Arsenal 3-1 Cologne – player ratings

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Arsenal put in a good second half performance to ensure the Europa League campaign got off to a winning start, and with the other game in the group drawn, are top of the table after day 1.

Goals from Sead Kolasinac, Alexis Sanchez and Hector Bellerin gave us a 3-1 win over Cologne, who went ahead in the first half.

Here’s how the players rated.

DO
13
4
RH
16
4
PM
4
5.5
NM
18
6
AMN
55
5.5
HB
24
6.5
AI
17
4.5
ME
35
6.5
TW
14
3
OG
12
5.5
AS
7
6.5
DO
13
4
RH
16
4
PM
4
6
NM
18
6
AMN
55
6
HB
24
7
AI
17
5
ME
35
6.5
TW
14
4
OG
12
6
AS
7
7
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13: David Ospina

4
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4
Readers
36

His poor clearance led to their first goal, and he was saved the concession of a penalty by the offside flag. Didn't have too much to do otherwise.

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16: Rob Holding

4
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4
Readers
52

The young man struggled, and was sacrificed at half-time as we switched to a back four. It was notable how many times he looked for someone to pass it too and found nobody available though.

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4: Per Mertesacker

6
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5.5
Readers
3

Looked tired by the end of the game, looked more comfortable in the back four.

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18: Nacho Monreal

6
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6
Readers
14

He was his usual reliable and consistent self.

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55: Ainsley Maitland-Niles

6
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5.5
Readers
56

If he looked out of place at left wing-back, that's because he was. Better in the second period when he moved into the centre of midfield.

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24: Hector Bellerin

7
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6.5
Readers
37

Got forward really well, the final ball wasn't quite there each time, but he added threat and got the goal that made the game safe late on.

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17: Alex Iwobi

5
arseblog
4.5
Readers
46

Looked lost when asked to play as part of a midfield duo, better in the second half, but he's struggling through a difficult period right now.

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35: Mohamed Elneny

6.5
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6.5
Readers
51

Like Holding he also sought movement and space from his teammates in the first half, but didn't get it. Worked hard, involved in the first goal with a nice ball over the top, defensively aware.

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14: Theo Walcott

4
arseblog
3
Readers
11

I will diplomatically call his performance rusty. There are other more caustic words some of you may wish to use.

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12: Olivier Giroud

6
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5.5
Readers
29

Didn't get his 100th goal

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7: Alexis Alexis

7
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6.5
Readers
38

This is what he is. Insanely frustrating and capable of moments of incredible brilliance. The finish was absolutely out of this world.

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31: Sead Kolasinac

7.5
arseblog
8
Readers
57

Made a big impact when he came on, cracking finish to equalise, and he adds real momentum down that left hand side.

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10: Jack Wilshere

6.5
arseblog
6.5
Readers
9

Nice to see him back out there, had some clever moments, and hopefully this will do his confidence good.

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61: Reiss Nelson

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arseblog
6.5
Readers
59

On a bit too late to give a rating to, but did not look out of place when handed his competitive debut for the club

Vote is now closed.

Updated Bonus rating: 10/10, there were German Shepherds inside the stadium tonight.

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