A late strike from Alex Oxlade Chamberlain allowed Arsenal to secure a draw in their opening pre-season match against Ligue 2 side RC Lens.
Arsene Wenger’s side is not currently at full strength with none of the Euro 2016 participants featuring in the match, with the Frenchman allowing his young guns to prove their worth. Arsenal did not enjoy their finest start to preparations for the new season, but several players can take a lot of positives to the next match.
Here are the player ratings for the match between RC Lens and Arsenal.
Emiliano Martinez: 6.5/10
Did not have much to do and was let down by his defenders for the goal he conceded.
Mathieu Debuchy: 4/10
Failed to create an impression in the 45 minutes he was on the pitch.
Per Mertesacker: 5/10
The newly appointed captain was punished for his lack of pace on several occasions and struggled during his time on the pitch.
Calum Chambers: 3/10
His poor back pass provided Lens the opportunity to score the opening goal and the England U-21 international never quite seemed composed.
Nacho Monreal: 6/10
Had a decent game, providing the necessary width when needed whilst being solid at the back.
Francis Coquelin: 6/10
Was full of energy and performed his job well in the middle of the park.
Mohamed Elneny: 5.5/10
Was tidy in possession but failed to influence the game.
Theo Walcott: 4/10
Failed to make good use of the chances presented to him and will have to do a lot better if he is to regularly feature in Arsene Wenger’s XI.
Alex Iwobi: 6.5/10
One of Arsenal’s better players on the night, looked sharp and linked up well with his teammates.
Jeff Reine-Adelaide: 6.5/10
A decent performance from the Frenchman who came very close to scoring in the early proceedings.
Chuba Akpom: 5.5/10
A largely innocuous performance from the 20 year old, who squandered his only opportunity to score during the match.
Matt Macey: 7/10
Did not have much to do, but reacted well when called upon.
Krystian Bielik: 6/10
The Polish midfielder looked comfortable on the ball, even when deputizing at centre back.
Kieran Gibbs: 6/10
Offered pace on the flanks and will be looking to provide a stern challenge to Monreal for a starting berth.
Joel Campbell: 6/10
Was presented with a few chances which he failed to convert but had a decent game overall.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7/10
His sublime chip leveled the scores and the Ox made a nuisance of himself in the opposition half.
Serge Gnabry: 6/10
Provided the assist for Chamberlain’s goal and looked threatening when going forward.
Gedion Zelalem: N/A
Did not have much time to influence the match.
Chris Willock: N/A
Did well during the limited time he was on the pitch.