Arsenal player ratings: How Saka, Smith Rowe, Xhaka fared vs Palace

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Not often called into action, but when he was the German was strong. Made a brilliant save in the first-half to deny Christian Benteke.

Solid in defence, however going forward he wasn’t at his best. Took one chance literally off Lacazette’s foot in the first-half.

Another decent game from the centre-back, who has been one of Arsenal’s most consistent and reliable performers this season.

Kept his place in the absence of Pablo Mari and did a decent job. Dealt with Benteke fairly well and was good in possession, as ever.

Struggled to get going in the first-half and replicate what Kieran Tierney offers down the left. Taken off just after the hour mark.

Had an excellent game in midfield. Passing was good and dominated proceedings for large parts. Unlucky to be subbed off.

Granit Xhaka 8 | Star man

One of the Switzerland international’s best games in recent months. Made a number of crucial tackles and blocks while tracking back.

A quiet game by the 19-year-old’s high standards. Started on the right wing but went to left-back when Maitland-Niles went off. Solid in both roles.

Worked hard and pressed well, but struggled to influence the game in an attacking sense. One of his quieter games since coming into the team.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 6

Work rate was excellent and got down the left a few times. Looked more like his old self and skipped past Joel Ward on a couple of occasions.

Has been in fine form of late but struggled tonight against a stubborn Crystal Palace defence. Didn’t have many chances to make his mark.

Nicolas Pepe (Maitland-Niles 65’) 6

Struggled to make an impact when coming on.

Thomas Partey (Ceballos 69’) 6

Tried to make himself busy when coming on by breaking up attacks. A quiet return to action following his injury.

Eddie Nketiah (Lacazette 80’) N/A

Subs not used: Runarsson, Gabriel, Cedric, Chambers, Willock, Willian.

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