Rapid Vienna vs Arsenal result: Player ratings as Thomas Partey impresses in first start for winning Gunners

Alex Pattle
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 (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
(Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Rapid Vienna

Richard Strebinger – 7: Could have been tested more but was alert throughout. Little he could do about either Arsenal goal.

Filip Stojkovic – 6: Started fairly solidly but did struggle somewhat as the game wore on.

Maximilian Hofmann – 7: Decent showing and made one key block at 1-0.

Mateo Barac – 6: Competent outing for the most part.

Kelvin Arase – 6: Always looked to get in promising positions but was largely denied the necessary service to make something happen from there.

Dejan Ljubicic – 6: Little to criticise in the case of the midfielder.

Srdjan Grahovac – 5: Cynical foul to stop a surging Pepe break saw the midfielder booked early on.

Maximilian Ullmann – 6: Solid performance in the middle of the pitch.

Ercan Kara – 7: Did a decent job of making a nuisance of himself, and that paid off as he intercepted Leno’s pass early in the second half before Fountas finished.

Taxiarchis Fountas celebrates giving Rapid Vienna the leadGetty Images
Taxiarchis Fountas celebrates giving Rapid Vienna the leadGetty Images

Marcel Ritzmaier – 5: Barnsley loanee’s deliveries were at times sub-par and he was booked in the second half.

Taxiarchis Fountas – 8: Looked his side’s best chance of scoring and did just that after Leno’s error.

Arsenal

Bernd Leno – 3: Gifted the hosts a goal early in the second half by passing it straight to them in the Arsenal box. Nearly repeated his mistake on two further occasions.

Cedric Soares – 6: Looked to push up the right flank as often as possible but wasn’t as convincing defensively.

David Luiz – 6: Brazilian put Leno under a bit of unnecessary pressure with a back pass that allowed Vienna to pounce and score shortly after half-time. Redeemed himself with a strong headed goal, though.

David Luiz contributed to the error that saw Arsenal go behind, but equalised with a headerAFP via Getty Images
David Luiz contributed to the error that saw Arsenal go behind, but equalised with a headerAFP via Getty Images

Gabriel – 7: Made a number of good clearances and looked assured for the most part.

Sead Kolasinac – 6: Stormed up the left wing with vigour as frequently as he could.

Thomas Partey – 8: First start for Arsenal. Showed his eagerness to make forward passes and his ability to read the game and break up play. Made a crucial tackle to stop Fountas getting a shot off after a swift Vienna break in the first half.

Mohamed Elneny – 7: A strong presence in the middle of the pitch for the visitors.

Bukayo Saka – 7: Lively on the ball and provided a couple of terrific deliveries.

Nicolas Pepe – 6: Pace troubled Vienna occasionally, but an end product was severely lacking – until the winger’s free-kick found Luiz’s head for the visitors to equalise.

Alexandre Lacazette – 6: Handed the captain’s armband, the striker held the ball up well at times but rarely looked like scoring.

Substitutes Hector Bellerin and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang combined for Arsenal’s second goalGetty Images
Substitutes Hector Bellerin and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang combined for Arsenal’s second goalGetty Images

Eddie Nketiah – 5: Unnecessarily booked for kicking the ball away after the whistle had gone at one point, and was later fortunate to escape a second booking for a challenge on Stojkovic.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 8: Came off the bench and injected a greater threat into the Arsenal front line. Didn’t take him long to score.

Hector Bellerin – 7: Substitute provided the assist for Aubameyang as Arsenal took the lead.

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