The significantly weakened nature of Arsenal’s starting XI, with Thursday night’s visit to Atletico Madrid in mind, meant that their Premier League clash with Manchester United on Sunday was always going to be something of a lukewarm contest.
It lacked the intensity we’ve come to expect from this fixture during the Premier League era and also made the result, an eventual 2-1 loss for the Old Trafford visitors, seem somewhat inevitable.
But there was an obvious silver lining to Arsene Wenger’s team selection, in that he gave game-time to youngsters who could well become important players during the next era at Arsenal, once the Frenchman’s departure becomes official this summer.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles impressed in midfield, Reiss Nelson showed glimpses of his capabilities out wide and Konstantinos Mavropanos – who Transfermarkt value at just £1.8million – hardly put a foot wrong at centre-back upon his Premier League debut.
So, Arsenal fans, which youngsters impressed you most against the Red Devils? Who do you think was Arsenal’s Man of the Match? Let us know by taking part below and giving each Gunners star a performance rating out of ten…