Saturday, December 5, 2009

Arsenal v Stoke City, player ratings

Almunia -- 4.5
The Arsenal goalkeeper really does not inspire confidence, and was saved by Vermaelen and Gallas as he seemed to go to no man's land on the long throws on a couple of occasions.
Sagna -- 7
Had a good game, his usual solid self defensively
Gallas -- 7.5
Dealt with the long throws and set pieces well today, as we all knew of Stoke's threat. Silvestre and Song's performance defensively in the mid week showed how much we would miss either him and Vermaelen, and hopefully his knock isn't serious.
Vermaelen -- 7.5
I could write almost the exact same thing for Vermaelen as I did for Gallas. Glad to see his return to form after Drogba terrorized him last week.
Traore -- 7
Best performance from him. His cross lead to the blocked Fabregas shot, and he played well defensively. Obviously his ankle knock is a concern, especially as Silvestre is the replacement.
Denilson -- 7
Replaced Song really well. Made some very good tackles, and his performance was overall excellent.
Fabregas -- 7
Passed well, set up Arshavin early, and passed well. His missed penalty, however was a dissapointment.
Nasri -- 7
Tackled well, played well, and was solid. Like the rest of the team, played better today than last week.
Rosicky -- 6
Started brightly, but then somewhat faded at the end of the first half, and it was either this or a picked up injury that prompted Arsene to take him off.
Eboue -- 7.5
I think he played really well. Obviously he had some passes go astray because he's Eboue, but he was good attacking, making some very good runs. He couldn't do anything about Cesc's shot, and we seemed to lose something on the right when he came off (even though Ramsey scored). Hope he's not out for that long.
Arshavin -- 8
Magnificent in the centre forward role. Probably should've had at least one more goal, but the one he took was finished brilliantly. I think he should take Van Persie's role.
Vela-- 7
Added a different option with his pace when he replaced Rosicky, and has very good ability. I think he should start instead of Eduardo, who was dropped completely (probably injured.)
Slower than Eboue and a different team, and seemed to give the ball away easily, but took his goal very well after good play between him and Arshavin.
Frightens me when he plays. Complete nightmare.

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