Simon Collings was at Emirates Stadium to assess the Arsenal players…
A solid, if quiet, afternoon for the goalkeeper on his home debut. Looked calm on the ball and he played out from the back well.
A good debut from the Japan international, who has barely trained this week. Looks like he can be a threat going forward.
A strong showing from the centre-back. Played out from the back with real class. Some of his passing was a delight.
A first game of the season for the Brazilian and he did well all things considered. Seems to have a decent enough understanding with White.
Solid stuff from the Scot, who got forward as much as he could. Is forming a nice relationship with Bukayo Saka ahead of him.
Albert Sambi Lokonga 8 | Star man
Taken off before the end but he was excellent. Looks ready to play at this level and will expect to push Granit Xhaka very hard for a starting spot.
Was handed the start in central midfield he has craved, but struggled. Shifted to right-back towards the end of the game.
His performance dipped a little bit before half-time, but he was otherwise very lively. Worked exceptionally hard off the ball too.
Was bright and sharp, but his performance perhaps lacked a little bit of cutting edge. Promising signs though.
Solid and reliable from Saka. On another afternoon he could have bagged himself a goal too.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 7
He got the winning goal, but he should have had one or two more. Still not his usual self, but that goal will help his confidence.
Thomas Partey (Lokonga 62’) 8
He is just a Rolls-Royce of a midfielder. A cut above the rest and passing was excellent when he came on.
Emile Smith Rowe (Tomiyasu (62’) 7
A very good cameo from the attacking midfielder. Almost scored but Tim Krul denied him with a fine save.