Arsenal Player Ratings: Kolasinac and Nelson impress but Mertesacker struggles

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Ospina – Helpless to prevent Benfica’s two goals which both came courtesy of deflections – 6

Holding – The young defender was making his first appearance of pre-season and looked out of sorts – 5

Mertesacker – The Arsenal captain was immense in the FA Cup final but his lack of pace remains an issue and, for both of Benfica’s goals, he was sluggish and cumbersome – 5

Kolasinac – The new left-back hadn’t really impressed so far in pre-season but he grabbed an assist and played a part in another – 7

Nelson – This 17-year-old continues to look the real deal. Fearless, attack minded and strong. Nelson is making a strong case to be a part of the first team this season – 9

Coquelin – Came off in the first half but provided an assist for Walcott – 6

Xhaka – Calm and assured performance in the middle of the park by the Swiss – 7

Maitland-Niles – Started in the back three and was at fault for Benfica’s second – 5

Walcott – Grabbed two goals, should have had a hat-trick but still doubts remain about how he fits into this Arsenal team – 7

Iwobi – The Nigerian needs a big season and he showed his capabilities with a goal and slick display – 7

Giroud – Anonymous for much of the match and didn’t appear to be happy at times but got his name on the scoresheet in the second half – 6


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