Player Ratings: Viking FK 0-8 Arsenal

Whilst it’s no surprise that a large number of Arsenal players impressed during their 8-0 demolition of Viking on Friday evening, who stood out as the cream of the crop?

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David OSPINA: 7

Arsenal’s dominance, especially in the second half, meant the Colombian barely had anything to do. He’ll nonetheless have been pleased to have earned the club’s first clean sheet of pre-season.

Mathieu DEBUCHY: 6

It’ll be a surprise if the Frenchman is still at the club by the time the window shuts at the end of August but for the mean time he’s still playing, and despite showing some good attacking intent he still looked shaky when forced to defend out wide.

GABRIEL: 6

This was the Brazilian’s first game of pre-season after missing out on the club’s US tour due to an illness, and whilst he will likely start on the opening day against Liverpool he still looked pretty rusty on today’s display. That’s to be expected though and he’ll have been pleased to have gotten some minutes under his belt at least.

Krytian BIELIK: 7

The lanky Pole arrived from Legia Warsaw eighteen months ago as a defensive midfielder but he has shown during pre-season why he has been converted to a centre-back, with this the most assured performance of the lot. He likely won’t make an impact in the first-team this season but he does not look out of place in the Arsenal back line.

Kieran GIBBS: 7

Another solid display from the Englishman who will be hoping his reliability will convince his manager to give him a chance to oust Monreal as the season gets underway. Challenged little defensively but made a number of good attacking runs.

Francis COQUELIN: 7

After making a number of risky challenges against Chivas that might have seen him sent off in a competitive game, Francis Coquelin was much more composed this evening and did a sturdy job alongside Elneny at the base of the Arsenal midfield.

Mohamed ELNENY: 8

The Egyptian midfielder has quietly been one of Arsenal’s most impressive players during their pre-season campaign so far but today he really stood out as he dominated the midfield and contributed to many of his side’s attacks. He nearly scored a header from a corner to open the scoring but managed to get an assist shortly after as his header was poked home by Campbell on the line. Don’t be surprised to see Elneny start against Liverpool in a week’s time.

Alex OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN: 7

After scoring a wonderful solo goal against Chivas and being Arsenal’s best performer in pre-season up to now, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had to settle for a slightly more reserved role today. He did, however, still show off a number of his skills with some good running and inventive passing and he looks to be brimming with confidence going into the new league season.

Santi CAZORLA: 9 – MOTM

If he hadn’t missed a first-half penalty, this would have been a perfect score for the Spanish magician. Nonetheless, after missing from the spot he responded in the best manner possible by pulling the strings from the heart of the Arsenal attack. His beautiful left-footed strike from outside the area was reminiscent of the sort of goals he scored frequently back in 2012/13 and his overall performance will have reminded a lot of fans what they missed out on during the second half of last season.

Joel CAMPBELL: 9

Before today’s game Joel Campbell’s pre-season had been somewhat mixed, with the Costa Rica managing to score from the spot against the MLS All-Stars but not being too impressive the rest of the time. He was on fire here tonight though, with his opportunistic finish from Elneny’s header opening the scoring before he emphatically finished past the Viking goalkeeper and off the underside of the bar in the second half. He is now the club’s joint-highest scorer and assister in pre-season competitions and has staked his claim to be a starter in the new season.

Theo WALCOTT: 7

The first half saw Walcott suffer once more with some poor touches, bad passes and ineffective decision-making, but to his credit he finally got his act together in the second half with a very well taken goal into the bottom corner that left the goalkeeper with no chance to save. He’s been looking short of confidence for some time so Arsenal fans will be hoping that this goal will boost his confidence and see his form improve.

SUBSTITUTES

Rob HOLDING (on 45): 6

After a wonderful pre-season for the former Bolton man, he had very little to do here as it was total one-way traffic in the second half.

Jeff REINE-ADELAIDE (on 45): 8

The exciting Frenchman has shown flickers of quality so far this summer but he really stepped it up here, revelling in the space the Viking defence were leaving him before grabbing an assist from Alex Iwobi’s goal.

Alex IWOBI (on 45): 9

How do you make an impact with just 45 minutes to do so? Two goals and an assist sure helps. Iwobi was in inspired form, playing a neat back heel to assist Campbell’s second before scoring two brilliantly taken goals himself.

Hector BELLERIN (on 70): N/A

He was in his element here with the Viking defence firmly on the back ropes and he attacked down the right with frequency.

Nacho MONREAL (on 70): N/A

Nothing to do defensively but joined in on a few attacks.

Gedion ZELALEM (on 70): N/A

As he often does, he made some nice passes and was involved for Iwobi’s first goal. Still looks a little lightweight though.

Chris WILLOCK (on 70): N/A

He couldn’t get on the scoresheet himself but some more minutes under his belt.

Chuba AKPOM (on 70): N/A

After missing a great chance to score he did manage to do so eventually, turning in a loose ball after Bellerin’s shot was saved into an empty net. 3 goals in 3 games for the young man now.

 

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