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. 

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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!


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.