Good night for the Gunners this as goals from RvP from the spot and Walcott soon after put us on our way to a 3-0 win at bottom club Wolves, Yossi Benayoun wrapping up the night for us at Molineux.
That puts us five ahead of the Sillywhites and Newcastle as third place looks assured with five matches left to play and nine wins in 10 matches is a good run to carry into the run-in.
Straight to the ratings then:
Szczesny – 7
Another relatively quiet match for the Pole but showed great awareness with two top draw saves early and late in the second half. The former to deny Doyle’s header was classic.
Sagna – 6
Good game and good work rate from him. Got replaced late on by Jenkinsom.
Djourou – 7
Solid performance from him. Hope he keeps it up when Wigan visit. Wigan by the way beat Man. United and added a good twist to the title race.
Vermaelen – 7
An assured perfomance, as almost always from him.
Santos – 5
I’m not sure why he bothered. Attacked much but his defending was suspect a lot of times.
Arteta – 7
Quietly anchored the midfield superbly.
Song – 7.5
Complemented Arteta well, and bagged an assist yet again… this time for Benayoun rather than you know who.
Ramsey – 4
Oh dear. Hesitated when he should’ve taken a first time shot at goal. Had a clear penalty shout waved away but generally lived down to expectations.
Walcott – 7
Gets a 7 only because he got a goal and won us the penalty that saw Sebastien Bassong get sent off, otherwise wasn’t exceptional.
Benayoun – 8
Good work rate yet again and got himself a well taken goal from the edge of the box.
RvP – 8
You’d think some confidence would’ve drained from him after going four matches without scoring… then he does that from the penalty spot. He scores when he wants and apparently, how he wants. Vintage stuff.
Ox – N/A
Jenkinson – N/A
So next up for us is the red devils’ unlikely conquerors Wigan Athletic on Monday and from what we’ve seen the Latics play in their last two matches, it’s safe to say we have a cracking encounter coming up.
Do tell a gooner to follow us on twitter @goonermemoirs, see you Monday night.