Player Ratings: Chivas 1-3 Arsenal

Arsenal made it two wins out of two in their US tour after overcoming Chivas de Guadelajara on Sunday night, but who impressed the most in the Gunners’ 3-1 victory?


David OSPINA: 6

The Colombian’s return to the first-team was a relatively quiet one as a significant portion of Chivas’ shots failed to hit the target, although when defensive errors meant he had to be called upon he looked fit and ready.

Hector BELLERIN: 6

The lightning quick full-back found himself relatively withdrawn on the right side of Arsenal’s defence, with Nacho Monreal afforded far more opportunities to attack down the opposite flank.


A better night at the office for the young Englishman who for the most part looked assured at the back, and he’ll have been delighted with his well-placed assist that allowed his defensive partner to score with ease.


The new man showed his inexperience when a poorly timed pass allowed Chivas to mount a dangerous attack that culminated in an Ospona save, but he recovered well to hold firm at the back before managing to get on the scoresheet after Cazorla’s deep cross was sent back his way by Calum Chambers. It’s been a great start to his Arsenal career so far.

Nacho MONREAL: 7

After getting an assist for Akpom’s late winner against the MLS All-Stars a few days prior, Monreal should have had another here as his perfectly placed pass across the box found an onrushing Theo Walcott who should have scored, but the striker’s effort ended up hitting the goalkeeper and bouncing clear. He was a constant thread down the left.

Francis COQUELIN: 6

Another combative display from the midfielder but at times he pushed the limit of what was acceptable for a friendly game, with his head-high challenge on one Chivas player seemingly worthy of a red card in a competitive game at least. After his sending off at White Hart Lane this season this performance again raised some concerns about his temperament.

Granit XHAKA: 7

The Swiss midfielder again gave Arsenal fans something to get excited about as he distributed the ball well and battled hard in the midfield, although the standout moments for him were two beautifully-placed passes behind the defence that gave Walcott two chances to score.


After scoring a wondrous chip against Lens last Friday, Oxlade-Chamberlain managed to better himself in this game after scoring a simply sublime solo goal. Receiving the ball from Iwobi on the right-wing, the Englishman beat his man to get to the byline and cut back in with an inverted heel kick before driving his effort low and hard into the bottom corner.

Santi CAZORLA: 7

This was the first game of pre-season for the diminutive playmaker but he still looked sharp and on form with the ball at his feet. His cross deep into the box allowed Chambers to knock back the ball for Holding to score.

Alex IWOBI: 6

The Nigerian midfielder struggled to make much of an impact out on the left wing, often looking to cut inside to get involved. It was his pass that Oxlade-Chamberlain went on to score from though.


Whilst he looked slightly better than he did against the MLS All-Stars this was still a frustrating game for Walcott who again looked incapable of leading the line on his own. A missed opportunity from a couple of yards out defined the pre-season he’s had so far.


Mathieu DEBUCHY (on 45): 6

Despite only having 45 minutes on the pitch, Debuchy was heavily involved in a number of ways after assisting Akpom for Arsenal’s third goal, missing a one-on-one chance to make it 4-0 and then conceding a penalty that allowed Chivas a route back into the game.

Kristian BIELIK (on 45): 6

The Polish midfielder-turned-defender again didn’t look out of place in the Arsenal defence despite Chivas pressure late on.

Kieran GIBBS (on 45): 6

A run-of-the-mill performance from Gibbs that told us little that we didn’t already know.

Mohamed ELNENY (on 45): 7

Elneny has enjoyed a solid pre-season so far and nearly put the cherry on top after his 25-yard strike when just wide of the post.

Joel CAMPBELL (on 45): 6

Linked up well with his fellow attackers but struggled to create anything of note.

Chuba AKPOM (on 45): 7

It’s been a great few days from Akpom as he scored his second goals in as many games. He did well to get in front of his man to meet Debuchy’s cross and poke home.

Gedion ZELALEM (on 65): N/A

Not given enough time to really show his qualities in this tour.

Chris WILLOCK (on 65): N/A

A few bright moments suggest that Willock might be the next big thing to come out of the academy.

Jeff REINE-ADELAIDE (on 65): N/A

After his promotion to the first-team squad, Reine-Adelaide will be hoping to have more of an impact than he did here. He always looks to excite but his final product is lacking.

Emiliano MARTINEZ (on 68): N/A

Had little to do and had no chance with the penalty.

Callum Perritt

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