Normally the Arsenal player ratings get put up soon after the match has completed but I am glad I waited a couple of days this week because it has assisted me in avoiding a grave error in rating Granit Xhaka.
After the game, I was inclined to rate him low because it did appear he ducked as United scored, however, as we all know now, he did not duck and a low rating for the Swiss international would have been grossly unfair.
Anyway, here are the players rating following the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
Bernd Leno 8
I thought he had a good game and the save against Rashford was crucial
Calum Chambers 8
I have seen some places that have rated Chambers as low as 5 amid claims James ran him ragged, well, I must have watched the wrong game because I thought that Chambers negated James beautifully and kept him quiet for most of the game.
He did ok considering, think it would be harsh to criticise him for United’s goal, put it this way, he was better than he has been recently, a low bar I agree but even so, he did well in my opinion.
David Luiz 6
Same as with Sokratis, I thought he did well, made no huge errors and basically kept United at bay for most of the evening.
Sead Kolasinac 6
Another one that did ok though he was lucky to escape a penalty, never set the world alight but did his job adequately.
Lucas Torreira 5
What can I say, I was disappointed with the Uruguayan, he should have scored and was fairly ineffective, not sure he is being utilised correctly by Unai Emery.
Granit Xhaka 8
Had a decent game really, tackled well, used the ball well and helped the defence out. Dare I say it? He played like a captain.
Mattéo Guendouzi 6
Average game really, did his usual running around without really changing anything but was efficient in midfield.
Nicolas Pepe 3
I still expect brilliance from our record signing and I will be patient but I will also be honest with my ratings and he was very poor against United. He has to do something soon.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 8
Where would we be without Aubameyang? He is absolutely world-class and yet again gets Unai Emery out of trouble.
Bukayo Saka 7
This young lad is improving all the time and has yet another assist to add to his name. Will not be easy to shift him from the team if he carries on like this.
Dani Ceballos 5
Average when he came on, really hoping for better from the Spaniard.
Joe Willock 6
Offered some positivity when he came on and like Saka will be an integral part of the team this season in some form.
Reiss Nelson 6
Again, average when he came on, just getting the feeling he is missing his chance.