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Arsenal player ratings vs Liverpool: Bernd Leno proves Mikel Arteta right as Gabriel Magalhaes excels

Bernd Leno: For all the possession Liverpool had in the first half it wasn’t until very late on when the German was properly called into action. When he was, he made a sound save from Diogo Jota, however, was a tad lucky the rebound only found the crossbar from Takumi Minamino. Started the second half with a great save to hook a deft effort away from the bottom corner and out of danger. As Diogo Jota and Marko Grujic’s influence grew, he became much more busy and matched their efforts with outstanding saves to keep Arsenal in the game – going at full stretch as well as down to the floor to make great saves. Was crucial in penalties with two great saves to secure the win. 9

Cedric Soares: Returning at right-back, Cedric was heavily involved but performed somewhat indifferently. Without a natural right winger ahead of him, he was tasked with pressing in those areas which left some spaces behind him. Had a bigger influence offensively later in the game with switches over to Nicolas Pepe but he took a while to get the ball under control before doing so. Good penalty. 6

Rob Holding: Looked much more settled than he did on Monday night as his passes found their targets more consistently, and he was assured in defence. This confidence grew as the game went on but he could have directed his late header better to give Arsenal the lead. 6

Gabriel Magalhaes: Was quick to show he wasn’t scared to spray the ball into his front-men with a fizzed pass out to Nicolas Pepe. As the game went on, he was a key player when Arsenal tried to play through Liverpool’s press with the right passes at the right times. He was also sound in defence as there wasn’t any hesitation in his decisions, which were right more often than not. Remained a calm presence on the ball as his distribution continued to be key to Arsenal moving up the pitch. 7

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