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Andy’s Player Ratings: Sunderland U21(ish) 1-2 Arsenal U21 - First teamers lose to young Gunners

Michael Beale watched from the stands as an XI of fringe players and those returning from injury lost to a talented young Arsenal side. Here’s how they got on…

Nazariy Rusyn scores against Arsenal u21s

Nathan Bishop: 6/10

A mixed night, will probably be unhappy that Arsenal’s first squirmed underneath him and gave away the ball in a dangerous position in the first half, made a good save following that however and made another good save or two, including one with an outstretched foot after the break.

Timothee Pembele: 8/10

Was always comfortable defensively, on the ball and got up to support attacks often. Unlucky not to get an assist when he picked out Rusyn.

Nectar Triantis: 6/10

Easy on the eye when he’s on the ball and made some important blocks at the back but doesn’t look quite as comfortable as the left-sided centre half.

Jenson Seelt: 7/10

Comfortable as the right-handed central defender, never particularly stretched and played some nice balls out of defence, including a few up the line for Mayenda and Pembele and a lovely cross field ball to Hemir.

Ellis Taylor (C): 5/10

Had real trouble in the first half dealing with Arsenal’s right winger, who usually got the better of him and went missing for Arsenal’s first after he had shifted to right back.

Bradley Dack: 7/10

Played a holding role by necessity due to the line up, did OK, got an assist with a lovely cross to Rusyn. Tracked back for the Arsenal goal after half-time when the defence went missing but couldn’t quite get the block in.

Adil Aouchiche: 6/10

Played a deeper role alongside Dack and did quite well, came close to scoring after he ran into the box and forced a save from the goalkeeper.

Eliezer Mayenda: 7/10

A lively display on the right, linked up well with Pembele in the first half and played some nice passes through the defence that should have saw him get an assist or two. One with a great ball over the top to Burstow was squandered by the striker and then dinked a ball through to Aouchiche who had his shot saved.

Nazariy Rusyn: 7/10

Got his first goal in red and white following a far post diving header from Dack’s cross and should have had a couple more in the first half when well placed, one shot in particular from a Pembele cross should have been converted and had two more shots saved.

Luis Hemir: 6/10

No chances of note but covered a lot of ground for the team, held the ball up and linked play well.

Mason Burstow: 5/10

Had a great chance from a Mayenda ball but didn’t know what to do with it and the chance was squandered, really struggled in attacking areas but basic play was fine.


Jay Matete: 6/10

Understandably didn’t cover as much ground as he usually does and kept things simple in the middle of the park.

Ben Crompton: 5/10

Poor for Arsenal’s first, did OK following that without standing out.

Aji Alese: 6/10

Looked a little rusty on the ball but good to see him clear one set piece with a giant leap to win a header.

Chris Rigg: 5/10

Replaced Dack but gave the ball away twice and both led to great chances for Arsenal, one was saved by an outstretched Bishop shot and the other made it 2-1 to the visitors.

Man of the Match: Timothee Pembele

Played the entire first half before being replaced at half-time but looked the part and no sign of any rustiness after such a long spell out. Got up and down the line well, could have had an assist after picking out Rusyn, who should have done much better, and no Arsenal player ever troubled him defensively.

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