Arsenal v Villarreal: PLAYER RATINGS

Arsenal U23s won through to the final of the Premier League International Cup against Villarreal at

Arsenal U23s won through to the final of the Premier League International Cup against Villarreal at the Emirates. Credit Arsenal FC - Credit: Archant

Arsenal U23s won through to the final of the prestigious Premier League International Cup after a dramatic night at the Emirates by beating Villarreal on penalties after a 2-2 draw. Read Rosie Tudball’s PLAYER RATINGS to find out which young guns impressed on a good night for the club.


Deyan Iliev: 7 – Will be disappointed with Villarreal’s opening goal but redeemed himself in the shootout.

Jordi Osei-Tutu: 8 – Arsenal’s best player in the second half, got forward expertly and marshalled the defence.

Tolaji Bola – 7: A solid show by the full-back defensively. Linked up well with Amaechi on the flank.

Charlie Gilmour: 8 – Converted the penalty in the first half and put in a stellar show in midfield both defensively and offensively.

Konstantinos Mavropanos: 7 – Forced off early due to injury however a composed performance by the centre back. Despite being at fault for Villareal’s second, he saved his team on a number of occasions in defence.

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Zech Medley: 7 – Commanding in the back line for the Gunners, however was caught napping a few times in possession but was the hero in the shootout.

Xavier Amaechi: 6 – A decent showing from the forward, created a number of chances from out wide, put pressure on the Villarreal defence however was unable to find the net when hoped.

Joe Willock: 9 – Ran the show in the middle of the park. Confident defensively and initiated some encouraging attacks with an impressive passing ability.

Tyreece John-Jules: 8 – Attentive and confident in possession and positioning. Scored the opener and created some good chances throughout.

Josh Dasilva: 7 – Mature and composed in midfield and impressive when defending. Lost possession in some dangerous areas but an all round comfortable performance.

Vlad Dragomir: 7 – An unusually quiet game for the Romanian, however when on the ball was a constant threat out wide.


Joe Olowu: 6 – Called into action due to Mavropanos’ injury, filled his position comfortably.

Yassin Fortune: 6 – Failed to make a real impact after coming on, positioning questionable at times.

Florain Balogun: 7 – Made his presence when introduced, threatening out wide making some good runs.