. He always looks so calm and reliable on the ball, he’s also got a cool head. A very useful player for he squad and a bargain at £5million in January. 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7: With Theo out injured, The Ox was given a chance and he very quickly showed what he can do, using his pace before providing an excellent assist for Alexis. 

Mesut Ozil – 7: He has added another dimension to his game, making lots of quality attacking runs into dangerous areas. He could and maybe should have scored at least one goal today though, so his finishing still needs work. Great link up play in midfield, getting an assist and carving more openings. If he put one of them in he’d be getting at least an 8. 

Alex Iwobi – 5: He has played a lot of football recently and his effectiveness has decreased a lot in the last couple of weeks. Need a bit of time out of the 11 to freshen up and come back stronger. 

Alexis Sanchez – 8.5: With Giroud back in the frame, Alexis very quickly dismissed murmurs that he wasn’t an all round central striker. His early headed goal showed he can be a fox in the box and his work rate and play between the lines was top top quality. 

Subs

Olivier Giroud – 8: For all of Alexis’ quality, Giroud gives us another dimension and a plan B, we needed him today and luckily he was back fit and delivered. He scored with his first and second touch – such a useful asset when he is in the mood. 

Aaron Ramsey – 6: Came back in at 3-1 and kind of assisted the fourth goal with a scuffed effort. Looked good on the ball.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles – N/A

‘When He Starts, We Win’ Fans Heap Praise Onto Manchester United Midfielder Following Derby Victory

Manchester United edged past local rivals Manchester City in the fourth round of the EFL Cup, courtesy of a Juan Mata goal in the second half. United fans were delighted with the Spaniard’s performance with many calling on Jose Mourinho to start him on a more regular basis in the Premier League. 

The first half was extremely even at Old Trafford, but United started to take control of the game in the second half. Zlatan Ibrahimovic played a nice ball through to Paul Pogba, who hit the post after Willy Caballero saved his shot.

The breakthrough for Manchester United came shortly after. Ibrahimovic was involved again as his square ball was converted into the bottom corner to give the Reds the lead.

The home side had to withstand some late Manchester City pressure, who introduced Sergio Aguero midway through the second half, but Mourinho’s men had more than enough to get over the line and into the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.

Juan Mata marked his return to the starting line-up with the decisive goal in the derby, and impressed many with his performance in the derby. Fans took to social media to heap praise onto the Spaniard, also hailing the performance of Michael Carrick in the midfield.

Juan Mata hasn’t always been Jose Mourinho’s favourite man, just look back at when the two were at Chelsea to see what I mean. However, Mata’s performances have been immense for United this season, and generally when he starts, the Red Devils come away with a positive result, and fans have been calling for Mata to become a regular starter in Jose Mourinho’s starting elevens.

Michael Carrick has also been knocking on the door for an extended run in the team, but has so far been unsuccessful, with Mourinho preferring Ander Herrera alongside Paul Pogba or Marouane Fellaini in defensive midfield.

However, the Portuguese boss went with Herrera and Carrick in the defensive midfield, and after this positive result, Mourinho may explore the option of starting the two together in the midfield on a more regular and consistent basis.

EFL Cup Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-0 Manchester City

These are Fresh Football’s ratings for the EFL Cup tie between Manchester City and Manchester United at Old Trafford:

Manchester United

David De Gea – 5

It’s a 5 for De Gea, purely on the basis that he had absolutely nothing to do all game.

Antonio Valencia – 5

Tactically disciplined, but largely unrefined in attack. Not a great deal got past Valencia, mind

Marcos Rojo – 6

There were a few concerned faces at the prospect of Rojo deputising at centre back, but the Argentine appeared comfortable, particularly in possession.

Daley Blind – 5

Technically comfortable, as we’ve come to expect from Blind, but another who didn’t appear to have much to do with regards to defending.

Luke Shaw – 5

Although the ex-Southampton man linked up fairly nicely with Rashford on the left flank, handling Jesus Navas’ pace proved to be an issue. The distance kept in the second half, however, made the task of containing the Spaniard become far more manageable for Shaw.

Michael Carrick – 6

A super composed performance from the midfield veteran, which once again adds to the case being made for him to start more regularly for Man United.

Ander Herrera – 6

Carrick’s presence freed Herrera of some of his newly-appointed defensive responsibilities of late, which allowed him to press higher up the pitch to great effect.

Juan Mata – 6

Floated in and out of the right flank, which kept the home side’s possession flowing, but also limited the options out wide. Mata, of course, came up with the all important goal too in a 1-0 victory.

Paul Pogba – 5

The Frenchman looked to make something happen every time he got onto the ball, often a little forceful in doing so.

Marcus Rashford – 8

Head and shoulders above everyone on the night, proving to be a menace to young Pablo Maffeo on United’s left wing and causing City plenty of issues on the counter-attack.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 6

It looked as though the former PSG man would be heading for another disappointing display based on his first-half performance, but Ibrahimovic managed to up his game in the second period to create a couple of good chances and assist Mata.

Subs:

Morgan Schneiderlin – N/A

Manchester City

Willy Caballero – 5

Pulled off a good save from a left-footed Pogba shot in the second half, but rare were the occasions when the Argentine shot-stopped was called into action.

Pablo Maffeo – 6

An impressive display from young Maffeo, who was undoubtedly among the best in a City shirt, despite having his hands full with dealing with Rashford.

Vincent Kompany – 5

A standard performance by the Belgian, who was taken off at half-time, presumably with another injury to add to the tally.

Nicolas Otamendi – 3

Far too dedicated to pressing and winning the ball back, which often left massive gaps behind him for Man United to target.

Gael Clichy – 4

Fairly anonymous, particularly in attack, which is disappointing from the ex-Arsenal defender considering the potential licence to do so thanks to Juan Mata roaming inwards.

Fernando – 6

He’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but Fernando appeared fairly solid and much improved on the ball.

Aleix Garcia – 6

Another, alongside Maffeo, to catch the eye in the middle of the park. Garcia looked the likeliest to make something happen.

Jesus Navas – 4

Attacked Shaw well, but at the same time, Navas appeared very predictable once more in his decision making.

Leroy Sané – 3

The winger, operating behind the striker in this encounter, failed to inflict any damage in the final third, meanwhile ghosting through much of the second half before being replaced by Raheem Sterling.

Nolito – 4

Found a couple good passes in attack, but notable involvement came few and far between.

Kelechi Iheanacho – 3

Missed a great opportunity to stun Old Trafford in the early exchanges of the tie, but the Nigerian’s miss would go on to commence a lacklustre performance.

Subs:

Aleksandar Kolarov – 3

Slotted in terribly next to Otamendi in the second half, allowing United to grow in confidence and eventually take the lead.

Raheem Sterling – 4

Replacing Sané, Sterling tried, but ultimately failed to ignite any potential City comeback.

Sergio Agüero – N/A

Ozil 10, Cazorla 5 – Arsenal’s Player Ratings in 6-0 Champions League Win vs. Ludogorets

Arsenal

David Ospina: 8 – Did very well in the first half to keep Arsenal in front when the defence was struggling with Ludogorets dominating possession (strange). He’s like a cat off his line and made several great saves because of his fast reactions. In the second half he didn’t have much to do at all.

Hector Bellerin: 6 – Bit more of a quiet game from Hector today, but once again let’s not underestimate how important his pace is defensively. His interception led to the 1st Arsenal goal.

Skhodran Mustafi: 8 – Looked a bit out of sorts today, drifing out of position and struggling to follow his man. It was almost as if he did not expect to do much on the night and was shocked by what the Bulgarian side had to offer. In the second half he was much more alert and the German made several key headers and interceptions to ensure Arsenal’s sheets remained clean.

Laurent Koscielny: 8 – Mr. Reliable in defence, Koscielny may have been busier than he expected on the night, but he did really well. The Frenchman was solid.

Kieran Gibbs: 6 – Didn’t have a lot to do on the night, but did what he had to do well. It was good to see him come into the 11 and keep a clean sheet, slotting in seamlessly to the back four, he’ll get plenty of games this season.

Franics Coquelin: 7.5 – Came back from injury and looked really good. He won the ball a lot and although his limitations restrict Arsenal from dictating the game, he has clear quality and is useful for the squad.

Santi Cazorla: 5 – In the first half I’m not sure I saw Santi do anything at all. He looked tired and was completely anonymous. This lack of energy let the visitors dictate possession and put Arsenal on the back foot. He assisted Ozil’s first but then was removed with more than 30 minutes to go, looks like he needs a rest.

Theo Walcott: 7 – Squandered a couple of early chances where you would have expected him to do more, but got his goal from outside the box with a well hit shot, although the keeper made it look better than it probably was.

Mesut Ozil: 10 – It’s got to be 10 for Mesut. In all honesty he struggled in the first half, he couldn’t find his passing rhythm and aside from a great assist, he was poor. In the second half he flourished though, making attacking runs and clinical finishes giving him his first hat trick of his professional career. Congrats! Read the fans reaction to Ozil’s performance.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7 – Struggled in the first half. He was enthusiastic but lacked a final ball (although got an assist for the 1st). He needs to spend some time with Theo and see what he did to turn his game around, because he needs some help. But let’s take nothing away from his goal where he did very well, and he also assisted the first with a smart pass, some progress.

Alexis Sanchez: 7 – Looked very tired in the first half, but that will be forgotten thanks to a sublime chipped finish. Wenger will need to be careful not to overload the Chilean though – Arsenal need him at his best. He was removed with around 30 minutes to go, which he wasn’t too pleased about, but it was needed.

Substitutes

Mohammed Elneny – N/A
Barely touched the ball after he came on, but helped Arsenal in the latter stages, keeping the door shut defensively and winning the ball back when danger was posed.

Lucas Perez – 7.5
A brilliant little cameo from Lucas, who assisted two of Ozil’s goals. The Spaniard has great pace about him and his two assists show he can also link the play very well, he’ll be a useful asset.

Alex Iwobi – N/A

Ratings: Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Here are Fresh Football’s ratings for Spurs Champions League game at the BayArena against Roger Schmidt’s Leverkusen.

Bayer Leverkusen

Bernd Leno – 6.5

Sublime save to deny Lamela in 38 min after Son hit the bar. Very quiet second half.

Lars Bender – 7

Attacked the right hand side very well, defensively solid too. Booked for bringing down Rose to stop a Spurs attack. Superb run in the 48 min to set up Hernandez who should have scored. Subbed after 74 minutes after a very impressive display, completed 17 passes during the time and was great all round.

Jonathan Tah – 6.5

Couple shaky passes early on but was solid throughout the first half and again in the second half, very solid performance.

Omer Toprak – 8

Sublime block on Alli shot in the 37 min which was destined to hit the back of the net. Had a header on target from a corner in the 67 minute and probably should have gave Lloris more work to do. Had another golden chance from a corner in the 71 minute but saw his shot go wide. Defensively perfect in an all round tremendous display.

Benjamin Henrichs – 7

Very assured in possession and was very solid whilst always being available to receive the ball. Excellent link up play going forward.

Admir Mehmedi – 6.5

Very quiet first half, struggled to make an impact on the game. Pulled out a good save from Lloris in the 61 min and grew into the game massively as the game went on.

Charles Aranguiz – 7

Much like Mehmedi, struggled to get into the game but did see the ball a lot more, but not enough to influence the game. Had his free-kick saved in the 56 min. Brilliant link up play and triangles once in posession and was dangerous in the second half.

Kevin Kampl – 7

First time he was able to get forward he had a poor effort go wide in the 41 minute that went wide, which he really should have done better with. Started to orchestrate the Leverkusen side in the second half and dictated play. Put in a great ball for Kiessling with the latter unable to convert.

Hakan Calhanoglu – 5

Yellow card in the 21st minute for a very late tackle on Wanyama, looked to create something on the left hand side. when he did have the ball but was shadowed out throughout. Subbed after 45 minutes.

Stefan Kiessling – 6.5

Again, very quiet first half from the Leverkusen man. Great bit of skill to have a shot in the 57 min but was blocked by Rose. Denied in the 67 minute by a smart save from Lloris. Should score in the 84 minute, poor miss. Grew as the game went on like others in the German side.

Javier Hernandez – 7.5

Very quiet up until his shot in the 43 min but did not test Lloris. Should have scored in the 48 min but was denied by a very good save. Another golden opportunity in the 57 min to have his shot blocked by Rose. Ran himself into the ground in the second half and deserved a goal.

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris – 9 (MOTM)

Nervy distribution early on after giving the ball away in a dangerous area. Exceptional save to keep out Hernandez. Made another great save to deny Mehmedi and pulled off a few more before the final whistle, helped his side massively to leave Germany with one point. Man of the Match.

Kieran Trippier – 5

Put in a beautiful cross for Alli but the latter was unable to convert and remained an outlet on the right hand side for Spurs attack but was rather poor defensively in the second half and was sloppy with the ball.

Eric Dier – 6.5

Slotting back into centre-back with Alderweireld injured and looked very comfortable, kept Leverkusen at bay and had a very quiet first half, cannot say the same for the second as the Leverkusen side broke through but Dier stood his ground and helped his side grind out for a point.

Jan Vertonghen – 6.5

Much like Dier had an easy ride in the first half, although did look shaky in possession early on in the game, very tough second half for the central defender but did not play too bad without his Belgian partner.

Danny Rose – 7

First half he was probably more attacking than not, defensively quiet due to Spurs dominance in the latter stages and was always an option when Spurs went forward. Crucial block in the 57 min to deny Hernandez and found himself in a battle for 45 minutes throughout the second half.

Dele Alli – 6

Recycled the ball well early on and retrieved possession in the middle. Missed an golden opportunity in the 26 min to put Spurs in the lead but his header went wide of the right hand post, did nothing in the second half and struggle to get into the game.

Victor Wanyama – 7

Solid in the middle of the park, was very good on the ball and recycled the ball excellently, a very good first half from the midfielder and much the same in the second.

Erick Lamela – 6

Booked for a needless tackle in the 24 min but looked bright early on, had a shot saved in the latter stages of the half which so nearly broke the deadlock. Didn’t make an impact in the second half as Leverkusen dominated. Subbed after 70 minutes.

Christian Eriksen – 4

Very, very quiet first half from the Spurs play-maker. Skipped away from his marker in the 81 minute to put himself into the box but Leno smothered his efforts, apart from that a very disappointing display by the Spurs man.

Son Heung-min – 6

Looked very dangerous cutting inside, he dribbled superbly through the Bayer midfield in the 23 min to have his shot blocked. Very quiet in the second half and was eventually subbed off.

Vincent Janssen – 6.5

Came close to breaking the deadlock after hitting the bar in 38 min, superb piece of play to get away from Tah in the 42 min and put the ball across goal with no other player able to capitalise. Very quiet second half and was subbed in the 64 minute.

Subs;

Leverkusen

Baumgartlinger – 6

Gave Leverkusen the much needed dominance in the middle and was good both defensively and offensively.

Jedvaj – 5

Done his job at the back but did not see the ball much, nor had too much to do.

Brandt – n/a

I was expecting the youngster to start, made a brilliant run in the 85 minute and cause Spurs headaches in his 10 minute cameo.

Spurs

Dembele – 4.5

Let the Leverkusen midfield come into the game ad struggled to make an impac and control the middle like they did in the first half.

Sissoko – n/a

Onomah – n/a

Player Ratings: Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United (De Gea)

These are Fresh Football’s ratings for Liverpool’s home clash with against Manchester United on Monday night.

Liverpool

Loris Karius – 5

Composed for the most part, in particular with the ball at his feet, but almost landed his team in hot water when playing a stray pass to the opposition on the edge of his box.

Nathaniel Clyne – 5.5

A quiet game from the English right back, as he began coming into the action late on in support of Sadio Mané, but it all seemed a little too late.

Joel Matip – 6.5

Calm and collected throughout, keeping the defensive line in good nick alongside Dejan Lovren and creating one of the few chances of the game when marauding through the middle. Matip’s decent start to his Liverpool career continues.

Dejan Lovren – 6.5

Following on from Matip, Lovren kept up appearances in the back line and helped ensure a conservative Man United side had little chance of sneaking away with a win.

James Milner – 6.5

Top work ethic from Milner, as usual, who tried to glue play together on his side of the pitch as best as he could with Marcus Rashford lurking.

Jordan Henderson – 6

Solid in the middle of the park, but was stuck far too often with the task of getting plays started from deep, which isn’t his style.

Emre Can – 6

Failed to replicate Adam Lallana’s and Georginio Wijnaldum’s shared duties through the middle, which is a shame for Liverpool, but the German did grow into the game in the second half.

Sadio Mané – 4.5

Marked out of the game by Man United’s inclusion of Ashley Young in support for Daley Blind, and when space did arise on the flanks, Mané spurned his chances of inflicting damage through clumsiness on the ball.

Roberto Firmino – 5.5

Ghosted through phases of the game in starvation of the ball at his feet, but the ex-Hoffenheim man looked far better in the false nine role once it was vacated by Daniel Sturridge.

Philippe Coutinho – 7.5

Liverpool’s best hope of shifting a stubborn United side, who was unlucky not to see his shot from range bend around an inspired David De Gea.

Daniel Sturridge – 4

Anonymous throughout the game, largely down to Liverpool’s inability to break through the lines efficiently enough, which led to his substitution in the second half.

Subs:

Adam Lallana – 6.5

A big miss for the Reds, the introduction of a semi-fit Lallana brought life into the game.

Divock Origi – N/A

Alberto Moreno – N/A

Manchester United

David De Gea – 7

At quiet night, attempts wise, but the Spaniard was on his toes to pull off a super save from a Coutinho shot from range.

Antonio Valencia – 6.5

Another solid display at right back for Valencia to add to his recent collection, rounded off by a last-ditch tackle that prevented Roberto Firmino from dispatching a shot inside the box.

Eric Bailly – 5.5

A fairly calm night for the former Villarreal defender.

Chris Smalling – 5.5

Much like Bailly, Smalling didn’t have a great deal to do thanks to the support of Herrera, Fellaini, and the full backs around him.

Daley Blind – 5

Blind was limited throughout due to Mané’s presence, thwarting the Senegalese forward successfully in combination with Young.

Ander Herrera – 6.5

Supported somewhat of a stun-charge on Liverpool really well in the opening stages of the encounter, whereas he also adapted adequately to fulfil his team’s needs in defensive midfield.

Marouane Fellaini – 6

Tucked in nicely next to Herrera and supplemented a hardened barrage for Liverpool to break down.

Marcus Rashford – 6

The young Englishman threatened early on the right flank, but, in accordance to the game, the opportunities to impose himself in attack diminish swiftly.

Paul Pogba – 5.5

Undoubtedly under José Mourinho’s instructions, Pogba spent much of his time breathing down Dejan Lovren’s and Jordan Henderson’s neck to make Liverpool’s task of constructive play more difficult, and did so well.

Ashley Young – 6

Followed Mané closely all game and prevented Liverpool’s man from finding pockets of space.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 5.5

Always ready to capitalise on a United attack, but the big Swede will be disappointed not to have done better with his header across goal in the second half.

Subs:

Wayne Rooney – N/A

Luke Shaw – N/A

Player Ratings: Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Manchester City

Here are Fresh Football’s ratings for the top of table clash between Spurs and Manchester City at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur

Hugo Lloris – 7

Brilliant save to deny Aguero 79 min and again to deny Iheanacho, good performance.

Kyle Walker – 7.5

Superb throughout, attacked the line well and was excellent defensively.

Toby Alderweireld – 8

Another terrific performance from Spurs’s consistent powerhouse. Bullied Aguero throughout and was a solid unit at the back.

Jan Vertonghen – 8

Commanding as always, same with Alderweireld, solid throughout.

Danny Rose – 7.5

Put a brilliant cross in to open the scoring after an own goal by Kolarov, brilliant at attacking the line and kept Sterling at bay.

Victor Wanyama – 8

Strong and powerful all game, bullied the central midfield giving Fernando / Fernandiniho no time on the ball, Rock solid.

Dele Alli – 9 (MOTM)

Alli scored Spurs’ second in the 36 minute after a brilliant finish, was efficient going forward all afternoon and backtracked when needed. Provided brilliant skill and link up play too.

Moussa Sissoko – 7.5

Superb defensively and offensively, most impressive tracking back when City looked dangerous.

Christian Eriksen – 8

Nearly scored a superb free-kick but his effort just went inches wide of the post. Brilliant throughout and looked very dangerous going forward.

Erik Lamela – 7.5

Missed his penalty after a good save by Bravo. Was dangerous going forward and deserved to score, caused City many problems.

Son – 8

Showed good movement and shot in opening 30 seconds. Force Bravo into a smart save in the 10th min after breaking away from the City defence. Grabbed a superb assist in the 36th minute and showed again why he is so important to this Spurs side.

Manchester City

Claudio Bravo – 5

Made a few good early saves to deny Son, could do nothing about the own goal and Alli’s goal, looked very shaky when passing out from the back, something which must have worried Guardiola.

Pablo Zabaleta – 4

Looked very lethargic during the game and was too slow for Spurs attacking threat.

Nicolas Otamendi – 4

Looked very shaky from the first minute, gave away a rash tackle on Alli after the young Englishmen went past him which saw Eriksen nearly score from the set piece. Not convincing at all.

John Stones – 6

Spuerb tackle on Son in the fourth minute to stop the Spurs forward having a shot at goal, was a brighter spark in a poor City defence, always looked to carry the ball out too which was promising.

Kolarov – 3.5

Scored an own goal in the 8th minute following a dangerous cross from Rose, an afternoon to forget.

Fernando – 4

Overrun in midfield and gave City nothing. Poor performance.

Fernandinho – 4.5

Gave away penalty 64 min after bringing down Dele Alli, was poor throughout and wasn’t able to dominate the midfield like he has been.

David Silva – 5.5

Could not make things happen like usual, City’s magician was over powered and sounded out but did miss a great opportunity in the early stages.

Raheem Sterling – 6

Worked hard as always and tried to make things happen, got in a battle with Rose but endured a frustrating afternoon.

Jesus Navas – 4.5

Dangerous cross in the third minute which was put right across the face of goal, apart from that he was a ghost for the afternoon.

Sergio Aguero – 6

Had a few good chances to grab a goal for City, but was bullied by the Spurs defence who were just to strong for him.

Subs;
Tottenham

Eric Dier – 7
Protected the defence well and helped Spurs see the game out.

Georges-Kevin Nkoudou – N/A

Vincent Janssen – N/A

Manchester City

Kelechi Iheanacho – 6

Should have scored in 73 min after a great chance.

Gundogan – 5

Had a few good touches but struggled to make an impact on the game.

Leroy Sane – N/A

Player Ratings: How Manchester City’s Players Performed In 3-3 Draw Against Celtic

After maintaining their 100% record in the Premier League, Manchester City travelled to Celtic Park in the Champions League, where they played out an extremely entertaining 3-3 draw, after being behind three times in the match. Here are how the Manchester City players performed.

Claudio Bravo- 6

Made some good saves to weather the early Celtic storm, but will be disappointed on the night to let in three goals.

Pablo Zabaleta- 5

Looked to get forward more as the game went on, but had a minimal impact. He had his hands full for most of the night anyway with having to deal with the threat of Scott Sinclair down the left.

Nicolas Otamendi- 5

Not a great defensive night all round, and Otamendi will be looking to lead his the defence to a better record in the Premier League

Aleksandar Kolarov- 5

Got the nod to start ahead of John Stones to the surprise of some. A horrible attempt of a clearance that allowed Dembele to score his second. Not a great night for Kolarov.

Gael Clichy- 5

Fernandinho- 8

Played really well in the midfield for Manchester City, making some good tackles in the holding roll, and looking to carry the ball forward with purpose. A good night and performance from him, not to mention his equaliser early on.

Ilkay Gundogan- 7

Played down the middle, in a similar position to the one taken up by David Silva. He showed some flashes of what he can do, providing the Celtic defence with something to think about when he had the ball.

David Silva- 7

A great performance from David Silva. He looked to spread the play well, and provided those short intricate passes, playing an excellent ball through to Sergio Aguero in the build-up to the third goal.

Raheem Sterling- 8

Had a tremendous game down the right-hand side. He recovered well from his own-goal to fire City level with a composed finish, and looked a huge threat to the Celtic defence every time he got the ball.

Nolito- 7

Aimed to cause problems down the left-hand side, and often looked to cut inside onto his right foot to cause trouble. Took his goal in the second half well to fire City level for the third time in the game.

Sergio Aguero- 6

Was left isolated up top for most of the game in a most uncharacteristic performance. As a result, the Argentine had to take up slightly unnatural positions, and should have tucked away his chance in the second half. Little did it matter as Nolito was there to score from the follow-up. Slightly under par from Aguero on the night.

Subs: John Stones, Fernando N/A

Player Ratings: Celtic’s Player Ratings In 3-3 Draw With Manchester City

After being humiliated 7-0 at the Camp Nou against Barcelona, Celtic returned to Champions League action at Celtic Park against Manchester City, with the two team playing out a high-tempo, exciting and entertaining football match, that ended in a 3-3 draw and a point-a-piece. Here are how the Celtic player performed.

Craig Gordon- 6

Solid game from the goalkeeper making some good saves, especially a crucial stop at the end, will not look good on the statistics as he concedes three goals in the ninety minutes.

Mikael Lustig- 6

Did not look to get forward as much as his other full-back, and looked to focus on his defensive work and battle against Nolito. A good block on the line from Nolito’s shot in the second half from the right-back.

Kolo Toure- 6

Not a great night for either defence, both letting three goals, and Toure will look to improve on Celtic’s defensive record in the Champions League

Erik Sviatchenko- 6

In my opinion had a better game than his centre-back partner, and played some lovely balls into the midfield from the back. Also made a pivotal block from a Sergio Aguero header in the second period.

Kieran Tierney- 7

A really good performance early on in what was a really interesting battle down that flank. It was a great run for the second goal, but he struggled to keep Raheem Sterling quiet at times.

Nir Bitton- 7

Played really well in the midfield showing his range of passing as well as strong tackling. A strong performance from the Celtic man.

Scott Brown- 7

One of the veterans at Celtic and in the midfield. He showed his skills in the midfield breaking up the play making some really strong tackles throughout.

James Forrest- 7

Made a clever run for the first Celtic goal from the free-kick, but struggled to make a big impact after that, but stepped up to provide that quality early on to give Celtic the dream start.

Tom Rogic- 7

Looked a talent in the midfield in the first half, and played an excellent ball through to the left-back in the build-up for the second goal. Struggled to have a similar impact in the second half, and was withdrawn in the second half.

Scott Sinclair- 7

Looked a huge threat for Celtic down the left-hand side, and it for him was a night to prove himself, and caused the Manchester City defence some problems throughout.

Moussa Dembele- 8

Managed to bag two goals on the night, and played really well as a target man up front. He pressed the ball well from the front and his second goal was a spectacular one.

Subs: Stuart Armstrong, Stuart Roberts, Lee Griffiths

Player Ratings: Arsenal 2-0 FC Basel

Here are the Arsenal player ratings for their game against FC Basel on Match Day 2 of the Champions League.

Arsenal

David Ospina: 6 – Really had nothing to do at all, bar claiming from crosses and one decent save.

Hector Bellerin: 7 – Bellerin is brimming with confidence at the moment and for the most part did everything well, I would note though that he must be careful not to overplay when it is not needed.

Shkodran Mustafi: 8 – Looked effortless and settled in this Arsenal defence, whilst also being so effective. He is clearly the defender Arsenal look to to distribute the ball and boss possession – he looks comfortable with that responsibility.

Laurent Koscielny: 7.5 – Really didn’t have much to do at all but when he and Mustafi were required, they shut out the opposition with confidence.

Nacho Monreal: 7 – The Spaniard didn’t have much to do on Wednesday night, but performed pretty well and got forward to offer a good attacking outlet. Not sure if he had an injury but came off with 15 minutes to go to allow Gibbs some game time.

Granit Xhaka: 7 – Replaced an in form but injured Coquelin and although he didn’t have much to do defensively, he once again impressed with his passing range, unlucky not to get an assist. Worth noting his aerial presence is also helpful from set pieces, as with playing Alexis over Giroud, Arsenal aren’t the biggest side. Did give away the ball with his short passing more than he would’ve liked.

Santi Cazorla: 6.5 – In a fluent Arsenal display in general, Cazorla really didn’t appear to be at his best. He misplaced passes that you would usually never expect from the Spaniard.

Alex Iwobi: 7.5 – At 20 years old, with so little Champions League experience and with £40million signings like Alexis and Ozil excelling, you’d expect the Nigerian to stick out, but no, he looks every bit on their level. He’s made the left wing spot his own and excels both in possession and defensively offers protection. Went close with a toe poke in the second half. Rested with 20 mins to go.

Mesut Ozil: 7 – Linked the Arsenal attack together as usual, although he would have been disappointed not to have scored in the first half after having two openings.

Theo Walcott: 8.5 – Continued his much improved form this season by heading Arsenal into the lead just 7 minutes in – 20 minutes later he had scored again, after exchanging passes with Alexis once more and this time calmly striking across goal into the far post. Was rested with 20 minutes to go.

Alexis Sanchez: 8 – After impressing up top at the weekend and with Giroud still out, the Chilean got the nod up top again and within 7 minutes he had made a good run and assisted a goal for Theo. For the second goal he again showed his interplay capabilities, assisting Theo again with a well-timed through ball. His pressure from the front approach caused all kinds of problems for Basel, forcing errors. Visibly gutted he didn’t score on the night, but went close and was incredibly creative.

Subs

Mohammed Elneny: N/A – On for Iwobi with 20 to go to help Arsenal keep control of the game. He played alongside Xhaka, allowing Cazorla to move further up the field.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: N/A – On for the impressive Walcott with 20 minutes to go. Should have scored or at least assisted after rounding the keeper late on.

Kieran Gibbs: N/A – Came on for the last 15 minutes, did his defensive duties well to help see out the game and get the points.

Player Ratings: West Ham 0-3 Southampton – Saints Midfield Excels

These are the Fresh Football player ratings for West Ham vs. Southampton. 

Southampton

Forster 6 – Forster had little to work for with thanks to the Southampton defence, but as always, he claimed each and every cross with confidence

Cedric 6 – Cedric took up some superb positions but failed to come up with the goods. He so nearly could have had an impressive game.

Fonte 7 – Fonte was back to better form today with some intelligent passes and well timed interceptions. Much more of this please.

Van Dijk 8 – calm on the ball and physically dominant. Van Dijk is well and truly placing himself amongst the League’s best defenders.

Bertrand 8 – Bertrand was incredible in all areas of the pitch. As ever, he was strong in his decisions and in carrying them out. West Ham found no joy down the left side of the pitch.

Romeu 9 – Romeu was my man of the match. Not only did he win the ball back on numerous occasions, but he also built from deep, constantly offered himself as an option when others are on the ball and he even initiated multiple counter attacks.

Hojbjerg 7 – the more Southampton fans see from this man, the more they love, and rightly so. He was controlled, classy and positive on the ball.

Davis 7 – Davis covered his ground superbly, however, he stalled a number of attacks with some slow decision making. He was brilliant on all other areas.

Tadic 8 – Tadic is flourishing under Claude Puel and it seems like he’s loving every last minute of it. He found pockets of space and his team mates with absolute ease throughout the game. In addition, he was as cool as you like with his finish too.

Redmond 7 – Redmond is already showing growth at Southampton. His movement and ability to work the channels cause the West Ham defence multiple issues.

Austin 8 – Austin done what Austin does best, and that’s find the back of the net. It must also be noted that he played a sensational pass into the feet of Tadic for the Serbian’s goal too.

Subs: Ward-Prowse 6.5 – he scored a valuable goal in the closing stages of the game, helping to put the final nail in the coffin.

Long 6 – he had little time to impact the game, but he hurried the West Ham defence in the final minutes.

West Ham

Adrian 7 – without Adrian the game could have finished 6-0. He made a number of very impressive stops, in particular one save against Tadic whilst the game still had all to play for.

Nordtveit 4 – he was playing out of position and boy did it show. Nordtveit was at fault for the first goal and was continually troubled throughout the game.

Ogbonna 5 – Ogbonna was dragged out of position on too many occasions with thanks to Tadic and Redmond’s movement.

Reid 5 – like Ogbonna, he is capable of performing far better. The Southampton attack gave him a real test throughout.

Arbeloa 5 – Arbeloa failed to make an impact and was under pressure all afternoon

Noble 4.5 – Noble was played in a packed midfield to help nullify Tadic, but that plan clearly didn’t come to fruition.

Kouyate 5 – the Southampton midfield had Kouyate running around mindlessly on many occasions.

Antonio 5 – he’s been in superb form in recent weeks, but Bertrand showed his class today.

Payet 5 – In truth, it’s hard for Payet to play well when everyone around him is struggling so badly, but nevertheless, he failed to impact the game.

Lanzini 5 – Romeu ensured that Lanzini had almost no joy through the middle.

Zaza 4 – it’s been one to forget for Zaza as his worryingly poor start at West Ham continues.

Subs: Feghouli 6 – he found some nice areas in Southampton’s half but couldn’t quite make that final ball.

Fletcher 5 – not much more can be expected from such a young player when others are failing to carry out the most simple of tasks

Ratings: Detailed Arsenal Player Ratings After Incredible 3-0 Win Over Chelsea

These are the Arsenal Fresh Football player ratings for Arsenal vs. Chelsea, which finished 3-0 to the Gunners thanks to goals from Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil. The Gunners put aside their recent terrible performances against Chelsea and put their London rivals to the sword from the off. Wenger deployed a high-pressing tactic that put a huge amount of pressure on Chelsea’s defence, who were attempting to play it out from the back. 

Arsenal

Petr Cech: 7 – Chelsea didn’t have a shot on target until the 84th minute, so Cech really didn’t have much to do. But he was very confident coming for catches and his experience certainly helped Arsenal in this fixture. He’ll be delighted to get one over his former club.

Hector Bellerin: 8 – Excellent assist to set up the 2nd Arsenal goal. His general play was very good and the Spaniard made a goal saving tackle with 20 to go, using his incredible pace to deny Pedro. The Gunners do truly have a real talent in Bellerin and they need to keep hold of him as the likes of Barcelona lurk. 

Skhodran Mustafi: 9 – Won an incredible amount of aerial duels and was also very strong in the tackle. He looked well up for the battle with Costa and bar a communication problem with Koscielny at one point, the German was faultless.

Laurent Koscielny: 9 – Koscielny’s pace helped handle the quality of Costa. He and Mustafi are really developing a great partnership and they’ll be delighted to get their first clean sheet under their belts today. 

Nacho Monreal: 7 – Chelsea had some early openings down his side, but he got a lot better in the second half, getting closer to Willian and the introduction of Gibbs to help him in the latter stages was certainly beneficial. Not Arsenal’s best player but didn’t really do a lot wrong.

Francis Coquelin: 6 – Had a decent start but jarred his knee 30 minutes in and had to come off. Will be really upset about that after winning his place in midfield.

Santi Cazorla: 8 – Cazorla kept Arsenal ticking so beautifully. When the Spaniard is in the mood he just helps the Gunners take control of any game. Playing against Kante, Fabregas and Matic is no easy task, but Santi made it look so effortless to overrun them.

Mesut Ozil: 8.5 – Was quiet for the first 39 minutes but the 3rd goal was all about him. He turned Kante and left the Chelsea mdfield for dead, before playing a one-two with Alexis and scoring with a scuffed volley. After this goal he really grew into the game and sometimes humiliated the Chelsea midfield. 

Theo Walcott: 8 – Cool as you like finish to give the Gunners a 2-goal lead. His work rate throughout was much improved and helped Arsenal deal with the threat of Hazard. Walcott could have been more clinical a couple of times in the second half but overall he was much better than he has been in recent years on the right hand side.

Alex Iwobi: 8.5 – Didn’t get an assist for it, but carved Chelsea open to create the 2nd Arsenal goal. Iwobi just looks so effortless, gliding across the pitch and causing havoc for the Chelsea defence. He has really matured in the last 12 months and now looks a certain inclusion in the Arsenal line up. He will drift in and out of the team over the season, but Iwobi has the potential to be an Arsenal great. 

Alexis Sanchez: 9 – Hunted Cahill down and scored the opener with a lovely chipped finish. A great run and assist to assist Ozil for the third goal. He was electric and looked much more comfortable than he has previously in that lone striker role. Rightfully received a standing ovation when he was subbed (with midweek in mind) with 12 minutes to go.

Subs

Granit Xhaka: 7 – Would have been disappointed not to start but after 30 minutes due to a Coquelin injury, he got his chance. The Swiss international was so calm in possession and also strong in the tackle. Gave away a couple of needless fouls which he needs to stop doing, but overall a very good performance. He may now have a chance to establish himself in this team thans to Coquelin’s injury. 

Kieran Gibbs: 7 – On for just over 20 minutes to help Chelsea cope with the wing back formation they changed too with 30 minutes to go. He did exactly that, getting back to restrict the effectiveness of

Olivier Giroud: N/A – Back from injury, the Frenchman was given the last 12 minutes to get a bit of fitness. Looked a bit rusty as his touches were mostly bad. 

Player Ratings: Manchester United 4-1 Leicester City – Red Devils Run Riot

These are Fresh Football’s ratings for Manchester United’s home clash versus Leicester City in the Premier League.

Manchester United

David De Gea – 6

Despite a relatively quiet game, De Gea was left stunned by a Demarai Gray strike in the second half. By the same token, the Spaniard pulled off a good save from similar circumstances in the latter stages of the game.

Antonio Valencia – 6

A standard Antonio Valencia, with lots of running, work ethic, as well as a handful of hit and miss crosses. He did, however, struggled to contain Gray in the second half.

Chris Smalling – 7.5

The England international remained casual up against the likes of Jamie Vardy and Islam Slimani, meanwhile opening the scoring for Man United in the first half.

Eric Bailly – 7

Equally as sound as Smalling throughout much of the game, but there was the odd occasion where he found himself stretched in unison with Valencia on the right side of defence. Decent overall.

Daley Blind – 8

The versatile defender was particularly successful in thwarting main man Riyad Mahrez, on top of combining expertly with his teammates thanks to some crisp passing. A big performance.

Paul Pogba – 7.5

A far better showing from the record signing, who was gifted time by the Leicester midfield to manipulate the ball and also went on to score his first goal in United colours.

Ander Herrera – 6.5

Operating deeper, Herrera’s presence allowed the likes of Pogba and Juan Mata greater freedom.

Marcus Rashford – 7

Busy on the flanks, exposing quality hold-up play and a fearless attitude that was again rewarded with a goal.

Juan Mata – 7.5

With Wayne Rooney benched, Mata took initiative and roamed expertly to link up play and cause the Leicester defence all sorts of problems. The Spanish playmaker got onto the scoresheet in the 37th minute.

Jesse Lingard – 6.5

Active in and around the box, tracked back well and added an assist to his name.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 7.5

The Swede left both central defenders trailing his associative play and troubled the Leicester backline with well-timed runs in what was a performance that only lacked a goal.

Subs:

Michael Carrick – N/A

Wayne Rooney – N/A

Leicester City

Ron-Robert Zieler – 3.5

Fairly powerless in all four of the goals, but few, if any, positives surround his day.

Danny Simpson – 3

Left unhappy in his duel versus Marcus Rashford and his marking inside the box from set-piece scenarios.

Robert Huth – 3

Had his work cut out with Ibrahimovic inside the box, whereas his marking and organisation was very disappointing for three of the four goals Leicester conceded.

Wes Morgan – 3.5

Much like Huth, Morgan’s so often the heart and soul of the Foxes’ side with his Herculean defending, but that wasn’t the case today.

Christian Fuchs – 3

Usually so reliable, the Austrian turned in one of his worst performances since joining the current Premier League champions.

Riyad Mahrez – 3.5

Fairly uninspired and hooked off at half-time with the midweek clash versus Porto in mind.

Danny Drinkwater – 3

Outnumbered in the middle of the park, whereas he’s sure to have better days going forward.

Daniel Amartey – 3

In much the same vein, Amartey struggled to cope versus a 3-man midfield.

Marc Albrighton – 3

Simply non-existent.

Islam Slimani – 4

Worked hard to charge Leicester forward, but was often left isolated.

Jamie Vardy – 4

Led on behind Slimani, attempting to place Leicester’s stamp on the game, but lacked support and was subbed off at half-time.

Subs:

Demarai Gray – 6.5

The shining light in a dismal afternoon for the Foxes, offering refuge from Man United’s suffocating domination and providing a quality goal from range for fans to at least smile about.

Andy King – 5.5

Might feel he could have done better in his second-half stint, but his mere presence served to balance the game and limit the damage that had already been done prior to his entrance.

Jeffrey Schlupp – N/A

Player Ratings: Nottingham Forest 0-4 Arsenal – Young Gunners Impress

Here are the Arsenal Player Ratings from their League Cup games against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night. Arsenal won 4-0 on the night thanks to two goals from Lucas Perez, another long distance effort from Granit Xhaka and a late goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. 

Emiliano Martinez: 6 – Arsenal’s third choice goalkeeper was given a chance between the sticks for this match. Was rarely tested as Arsenal dominated the game, but did what he had to do. Good to see him get some minutes under his belt.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles: 8 – The young Englishman is a great prospect, but natural a central or right midfielder, he was played out of position at right back on Tuesday night. Despite this, he put in a quality performance and drifted in-field to showcase his qualities. One to watch.

Gabriel Paulista: 7 – Back from injury for his first appearance of the season, stayed out of the limelight and didn’t have much to do at all, but good for him to get 90 minutes and a clean sheet.

Rob Holding: 7 – Picked up a yellow, but it wasn’t his fault. Not very busy but did what he had to do well and with maturity beyond his years. Another one to watch and a great young talent for both Arsenal and England.

Kieran Gibbs: 6 – Making his first appearance of the season, Gibbs captained the Gunners. He looked a little rusty but apart from a few stray passes, did his job well, although he was rarely directly tested.

Mohammed Elneny: 7 – Did really well. The Egyptian is quite low down in the pecking order currently, but he is athletic and good on the ball and under pressure, a very good signing and useful player for the squad.

Granit Xhaka: 7.5 – Scored another long-distance goal, albeit via a deflection. He controlled the game in midfield and played with maturity throughout. Not just good in the pass, Xhaka made several key tackles and interceptions to keep the Gunners on top.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 6 – One of Arsenal’s most senior players on the night, he really struggled and looked so poor. This was a great chance for him but he failed, slowly he is dropping further and further down the pecking order. Needs to improve his link up play if he is to ever get into Arsenal’s first team. He certainly improved in the second half, and scored a good goal right at the end. 

Jeff Rene-Adelaide: 7.5 – Playing in the number 10 role Jeff excelled. He almost scored at the end of the first half and was lively throughout. He looks a real talent at just 18, could he be this seasons Iwobi? I love how he is tall, but also so good on the ball. He has a unique mix of attributes and I think he has a big future at the club.

Chuba Akpom: 8 – Rotated with Lucas between the left wing and central striking berth. Was lively all night and looked stronger than he has in the past. Made a good run to win the Arsenal penalty. Assisted Lucas’ second goal too with a neat through ball. On tonight’s evidence he looks more prepared for first team football than we’ve seen him before.

Lucas Perez: 8 – The Spaniard’s 2nd start as an Arsenal player saw him rotate between striker and left wing. Struggled to get into the game in the first half. In the second half he came to life and set up the penalty with a good through ball and then converted it coolly to open his Gunners account. For his second he used his pace and strength well to round the keeper and give Arsenal their third. Got into better positions in the second half and had chances to get a hat trick. Picked up a late assist too for Ox’s goal!

Substitutes

Gedion Zelalem: N/A – Had 10 minutes at the end. Only had a few passes but looked very good on the ball.

Chris Willock: N/A – Also came on for the final 10 minutes.

Krystian Bielik: N/A – Only given 5 minutes at the end.