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Sambi Lokonga and Partey struggle in Arsenal player ratings, Smith Rowe excels



Arsenal were held to a 0-0 draw by Brighton on Saturday evening, despite a dismal display from Mikel Arteta’s team. Mikel Arteta, fresh off a tremendous 3-1 victory against Tottenham in the North London Derby, traveled to the south coast with only one absence. Granit Xhaka’s knee injury will keep him out for the rest of the season. And, after starting last time out in the Premier League, the only alteration in the starting lineup was the addition of Albert Sambi Lokonga in midfield.

Aaron Ramsdale

England’s goalkeeper had a string of confident performances. But he appeared apprehensive at times in the damp conditions today. It was a terrible time for him to let one slide through his fingers from a corner that Lewis Dunk should have scored from. 5.

Takehiro Tomiyasu

Another solid defensive performance from the Japanese international. He has rapidly built a partnership with his teammates. But he needs to work on his throw-ins. The number of foul throws was reminiscent of a Hector Bellerin tribute act. 6.

Ben White

On his return to the Amex, the England international put in a solid display. Good in the air and kept Mauapay quiet for the most part. But, White failed to play out from the back, as did the rest of Arsenal’s backline. 6.


Another excellent display of leadership by the Brazilian, who won everything in the air. Arsenal struggled to keep the ball on the ground from goal kicks, so it wasn’t their best performance on the ball. 6.


Looked a bit uncertain in his position and fought to keep Leandro Trossard quiet in the first half. Grew into it a little in the second, but wasn’t able to have much of an attacking impact. 5.

Thomas Partey

The Ghanaian’s shooting isn’t his strength. Three long-distance attempts fell short of the mark. He wasn’t the finest on the ball though. He was frequently robbed of possession, much to his manager’s frustration. 5.

Albert Sambi Lokonga

The Belgian never looked like he knew where he was meant to be. Stood as if he was attempting to fill the shoes of Granit Xhaka. Poor when not in possession and not much better when in possession. 4.

Bukayo Saka

A bright spark for Arsenal who looked dangerous when he got into the game down the right flank. But, such opportunities were few and far between. 7.

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Bukayo Saka in action for Arsenal in their Premier League fixture against Brighton at the Amex Arena. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Martin Odegaard

Struggled to get into the game. Appeared to be growing upset with his teammates as they failed to press as high as he desired. 6.

Emile Smith Rowe

Another strong performance from the Hale Ender. Smith Rowe was the only player who displayed continuous flashes of brilliance. As he looked to decide the game for his team, he made some great spins to avoid the Brighton press. 8.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Didn’t get a sniff as Brighton dominated possession. But when the ball did come his way, he struggled to make it stick. A dismal follow-up to last week’s excellent performance against Spurs. 5.


Nicolas Pepe

Was anonymous when he came on on the left but did a lot more when he went to the right. But it took a lot of effort to get the best of Dan Burn. 6.

Alexandre Lacazette

Immediately enhanced Arsenal’s offense with his link-up play and effectively pulled his teammates into the game during a rare Premier League appearance. 7.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Came on too late to have an impact on the game.

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Arsenal moves up to fifth place thanks to the Smith Rowe winner



The Gunners climbed up to fifth place following a 1-0 win over Watford at the Emirates Stadium, thanks to the third goal from Emile Smith Rowe in five games.

As Arsenal started brightly, Saka’s goal was disallowed for offside after a VAR review.When Danny Rose fouled Alexandre Lacazette on 36 minutes, the Gunners had a golden chance to break the deadlock. But, Foster raced to his right to save Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty.

Emile Smith Rowe stroked a lovely shot into the far corner after a mazy run by Ben White on 56 minutes to give Arsenal the lead.

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Aubameyang’s touch on Martin Odegaard’s 73rd-minute shot was ruled out for offside before Watford’s Joshua King nearly leveled from a tight angle with the goal open.

Juraj Kucka was sent off late in the game for a second bookable offense. But Arsenal held on to climb up to 20 points, six points behind leaders Chelsea. Watford drops to 17th place with 10 points

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Barcelona planning emergency move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameayng?




Barcelona is apparently looking for a striker, and Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is on their radar.

Barcelona is anxious to sign a striker following Sergio Aguero’s layoff due to a heart ailment, according to Catalan newspaper El Nacional. Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of the Catalan giants’ targets. Aubameyang arrived at Arsenal in January 2018 and made an immediate impact.

The forward was nearly incomparable in the first 30 months of his Arsenal career. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Harry Kane were perhaps the only attacking players on his level in the Premier League.

However, the last year has been challenging for Aubameyang. And his troubles have paralleled Arsenal’s. Having said that, the 32-year-old has worked hard to regain his form.

Aubameyang has had a solid start to the 2021/22 season, tallying seven goals and two assists in ten games. His improving form appears to have piqued the interest of Barcelona.

Following Sergio Aguero’s forced layoff due to a heart ailment, Barcelona has no choice but to dip its toes into the transfer market

The injury is supposedly gonna keep the Argentine forward out for at least three months. This leaves the Blaugrana low on attacking alternatives. Especially with Luuk de Jong underwhelming since joining on loan from Sevilla.

As a result, it is no surprise that Barcelona is looking to sign a striker in January. And president Joan Laporta is personally driving the Catalan giants’ effort to sign a center forward this winter. Aubameyang and Edinson Cavani are emerging as the top choices.

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Cavani, like Aubameyang, has been strongly linked with Barcelona recently. Both seasoned players are realistic targets for the club. And Barcelona is willing to spend roughly €20 million on a striker in the January transfer window.

What remains to be seen is if Barcelona’s €20m bid for Aubameyang is enough to entice him away from Arsenal. or if they are compelled to begin an effort for Cavani instead.

With Arsenal making significant progress, it would not be shocking if they refuse to negotiate a deal with Barcelona for the 32-year-old attacker.

In other news, Mikel Arteta reveals why he paid £30 million to recruit Aaron Ramsdale

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Mikel Arteta reveals why he paid £30 million to recruit Aaron Ramsdale



Mikel Arteta raised eyebrows when he spent £30 million on Aaron Ramsdale in the summer

But the 23-year-old has shined for the Gunners this season. Arteta stated that Aaron Ramsdale was brought to Arsenal because of his ability to keep calm under pressure. The Gunners won 2-0 against Leicester last weekend. This victory was all thanks to a string of eye-catching saves from Ramsdale.

Ramsdale’s perfect performance at the King Power Stadium justified the £30 million spent on him during the summer.

“One of the things that I was most impressed with, every time I watched a game he played in his temperament.” – said Mikel Arteta.

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LONDON, ENGLAND: Aaron Ramsdale of Arsenal celebrates their third goal scored by Emile Smith Rowe (not in picture) during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2021. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

“I wanted to watch a lot of clips and moments after he was conceding a goal, making a mistake or sort of difficult moments.

“And that’s one of the big reasons why we made the decision to sign him to play with us.”

Ramsdale has already won over the Arsenal fans by joining in on shouts and engaging in some friendly banter with fans at Leicester last weekend

On whether Ramsdale’s personality had a role in his signing, Arteta added:

“I think yes. This character was able to do that. But at the moment we are working and it is absolutely business.

“At that point, there are no laughs and there is no room for complacency. It’s just about winning.”

Due to Ramsdale’s excellent form, former first-choice keeper Bernd Leno has become an increasingly distant figure at the Emirates.

Arteta, on the other hand, is adamant that despite sitting on the bench, the German international has remained professional, and he is eager to encourage Ramsdale to continue his excellent form.

“Obviously, he’s disappointed, and he should be,” he added. “Because he wants to play and is used to doing so.

“But at the same time, what he needs to do is raise his level. And he’s going to raise Aaron’s level, so everyone is performing really well.

“A big part of that is because Bernd is next to him, trying to help him, trying to support everything in training. And trying to make him a better goalkeeper.

“That is exactly what we want.”

In other news, Arsenal £22.9 million transfer boost according to the Premier League salary table

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