Player Ratings: RC Lens 1-1 Arsenal


Arsenal began their pre-season schedule with a trip to France to take on RC Lens and drew one all in what was a mixed performance.

The Gunners went a goal down in the first half after some poor defending from Calum Chambers but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s lovely chipped late in the game was a consolation in a game that was more about providing youngsters with a chance as well as letting the first-team stars get some minutes under their respective belts.

How did the lads get on in the game?

Emiliano Martinez: 5/10

Was pretty untroubled during his 45 minutes, caught a decent effort but conceded.

Mathieu Debuchy: 4/10

Nothing impressive from Debuchy, who is becoming a bit of a ‘meh’ player. Played 45 minutes and didn’t do much during his time on the pitch.

Per Mertesacker: 4/10

Exposed for his lack of pace on a couple of occasions, nothing we’re not used to seeing from Mertesacker. Will need a couple of games to get back at it.

Calum Chambers: 2/10

Not the best game from Chambers, who was largely at fault for the Lens goal.

Nacho Monreal: 5/10

Nacho played a half and provided some decent width.

Francis Coquelin: 6/10

Put in a couple of strong tackles and did his usual, tidy job.

Mohamed Elneny: 5/10

Moved the ball forward quickly.

Theo Walcott: 3/10

What is the point of Walcott? Same as always, lots of pace and no end product.

Alex Iwobi: 6/10

Looked good in parts, stretched the Lens defence and was good in possession.

Jeff Reine-Adelaide: 6.5/10


Looked very good during his time on the pitch, should’ve scored after creating space for himself but was impressive.

Chuba Akpom: 5/10

Quite an absent performance from Chubs. Had an early shot on target but that was about it. Subbed off at half-time.

Substitutes –

Matt Macey: 7/10

Made a very good save as pretty much his only calling in the game.

Krystian Bielik: 6/10

Looked solid in defence, didn’t have a lot to do but was good in possession.

Kieran Gibbs: 6/10

Offered pace going forward. A good alternative.

Joel Campbell: 6.5/10

He creates a lot more than the likes of Walcott at times and is much more comfortable on the ball, seems to have some idea of what he wants to do.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7/10

Lots of pace going forward and terrorised his opponents with his skill, scored the equaliser with a nice chipped effort.

Serge Gnabry: 6/10

Had a decent bit of involvement in the goal and looked good going forward.

Gedion Zelalem: N/A

Didn’t do too much due to not having much time to play.

Chris Willock: N/A

Again, not much time on the pitch but showed his skill by taking the right back on.

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