Arsenal v Man United Player Ratings – Saka MOTM in a great game

It was a brilliant win for the Gunners, although VAR made it into a very strange affair. But now we are back in the driving seat for Top Four. Let’s hope we continue with this spirit and confidence…

Ramsdale 6
Competent but still not back to his best. Couldn’t stop Ronaldo’s rocket.

Cedric 5
He has filled in adequately but I’ll be glad to see Tomiyasu back for the rest of the campaign

White 6
Held his own in a chaotic defensive display

Gabriel 6
Could have watched Ronaldo better, but otherwise a solid game

Tavares 6
First ever goal and involved in everything. Not always in a good way!

Arsenal’s Portuguese defender Nuno Tavares celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 23, 2022. (Photo by IAN KINGTON/IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images)

Xhaka 8
He has certainly won the fans back with an imperious performance.

Elneny 7
One of his best games for Arsenal. Perhaps he has earned a new contract?

Saka 9
Involved in most of our attacks and very hard to handle. Yet another smoothly taken penalty.

Odegaard 8
Looking and acting like a real captain. Improving all the time.

Smith-Rowe 5
Not at his best and hardly got a look-in. Doesn’t look fit enough to play even half a game.

Nketiah 6
Was obviously offside when his goal was disallowed but otherwise kept the United defence busy.


Holding N/A
Hardly involved

Martinelli 4
Only 7 touches in half and hour. Not in the game really

Tomiyasu N/A
Please come back soon…

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  1. Yes, Saka deserved to be the MOTM because he made an assist and a goal. As for Elneny, it’d be great if he stays

    1. I’d like to add that it is more impressive due to the fact that he barely played any football since he came back from the Afcon.

  2. Saka had a great game but no way he’s MOTM when there’s Elneny and Ødegaard who were both top class right from the go till the final whistle.
    No way Elneny gets a 7 here.
    The defense was shaky, but all three midfielders and Saka alone were top class consistently.
    Why’s Saka a 9? Cause he scored the penalty? By that merit, Xhaka should also get an extra point for his well taken shot that ended the game.
    Ø me gaaaaaaaaaard keeps creating chances upon chances
    Sad to see Nketiah didn’t convert that backheel pass.
    He was awarded BT Sport’s MOTM.
    For me, it was either him or Elneny

    1. I think that Odegaard waas easily our MotM with Elneny AND Xhaka(yes really!) next, and then Saka.

      He was decent but in no way and by no sane rationale could he be considered MotM.
      I thought Odegaard was truly outstsanding and best man by some distance TBH.

      Our four really poor players were RAMSDALE -despite two important saves but he looked nervy throughout and lacked all his one time confidence. AND BOTH FULL BACKS . Plus the almost invisible ESR , who looked unfit.

  3. yesterdays game was mad 2 poor teams but a great result 4 us with the spuds drawing but nketiah come on he’s Sunday league FFS keep yourself onside no first touch is poor off in the summer let’s hope

  4. The second time Elneny has been marked down. Must be a conspiracy against the man. Yes ,,, Smith- Rowe looks unfit,, but why?

  5. I think if Man Utd scored first it would have taken a it’s toll psychologically on the players. It was very important for us to draw first blood. We did not look very composed defensively. But as soon as we switched to three at the back the dynamic changed. Looking forward to Wednesdays game. We somehow play better away than at home. I think the nerves of the home support gets to the players. The supporters really need to help the confidence of the team. Let’s Go!!! COYG!!!!

  6. Rangnick must stop blaming var decisions for the defeat,because Manchester United has been pure crap. A retired referee has since verified these decisions to be correct based on the rules and applications. In the reverse fixture when Arsenal lost 2-3 to United, it was the same var poor decisions and none review that gave them the game. I remember that Arsenal was leading 1 nil in the first half, with only five remaining when Tomiyasu was brought down by McGuire in the penalty box, and no foul given. That would have been immense if the penalty was rightly given and scored. Arsenal would have been 2 nil with less than two minutes before half time. Instead, Arsenal was caught up in the appeal, while Manchester scored on the break. From then,the momentum of the match shifted,as numerous decisions went against Arsenal and United won. While Arsenal have been recipient so many wrong refereeing and var decisions , Manchester United have been the biggest beneficiary from poor decisions all season long. So, Rangnick must stop the blood……. crying . Players believe = top four finish.

  7. In my opinion, the rating mark given to Elneny was not deserving, he should have been given 8 or 8.5. Arteta should also quickly award him a new contract as well as Nkentia.

  8. Elneny 7 ?

    Easily the best player yesterday ,does everything simple ,not the answer going forward but 2 great results against the bigger teams with him in the middle .
    Saka ,Xhaka and Odegaard good games

    That defence though ,looking more shaky as we wind down the season and that includes Ramsdale

  9. Over the past few weeks, what baffles me is the fact Arteta doesn’t seem to understand the weekness and strength of some of his players. Hence he make terrible decisions with regards to team selection and tactics.
    We saw the Brighton and Southhampton games. I gave up on our UCL qualification after both games.
    Then the masterclass against Chelsea. And the bit of a gamble that paid off against Man U.
    Well, from here I strongly believe how we end the season hinges on the decisions Arteta makes for the rest of the season. If he makes the right decisions then that fourth spot is ours.
    I can only hope.

    1. Agree completely with your comments about Arteta. Should have brought in Elneny instead of Sambi to replace Thomas.

  10. I watch the game last night. After 3 defeat feel like deja vu.thankfully we win last night. After that 3 defeat i fed up and looking ahead for next season with new manager but we miraculous ly beat chelsea.. The game that i ecpect we lost but we win.

    1. Also Ferdinand and owen ranting about referee’s decisions that didn’t go utd’s way forgetting fernandes should definitely have seen red.

      1. A disgrace to pundentry given their bias towards Manchester United. Then what do people expect when both benefitted from playing for Alex Ferguson and his cozy relationship with referees?

  11. Ødegaard my man of the match with Xhaka and Elneny joint second and Saka third. Just my opinion of course😊

  12. I really do not understand how Elneny gets that rating, he intercepted a lot, was easily a big contender for MOTM,

    I don’t understand also how you didn’t see why Martinelli was playing deep, obviously was because of the yellow card on Tavares,
    Martinelli automatically became the appointed left back with careful support from Tavares while trying to avoid been sent off.

  13. Elneny and Saka were great and also Ode. Cedric and Tavares were poor, and in times looked like amatures. Tavares had a series of rediculous mistakes in the second half that almost made us concede three goals, I don’t think anything above 3 will reflect his performance.

  14. Elneny and Odegaard- first and second for me. Elneny was everywhere and Odegaard showed his forward thinking. He is creative

  15. Cedric 3 . Tavares -3. Apart from goal by Tavares. Every time ball is played to either of them, I am nervous. So so glad Tomi is back.

  16. I can’t take tavarez or Cedric for the remaining games they are driving up my blood pressure,
    Play this team for the last few games and we will get top4.
    Tomi. White holding gabby
    Elneney. Xakai
    Saka. Nekitha. Martinelle

  17. Thought Elneny was great and so were Saka, Xhaka and Odegaard. The nerves start to show at the back. Please Ben don’t dally on the ball. Tavares Ramsdale and Cedric play safe and with your head.

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