Arteta Earns Vital Win for Arsenal; Player Ratings

We deserved the win and for a long time it looked like we’d punish ourselves but Mikel Arteta’s long range beauty earned us a vital victory. Straight to the ratings then, where we’ve incorporated the highlights of the match that saw Balotelli get sent off.

Szczesny – 8
Had relatively little to do but was much assured in goal, tipping over a goal bound header and rushing out to clear when Balotelli was through on goal, the latter proving most crucial. Solid game.

Sagna – 7
Impressive defensive display from the Frenchman, handled Balotelli whenever the Italian ventured down our right side.

Vermaelen – 7.5
Very solid defending from the Verminator, making interceptions and going forward with the ball at times. Unfortunate to have kept out Robin van Persie’s goal bound header in the first half.

Koscielny – 7
Good game from the Frenchman too.

Gibbs – 4
Uncharacteristically poor today, didn’t impose himself and his substitution was inevitable.

Song – 6
Good game. Saw one of his trademark lobs to van Persie end up bouncing away from Man. City’s post. It did seem then we were destined to somehow not win this.

Arteta – 7.5
Cracking long range goal from the Spaniard when someone needed to take the bull by the horn. It was that or we’d rue all our missed chances.

Rosicky – 6
I feel he didn’t pull the strings as well as we know he could. He did get better as the game wore on.

Benayoun – 6
Great work rate shown by the Israeli, compensating for a somewhat flat performance.

Walcott – 3
The Theo we hate to see came out today. Clueless for 80 minutes though could have got a goal in the frenzied moment his shot came off the post (only for Vermaelen to miscue the rebound and Beayoun see his effort somehow cleared off the line by Lescott.)

Van Persie – 7
No goals in four games now though he had one (rightly) ruled out for offside and his two headers denied by Vermaelen and the post. He scores when he wants, do score soon enough RvP.

Substitutes
Santos – 6
Imposed his presence soon as he came on and added some bite to our attack.

Ramsey – 3
He could have squared to RvP in stoppage time but decided to try curl it in, wrong move.

Ox-Chamberlain – N/A

Most importantly, we’ve got the much needed win and put ourselves back in third on 61 points, two ahead of the sillywhites and five of Chelski and Newcastle United. For City, we’ve in essence ended their title hopes; you’re welcome Old Trafford.

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Posted on April 8, 2012, in Match Ratings, News and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Moron Ramilson – Arsenal break from the free kick, and the Welshman finds himself with only Hart to beat from eight yards but he smashes it nearer the corner flag! Van Persie is raging. Ramilson is such a weak link in Arsenal play and that make Van Persie to think twice before renewing his contract.

  2. Well deserved WIN,ramsey? Nt surprised,as usual u knw!!

  3. Fair ratings.

    I just feel you are bit harsh on Gibbs, he wasn’t that bad. Did better than Santos IMO and only went off with a knock.

    Song may have got a higher grade too. He was an absolute ebast throughout.

    Great performance, beauty of a good, three precious points!

    C’MON YOU GUNNERS!

  4. *goal* not ‘good’. Apologies.

  5. I thought Rosicky was great. Gibbs, Ramsey and Walcott(today) were the poor performers. Bring on Vertongen, Wilshere and Podolski and we will be title contenders as of next year.

  6. i think rosicky played well today. My man of the match today was arteta.

  7. Song will get an 8,rosicky a 7.5, benayoun 7,wenger a 1; 4 keeping walcott dat lng and bringing ramsey instead of a direct winger

  8. They should try to shoot from distance, when they have the chance

  9. Increase the wages!

  10. On to the next one (Yay)

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