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Arsenal player ratings vs Brighton as Xhaka decision backfires and Lacazette is poor

How the Gunners got on individually in their Premier League clash with Graham Potter's side at the Emirates

Aaron Ramsdale: Could he have done more to stop the Mwepu volley? Perhaps. He wasn’t really the main reason Arsenal lost today even if his passing wasn’t quite its usual accurate self. 5.

Cedric: Was done by some terrific passing in the build up to the second goal and Brighton’s incisiveness in possession meant he couldn’t get forward as much on the right. 6.

Ben White: Had occasions where he dordelled on the ball a touch but that was more to do the lack of movement in front of him. Lots of touches but not much incision with his passing. 5.

Gabriel: Much better than on Monday night and came very close to a goal and arguably should have had an assist for Martinelli’s goal that was ruled out. Far too passive on the ball though. 5.

Granit Xhaka: Bizarrely chosen to play left back again and it didn’t really work. Drifted infield where he could but couldn’t support the attack and was shown up in his one-vs-one defending at times. 5.

Albert Sambi Lokonga: Just doesn’t compare to Thomas Partey at the base of Arsenal’s midfield. His passing, while forward for the most part, was often inaccurate and the Gunners struggled to create through the middle as a result. 5.

Martin Odegaard: Looked to lose his composure a little as Arsenal began to chase the game. Some very strange decisions in possession and couldn’t create despite being asked to play in that right hand pod where he’s been so effective recently. Did manage to pull one back with a deflected effort from distance though and kept trying till the end. 7.

Emile Smith Rowe: Had a few decent moments moments where his runs into the box from the left eight position worked, but appeared to pick an injury and wasn’t really the same after that. 5.

Bukayo Saka: You know it’s not your day when even Saka has a bad game. Nothing quite worked for him going forward, while his shooting and passing was off for much of the encounter. 5.

Alexandre Lacazette: Non-existent again. Teams have snuffed out the Frenchman as a link man in recent weeks and with his goal scoring record as poor as it is you wonder what he brings to the team. 4.

Gabriel Martinelli: Probably the most likely for Arsenal on the day. Was very unlucky to see his goal on the stroke of half time ruled out for offside. Created the most chances in the first half but looked to pick up an injury in the second. 7.

Substitutes –

Eddie Nketiah: Did very little to impact the match after coming on. Had a huge chance but managed to hit it off the underside of the cross bar. 5.

Nicolas Pepe: Got into the box and offered more of a threat in the final third as Arsenal chased the game, but was probably brought on too late. 6.