Impressive Guendouzi, poor Mkhitaryan – The best and the worst-rated Arsenal stars vs Sporting Lisbon

Arsenal Player Ratings vs Sporting Lisbon: Here’s how the Gunners fared

Arsenal have progressed through to the last 32 of the Europa League, despite being held to a goalless draw by Sporting Lisbon at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners failed to find a way through on goal for the first time since the opening day of the season as Sporting defended heroically all night, even when they went a man down for the final few minutes when Jeremy Mathieu was shown a red card.

Despite making it to the next round, Arsenal’s night was blighted with a nasty injury to Danny Welbeck, while Stephan Lichsteiner also hobbled off in the second half.

Arsenal Player Ratings

Petr Cech- 6/10

Hardly broke a sweat. Distributed the ball efficiently and commanded his box well.

Stephan Lichtsteiner- 6/10

Put in a good shift at right-back before pulling his hamstring. Dealt with Nani’s pace very well.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos- 7/10

A pillar at the back, Sokratis was solid and defended very well. Led the backline well throughout the game.

Rob Holding- 7/10

Another impressive display from Holding. Passed the ball well out from the back and produced an important block to deny Montero.

Carl Jenkinson- 5/10

Jenkinson wasn’t extremely comfortable on the left but did a good job to help the Gunners keep a clean-sheet.

Matteo Guendouzi- 7/10

A lively display from the youngster, who used the ball efficiently in the middle of the park. Showed great maturity, although he faded a bit after the interval.

Aaron Ramsey- 6/10

Kept things ticking for Arsenal from the base of midfield. Showed great energy and always tried to get involved in every Arsenal move.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan- 5/10

Never really got into the game. Apart from creating a good chance for Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan was anonymous.

Emile Smith Rowe- 6/10

Some really good touches and tricks to get off his marker. The youngster kept the Sporting defence on their toes with his pace and movement.

Alex Iwobi- 6/10

Couldn’t impact the game as much as he would have liked to do. Tried a lot to make things happen and drove forward with the ball but the Sporting defence was simply one step ahead of him.

Danny Welbeck- 5/10

Caused some problems to the visitors’ backline before he was stretchered off after suffering a horrific ankle injury in the first half.

Substitutes

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang- 6/10

Replaced the injured Welbeck in the first half and hit the bar just after the break. Caused a lot of problems for the Sporting defence with his explosive pace.

Sead Kolasinac- 5/10

Came on for Jenkinson and offered a bit more threat down the left flank.

Read more: Opinion – Arsenal should hold onto this 33-year-old veteran amidst interest from Barcelona

Ainsley Maitland-Niles- 4/10

Replaced the injured Lichtsteiner but never really managed to get into the game.

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