This post contains affiliate links. “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”
Arsenal managed a comfortable 4-1 win over Rapid Wien on Thursday night at the Emirates Stadium, securing their status as Group B winners in the Europa League.
The Gunners completely dominated the first steps and it wasn’t long before they took the lead, with Alexandre Lacazette unleashing a 30-yard drive that Richard Strebinger in Rapid Wien’s goal could only flap as he sailed past him.
With just 17 minutes left, Arsenal doubled their lead thanks to a brilliant header from Pablo Mari, before Eddie Nketiah completed a magnificent play to effectively end the game as a match before the break.
To the surprise of the 2,000 home fans, Rapid Wien cut Arsenal’s lead in the opening minutes of the second half, with Koya Kitagawa shooting home after a frenzied play in the Gunners area, before Emile Smith Rowe recovered. the advantage of three goals after finishing. another lovely move.
That’s the manager out of the way, now with Arsenal player ratings.
Alex Runarsson (GK) – 5/10 – Poor distribution throughout the night with a series of misguided door kicks. He could do little with the Rapid Wien goal.
Cedric Soares (RB) – 5/10 – Anonymous on the right of Arsenal. He did very little to support the attack, although he seemed solid enough when asked to complete his defensive duties.
Shkodran Mustafi (CB) – 6/10 – Only two Premier League appearances to his name throughout the season, but a regular on the Europa League team. He didn’t ask too many questions but did what he had to do.
Pablo Mari (CB) – 7/10 – He brilliantly stretched his neck muscles and powered a header into the bottom corner for Arsenal’s second. He handed over the captain’s armband midway through the second half on a memorable night for him.
Sead Kolasinac (LB) – 7/10 – He produced a fantastic double block to deny Rapid Wien a foothold in the game, only for the visitors to crash on the rebound. He offered a lot of effort on the left of Arsenal.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (CM) – 8/10 – Quality performance. He showed great awareness in picking Smith Rowe for Arsenal’s fourth of the night and gave Rapid Wien’s midfield no chance to recover.
Reiss Nelson (CM – July 10 – Withdrawn just after the half hour mark after having done a solid turn. Charged with driving from midfield to support the forwards with Lacazette falling deep and making a good punch.
Mohamed Elneny (CM) – 5/10 – He recycled possession well and was always willing to take the ball from defense, but he didn’t really do much more than choose side passes.
Nicolás Pepe (RW) – 5/10 – Full of running and a lot of perseverance, but it’s not happening to him at the moment. Either he wasn’t picked by a teammate who had had a good run or couldn’t put the ball under his spell when he was chosen.
Alexandre Lacazette (ST) – 8/10 – Perhaps a touch of frustration when he unleashed a hammer to put Arsenal in his way in the 10th minute. He did not play in his role as an orthodox forward, but occasionally sank deep into midfield as he sought to tie the game together and did very well.
Eddie Nketiah (LW) – 7/10 – He completed a beautiful play from Arsenal for the third time of the night, showing a forward’s instinct to react when his opening shot was saved. He showed great disposition and enthusiasm to act as the first line of defense.
Willian (RW) – 5/10
Dani Ceballos (CM) – 7/10
Emile Smith Rowe (CM) – 7/10
Chambers of Calum (CB) – 6/10
Folarin Balogun (ST) – 6/10