Matt Macey – 5
Didn’t do a massive amount wrong but hard to give a keeper too much credit when you concede three goals. Needs to be more vocal in organising his defence if they are not where he wants them to be.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles – 6
Dangerous going forward but was also targetted by the away side down the right flank. A mixed bag, but you do feel his best position is central midfield.
Josh da Silva – 7
The Gunners’ best defender on the night. City got very little joy down the left as Da Silva controlled his side very well.
Rob Holding – 5
Won’t have fully regained his confidence after this performance. As a first team player, he should be stepping up and bossing his teammates around more when playing for the U23s.
Krystian Bielik – 5
Played the whole second half with a clearly injured shoulder. It’s not his fault he was not taken off but he will be disappointed in his performance, especially giving away the penalty.
Julio Pleguezuelo – 5
Looked solid until City started to apply the pressure a bit more. He was protected well by Da Silva for most of the match but was exposed badly when left on his own.
Donyell Malen – 5
Tried to be the hero a bit too much when he should probably have played more of a supporting role. Perhaps the bright lights of the Emirates got to him but he needs to drastically improve his final ball if he is to progress to the next level.
Joe Willock – 7
Did what he needed to do for most of the game and didn’t do a lot wrong. Hasn’t quite stepped up like his teammate Nelson.
Eddie Nketiah – 9
Scored two goals and was unlucky to not have a third. He looked dangerous every time he got the ball and is a very exciting prospect.
Jack Wilshere – 6
Had a decent game until the red card. In fairness to Wilshere, he was hit late and from behind many times tonight and eventually snapped. He got no protection from the ref but he needs to be smarter than that.
Reiss Nelson – 8.5
A superb first half and started the second strongly, scoring twice for the Gunners. But he faded a little as the game went on until finding a second wind in the final 10 minutes. Was a creative force for most of the game.
Marcus McGuane – 6
Came on quite late in the game and had very few opportunities to impose himself on the game. Still, put himself about well and contributed to some late breaks.
Vlad Dragomir – 6
Was more involved at the centre of the park than McGuane but similarly failed to impose himself in any memorable way.