player ratings: Arsenal 2 vs 0 Sevilla

Arsenal barely had to get out of second gear as they beat Sevilla 2-0 to move to the brink of qualification for the Champions League last-16.

Stand-in No9 Leandro Trossard opened the scoring from Bukayo Saka’s cross after half-an-hour and the England winger converted coolly to make the game safe in the second half.

Arsenal player ratings against sevilla, as per the standard.

David Raya 7

Untroubled by Sevilla aside from one hairy moment when Mariano Diaz broke through in the second half. Played out well with his feet.

Ben White 7

Got forward well to support Saka and involved in some slick one-touch passages of play. Cleared the danger when Diaz got behind.

William Saliba 7

Tracked back to make a crucial challenge on Adria Pedrosa in Sevilla’s only menacing moment of the first half but miscued a header to leave Raya exposed at 2-0. Coped well with the physical Youssef En-Nesyri.

Gabriel 8

Used the ball well and was comfortable in repelling Sevilla’s repeated long balls.

Takehiro Tomiyasu 6

Solid as ever. Had next to no defending to do as Arsenal dominated the first half.

Declan Rice 8

Commanding and composed at the base of midfield, winning the ball from Erik Lamela in the build up to Trossard’s goal.

Jorginho 8

Unlocked stubborn Sevilla with the killer pass to Saka for the opening goal. Perfect for this kind of game.

Kai Havertz 7

Miscued a free header from close range after just a minute but grew into the game and was lively in the second half, curling an effort just wide.

Bukayo Saka 9

Decisive. Kept his head to square to Trossard for the opening goal and took his own superbly. A constant menace down the right.

Gabriel Martinelli 8

Had the beating of Juanlu every single time. The only thing missing was a final pass — until his superb assist for Saka.

Leandro Trossard 8

Took his goal well to justify Arteta’s decision to play him up front. Sent a couple of others chances just wide in a lively display.

 

Subs

Oleksandr Zinchenko (Tomiyasu 45′) 7

Nearly scored with a spectacular volley but his effort was too close to Marko Dmitrovic. Finished the game in midfield.

Fabio Vieira (Trosssard 81′) 6

Neat cameo.

Reiss Nelson (Martinelli 81′) 6

Worked hard for the last 10.

Jakob Kiwior (Saka 85′) 6

Saved Saka’s legs after the England winger went down clutching his calf.

Mohamed Elneny (Jorginho 90′) N/A

 

Not used: Ramsdale, Hein, Cedric, Cozier-Duberru, Sagoe Jr.