May 17, 2022

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Arsenal half time player ratings vs Millwall as Tierney impresses but Nketiah frustrates

Arthur Okonkwo: One excellent save from Benkik Afobe early on which shows what the youngster can do. A few shakey moments afterwards though including flapping at a long ball forwards into the box and dribbling a poor Elneny backpass out of play showed why he’s not quite ready yet. 5.

Calum Chambers: Scored probably the easiest goal of his career after an excellent effort from Aubameyang. Got forward in attack well and provided some much needed aerial solidity given Arsenal’s struggles with set pieces so far this season. 7.

Rob Holding: Lead the backline very well and was vocal throughout. Solid enough on the ball and defensively sounds throughout the half. 6.

Pablo Mari: Another leader at the back who helped young Okonkwo through his mistakes. Played the ball out nicely as well with his left foot a really good option for opening up the passing lanes. 6.

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Kieran Tierney: The usual trick of getting forward aggressively worked a treat for the Scot. Milwall couldn’t deal with his high runs down the left and his excellent delivery. Should have had an assist if not for a poor miss from Nketiah. 8.

Mohamed Elneny: A willing option on the ball even if slightly unadventurous on it. A poor pass put Okonkwo in a difficult position, but he did a good enough job immitating the Xhaka role of covering Tierney in the left back position. 6.

Thomas Partey: Kept the midfield ticking over nicely and consistently found space well. A few shots from distance as well. Law of averages suggests one of them will eventually go in. 7.

Nicolas Pepe: A nice ball over to Aubameyang for his chance was a highlight of a relatively lowkey display. Probably should have scored when found in the penalty box after a cutback by Nketiah. 6.

Emile Smith Rowe: Save for one nice turn and shot from distance didn’t do an awful lot on his first outing wearing the number 10 shirt. More will follow in future games though so no worries about him after his contract extension this week. 6.

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Eddie Nketiah: A brace of poor early misses set the tone for a frustrating display from the youngster. Caught on his toes on occasion as well although it feels harsh to be too critical given how hard he worked despite being played out of position on the left. 5.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: An excellent bicycle kick effort was desperately unlucky not to find it’s way into the back of the net. However, some instances of weak hold up play will be a concern for Arteta if he is to play centre forward regularly. 6.

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