Arsenal player ratings vs Sporting CP: Gabriel Martinelli misses key penalty in shootout as Gunners crash out of Europa League

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The Premier League leaders endured a miserable evening as they were knocked out at the last 16 stage

Arsenal crashed out of the Europa League after a painful penalty shootout defeat to Sporting CP at the Emirates.

Mikel Arteta’s side looked to be on their way to a comfortable victory when Granit Xhaka gave them a first half-lead, putting them 3-2 ahead of aggregate after the 2-2 first leg draw in Lisbon last week.

But the visitors produced a superb second-half display and deservedly drew level thanks to a stunning equaliser from Pedro Goncalves, who lobbed Aaron Ramsdale from just inside the Arsenal half to take the game to extra-time.

The hosts dominated the extra 30 minutes, but couldn’t find a way past the exceptional Antonio Adan, who pushed a Leandro Trossard shot onto the post before making two excellent stops to deny Gabriel Magalhaes.

The Sporting keeper was then the hero in the shootout, saving Gabriel Martinelli’s penalty as the visitors won 5-3 on spot kicks to reach the quarter-finals.

The defeat will sting even more than it otherwise would have because of the injuries sustained in the first half.

GOAL rates Arsenal's players from Emirates Stadium...

  1. Goalkeeper & Defence
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    Goalkeeper & Defence

    Aaron Ramsdale (6/10):

    Caught out by Pedro Goncalves' stunning strike, but made a superb save to deny Edwards soon after.

    Takehiro Tomiyasu (N/A):

    Limped off injured within minutes.

    William Saliba (N/A):

    Another early casualty due to injury.

    Gabriel Magalhaes (6/10):

    Looked unusually rattled as Sporting pressed with such intensity.

    Oleksandr Zinchenko (5/10):

    Unable to get forward like he usually does and Arsenal suffered as a result.

  2. Midfield
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    Jorginho (5/10):

    Brilliant ball in the build-up to Xhaka's goal, but struggled to get control in midfield.

    Granit Xhaka (6/10):

    Good finish to make it 1-0, but gave a poor pass which led to the equaliser.

    Fabio Vieira (3/10):

    Played so well in the first leg, but was non-existent for most of this game.

  3. Attack
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    Reiss Nelson (4/10):

    Saw plenty of the ball, but did very little with it.

    Gabriel Jesus (7/10):

    Very lively 45-minute display. Encouraging.

    Gabriel Martinelli (5/10):

    Kept largely quiet, but escaped to play a key role in Xhaka's opener. Missed the crucial penalty. Had his spot-kick kept out in the shootout.

  4. Subs & Manager
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    Subs & Manager

    Ben White (6/10):

    On early for Tomiyasu and was given a difficult night.

    Rob Holding (6/10):

    Made a couple of excellent blocks in the second half, but was poor in possession at times.

    Leandro Trossard (6/10):

    Had a great chance in extra-time, but saw his shot pushed onto the post. Lively.

    Bukayo Saka (6/10):

    Didn't really threaten after coming on.

    Thomas Partey (6/10):

    Gave Arsenal a bit more control after being introduced.

    Martin Odegaard (7/10):

    Immediately made Arsenal better.

    Mikel Arteta (6/10):

    Will have been worried by the performance and the injuries.