Player ratings as Tierney strike confirms top spot

Arsenal validated leading area in their Europa League group as Kieran Tierney’s first-half strike saw them dispatch Zurich 1-0 on Thursday night.

The protector opened the scoring after a tense opening and the hosts held their Swiss challengers at bay for the rest of the video game to win Group A and render PSV Eindhoven’s triumph at Bodo/Glimt unimportant.

It indicates Mikel Arteta’s side development directly to the last 16 and will prevent a knockout play-off versus a Champions League droput.

Arsenal had actually won 12 successive video games at the Emirates heading into Thursday night, though were a little cagey as they went after the triumph that would win Group A.

A Zurich corner discovered its method to Jonathan Okita, who smashed over prior to the offside flag was raised. However, that inform danger was snuffed out as the Gunners took the lead through left back Tierney.

A rather scrappy accumulation saw Fabio Vieira have 2 shots obstructed prior to the ball discovered the Scotsman, whose arrowed effort flew into the bottom corner.

Arsenal upset Zurich’s rhythm and a careless pass from Cheick Oumar Conde enabled Mohamed Elneny to discover Eddie Nketiah, whose strike from 20 backyards was beaten away by Yanick Brecher.

The house side’s style started to come out, with Gabriel Jesus snapping well into Nketiah’s course prior to Vieira shown up on the scene. The Portuguese midfielder’s shot hit Jesus and was up to Reiss Nelson, however his effort was obstructed.

Okita revealed his danger for the visitors and a deflection off Elneny had Aaron Ramsdale rushing towards the bottom corner to make the conserve. Nketiah was quickly rejected at the other end of the pitch, having a company header conserved by Brecher, while Vieira had actually an effort cleared by Guerrero with Brecher stranded.

Arsenal weren’t excessively extended throughout the opening parts of the 2nd half, with routine beginners Bukayo Saka, Thomas Partey, Martin Odegaard and Takehiro Tomiyasu beginning as alternatives to assist close the video game out.

The surface was a little tenser than house fans would have hoped as they stopped working to discover a killer 2nd objective, however they ultimately reached full-time with their 1-0 lead undamaged and their location in the last 16 of the Europa League protected.

Arsenal gamer rankings (4-3-3)

GK: Aaron Ramsdale – 7/10 – Had one mistake when a pass gone for Holding went out for a Zurich corner. Needed on a couple of events to highlight some appealing conserves and was worthy of the tidy sheet.

RB: Ben White – 6/10 – Created a good opening for Saka. Passing was a little askew typically however defensively noise.

CB: Rob Holding – 6/10 – Very great in the air and won 4 takes on. Zurich just threatened in spots, so not a hard getaway.

CB: Gabriel – 6/10 – Another great screen from the Brazilian, though he’ll deal with harder jobs.

POUND: Kieran Tierney – 9/10 – Arrived on the scene to slam in the video game’s only objective. An assaulting danger left wing and recuperated the ball regularly in defence.

CM: Fabio Vieira – 8/10 – Influence grew on Arsenal’s assaulting play and he was associated with the accumulation to Tierney’s strike with a number of obstructed shots. Made 4 crucial passes.

CM: Mohamed Elneny – 6/10 – Workmanlike in the middle from Elneny, who made a number of takes on.

CM: Albert Sambi Lokonga – 6/10 – Adventurous with the ball at his feet and kept things ticking over.

RW: Reiss Nelson – 7/10 – Looked quite positive off the back of 2 league objectives and contributed in defence, making 3 takes on.

ST: Gabriel Jesus – 7/10 – A couple of minutes of charming interaction with his forward line went unrewarded. Always aimed to dribble beyond his marker where possible.

LW: Eddie Nketiah – 6/10 – His side’s most precise shooter on the night with 2 efforts on target. A little aggravating however may have included a couple of to Arsenal’s tally on another night.

SUB: Bukayo Saka (63′ for Jesus) – 6/10 – One chance from White’s pass simply left his grasp.

SUB: Thomas Partey (63′ for Elneny) – 7/10 – Zurich discovered it more difficult to develop attacks when Partey was presented.

SUB: Martin Odegaard (73′ for Vieira) – 6/10 – The club captain got on for the last 20 minutes.

SUB: Takehiro Tomiyasu (73′ for White) – 6/10 – Took a knock and was changed after getting treatment on the pitch.

SUB: Cedric (88′ for Tomiyasu) – N/A – On for the last couple of minutes.

Manager: Mikel Arteta – 7/10 – Would have desired a more deadly assaulting screen however eventually the task was finished with a 1-0 triumph. Arteta’s focus will now move to Sunday’s clash with Arsenal.

Zurich gamer rankings (3-4-1-2)

GK: Yanick Brecher (7); CB: Lindrit Kamberi (6), CB: Nikola Katic (7), CB: Fidan Aliti (6.5);, RM: Nikola Boranijasevic (6); CM: Ole Selnaes (6.5), CM: Cheick Oumar Conde (7), LM: Adrian Guerrero (6); AM: Jonathan Okita (6); ST: Fabian Rohner (6), ST: Aiyegun Tosin (6).

SUB: Marc Hornschuh (5), Bogdan Vyunnyk (5), Bledian Krasniqi (N/A), Ivan Santini (N/A)

Player of the Match: Kieran Tierney

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