Once again, Arsenal had too many holes when Slavia Prague scored a dramatic 1-1 equalizer in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Europa League.
And this time, it was Tomas Holes who punished the Gunners’ attempts to tame the Gunners, scoring an equalizer with lightning in stoppage time after the opening opener at the end of the game by Arsenal keeper Niclas.
Busy and overpowered Bukayo Saka Alexandre Lacazette missed an unfortunate opportunity in the Gunners’ performance that probably taught boss Mikel Arteta a bit of disappointment about him.
This is how we rated Arsenal on another night, showing that there is a gulf between the Gunners and the Premier League side they once belonged to.
BERND LENO – 7
An observer had no trouble in the first half. Then a brilliant foot save while diving the wrong way as Jan Boril swung a low left foot shot.
HECTOR BELLERIN – 6
Stable enough. Hardly active in covering from the right-back, though with Bukayo Saka a quick breakout in front of him was unnecessary. Saka fed neatly for the only chance in the first semester
ROB HOLDING – 7
Busy impression for a center-back, as he is rarely called on in the defense. Always interested in making a useful cross before a good jump to hit the middle header from Cedric.
Little to do, but disappointing to head a sensible shot straight into the ground from ten yards in the middle of the first half
CEDRIC – 5
The left-back was closely linked, but quite closely with the Arsenal midfield. Like so many Arsenal players, not making many mistakes but lacking impact.
PARTY THOMAS 6
Trying to push the Gunners forward from the center of the field, showing signs he is settling down from an injury after arriving from Atletico Madrid in the summer. Striding forward to spread the game to bellerinn, whose pass sent Saka squandered a great opportunity. Move to a low angle, 25 yards wide towards the end.
GRANIT XHAKA – 5
Lack of real influence in the midfield area and unable to revive the Gunners when Slavia returned to play after the break.
Anonymous in the first 45 minutes, the Brazilian then took a superb free-kick in the near-right corner of the area.
EMILE SMITH ROWE – 5
Typical of his team – the gentler he should be for a creative midfielder when his team is dominant. But some tidy touches.
BUKAYO SAKA – 7
The dominant figure of the first half, with a string of crosses, regularly beat his man with ease before sending the ball over the crossbar. But it didn’t quite go up as much as it should have been, especially when he cut in and kicked off a scoring shot in the far corner. Has been visibly faded before
The limited contribution on and off the ball – apart from two scoring attempts was very trivial for a player of his lineage. He slashed a pretty wide gap ahead of time. Then he exploded from the middle of the second half because of an incredible miss. Extending his body when reaching the penalty area and slowing down, the Frenchman made a right-footed shot with his right foot on the right side of the crossbar as the goalkeeper approached.
Gabriel Martinez (for Willian, 73 minutes) – 6
Explain your life by dragging your left leg angled up high.
Aubameyang (for Lacazette, 77 minutes) – 7
Cut out an expansive glare almost from his first touch. But very excited after that
Pepe (for Saka, 78 minutes) – 8
superb control and composure to skyrocket in 86 minutes and beat the winner against diving goalkeeper Kolar. But it was Pepe’s knee that unfortunately deflected for Holes to score a deeper equalizer in stoppage time.
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