Arsenal mounted a second-half comeback to safe a 2-1 win over Speedy Vienna on Thursday night time. The away aspect went a aim down simply after the break, following a dreadful combine up between David Luiz and Bernd Leno, which allowed Taxiarchis Fountas to fit residence with ease.
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Going a aim down appeared to fireside Arsenal into life, as moments later Luiz atoned for his error — heading Nicolas Pepe‘s free kick into the Speedy internet. Arsenal subsequently introduced on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to attempt to seize all three factors — a ploy which may hardly have gone any higher. The Gabon ahead prodded residence from shut vary to seal Arsenal an important away win on matchday one.
Whereas the unit lacked cohesion at occasions, there have been quite a lot of good particular person efforts. Thomas Partey, making his full Arsenal debut, was very good in each defence and assault. He could have solely simply arrived in North London, however the Ghanaian seems to be like he has been on the membership for years. Mohamed Elneny partnered him beautifully in midfield, whereas the perimeters general response to going a aim down can even please Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal’s play was usually gradual and so they appeared to lack their normal sense of goal. Speedy did very effectively to restrict their play, however too usually the ball wasn’t being moved rapidly sufficient. In addition they collected too many early yellow playing cards, with Eddie Nketiah being significantly fortunate to haven’t obtained a second for elbowing an opponent.
The defensive calamity that led to Speedy Wein’s opener will as soon as once more increase questions over the error-prone nature of the Arsenal again six.
Supervisor ranking (out of 10)
9 — Set his crew out in a 3-4-3 system, handing Partey a full debut within the course of. Whereas they struggled to create probabilities within the first half, the Spanish gaffer’s second-half substitutions proved to be impressed. Together with his aspect 1-0 down, Arteta threw on Aubameyang and Hector Bellerin, who mixed fantastically for Arsenal’s second aim. A managerial masterstroke — given how poor his aspect had been previous to the modifications.
Participant rankings (1-10; 10 = greatest, gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK Bernd Leno, 4 — The German stopper was answerable for one other howler, after his wayward cross allowed Speedy to attain early within the second half. His night by no means actually recovered from that clanger.
DF Cedric Soares, 6 — Seemed comfy in possession however was frustratingly defensive minded for a wing-back. Did not provide sufficient in an offensive capability.
DF Gabriel, 7 — Made a handful of particular person errors, however fortunately for the defender, none proved to be too pricey. That apart, the Brazilian usually impressed.
DF David Luiz, 6 — Began the sport effectively, contributing with quite a lot of clever interceptions and tackles. His second half included two mix-ups with Leno, and a headed aim. Classic David Luiz.
DF Sead Kolasinac, 6 — Positionally naive at occasions, the 27-year-old nonetheless would not look like absolutely comfy as a left-sided centre-back.
DF Bukayo Saka, 6 — Offered good vitality and business on the left aspect. Sadly, the newly-capped England worldwide lacked conviction within the ultimate third.
MF Mohamed Elneny, 7 — The rangy midfielder’s killer cross led to Arsenal’s second aim. His ‘help for the help’ rounded off a superb general efficiency.
MF Thomas Partey, 8 — Oozed class on what was his full Arsenal debut. Each cross went to its meant goal, whereas his defensive recreation, together with a doubtlessly goal-saving sort out, was equally spectacular. Not a nasty strategy to begin your Arsenal profession.
FW Pepe, 7 — Was shiny in spells, however like lots of his teammates, his radar seemed to be off when it mattered most in open play. Nonetheless, for a lot of the sport, he was Arsenal’s most harmful attacker.
FW Alexandre Lacazette, 6 — Struggled to link-up together with his teammates till his pa; Aubameyang got here on within the second half. At that time, he appeared to boost his degree.
FW Eddie Nketiah, 6 — Was fortunate to keep away from a crimson card after elbowing a Speedy Wien defender. Began effectively however pale as the sport wore on.
FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 7 — Was reluctantly thrown on by Arteta after an hour. His introduction appeared to provide the entire crew a large raise and he ultimately scored the profitable aim.
DF Hector Bellerin, 7 — Offered an amazing deal extra attacking dynamism than Cedric had beforehand managed. His help for Aubameyang’s winner was the results of wonderful motion by the Spaniard.
MF Joe Willock, N/R — Sharp and optimistic within the ultimate levels as Arsenal held out for the win.
DF Kieran Tierney N/R — Had little or no to do however remained defensively disciplined late on.
FW Reiss Nelson, N/R — Changed Pepe with seconds to go.