Arsenal held Sporting Lisbon to a 0-0 draw at the Emirates to guarantee themselves a place in the next round of the Europa League.
With little action to report on, the Gunners will be hoping the injury sustained to Danny Welbeck wasn’t as serious as first anticipated, with the England international needing a stretcher and an oxygen mask to leave the field in the first half.
Jérémy Mathieu was sent off for a professional challenge late on, hacking down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as he bore down on goal, but Arsenal couldn’t take advantage of the away side’s personnel deficit in the final minutes.
Here is how we rated the Arsenal players during this encounter.
Petr Cech - 6
Quiet night for Cech, where he was barely called into action.
Stephan Lichtsteiner - 7
Demonstrated his vast wealth of experience, marshalling the pace of Nani well on the right hand side.
Sokratis - 7
Experienced head to guide his more inexperienced partner at the back, the Greek defender didn’t put a foot wrong.
Rob Holding - 7
Confident and solid, and produced some smart blocks as the game crept on.
Carl Jenkinson - 6
Not every fan’s choice to start, but he didn’t look to unfamiliar, despite it being his first start in quite some time.
Aaron Ramsey - 6
Did the defensive work well, but couldn’t much offensively.
Mattéo Guendouzi - 7
Still very much a raw talent, but the diamond is constantly being polished with every game.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan - 6
Showed flashes of attacking flair but couldn’t consistently prove to be a threat to Lisbon.
Emile Smith-Rowe - 6
Did reasonably well and made some nice movements, but didn’t influence the game as much as he may have hoped.
Alex Iwobi -
Did well off the ball, creating space and making movements. On the ball, could have been more effective.
Danny Welbeck - 5
Unfair to judge, as he left the field under unfortunate circumstances after just half an hour.