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Funny game. We got off to a great start, finding ourselves 3-0 up within 25 minutes, but we were very open defensively and looked disorganised throughout, allowing BATE to get back into the game. It finished 4-2 but could’ve easily been about 8-5.
Positives: Wilshere had a great first half, Willock was powerful and dominant throughout, Giroud scored his 100th Arsenal goal, McGuane and Nketiah made their professional debuts.
Ospina – 7. Couldn’t have done much more about BATE’s goals, and made a couple of good stops.
Mustafi – 5. Looked sluggish. Got skinned too often and dives in too often.
Mertesacker – 5. Never looked comfortable. Could’ve done better on the second.
Holding – 5.5 Scored his first goal but looked shaky throughout. Low on confidence.
Nelson – 6.5. Looked good on the ball and handy going forward but wasn’t great defensively.
Elneny – 6.5. Steady enough in possession but does little else.
Willock – 8. Looked powerful, dominant and strong in challenges. I’m impressed.
Maitland-Niles – 6.5. Got up and down the left, but isn’t a left sided player and it shows.
Walcott – 7. Scored twice and got a pre-assist (corner) but also offside a lot, over hit some free kicks, and decision making wasn’t great.
Giroud – 7. Played some good one-twos and scored his 100th goal. Led the line well.
Wilshere – 8. First half was special. Not as influential in the second half.
McGuane – N/A. Not on long but did find Walcott with a good ball.
Nketiah – N/A. Not on long.
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