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Arsenal 4-2 Vorskla Poltava: PLAYER RATINGS

PUBLISHED: 21:53 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 21:53 20 September 2018

Arsenal pair Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Danny Welbeck celebrate: CREDIT MARTYN HAWORTH

Arsenal pair Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Danny Welbeck celebrate: CREDIT MARTYN HAWORTH

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Arsenal hosted Vorskla Poltava in their opening match in Group E of the Europa League at the Emirates on Thursday evening. Read on for Layth Yousif’s PLAYER RATINGS

Arsenal v Vorskla. CREDIT MARTYN HAWORTHArsenal v Vorskla. CREDIT MARTYN HAWORTH

Arsenal:

Bernd Leno: 7 - Became the 12th German to represent Arsenal. If he’s anything like the last Teutonic netminder for the Gunners he will be doing well. Not much to report on a quiet evening part from the fact we can confirm his technique is suited to playing out from the back

Stephan Lichtsteiner: 7 - Showed his experience in his first start for Arsenal in only his second appearance for the club

Rob Holding: 7 - Handed a first start of the season on his 23rd birthday and did not disappoint

Sokratis: 7.5 - Not the most commanding central defender but is gradually revealing his superb anticipation and awareness. Also supplemented the attack playing a big part in Ozil’s goal

Nacho Monreal: 7 - Solid and consistent as ever in a low key game

Mo Elneny: 7 - Shielded well but in reality will have had far busier evenings as he made his first start of the season

Lucas Torreira: 7 - Made his first start for the club. Showed exceptional technique and vision for a defensive midfielder. An exciting prospect

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: 7.5 - Fed Iwobi with a precise pass before the 22-year-old squared for the first goal. A perfect microcosm of what the talented Armenian can provide. Right-footed shot palmed over the bar by Vorskla keeper Shust and provided a delicious cross for Welbeck’s goal

Alex Iwobi: 7 - An assist for Aubameyang’s goal. Note how he dropped to his knees in a joyously spontaneous moment. Good to see Emery is bringing the best out of this talented attacker who lost his way over the last season or two

Danny Welbeck: 7.5 - Nodded home the second. Worked hard on and off the ball and dovetailed well with PEA

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 8 - Clinical finish for the opening goal as he fired home across the face of keeper Shust’s net. Clipped the post with a right-footed curler before the break. A class act

Mesut Ozil: 7.5 - On for PEA. Superb technique in the way he calmly slotted home a half-volley to make it four

Matteo Guendouzi: 7 - Replaced Torreira. Raw but every minute he plays on the pitch will benefit his progression

Emile Smith-Rowe: 7 - Good to see the crowd acknowledge one of their own as he came on for the ever-improving Iwobi, who also deserved his ovation as he departed

FC Vorskla:

Bohdan Shust: 6

Igor Perduta: 6

Ardin Dallku: 6

Volodymyr Chesnakov: 7

Artur: 6

Alexsandre Kobakhidze: 6

Dmytro Kravchenko: 6.5

Vyacheslav Sharpar: 6.5

Pavlo Rebenok: 6

Vyadyslav Kulach: 6

Yurly Kolomoets: 6


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