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EPL: Arsenal player ratings vs Vitoria 1-1 draw

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The individual performances in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Vitoria in the Europa League

Emiliano Martinez: Was kept plenty busy by Vitoria in the first half, saving well from Marcus Edwards and Edmond Tapsoba. How he must have despaired when the latter, the tallest player on the pitch, was able to get an unmarked run onto a corner from the left side.

However he should have done far more with Edwards’ cross, flapping it up into the air before Ruben Duarte’s late equaliser. 6

Shkodran Mustafi: The German, who looks more at home in a back three than four, doubtless ended this game with solid passing numbers but that will not tell the full picture. Too often the deliveries he misplaced were the ones where care was most needed, clumsy distribution inviting Vitoria to attack and forcing him, or others, to foul to quell attacks.

Still he gets a bonus mark for heading in the goal that ended a near two hour shot on target drought for Arsenal. 5

Rob Holding: There were some uncharacteristic lapses in judgement from Holding, captain for the night. None were more egregious than being caught out of position, near the Vitoria corner flag, setting the scene for a Vitoria counter from which Edwards ought to have punished Arsenal. 4

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles: His charges up and down the flank brought little end product though his solidity in defence did at least ensure that Vitoria increasingly probed the Arsenal left. 5

Dani Ceballos: In this 3-4-3 system Arsenal needed Ceballos to dictate play, to link attack and defence whilst Joe Willock did the hard-running next to him. They got all too little of that.

He could turn into space well enough but happened when he got the ball was far less impressive. Memories of Ceballos at his best are fading fast though perhaps he is just overplayed. The hamstring injury that appeared to force him off might suggest so. 4

Sokratis Papastathopoulos: A shanked clearance that landed at the feet of Bruno Duarte inside the box rather typified Sokratis’ struggles amid the driving rain. 4

Joe Willock: The youngster had his work cut out for him at the defensive end and led his side in tackles at the break, by which time he had already made three. No wonder he was neutered as an attacking force and far less of a box-to-box midfielder than he really ought to be.

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There were a few energetic runs from deep but this was not the Willock who started the season with such dynamism. 5

Kieran Tierney: With his energy marching down the flank and invariably promising delivery Tierney was perhaps the lone bright spark in this horrible display. His crosses came in with whip and speed and he must surely have covered more ground than his team-mates as he darted up and down the left. 7

Nicolas Pepe: Utterly unable to wrestle control of this game as, like the rest of the front three, he was afforded too little service. Perhaps a £72million winger should be creating for himself but not once did he receive the ball in the sort of position where he could drive at the Vitoria defence and cause problems.

All Pepe could really do was try to influence this game from deadballs, something he did with a well-placed cross from which Mustafi headed home. 6

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Bukayo Saka: After such a brilliant run of form with the first team earlier this season Saka has come crashing down to earth in recent weeks. Here his passing was wayward and, bar one dart to the byline, he could not make a contribution in the final third.

He remains an exceptional talent but right now is not as dangerous as he can be. 4

Gabriel Martinelli: Pressed hard and ran with energy but found himself in a bind that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have been increasingly familiar with as he simply had no service to work with. 5

Matteo Guendouzi (sub, Ceballos, 54′): The Arsenal midfield had slightly more energy to it after Guendouzi’s introduction though soon his intensity began to mirror that of his sopping wet team-mates. 5

Alexandre Lacazette (sub, Saka, 65′): Held the ball up well enough but could not breath life into this woeful performance. 5

Lucas Torreira (sub, Willoc,, 78′): His introduction brought no greater solidity as Arsenal tried, in vain, to hold on. 5

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