Arsenal player ratings vs Norwich: Lokonga and White shine; Maitland-Niles struggles

By Simon Collings

Arsenal claimed their first Premier League win of the season courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Norwich.

Simon Collings was at Emirates Stadium to assess the Arsenal players...

Aaron Ramsdale 6

A solid, if quiet, afternoon for the goalkeeper on his home debut. Looked calm on the ball and he played out from the back well.

Takehiro Tomiyasu 7

A good debut from the Japan international, who has barely trained this week. Looks like he can be a threat going forward.

Ben White 8

A strong showing from the centre-back. Played out from the back with real class. Some of his passing was a delight.

Gabriel 7

A first game of the season for the Brazilian and he did well all things considered. Seems to have a decent enough understanding with White.

Kieran Tierney 7

Solid stuff from the Scot, who got forward as much as he could. Is forming a nice relationship with Bukayo Saka ahead of him.

Albert Sambi Lokonga 8 | Star man

Taken off before the end but he was excellent. Looks ready to play at this level and will expect to push Granit Xhaka very hard for a starting spot.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles 5

Was handed the start in central midfield he has craved, but struggled. Shifted to right-back towards the end of the game.

Nicolas Pepe 8

His performance dipped a little bit before half-time, but he was otherwise very lively. Worked exceptionally hard off the ball too.

Martin Odegaard 7

Was bright and sharp, but his performance perhaps lacked a little bit of cutting edge. Promising signs though.

Bukayo Saka 7

Solid and reliable from Saka. On another afternoon he could have bagged himself a goal too.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 7

He got the winning goal, but he should have had one or two more. Still not his usual self, but that goal will help his confidence.


Thomas Partey (Lokonga 62’) 8

He is just a Rolls-Royce of a midfielder. A cut above the rest and passing was excellent when he came on.

Emile Smith Rowe (Tomiyasu (62’) 7

A very good cameo from the attacking midfielder. Almost scored but Tim Krul denied him with a fine save.

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