Arsenal players rated and slated: Why Danny Welbeck missed his opportunity to start against Liverpool in blockbuster clash

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STEPHAN LICHTSTEINER and Emile Smith Rowe struck to beat Blackpool and send Arsenal through the the League Cup quarter-final.

Here, Sunsport rates and slates Unai Emery’s team as the youngsters got their opportunity:

Unai Emery has decided not to offer Aaron Ramsey a new contract
Unai Emery has decided not to offer Aaron Ramsey a new contract
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PETR CECH

Very much an understudy at Arsenal now with Bernd Leno replacing him and the veteran keeper looked less than comfortable once again. His time at the pinnacle has passed.

STEPHAN LICHTSTEINER

Provided the experience in a very raw Arsenal team and linked up well with Ainsley Maitland-Niles down the right. Took his goal well with a smart run to meet Matteo Guendouzi’s cross.

SHKODRAN MUSTAFI

Too often does the German centre-back blow hot and cold, and this was a chilly autumn evening in more ways than one. Mustafi did little to assure the debutant alongside him as Nathan Delfouneso troubled him for much of the evening.

JULIO PLEGUEZUELO

An assured debut for the boy from Barcelona but his small frame will see him struggle to impose himself in the English game. There won’t be any comparisons to Gerard Pique any time soon.

CARL JENKINSON

Wild first touch nearly saw Jenkinson score an early own goal – but what do you expect after 701 days without a game? Far from match fit and Hector Bellerin will have little concern about losing his place.

AARON RAMSEY

Was the classiest player on the pitch and was the difference in the final third. But this looks set to be the start of a farewell tour as he is set to leave for free in the summer.

MATTEO GUENDOUZI

A mixed evening for the unmissable Frenchman whose creativity gave Arsenal the lead but also lasted less than an hour on the pitch. Sent off for two bookable offences but he continues to impress for the Gunners.

AINSLEY MAITLAND-NILES

Returning after two months out with a leg fracture, the 21-year-old will take a few weeks to reach match fitness. But here he showed his terrifying pace and troubled the visitors with his movement and dribbling.

EMILE SMITH-ROWE

Another impressive display from the 18-year-old who took his goal well and could end up being a ready-made replacement for Aaron Ramsey. He can be a future star of this Arsenal team.

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN

Hardly got into the game and should have been scoring for fun against a League One defence. Unai Emery will expect more from him should he start against Liverpool.

DANNY WELBECK

Held the ball up well but it was a frustrating evening for the England striker who was on the fringes of the game. Missed his opportunity to put pressure on Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.