We can say Arsenal is playing within his limits with a the young players, except for four senior players who are playing in their normal position. Both teams were attacking, but Arsenal’s midfield with the lack of creativity made it harder to help in the offense. Wenger had to start Iwobi upfront, and let Wilshere replace Willock in the midfield for creativity.However, Red Star Belgrade played almost like the away game, missing a lot of chances but dangerous. Both teams went out with a point at the end which gave Arsenal a qualification.
We will rate our players after every match, here is Arsenal Insider players ratings:
Macey: Good match, shows confidence with an early save outside his area, and a world class save in the 34th minute from a long range and 36th minute. He will have a great future indeed. 8/10
Mohamed Elneny: One of the best players today, even though he is playing out of position. He was helping in the midfield as well. 8/10
Rob Holding: An average match. Still not last season’s Holding. One of his bad marks was going to cause a goal. 6/10
Reiss Nelson: Was doing his job properly as a wing back. Had some dangerous attempts and passes in the 18 yard area and started to get used to the defensive role. 7/10
Ainsley Maitland-Niles: Good match, but not as good as Nelson’s side. We didn’t see him a lot offensively. 7/10
Francis Coquelin: Weird falling and losing the ball such is in the 44th minute, and missed a chance to pass on the 31th minute by weirdly kicking the ball on a player. 4/10
Joe Willock: We can’t judge him in his first few competitive matches, but a good game.
Jack Wilshere: One of the best, like usual. But in some times he seemed affected by Southgate’s decision. 7/10
Theo Walcott: Iwobi had to start over him. Unfortunatley, Walcott this season is far away from being an average player. Wrong passes and wrong shots. 4/10
Olivier Giroud: The only player that was trying up front. He was isolated most of the times. 6/10
Man of the match: Non of Arsenal’s players on the pitch was able to make the difference today and score. However, some were able to prevent Red Star Belgrade from scoring such as Macey and Elneny. I would go for Macey who made two consecutive saves and saved Arsenal from losing.
Arsene Wenger (manager): I think the formation was able to be better, with Wilshere in the midfield and Iwobi up front, which would give the midfield more creativity and the offense more strength. Arsenal was able to go out with just one point at home. 5/10