Arsenal: Rating the Gunners' Players vs. Indonesia XI
It is important to remember that preseason friendlies are merely exercises in building fitness and, hopefully, some measure of confidence ahead of a new season.
And this was the first of several of these otherwise meaningless fixtures. Absolutely nothing about a team’s future performance can be derived from such an early game.
Still, a 7-0 win speaks for itself.
Six different goalscorers got in on the act as Arsenal absolutely demolished Indonesia’s Dream Team. After the first half, it looked like this would be a typically narrow victory, but a team comprised mostly of youngsters simply demolished its Southeast Asian opponents in the scorching heat.
Let’s take a quick look at how each player did on a scale from one to 10.
Damian Martinez: 6
Was solid when called upon after entering in the 68th minute.
Bacary Sagna: 7.5
Sagna, who is in the last year of his contract, did a fine job of convincing Arsene Wenger of his worth. A fine cross to Olivier Giroud set up the striker's first goal.
Laurent Koscielny: 6.5
Koscielny had very little to do in the first half, and was substituted at halftime after barely touching the ball. However, that means that he committed no errors.
Gedion Zelalem: 6.5
Zelalem, one of Arsenal's brighter but less seen young talents, was quite threatening in midfield when he came on, threatening to create several dangerous chances during the second half.
Tomas Rosicky: 8.5
He was Arsenal's man of the match, orchestrating Arsenal's attacking play after coming on during the second half and almost single-handedly creating Lukas Podolski's goal.
Kristoffer Olsson: 7
Also a very live wire, Olsson constantly found himself on the ball when the ball was moving forward during the second half.
Lukas Podolski: 7
The German was his normally combative self and displayed a good finishing touch, burying a strike from the center of the penalty area.
Thomas Eisfeld: 6.5
He made some positive contributions here and there, turning in the sort of error-free showing that a player like him needs.
Lukasz Fabianski: 6
See: Martinez, Damian.
Carl Jenkinson: 6.5
A typical bundle of boundless energy. He failed to make any significant defensive mistakes and could develop into Arsenal's first-choice right-back if he is allowed a couple breaks this season.
Per Mertesacker: 6
I honestly cannot remember him doing a single thing during the one half that he was on the pitch, but that means he made no significant errors.
Ignasi Miquel: 7.5
Interestingly, Miquel—who has been given Johan Djourou's old No. 20—was one of the only players left on the pitch for the entire match. He was solid and encouraging at the back, which is exactly what Arsenal would want with only three senior centre-backs at the club.
Kieran Gibbs: 6.5
He didn't have a lot to do in defense, but Gibbs helped along some of the most insurgent attacks of the game, which came down his left flank.
Mikel Arteta: 7
Typically, Arteta orchestrated play from his spot in the center of midfield, occasionally even getting forward to help keep things moving around the penalty box. Some things never change.
Aaron Ramsey: 8
The Welshman was perhaps Arsenal's most energetic player during the first half. As at the end of last season, Ramsey was absolutely everywhere, from the left wing to right in the heart of midfield.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7.5
The Ox was for once entrusted with a position in midfield, and he did not let Arsene Wenger down. Surging runs through the middle of the pitch were common, and one even set up Theo Walcott's opening salvo.
Serge Gnabry: 8
Gnabry showed exactly why he is so highly valued by Arsenal, with a variety of tricks, flicks and astute passes added onto his pace and work rate. He created much of the Gunners' attacking havoc down the left wing. Happy 18th birthday, Serge.
Chuba Akpom: 7
Akpom is another who impressed the manager, with a fine flicked finish to get Arsenal's second goal of the game and really get the scoring snowball rolling down the proverbial mountain at the start of the second half. Certainly one to keep an eye on.
Theo Walcott: 7.5
What do you know, Wenger threw Walcott a bone and allowed him to start at striker, and his often disgruntled attacker responded with the first goal of the game.
It was a fine piece of finishing, too, after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain expertly held the ball up for him on the counterattack. Without thinking, he slotted the ball past the goalkeeper as he rushed into the penalty box, and Arsenal were off and running.
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