Sunday, 31 October 2010

Arsenal v West Ham: Player ratings

Arsenal v West Ham
Premier League 
At Ashburton Grove

Lukasz Fabianski - Steady game for the Pole with some good decision making despite West Ham not having much in the way of an attacking threat. Dealt with the two shots on target well and his distribution was good. Chose to punch instead of catch but I was fine with that considering the wet conditions. - 7

Bacary Sagna - His passing was good, apart from when it came to creating opportunities in the final third. Eight of his nine failed passes were in this area. Maybe something he needs to work on in training. Solid as per usual. - 6

Sebastien Squillaci - Another good game for the France international. Nothing exceptional but kept the West Ham attackers at bay.  Good passing completion rate (95%), he also made a problem of himself at set pieces. and made some telling clearances from dangerous areas.  - 6

Laurent Koscielny - Reads the game so well and only goes in for the ball not the player as well. Passing top notch with all but two of his 31 passes found a team mate. Won the majority of his tackles and those he lost were in the middle third of the pitch. Conceded three free kicks as well also in the same area. - 6

Gael Clichy - An assist from the Frenchman (his first at the Grove for two seasons) and good positive passing with the only passing going amiss were in the opposition half. Won six of his eight tackles and the two he did lose were in the middle of the pitch. Wasn't as attacking as we know he could be when we needed width. - 6

Denilson - Average game for the Brizillian. Played in the holding role ahead of the defence and didn't do anything wrong. Got involved and did the simple things well. Wasn't putting himself or his team mates with any sort of attacking play. Passing was good butI wasn't surprised he was first to be substituted.  -

Alex Song - In my opinion I would rather he was playing closer to his defence than his centre forward. But he obviously offers us something going forward that I'm missing. Three goals in three games can't be bad. Passing was accurate with 91% being completed. - 7

Samir Nasri - Arguably our brightest attacking player. His free kick brought out a superb save from Green. Passes were good and was brought further into the game by Wenger when Denilson was substituted and he was shifted into the middle. Surprisingly used as our dead ball specialist today ahead of Fabregas. - 7

Cesc Fabregas - Better than Arshavin, but I felt that Cesc had an off day. The intensity in his game wasn't there. His passing wasn't as accurate as it normally is, with just 83%. Played far too deep for my liking and should have been further forward assisting Chamakh in attack. - 5

Andrey Arshavin - His passing today was shocking. He just was not on the same wave length as his team mates. Just 60% of his 30 passes were successful. Not a surprise Wenger hauled him off after 79 minutes. I'm personally surprised it was so late into the game.  - 4

Marouane Chamakh - Probably his worst game as an Arsenal player. One shot in total (at least that was on target) with just 18 passes all game (16 were successful). I guess one of the issues he had was that he didn't get the service he needed to make an impact on the game. - 5


Emmanuel Eboue - Had little to do in his five minutes on the pitch. - 5

Theo Walcott - Offered us some impetus in our forward play and had three shots in the 28 minutes he was on the field, more than Chamakh in his 90 minutes. When he has the ball at his feet you know he can be dangerous. -

Nicklas Bendtner - Tried to work hard and offer us an attacking threat. Didn't have much chance to get on the ball but went forward with a threat and defended well. - 6

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