Arsenal Player Ratings Vs Barcelona: Trossard, Saka, Timber, others excite Arsenal fans

July 27th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Arsenal concluded their US tour in style as they beat Barcelona 5-3 in LA on Wednesday night.

The Gunners fell behind early but they quickly responded through the excellent Bukayo Saka, who finished beyond Marc-Andre ter Stegen after the ball rather fortuitously fell to him in the Barcelona box.

Arsenal then went on to have the better of the opening period, but a deflected Raphinha free kick meant they fell behind for a second time. Kai Havertz, though, restored parity before the break.

Xavi completely reshuffled his pack for the second half while Mikel Arteta made just one change, with the Arsenal boss’ substitutions arriving in drips and drabs after the restart.

While the La Liga champions threatened more regularly in the second period and twice hit the woodwork, a pair of fine Leandro Trossard strikes saw Arsenal take full control of the contest. Barcelona eventually grabbed the second-half goal they deserved through Ferran Torres late on, but Fabio Vieira quickly restored Arsenal’s two-goal advantage with a fierce strike from distance.

Vieira’s finish meant the contest ended 5-3 in the Gunners’ favour. Here are the Arsenal player ratings from the win.

Aaron Ramsdale (GK) – 5/10 – Unlucky to concede the first, but he was somewhat culpable for Raphinha’s free-kick finding the back of the net despite the nasty deflection.

Ben White (RB) – 4/10 – A tempestuous showing from White who never got a grip of things defensively down his flank. Booked in the first half for persistent fouling and Ansu Fati had success against him in the second period.

William Saliba (CB) – 6.5/10 – Not so imperious when he stepped up to disrupt proceedings but was excellent at covering the space in behind the Arsenal defence. Great with the ball.

Gabriel (CB) – 6/10 – An error-free showing from the Brazilian after Saturday’s mishap.

Jurrien Timber (LB) – 6.5/10 – Arsenal’s new chameleon was this time deployed off the left flank and he had no qualms settling in. The Dutchman, who quickly imposed himself physically on proceedings, is a serious option for Arteta across the back four.

Thomas Partey (DM) – 5.5/10 – A sturdy performance undermined by a couple of careless moments in possession.

Kai Havertz (CM) – 6.5/10 – The German’s goal was a proper poacher’s effort.

Martin Odegaard (CM) – 6.5/10 – A solid hour from the skipper, who led the press and technically set up Havertz for his goal, although it wasn’t the Norwegian’s prettiest work.

Bukayo Saka (RW) – 8/10 – Woeful penalty miss aside, this was another supreme performance from Saka, who terrorised Marcos Alonso, as expected, in the opening 45 minutes. He grabbed Arsenal’s first equaliser and was mightily influential to set up the second.

Gabriel Jesus (ST) – 7/10 – A bright showing from Gabi without reward. The Brazilian proved a nuisance all evening and indirectly had a hand in the Gunners’ third. He was excellent without the ball, and constantly sought to probe in behind the Barça backline.

Leandro Trossard (LW) – 8.5/10 – The Belgian was a threat in the first half in transition and he then took the game beyond Barcelona after the break with two excellent finishes.

Emile Smith Rowe – 6/10

Fabio Vieira – 6.5/10

Jorginho – 5/10

Jakub Kiwior – 5.5/10

Kieran Tierney – 7/10

Gabriel Martinelli – 5/10

Eddie Nketiah – 5/10

Rob Holding – N/A

Amario Cozier-Duberry – N/A

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