Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal player ratings

Jurgen Locadia and Mathew Ryan starred as Brighton drew 1-1 in the Premier League with Arsenal this evening. Here's how James Wootton rated the players of both teams.

Wednesday, 26th December 2018, 9:20 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 10:56 am
Jurgen Locadia. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

Mathew Ryan - 8

Two great saves to deny Aubameyang in the first half. Albion are going to miss him when he goes on international duty.

Glenn Murray challenges Sokratis. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Martin Montoya - 7

Looked bright down the right in the first half, did well against the pacy Arsenal attack.

Shane Duffy - 7

Marked his return to action after suspension with a traditional big defensive display.

Leon Balogun - 6

One of a few Albion players to be floored by Lacazette’s neat footwork for the opener. Proved a hard man to beat for the rest of the game.

Bernardo - 7

Some surging runs down the left flank. Growing in quality with every game.

Dale Stephens - 7

Some neat play and great vision to pick out some dangerous forward passes.

Davy Propper - 7

Long through ball reached Locadia to set up Albion’s equaliser. Missed a great chance when he fired wide from six yards.

Pascal Gross - 6

Some good creative play in the first half, didn’t make as much of an impact in the second period.

Solly March - 7

A good source of creativity. Wasted a great chance when he looped an effort over the bar when closing in on the Arsenal goal.

Glenn Murray - 7

Almost equalised for Albion in the first half after bundling his effort over the line only for it to be ruled out for a foul on the Arsenal goalkeeper. Always a handful for the Arsenal defence.

Jurgen Locadia - 9

Didn’t put a foot wrong all game. Superbly took his goal when he latched onto Propper’s ball through before coolly evading Leno and prodding home into the empty net. Came close to a winner in the second half but dragged a shot wide.

Subs

Florin Andone N/A

Almost wiggled his way through at the end but it wasn’t to be.

Anthony Knockaert N/A Helped defensively as Albion looked to secure a point.

Unused: David Button, Bruno, Gaetan Bong, Beram Kayal, Yves Bissouma.

ARSENAL

Bernd Leno - 6

Not the most confident of displays. Had a lucky let off when the referee deemed a foul against Murray on the Arsenal keeper.

Stephan Lichtsteiner - 5

Tried to exploit Albion down the right-hand side but Bernardo was more than a match for him. Made the mistake which led to Brighton's equaliser.

Sokratis - 6

Had a solid battle against Glenn Murray.

Laurent Koscielny - 6

Not the strongest of performances, Arsenal’s defence looked like they could have been penetrated every time Albion went forward.

Sead Kolasinac - 7

Had a good battle with Solly March down Arsenal’s left-hand side.

Granit Xhaha - 5

Quiet game in the centre of midfield. Took the captain's armband after Koscielny was subbed.

Matteo Guendouzi - 7

Saw a lot of the ball and controlled the tempo for Arsenal during the game.

Lucas Torreira - 7Lively performance, especially in the second half.

Mesut Ozil - 5

Subbed at half-time, one of those games where the German went missing.

Alexandre Lacazette - 7

Neat footwork inside the box provided Arsenal with the spark to take the lead. Subbed on the hour mark.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - 8

Top quality finish to open the scoring, right footed curler into the top corner. Was also denied by two excellent saves by Ryan.

Subs

Aaron Ramsey -6

Failed to change the game after coming on.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles - 6

Pacy threat down the right.

Alex Iwobi -6

Had an effort deflected just wide of the Albion goal.

Unused: Petr Cech, Mohamed Elneny, Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock.

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