Arsenal player ratings vs Porto: Gabriel Martinelli kept quiet as Bukayo Saka lacks end product

Gabriel Martinelli struggled to get involved (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Gabriel Martinelli struggled to get involved (Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal suffered a 1-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie as Porto winger Galeno struck a late winner.

In a cagey affair, neither side had many chances during a very stop-start game.

Porto winger Galeno spurned two great opportunities in the first-half, when he hit the bar and fired wide from a few yards out.

The Brazilian was the hero late on, though, as he curled home an effort from outside the box in the 94th minute.

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David Raya 6

Didn’t have masses to do, before he was beaten right at the death by a wonder strike from Galeno.

Ben White 6

Tucked into midfield again, but struggled to open Porto up. Was a nuisance at corners all game.

William Saliba 7

Had one of Arsenal’s best chances in the first-half, but headed wide from a corner. Made some big blocks after the break.

Gabriel 7

Like a few players, he looked a bit shaky early on when in possession. Got better as the game went on and coped well.

Jakub Kiwior 6

Made his third start in a row due to injuries to Oleksandr Zinchenko and Takehiro Tomiyasu. Good in possession. Booked for a rash foul on Francisco Conceicao.

Martin Odegaard 6

Dropped deeper in an attempt to get on the ball more. Tried to get Arsenal going, but struggled to break Porto down.

Declan Rice 7

Booked after just over a minute when he was sloppy in possession. Managed it well, though, and was solid.

Kai Havertz 6

Back where he scored the most famous goal of his career. No such joy tonight, however, as he had few chances.

It was a frustrating night for the Gunners (AP)
It was a frustrating night for the Gunners (AP)

Bukayo Saka 5

Not really in the game very much. Had the odd jinking run and cross, but lacked end product.

Leandro Trossard 5

Blazed a good chance over the bar midway through the second-half. Other than that, he fed off scraps.

Gabriel Martinelli 5

Had one bright run where he got past Pepe with ease, but was quiet for much of the game.


Jorginho (Trossard 74’) N/A

Subs not used: Ramsdale, Hein, Cedric, Heaven, Sweet, Elneny, Vieira, Nwaneri, Smith Rowe, Nelson, Nketiah