Arsenal player ratings v Liverpool – four players get highest marks

Arsenal has just won their second trophy under Mikel Arteta as they beat Liverpool to win the Community Shield.

Liverpool has been in training for a long time while Arsenal has just returned to full training, some of the Gunners have had just a few days of preparations yet they were able to beat the Reds on penalties.

Here are our Arsenal player ratings

Emiliano Martinez – 8
Surprise starter as Bernd Leno is fit again and he repaid the trust. Stopped Mane from scoring twice and was good with his distribution.

Hector Bellerin -7
Defended well and he played an important role in Aubameyang’s opener with a well-lofted pass.

David Luiz – 6
Rusty, gave away a needless free-kick that Liverpool converted but he was lucky for the goal to have been chopped off for offside.

Rob Holding -7
Did so well that he might be kept at the Emirates. Didn’t allow Mane to get the best of him for much of the game.

Kieran Tierney – 7
Another fine afternoon, intercepted a ball that Salah might have scored with and was generally ok going forward including when Aubameyang scored.

Ainsley Maitland- Niles – 8
One of his best displays in an Arsenal shirt. He was a handful for Liverpool and he took his penalty well.

Mohamed Elneny – 7
Another fine display for Arsenal after scoring in his last game. Did well to block an effort from Milner.

Granit Xhaka – 7
Did lots of dirty work and made sure his teammates kept a solid shape by barking out instructions.

Bukayo Saka – 8
Solid first-half performance. Set up the goal and another effort for Aubameyang. He also played Eddie Nketiah through but Alisson saved. Looks ready for the season.

Eddie Nketiah – 6
Spurned his chances to score, but pressed the Liverpool defence very well.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 8
Scored his fifth goal in three games at Wembley. Did a lot of defensive work too before scoring the decisive penalty.

Cedric Soares – 6
Solid defensively apart from a clumsy challenge on Minamino. Fine cross for Willock that should have converted.

Joe Willock – 6
Lively for his time on the pitch but missed a glorious chance by heading over.

Reiss Nelson – Not on long enough
Sead Kolasinac – Ditto

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  1. The way I see it, a team can only win any final if they either defended or attacked well. Thumbs up to everyone from me. 10 for y’all

  2. OT AMN called to England squad hope that convinces him that Arsenal is the best place to be, and it will also be interesting to see where Gareth will play him,
    The boy has enjoyed his birthday

  3. To beat the car-jackers (again) and put a huge smile on my face, they all deserve a 10!!!
    Wonderful assist/goal… 5 stupendous penalties… so much love for my team ❤

    1. Sue I did tell you to cheer up ,that Elneny’s back with his hair and energy.So happy for him.Wish him luck for the rest of the season. What a bunch of gems we have – AMN , Tierney, Saka , Gabriel, Pepe and captain cool Auba. The future is ours. Cannot wait for the Fulham match.

      1. He made me eat my words, for sure! Maybe I should have more faith in him 🙂 Seems the opposite is happening for Salah, now he’s had his barnet cut 😂👍
        What a team… and what a manager!!
        Captain cool – love it!
        Really looking forward to this campaign, LC… roll on!!

  4. Pepe need to step up or Saka is going to bench him finally.
    If am sentimental, I’ll give Saka the man of the match but I think Martinez deserve it

      1. Can Arsenal afford for Aubameyang to stay in his final season, then leave on a free? Is his worth to the Club not renewing and staying on his current wages, more than selling and reinvesting the funds? Big decision that if he signs a renewed contract, the Club won’t have to make.

        1. @Ozziegunner I am hesitant over this but lean towards keeping Auba even if he does not sign. We can achieve our goals with him, not so sure we do if Auba leaves. And if we achieve our goals we should have more time and money to sort out a new striker next summer. Not ideal in any way. And another day I will likely argue the other way.

  5. We should keep lacazette anm elneny holding and Martinez. Sell torreira kolasinac, sokratis and guandouzi. Get dani cabellas back and another attacking midfielder plus maybe a defensive midfielder.

  6. Hopefully AMN time in midfield will give him reason to stay. Don’t see any of our current midfielders keeping him out of the starting 11.
    He can do the job Ceballos did since play resumed last year. Add Partey to the midfield, and Xhaka, AMN, and Partey would make a great 3 considering funds we have available.
    Selling Torreria (not loaning) helps fund Partey and is a realistic setup considering our available funds.
    Nketiah just not ready yet if Laca goes. Hard worker off the ball, but simply can’t deliver or provide the threat Martinelli does. Eager to see Martinelli play, and hope he chosen over Nketiah when he’s back healthy.

  7. With this display from ANM, MoM award plus England call-up, at least 10M added to his asking price, for sure.

    1. And we’d be fools to sell. I hope those who want Leno as first choice are eating their words with another fine display by Martinez

  8. Wonder why no one is giving elnely accolade..he marshalled the midfield..we should very keep him already

    1. eleney did very well…very hard working and determined

      most fans do not like him or want him because he is not big name or big tag player

      fans will find every opportunity even if he plays well to find fault and get rid of him

      1. John, I don’t agree. Elneny impressed on loan in Turkey and has come back a better player. Arsenal has a lot of games this season and Elneny will be a good squad player.

    2. I agree!I guess people don’t like to admit that to they were wrong! playing a lot of football and performing well in the Turkish league seemed to have increased his confidence,!well done Momo!

  9. When grace speaks for you, you conquer… We can keep arguing that Leno is better but in Leno absence,Martinez has achieved more. Congratulations big Martinez you deserve every praise you are getting, 20000 for 4 years and still he remain loyal and commited to the club, if only arteta had kept faith with Martinez in the Europa who knows what would have happened. A good time to be an arsenal fan.

  10. MA is rotating his squad very successfully at the moment and there really wasn’t a weak link today, in my opinion.

    We have four competitions to win this season, so the need for a big squad of players is essential, especially with the injuries we are bound to get during the season.

    We do have too many CB’s, but apart from that, we aren’t top heavy – that might change if new signings are made of course.
    At the moment, we could put out two strong teams – not strong enough to win the league, but certainly strong enough for cup competitions – with the signings (hopefully) of Gabriel and Partey, even the premiership could be within our grasp.

    1. You are very optimistic Ken, I don’t think there is even a 1% chance Arsenal will win the league. For us if we manage to finish in top 4 that will be great season, with Chelsea going from strength to strength by buying good players, Man United also with the players they bought last season n if they get Sancho and Liverpool n City as usual already very strong. It will be a bonus to finish in top 4. Our spending amount and the type of players we have been able to acquired does not suggest we are looking to challenge for few seasons. Hell I think the owner and board dont want to win League by spending if we win it like licester miracle then great but they don’t want to spend to get us back in top teams in europe.

    2. Ken, you are an optimist but there are positives. Saliba, Mari and Gabriel coming in, plus the continuing improvement of Holding, the renewal of Mustafi and the hopefully successful loan of Mavropanos means the CB situation is greatly improved.
      Should Arsenal get Partey as the strong physical commanding box to box midfielder and Diawara as the specialist DM, then Arteta will have something to work with for a competitive squad to move up the table.
      Keep AMN, Xhaka, Elneny and Soures, sell Bellerin, Torreira, Guendouzi, Socrates and Luiz (if Renne follows through with a good offer) to fund the upgrade of midfield.

  11. Holding deserves some more appreciation, the man has really improved a lot from game to game.

    I would give Martinez, Holding, Tierney, Xhaka and Auba 8

    Thanks ALL!

  12. Arteta is proving to be the leader we have been lacking for some time, and every player is giving their all for him.After the dust has settled he will no doubt consider the lessons learned from today’s performance, and he may well consider the benefits of retaining the likes of Holding and Elneny albeit as capable back up for quality acquisitions..As for AMN I trust the abundant rumours concerning his departure will now be put to rest, as he has become an important element in the future success of our team.

  13. I would have given Elneny the MoTM. Man Bossed the middle of the park. Martinez should be our number one for now, he’s giving strikers slot to think about. He’s big and very Calm.
    I DO NOT KNOW WHY WE HAVE WILLOCK, he should be out on loan, he’s not yet our Standard. If AMN can be a little quicker and Progressive rather than side passes and breaking flowing attacks,, then he will be good.
    Kudos guys. Auba, pls Sign the new Contract, let’s Move together!

  14. Congratulations to Mikel Arteta and the whole team. Five expertly taken penalties.
    Kudos too to Jurgen Klopp for his sportsmanship in defeat, with his magnanimous post match interview.

  15. The attack and defence is good. All we lack is proper and attack minded ball player in midfield., simply put, we need Ozil replacement.

  16. Nkrtia and Willock should be given out on loan. Nkrtia had a better chance than Auba had. He even got tired after one hour. The two need to grow.

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