Arsenal 3-1 Orlando City: player ratings as Mikel Arteta’s Gunners cruises pass Orlando City today.
Arsenal beat Orlando City 3-1 to maintain its perfect preseason record. Gabriel Martinelli’s deflected goal in the first half gave the Gunners the lead, and second-half goals from Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson sealed the victory.
A radically different starting lineup from the one that defeated Everton by a score of 2-0 was chosen by Mikel Arteta.
In the preseason, Rob Holding, Nuno Tavares, Pablo Mari, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Mohamed Elneny, and Nicolas Pepe were all starting while Aaron Ramsdale made his first preseason appearance. The Gunners’ Eddie Nketiah was in charge of the line.
The Gunners took the lead after just five minutes. The Brazilian had space after a deft one-two between Gabriel Martinelli and Sambi Lokonga, and his deflected drive got past Orlando goalkeeper Pedro Gallese.
With 25 minutes played, Benji Michel, who had the goal at his mercy after being set up by a long ball over the top, forced Aaron Ramsdale into a fine stop.
After the beverage break, Orlando City tied the score when Facundo Torres, who had intercepted a long pass, cut inside Nuno Tavares and beat Ramsdale with a shot.
Arsenal entered the locker room level at 1-1, and the remainder of the half was rather unremarkable.
As Arteta made many adjustments, the second half got underway with Arsenal in complete control. In the 65th minute, Eddie Nketiah scored the opening goal for the Gunners after Gabriel Jesus was brought down in the box. The Englishman was there to score off the rebound.
Almost 10 minutes remained when Arsenal scored their third goal. After some solid work from Martin Odegaard and Bukayo Saka, Nelson scored to give the Gunners a two-goal advantage. Nelson lofted a beautiful pass to Nelson, who slammed it home.
The remainder of the second half was quite boring as Arsenal controlled the ball and forced Orlando City to chase after shadows. a convincing 3-1 victory, with Arsenal now focusing on Chelsea.
Here are the player rankings for Arsenal following their victory over Orlando.
Defenders and goalkeepers
Ramsdale (GK) 5/10 – had little to do other than take the ball out of his net. For our Englishman, it was minutes at least.
Cedric (RB) scored a 5/10 because he moved forward well but lacked any cutting edge once he found himself in advantageous situations. Without being excellent, okay.
Tavares was the focus, therefore Tavares’ holding (CB) just needed to be adequate in the first half. strong hit out.
Mari (4/10) – Poor first half for the back four as a whole. He was mostly a spectator and struggled to handle the long balls.
LB Tavares (5/10) He had a terrible first half as Orlando went at him. He contributed to the goal, played better in the second half, but did nothing to demonstrate that he can be a reliable backup when the season starts.
Midfielders Elneny (CM) scored a 6/10. Very meticulous, as we have come to expect from the Egyptians, but decent enough. solid but not exceptional.
5/10 Lokonga (CM) – Generally speaking, the midfield was solid enough; in the first half, the player kept things simple and played inside his comfort zone.
5/10 for Maitland-Niles (CM) had several good touches in the center of the field but was unable to establish a position in the match.
Pepe (RW) received a 5/10. a chance to demonstrate his value, but did nothing to raise his price in any way. There were a few flashes here and there, but nothing happened.
Martinelli (RW) received a score of 6/10. His goal was scored after a significant deflection, and he started the game off strong and enthusiastic. faded toward the end of the first half.
Nketiah (7/10, ST) – A true poacher’s finish allowed him to put himself on the scoresheet after struggling with his colleagues during the first half. good performance.