Monday, 23 January 2012

Arsenal vs Manchester United Player Ratings

Wojciech Szczesny – Produced a fine display after the two shaky performances that preceded this game. Was at hand to help prevent goals from a Nani strike at his near post which was creeping in. Had no chance with the goals he conceded. 7.5/10

Johan Djourou - Where do I start? Truly awful from the word go. Looked to have lost his legs by the 30 minute mark and was never really comfortable. Failed to close down Giggs for the opening goal and was often caught out of position. Was clearly targeted by the opposition. So poor Wenger had to take him out of the line of fire. 2/10

Per Mertesacker – Felt he had a good game and despite his pace managed to make a crucial interception and deny a certain goal. Was prominent in the air in the first half and played an important role at hanging in when thing were tough. 7/10

Laurent Koscienly – Another impressive performance, highlighting his new found importance to the team. Was able to read the ball well and outmuscle and outpace the opposition. Even had a hand in the goal as he pressed up high, won the ball and distributed quickly. 8/10

Thomas Vermaelen – Clearly still carrying an injury. Was not at his best and was even jointly culpable for the opener. Struggled positionally at times but was always trying his best. Not his best game by any stretch of the imagination. 6/10

Alexandre Song – Infinitely better than his last outing against Swansea. Guarded the defence well and filled in when necessary. An unadventurous performance but this meant it was disciplined and actually what was required of him. 7/10

Thomas Rosicky – Tried his best in a role he is not overly comfortable with. Moved the ball around nicely when Arsenal were in possession and teed up Van Persie nicely. Had a hand in the goal but was anonymous for large parts of the game as well. 6/10

Aaron Ramsey – Seemed to drift in and out of the game and lost the ball on a number of occasions. Wasn’t afraid to shoot from distance but rarely did he look threatening. Had a decent attempt but unfortunately nothing came of it. 5.5/10

Theo Walcott – Was everything his younger counterpart wasn’t. Was set up in a decent position and fluffed his shot and his passing was atrocious, particularly when he was passing to Chamberlain. (Interesting) Yesterday highlighted some very real technical flaws in his game. Truly awful. 3/10

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Awesome. As far as full debuts go, this was up there. A great assist and a constant thorn in the United team. Looked to be strong, quick, skilful and direct. Was everything Walcott should be. Provided an outlet and looked the most likely to make something happen in the attacking third. 8.5/10

Robin Van Persie – Could have had a hat-trick and missed a chance I would have bet my house on him scoring but still bought us back into the game with a stunning effort. He maintains his excellent record and has carried over his form into the new year. 7.5/10

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