'Best performance of the season': Media wowed by Arsenal defender's display tonight
Arsenal have got their Europa League campaign off to a winning start away against FC Zurich on Thursday.
The Gunners took the lead after just 16 minutes, debutant Marquinhos scoring the opener.
Arsenal broke on the counter, with Eddie Nketiah racing down the left channel.
He then whipped the ball in across the face of goal, and the onrushing Marquinhos duly slammed home.
Arsenal, however, conceded in the 44th minute after Nketiah was adjudged to have fouled Fidan Aliti inside the box.
Mirlind Kryeziu made no mistake from the spot, sending Matt Turner the wrong way to equalise.
Nketiah would then make amends just after the hour mark.
He headed in Marquinhos’ cross at the back post to earn the visitors all three points in Group A.
While Nketiah and Marquinhos impressed thanks to their goalscoring efforts, numerous Arsenal players shone.
One of those was Kieran Tierney, with two media outlets saying it was his best performance of the campaign.
Football.london gave the 25-year-old 8 out of 10 for his efforts.
‘By far his best performance of the season,’ they wrote.
‘Drifted infield well, defended manfully and got forward aggressively to support the attack.
‘The Scot hasn’t given up the battle for the Arsenal starting left-back spot yet.’
The Evening Standard shared football.london’s sentiment, also awarding Tierney 8 out of 10.
‘This was probably his best performance of the season so far and he looked much more like his usual self,’ they wrote.
‘Got forward well and made some vital blocks defensively.’
90Min, meanwhile, opted for 7 out of 10.
‘Got forward well, registering a couple of shots on target, and didn’t have too much difficulty in defence,’ they wrote.
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