Arsenal Legend Ian Wrights reacts to the Gunners win against Qarabag

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Here’s how we rate the Arsenal players:

Bernd Leno – 8.5

A fine performance from Bernd Leno. The German goalkeeper matched his impressive distribution with a string of fine saves which kept the Gunners in the match. His best performance in an Arsenal shirt.

Stephan Lichtsteiner – 6

He had a tough first-half but did well in the second. Stephan Lichtsteiner didn’t quite look as comfortable playing the wing-back position as he did at full-back.

Rob Holding – 6

He was okay. Rob Holding put in another decent performance at the back, recovering well in the second half after a shaky first 45 minutes.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos – 7

A solid performance from Sokratis on his return to the team. It was great to see the big Greek defender get his first Arsenal goal too.

Nacho Monreal – 6.5

He did well in the first 45 minutes. Nacho Monreal was probably the most comfortable player in that back three but has played a lot of football lately and needed the rest.

Sub: Lucas Torreira (46′) – 6

A steady 45 minutes from Lucas Torreira. He added some much-needed presence in the centre of midfield.

Matteo Guendouzi – 7.5

Matteo Guendouzi was impressive. The young Frenchman got his first Arsenal goal too as the former Lorient man put in another solid performance in the centre of midfield.

Mohamed Elneny – 6.5

He played fairly well. Mohamed Elneny was an unfortunate victim of Arsenal’s poor first-half performance and had to move into his less favoured attacking midfield position. He looked far more comfortable in the deeper role.

Emile Smith Rowe – 8

A fine performance from Emile Smith Rowe. The 18-year-old grabbed his first senior goal for the Gunners but it only capped a disciplined and well-rounded display.

Sub: Mesut Ozil (65′) – 5

He looked a little off the pace during his cameo performance.

Alex Iwobi – 8.5

Another fine performance from Alex Iwobi. He had a hand in both goals, winning the corner for the first and setting up the second for his fellow youth team graduate, Emile Smith Rowe.

Sub: Alexandre Lacazette (71′) – 5

A quiet cameo from Alexandre Lacazette.

Sead Kolasinac – 5

A steady return to first-team action for Sead Kolasinac. He didn’t put in the best performance of his career offensively or at the back but it was just about match fitness for him.

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