Arsenal 2 Napoli 2: Emirates Cup 2013 player ratings

Arsenal 2 Napoli 2: Player ratings as Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny rescue a late draw for the Gunners at Emirates Stadium

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Arsenal

Lukasz Fabianski Whilst the Pole could do little about Napoli’s opener, the Arsenal goalkeeper needlessly rushed out of his goal to allow Pandev to slot into an empty net for the Serie A side’s second. 4/10.

Per Mertesacker (c) Guilty of standing off Pandev in the lead-up to Napoli’s second – perhaps fearful of the forward’s pace. Had two headers saved by Reina from Arsenal set-pieces. 5.

Laurent Koscielny Wasn’t at fault for either of Arsenal’s goals. The Frenchman was consistent in the heart of the home side’s defence. On hand to score a late equaliser as Napoli’s defence were caught sleeping. 7.

Tomas Rosicky The Czech Republic international showed flashes of brilliance in a midfield bursting with talent but couldn’t create a clear opening. 6.

Lukas Podolski An ever-willing runner, and looked to test Napoli’s latest signing – Reina – on sight. However, the German struggled to link up with his strike partner, Giroud. 7.

Jack Wilshere Unsurprisingly, brought the Arsenal fight to Napoli. The England international excelled on the ball but couldn’t navigate his way past Napoli’s rearguard. 7.

Olivier Giroud Marshalled closely by Britos, the French striker was denied a clear sighting on Reina’s goal in the first half. Made amends after the interval with a spectacular overhead kick to halve Napoli’s lead. 7.

Aaron Ramsey Solid if unspectacular alongside Rosicky and Wilshere. Rarely put a foot wrong but struggled to get on the ball and propel the Gunners forward. 6.

Carl Jenkinson His lacklustre header led to Napoli’s opener. Struggled at right-back and Arsene Wenger will need reinforcements. 4.

Kieran Gibbs Gibbs is Wenger’s only real option at left-back and the Gunners boss will have been encouraged by a solid display. 6.

Serge Gnabry Offered an option on the right wing and looked to test Armero. Won’t have forced his way into first-team reckoning but the youngster was one of the home side’s better performers. 6.

Substitutes

Theo Walcott Raised the noise levels at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners forward fired in the corner from which Giroud netted his strike. 6.

Bacary Sagna Tried to push forward from right-back and succeeded in winning a late free-kick. 5.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Didn’t offer anything from the bench. 5

Mikel Arteta Provided a threat from set-pieces. 6.

Chuba Akpom Not enough time to have an impact. N/A

Napoli

Pepe Reina The on-loan Liverpool goalkeeper was almost caught out in the early stages with a sloppy pass but made up for it with a penalty save to deny Podolski. Couldn’t parry Mertesacker’s header clear for Koscielny’s late leveller.6.

Miguel Britos Looked relatively comfortable – if not a tad cumbersome at times. Helped contribute towards a Napoli clean sheet with a number of timely blocks. 6.

Jose Callejon Offered plenty of pace on the wing and provided an outlet for Hamsik and Inler to hit. He was limited to few chances on goals. 6.

Giandomenico Mesto Conceded a cheap foul in the second half which allowed Arsenal a chance to test Reina. 6.

Marek Hamsik After a slow start, the Slovakian grew into the game and showcased his unquestionable skill. He conjured a timely pass to create Pandev’s goal while he produced a series of silky passes. 8.

Goran Pandev Scored a brilliant second for Napoli. The false forward showed excellent movement and awareness to round Fabianski and place the ball into the net. 8.

Lorenzo Insigne Sumptuous finish to break the deadlock at The Emirates as the midfielder capitalised on some poor Arsenal defending. 7.

Pablo Armero Aremero put together a solid performance. 6.

Paolo Cannavaro (c) The Napoli captain just about managed to contend with the threat posed by Arsenal’s German striker Podolski. 6.

Valon Behrami Fouled Gnabry to hand Podolski the chance to score from the spot. Fortunately for the Swiss defender, Podolski missed the ensuing spot-kick.
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Gokhan Inler Tasked with marshalling Arsenal’s talisman Wilshere, the Switzerland international was able to nullify the Englishman’s influence. Should have offered more resistence to Koscielny’s winner. 5.

Substitutes:

Gonzalo Higuain Greeted to a chorus of jeers, Wenger won’t be ruing missing out on the Argentine on this showing. Guilty of giving possession away cheaply. 4.

Raul Albiol Thrown into the backline with Arsenal pressing to reduce the two-goal deficit. The Spanish defender found Giroud a handful. 5.

Christian Maggio Little impact. N/A.

Dries Martin Came on as a second half substitute but proved wasteful with possession. 5.

Andrea Dossena Made little impact aside from a terribly late tackle on Sagna which had the Arsenal crown on their feet. 4.

Blerim Dzemaili Not enough time to have an impact. N/A.

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