Folarin Balogun makes immediate impact as Joe Willock assists – Arsenal player ratings vs Molde

Runarsson: Showed quick reflexes early on. Took his eye of the ball when he came out for a clearance and almost gave it away midway through the first half. Will be happy to keep another clean sheet. 6.

Cedric: Linked up well with Pepe. Proved that he is adequate back-up for Hector Bellerin and more than capable of contributing to the attack and defence. 7.

Luiz: Only played the first half before coming off with an injury. 6.

Mustafi: Decent performance and wore the captain’s armband in the second half when Lacazette came off. 6.

Maitland-Niles: Lost every one on one duel in the first half and his rustiness would have been exploited by a more clinical opponent. 6.

Xhaka: Distributed the ball well between the lines and came off for Ceballos in the second half. 6.

Willock: Two assists. After a disappointing performance against Leeds the youngster reminded Arteta where his best position is. 8.

Nelson: Excellent cross for Nketiah in first half who returned the favour after the break with a superb goal. Will be hopeful of starting against Wolves on Sunday. 8.

Pepe: Tried so hard throughout the first half. Came close with a curling effort in second half well saved by the goalkeeper. Hit the post and scored a minute later with an excellent strike. Redemption complete.

Nketiah: Assist for Nelson and an accomplished performance overall. 7.

Lacazette: Looked frustrated for much of the game but almost scored on 65 minutes when his effort was well saved. Substituted shortly after. 6.


Holding: Wasn’t tested too much but will be happy with the clean sheet and strong second half display. 7.

Ceballos: Opened up the passing lanes when he came on but had little influence. 6.

Balogun: Immediate impact. Scored his first goal for Arsenal seconds after coming on. The first of many as he continues talks with the club over a contract extension. 8.

Smith Rowe: Assisted Balogun and will be hopeful of more first team opportunities in the coming games. 7.