Bayern Munich 1-0 Arsenal | Player Ratings
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Bayern Munich 1-0 Arsenal | Player Ratings

17/04/24 21:30

David Raya - 5

Raya’s performance was exactly what you would expect after watching Arsenal this season. When Arsenal had the ball, the goalkeeper was a key part of building up from the back. When Bayern got shots away it was his defenders who were helping him more as the first time there was no clear block the ball was behind the Spaniard and in the net.

Ben White - 5

White had a fairly good defensive performance but in the deciding moment he failed to block Guerreiro’s cross which set up Kimmich’s winner. With Saka’s lacklustre performance as well, i can’t help but feel that if Ben White pushed up more and overlapped with his team mate more it would’ve given Arsenal a better chance of going through.

William Saliba - 6

The French defender was calm on the ball throughout the match and defended well against Bayern’s attackers, preventing any chances of not falling to Harry Kane. He did the job he was required to do and in the moment that decided the match, he was static covering the back-post while Kimmich dived in.

Gabriel Magahlaes - 6

Like Salibe, it’s hard to discuss Gabriel’s performance on such a poor result when I personally feel Arsenal’s number 6 put in a solid performance. He did his job in possession peffectly and when called upon defensively, was a reliable response to Bayern’s attackers. He may have been in a better position to maybe track Kimmich but on a night where Arsenal failed to score, blaming a defender for letting in one goal would be harsh.

Takehiro Tomiyasu - 6

The Japanese defender got his first start of the calendar year in Arsenal’s most important game of the season. Tomiyasu fared better against Sane than Kiwior and Zinchenko in the first leg, despite getting beaten once in the first half. The defender did his job valiantly and wasn’t at fault for the goal.

Jorginho - 5

The Italian international was a key part of Arsenal’s tactical plan throughout the match. His relationship with Rice and the defence was a larger presence in this leg. Arsenal through Jorginho were capable of keeping the ball, without the worry of Bayern’s press. The second half wasn’t quite the same for Jorginho as quickly after Arsenal gave away the lead to bayern, the midfielder was brought off to give Arsenal a bigger attacking presence.

Declan Rice - 5

A much improved performance compared to the first leg. With the Englishman not having to worry about a possible suspension, as he did in the first leg, he was able to play his game. Rice was calmer and dribbled more on the ball, trying to find a gap in the Bayern defence. In the second half, like most of Arsenal’s players, Rice found it much harder with Konrad Laimer starting to dictate the match, resulting in Bayern’s opener.

Martin Ødegaard - 7

The Norwegian got Arsenal’s first shot on target in the match, with his deflected strike forcing Manuel Neuer into a save. Every Arsenal attack had the Arsenal skipper in a key role. Odegaard’s ability to keep the ball in tight spaces was crucial to Arsenal’s periods of control. He was Arsenal’s best player on a disappointing night as he never gave up and kept on trying to push his side forward.

Bukayo Saka - 4

Arsenal’s starboy would’ve been expected to have an even better match this time around with Alphonso Davies suspended. This wasn’t the case as Saka was constantly isolated on the right wing with limited space, often being forced into passing back away from the Bayern box.

Kai Havertz - 5

Arsenal had to spend periods of the match without the ball and in those periods, Kai Havertz was constantly moving and was always ready to press the Bayern defence. When Arsenal were on the attack Havertz didn’t offer too much. Despite being offside on two occasions, Havertz’ only moment of action came from a simple header straight at Neuer.

Gabriel Martinelli - 4

Gabriel Martinelli had Arsenal’s best chance of the first half and only managed a rushed finish which went straight into the hands of Manuel Neuer. The Brazilian was then partly responsible for Bayern’s opener as he lost Jurien Kimmich in the box before the German international headed past David Raya to give Bayern the advantage in the tie.

SUBSTITUTES

Leandro Trossard - 4

After coming on, the Belgian had the opposite impact compared to last week, with Arsenal losing their grip on the match. The only notable moment from the forward was giving away a freekick in stoppage time in a great position when he should’ve crossed the ball.

Gabriel Jesus - 4

Like Trossard, Jesus didn’t manage to recreate his substitute performance from the first leg. It’s hard to criticise a substitute when the opposition had a dominant second half. But for a forward to come on and leave the match with no shots

Eddie Nketiah - N/A

Nketiah didn’t have enough time to change the match but the fact that he was called upon in a European semi-final when most Premier League sides wouldn’t start the striker says a lot about Arsenal’s squad

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