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Arsenal player ratings vs Molde: Nelson stars; dream night for Balogun

Simon Collings delivers his verdict on how the players performed…

Another easy night for the Iceland international. One scary moment in the first-half, but was otherwise cool in possession.

Still yet to play in the Premier League this season, but has been a regular during this Europa League campaign. Solid display.

A fairly easy night for the German, who played alongside Luiz for a half and then Holding for the second 45 minutes.

Only played the first-half after being brought off at the break due to a possible injury following a clash of heads.

Started the game at left-back and finished up playing midfield. A solid performance that contained no real mistakes.

Once again showed how he can add dynamism to Arsenal’s midfield. Nabbed himself an assist by setting up Nelson for Arsenal’s second.

Marshalled things well in midfield and was neat and tidy in possession. Played just over an hour and should start against Wolves on Sunday.

Moved on from his sending off against Leeds on Sunday by scoring a brilliant goal. Was full of energy and looked a threat all night.

Played in a different role after being fielded as a No10. Linked up well with Nelson and went close with an effort in the second-half.

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Arsenal’s best player on what was otherwise a pretty damp affair. Deserved his goal and game was full of skill and trickery.

Didn’t have many chances on a quiet night for him. Did have the ball in the back of the net, but it was ruled out for offside.

Rob Holding (Luiz 45’) 6

Came on for Luiz at half-time and looked calm and composed. Didn’t really put a foot wrong during his performance.

Dani Ceballos (Xhaka 62’) 6

Brought off the bench to help see out the game. As usual was full of running and demanded the ball off his team-mates.

Kieran Tierney (Willock 75’) 6

Solid as ever from the Scotsman, who came on to help Arsenal see out the victory.

Emile Smith Rowe (Lacazette 75’) 7

Only given a brief cameo to state his case, but got an assist by setting up Balogun for his goal. A timely reminder of his talents for Arteta.

Off the bench and bagged his first ever senior goal for Arsenal within seconds. A dream moment for the teenager.

Subs not used: Macey, Hein, Bellerin, Cottrell, Azeez.

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