Arsenal ratings: Carl Jenkinson and Aaron Ramsey ineffective as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Sokratis stand outNovember 9, 2018
ARSENAL’S wait to reach the Europa League knockout stage is over after a 0-0 draw with Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates booked their place in the last 32.
Here, SunSport dissects the players’ performances to see who was hot and who was not.
Having been overlooked for the Liverpool game will know he is second choice now so will be desperate to make an impression at every opportunity.
Had hardly anything to do but was alert to claim a low cross to deny a Sporting counter.
First European match in two years and not helped by being asked to play at left-back.
His control was so bad in the third minute it actually turned into a good pass as the ring rustiness showed. Then tried a long range shot that was so badly miscued it went backwards.
Looked composed and assured in the heart of the Arsenal defence, helped by the fact Sporting offered so little going forward.
Grew in stature as the game went on but rarely tested.
Started out as the dominant voice in the Gunners back line and did well to snuff out a Nani break early on.
The pick of the bunch in the Arsenal defence on a quiet night at the office.
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Brought to club for experience at the back but needless rash challenge on Nani earned a booking on 20 minutes.
Tough and resolute, he stuck to his task before limping out of the action in the second half.
Needing a good display having lost his starting role in the Premier League, began sharply and almost created the opening goal with a low cross as Sporting cleared off the line.
The experience in the heart of the midfield and showing no signs of dropping commitment despite his future being elsewhere next summer.
But failed to find space with his usual timely runs into the area on a frustrating night.
Always willing to try things, but all too often in the first half he ran down blind alleys or his pass was wasteful.
Livened up in the second half to set up Aubameyang to hit the bar, but needs to deliver more.
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Nothing seems to much for the youngster and two excellent pieces of individual skill created early openings.
Found it tough going when he was singled out for some special treatment from the worried Sporting defenders.
Assumed the responsibility of being Arsenal’s main threat going forward right from the off.
But after lively start he suddenly lost his way and frustrated overall.
Denied a goal by a goalline clearance and then glanced a header wide from 10-yards in bright start.
But he suffered what looked a serious ankle injury attempting another effort on goal and was carried off the pitch with his leg in a cast.
PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG (for Welbeck, 29mins)
Unlucky to see shot hit the cross bar in the opening stages of the second half.
Then fired into the side netting as he looked Arsenal’s most threatening forward.
SEAD KOLASINAC (for Jenkinsin, 60mins)
Left-back was solid enough when called upon from the bench and will be desperate to get back in Unai Emery’s good books.
AINSLEY MAITLAND-NILES (for Lichtsteiner, 72mins)
Youngster is one for the future but may get more of a look-in after veteran Lichtsteiner hobbled off with a hamstring injury.
Remained composed during his brief cameo.