Premier League 2023-24 Match Ratings: Arsenal vs Luton Town, Matchday 30

Mikel Arteta's side opened the scoring in the 24th minute with their captain Martin Odegaard finishing off after Luton lost the ball in the midfield with Kai Havertz coming up with the assist. 

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Premier League 2023-24 Match Ratings: Arsenal vs Luton Town

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Arsenal faced off against Luton Town in the all-important English Premier League (EPL) title race clash for the Gunners. The host did not announce Bukayo Saka in the squad after he was subbed off in the game against Manchester City. Mikel Arteta's side opened the scoring in the 24th minute with their captain Martin Odegaard breaking the dead-lock, after Luton lost the ball in the midfield with Kai Havertz coming up with the assist. 

The Gunners did the icing on the cake towards the end of the first half by scoring the 2nd goal with Emile Smith Rowe's brilliant ground pass led Reiss Nelson to open in front of the net but unfortunately, the goal was counted as an own goal by Daiki Hashioka. Arsenal have kept another clean sheet and they are now top of the table playing one game more than Liverpool. In the article, we will be looking for players ratings from the game. 

Here are the ratings from the game: 

Arsenal 

David Raya- 6

Raya did not have to make any sure goal scoring saves as the club only had one shot on target in the whole game. He was never tested by the Luton players and kept a clean sheet for the second consecutive game. 

Ben White- 7.5

White had a sensational game as he contributed in the attack and was making some good runs in the attacking third in the first half of the game. He did not have any pressure to defend, as Jordan Clark could not do any damage. Though there were some runs from the wingback of the visitors, he made sure the crosses were not lethal.

William Saliba- 8

Saliba had another good game as he was able to keep quiet the attacks of the visitors and keep a clean sheet for the side as well. However he did not have to take the load as much he did in the City game. 

Gabriel Magalhães- 8.5

Gabriel was also decent combining well with his defensive partner Saliba and keeping back to back clean sheet. He also blocked one shot coming from Hashioka. 

Oleksander Zinchenko- 7.5 

Zinchenko started the game had helped the side attacking and defensive wise. The Ukraine footballer had a good matchup with Townsend on the left hand side though he did not let the winger go past him. 

Martin Odegaard- 9 

The club captain did excatly the right thing after the 0-0 draw against Manchester City. Odegaard opened the scoring for the side giving them the all important lead in the 24th minute of the game. He controlled the pace of the game.  

Thomas Partey- 7

Partey had a decent outing. With the defensive midfielder did not have much job to do. The Ghanian footballer had a good chance of putting his name on the scoring sheet, but failed to capitalise on it. 

Emile Smith Rowe- 8

Smith Rowe was the key member for building up the second goal for the side as he played the ball inside the box that led to the 2nd goal for the side. 

Leandro Trossard- 6.5

Trossard had a decent outing as the winger was not directly involved in any of the goals but he tried his best to assist or increase the lead.  

Kai Havertz- 7.5

Havertz provided with the assist for the first goal of the game. The German international had some opportunities to increase the lead but was denied by the keeper. He was good with his movements but failed to score a goal for the side.

Reiss Nelson- 7

Nelson got off his first start in 4years for the club. He was good with the positioning and due to the pressure applied on the Luton defender Hashioka, the 2nd goal happened. 

Substitutions

Aaron Ramsdale- N/A

Gabriel Jesus- N/A

Gabriel Martinelli- N/A

Eddie Nketiah- 5 

Nketiah came in as a sub for the side in the 67th minute of the game. The striker had a chance to become the supersub after he took a powerful grounded shot saved by the Belgian goalkeeper.

Jakub Kiwior- N/A

Takehiro Tomiyasu- N/A 

Fabio Viera- N/A

Jorginho- N/A

Declan Rice- N/A

The Englishman did not start the game, as he came in as a substitute in the 67th minute of the game. 

Luton Town

Thomas Kaminski- 7.5

Kaminski was good under the post for the Luton. He saved the club from conceding two genuine goals in the first half of the game and saved another shot from Nketiah to keep the score 2-0 in the last 10 miinutes of the game. 

Issa Kaboré- 4.5

Kaboré would like to forget the game as he did not have the sweetest of time in the middle dealing with Trossard and Emile Smith Rowe. He did keep the former quiet but Smith Rowe made a brilliant run and creating an open space for the 2nd goal of the game.

Daiki Hashioka- 5

Hashioka had a poor outing in the first half as he was clueless by the smooth transition of the Gunners resulting him scoring an own goal towards the end of the first half.  

Teden Mengi- 4.5

Mengi had a tough time in defense with likes of Odegaard, Havertz created problem for him and in the 24th minute exactly that happened after the midfielder lost the ball he was 1 v 1 situation, with Odegaard making a late run to break the dead lock of the game. 

Alfie Doughty- 6

Doughty was good with his defensive ability and kept Nelson and later Nketiah quite in the game. But the right back only got two chances to deliver the ball in the box of the Gunners which did not have any outcome for the side. 

Fred Onyedinma- 6

Fred Onyedinma was not at his best to match with the qualities of the Arsenal midfielders and was clueless in the time of counter attack of the Gunners. He had the chance to pull one back but his shot was harmless and went straight to David Raya. 

Ross Barkley- 6.5

Barkley had only one chance of shooting in the goal, in the last stages of the second half as he got a free-kick but failed and took the shot that went straight to Raya. 

Pelly Mpanzu- 5.5

Mpanzu did not have the best game in the first half as he failed to have control of the midfield against a star studded Arsenal side, and was thus changed in the early stages of the second half. 

Jordan Clark- 5

He played as a second striker and could not much impact on the game and failed to get past the two defensive wall of the Gunners and neither could create a goal scoring pass for the side. 

Andros Townsend- 7

Townsend was the star player for the side. The 32-year-old winger was brilliant with the runs and tried to create some chances in the game failing to deliver the proper ball for the striker in order to score the goal. 

Carlton Morris- 4

Morris did not find any chance to score a free header with the compactness of Arsenal's defense and all the crosses that were delivered towards him were headed out by the two centre backs of the Gunners. 

Substitutions

James Shea-N/A

Tim Krul-N/A

Luke Berry-N/A

Cauley Woodrow-N/A

Tahith Chong- 5.5

Chong came in as a substitute in the early stages, as Luton wanted to press back the Gunners. But the sub could make any impact against a solid defensive line of Arsenal. 

Joe Johnson-N/A

Christian Chigozie-N/A

Zack Nelson-N/A

Axel Piesold-N/A

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