Arsenal player ratings vs Watford as White and Maitland-Niles shine but Sambi Lokonga struggles

Aaron Ramsdale: Hardly had anything to do but was his usual animated self. Just about got away with a rush of blood to the head towards the end as he almost created a goal for Josh King. 6.

Takehiro Tomiyasu: A few moments on the ball where he looks a little suspect and his attacking play could be worked on, but the Japanese international continues to be really defensively solid. 6.

Ben White: His high pressing and interception skills were crucial in seizing on Kucka’s mistake for Smith Rowe’s goal. Usual marauding runs forward were crucial in breaking the tightly packed lines too. 8.

Gabriel: A few moments where he was a little slow building from the back but the Brazilian was defensively solid. Strong and good in the air he really has it all to be a world class centre back. 6.

Nuno Tavares: Really energetic display from Tavares who is ridiculously quick in the flesh. Enthusiastic as ever even though he was hardly used in the build up down the left despite his runs. 7.

Albert Sambi Lokonga: A game to forget for the Belgian. Constantly caught in possession in the middle of the park and could well have cost his team a goal had White not been so alert to block Kucka’s shot in the first half. 4.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles: This was a big chance for the England international who suddenly has a big opportunity to play in his preferred position. He took it well with some lovely interceptions and nifty little balls in to teammate to create chances. 8.

Bukayo Saka: Ran Danny Rose ragged on the former Tottenham defender’s first game at the Emirates in a while. Without VAR would have been on the scoresheet to cap off a solid display. 7.

Alexandre Lacazette: Found himself towards the right wing a lot but didn’t affect the game too much from there. Industrious as ever and was sharp to win the penalty. 7.

Emile Smith Rowe: The youngest player since Cesc Fabregas to score in three consecutive matches for Arsenal. The Hale Ender wasn’t actually involved that much in the game but is developing a useful knack for popping up when it counts, as he did with the goal. 7.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: Worked himself into the ground but missed one penalty and robbed Odegaard of a goal. Harsh to be too critical of the 32-year-old but a day where he couldn’t really do anything right. 5.