Aug 01, 2020
Arsenal ratings: Aubameyang proves he is irreplaceable as Ceballos shines but Holding struggles in FA Cup final win
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PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG proved he is irreplaceable with a masterclass in the FA Cup final.
The striker equalised from the penalty spot before a cheeky chip secured Mikel Arteta's men the silverware.1Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the oldest player to score for Arsenal in an FA Cup final since 1932Credit: Rex Features
SunSport have rated all of Arsenal's stars following the historic 2-1 win at Wembley.
Emiliano Martinez - 7
The keeper was called into action after just three minutes to deny Mount with a great stop.
But his joy was short-lived after Christian Pulisic broke the deadlock just two minutes later.
Aside from the early goal, he made a handful of simple saves and was quick off his line when called upon.
Rob Holding - 5
Looked out his depth when up against Pulisic in particular.
The defender's lack of pace allowed Chelsea's forwards to run riot and he looked nervous on the bal.
David Luiz - 7
The Brazilian defender managed to keep a lid on former Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud.
He kept things simple and was always looking to feed the ball out wide from the back.
Kieran Tierney - 6
The former Celtic star should have done more to stop Pulisic after his opener.
But that was the only time he pulled out of a tackle for the entire match.
Hector Bellerin - 6
Returned to the squad in place of Joe Willock after missing the Watford clash.
He deserves huge credit for the second goal after he charged up the pitch before passing the ball to Pepe, who found Aubameyang.ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Gunners news
Granit Xhaka - 6
His partnership with Ceballos in the middle has improved him as a player significantly.
The 27-year-old helped the team out defensively and always looked up the pitch when in possession.
Dani Ceballos - 9
The Spaniard held his own in the middle in his brutal battle against Matteo Kovacic.
He came close to giving Arsenal the lead, but his free kick just glided over the woodwork.
Ceballos was at the heart of all of Arsenal's attacks, worked relentlessly and battled until the very last minute.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles - 6
The 22-year-old offered Arsenal a great option down the left hand side.
He looked dangerous as he charged up the wing, but his final product needs work.
Nicolas Pepe - 7
The former Lyon star scored a screamer in the 24th minute from the edge of the box, but it was ruled out due to an offside in the build-up.
Looked dangerous with the ball at his feet and was not scared to go for goal.
Alexandre Lacazette - 6
The striker's workrate was relentless, but he found himself marked out of the game at times.
He did not go for goal himself, but linked up well with Pepe and Aubameyang.
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - 9
Won the penalty for Arsenal after he was pulled to the ground by Azpilicueta.
The club's top scorer then stepped up and confidently struck the ball past Caballero from the spot.
Aubameyang then proved he is irreplaceable as he scored the second with a cheeky chip over Cabellero.Willian posts video from Wembley stands after being left out of FA Cup final squad due to injury
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Cubs need to take Craig Kimbrel off the active roster
CHICAGO - JULY 20: Craig Kimbrell of the Chicago Cubs pitches during an exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox on July 20, 2020 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
After yet another rough outing Tuesday night, the Cubs should take Craig Kimbrel off their active roster.
The Chicago Cubs escaped with a 5-4 over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night, but it didn’t have to be that way. Craig Kimbrel entered the game with a three-run lead in the ninth inning, then allowed a single and a double with a strikeout in between. With the tying run at the plate in the matter of 11 pitches, he was pulled in favor of Kyle Ryan. who eventually got the final two outs and his first save of the season.
Kimbrel was credited with a hold, his second of the season in three appearances (which may expose a flaw in that stat). After the runners in scoring position Ryan inherited from him scored, surely with high scoring probability after he registered just one out, Kimbrel’s ERA for the season is now 32.40.
Kimbrel now has an 8.46 ERA for the Cubs since signing a three-year, $43 million deal with them last June, and his struggles date back to late in the 2018 season with the Boston Red Sox. His late start in 2019, as draft pick compensation was attached to signing him after he was given a qualifying offer, was not particularly helpful overall.
The Cubs are 9-2, and already in relative command of the NL Central four games clear of everyone else. They’ve managed to navigate around Kimbrel’s struggles, winning all three games he has appeared in. But he has made it too interesting twice, with reduced fastball velocity and a curveball that’s fooling no one.Is Craig Kimbrel’s roster spot in peril?
On Friday, the two-week mark since the season started in earnest, MLB teams have to trim their active rosters from the current 30 down to 28. Two weeks after that, it becomes 26 with the option to add a 27th player for doubleheaders.RELATED PRODUCTChicago Cubs Modify Watches Unisex Silicone Watch - RedBuy Now!Buy Now!
As the Cubs consider who they’ll trim from the active roster this week, Kimbrel is an obvious candidate. He hasn’t pitched that much, and when he has he’s been a disaster. Maybe he should bring back the beard.
There’s a case for giving him one more opportunity over the next couple days, ideally in a low leverage situation. Remove his name and salary from the equation though, and there’s a good chance Kimbrel would already be off the Cubs’ active roster.Next: Alec Mills should push Jose Quintana to Cubs bullpen