Arsenal ratings: Sensational Saka cooks Canaries and Odegaard has keys to unlock any defence

ARSENAL coasted to victory at relegation-threatened Norwich with a performance that will leave boss Mikel Arteta purring.

Bukayo Saka was the star man with two beautiful goals – the second proving he has all the tools in his locker to terrorise defences.

Martin Odegaard once again impressed in his creative midfield role, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang failed to make the bench.

Saka (two), Kieran Tierney, Alexandre Lacazette and Emile Smith Rowe scored the goals as Norwich were thumped 5-0 in their own back yard.

Here, SunSport's John Hutchinson rates how the exciting bunch of Gunners got on.

Aaron Ramsdale – 8

The England man is growing more and more confident as each game comes.

Won't have many easier games, though did have to be on his toes to race out of his goal and pressure Pukki off the ball on 72 minutes.

Ben White – 8

Becoming a fans' favourite thanks to his no-holds barred defending and simple but effective ball play.

Continued improvement should give England boss Gareth Southgate some food for thought.

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Rob Holding – 7

A nice and easy first 45 for the 26-year-old centre-half with Teemu Pukki ploughing a lone furrow.

Played his way back into the team and seems to be ahead of Pablo Mari now in the pecking order.

Gabriel – 7

Easily dealt with anything Norwich could throw at him.

First choice centre-half and a potential future captain at the Emirates.

Kieran Tierney – 8

Surely the marauding full-back is an Arsenal captain in waiting.

Picked out beautifully by Odegaard, the Scot burst into the box and smashed home his first goal of the season just before half-time.

Thomas Partey – 7

Like his fellow central midfield Xhaka, there was nothing particularly noteworthy from Partey in the first half.

The Ghanaian is there to mop things up and allow the likes of Odegaard, Saka and Martinelli to attack at will.

Granit Xhaka – 7

The Swiss midfielder remains a mainstay of the XI despite many fans predicting the time would come where he is shipped out.

No nonsense performance in the middle of the park. Picked up his customary booking for his part in first-half handbags.

Bukayo Saka – 9

The game was only five minutes long when wonderkid Saka kept his composure in the box to ping the ball past Angus Gunn.

His second goal showed just how dangerous the 20-year-old is when full of confidence by cutting inside and smashing the ball home. A stunning talent.

Martin Odegaard – 8

A player transformed this season, he is providing the creativity the Gunners need in the final third.

Will be desperate to add goals to his game.

Gabriel Martinelli – 7

A constant threat down the left, leaving opponents on the back foot.

The only surprise was that he didn't get on the scoresheet against the limp Canaries.

Alexandre Lacazette – 7

Given the captain's armband after Pierre-Emeric Aubameyang's indiscretions, and the Frenchman is without doubt a team player these days.

Lacazette still dropped a bit too deep at times, but it was an experienced showing from the forward.


Elneney (replaced Partey, 74) – 6

Nicolas Pepe (replaced Saka, 77) – 6

Emile Smith Rowe (replaced Martinelli) – 6

Substitutes (not used): Bernd Leno, Nuno Tavares, Pablo Mari, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Eddie Nketiah, Charlie Patino.

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