Arsenal player ratings vs Aston Villa as Odegaard decent but Havertz and Trossard toil

David Raya: Could easily have conceded two more with Villa's efforts off the woodwork, but wouldn't have been at fault for either. Largely untested on the day and swept relatively well. 6.

Ben White: Got forward really well in the first half when the right hand side was the strong point of the Arsenal attack. You assume he was taken off with Munich in mind. 7.

William Saliba: Hard to really blame him for the first goal. Maybe he could have reacted quicker but he can't have expected the cross to roll all the way through. Not especially bad. 6.

Gabriel: A real lapse in concentration to nearly gift Ollie Watkins an opener in the first half. Decent defensively aside from that though. 5.

Oleksandr Zinchenko: Did really well in the first half as Arsenal dominated the game. The team looked more balanced with him creating and Rice sitting. Evidently tired in the second half though and it was a real surprise not to see him taken off sooner. 5.

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Declan Rice: Decent in the first half in allowing Arsenal to dominate the game. Like the rest of the team really faded in the second period though. 5.

Martin Odegaard: Simply outstanding in the first half. Picked Aston Villa off at will with some sumptuous through balls. Looked completely in the zone. Faded in the second half. 7.

Kai Havertz: Got through in behind a couple of times but never really looked like scoring. Caught offside far too often. A good shift off the ball for the most part but a weak attempt to block the cross that led to the goal. 5.

Bukayo Saka: A real threat in the first half down the right hand side where he might well have scored. Almost non-existent in the second period though. 5.

Gabriel Jesus: Some good work in behind in the first half to create chances. Should have got an assist if Trossard had taken his chance. Tired as the game went on in the second half. 6.

Leandro Trossard: Not as able to influence the game as he has been the past two matches from the bench. Should have scored his chance from close range even if Martinez did well to save. 5.


Takehiro Tomiyasu: Not really the sub to break the game open. Felt more like one with an eye on Tuesday. Not at fault for any goals but Arsenal's attacking threat down the right disappeared when he replaced White. 6.

Gabriel Martinelli: Arsenal didn't take their chance to release him one-vs-one with the tiring Konsa at all. On paper the ideal sub for this game, but not utilised enough. 6.

Jorginho: An uncharacteristically uncomposed decision to try a through ball that was never on left Arsenal totally exposed for the second goal. 5.

Emile Smith Rowe: Introduced probably too late to have a meaningful impact. Tried his best to stop Watkins on the counter but it was a fine finish. 6.

Eddie Nketiah: Came on too late to influence the game. n/a.