Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Newcastle v Arsenal: Player ratings

Newcastle v Arsenal
Carling Cup
At St. James Park

Wojciech Szczesny - What a confident goalkeeper we have in Szczesny. He made a number of superb saves, was brave in his handling and wasn't afraid to come for crosses or corners. You could see how desperate he was to keep a clean sheet and did. - 8

Emmanuel Eboue - Was asked to play left back following the injury to Gibbs and carried out his duties well under difficult circumstances. Didn't get forward too much in the second half but that was no bad thing. Still needs to cut out the going down too easily from his game.  - 7

Johan Djourou - Grew as the game went on. Was brushed off the ball too much in the first half but in the second was prepared to put up a fight. Good distribution and positional play. I would like to see him build up his upper body strength so he is harder to push off the ball. Overall an encouraging performance. - 7

Laurent Koscielny - Kept the defence as a unit throughout the 90 minutes. Good positional play and organisation. Easily adapting to life in Englishh football and a good come back performance. Our best defender on the night, who may have put off the Newcastle goalkeeper  for our opening goal. - 8

Kieran Gibbs - Bright positive start but was forced off through injury. Lets hope it's not too serious. - 5

Denilson - One of the three midfield terriers who went to battle as a pack. Sloppy early on and was got at especially by Alan Smith. Grew into the game and seemed to be playing slightly further forward than against Manchester City. Used the ball better in the second half and impressed with his successful winning back of the ball. - 7

Craig Eastmond - The surprise inclusion in the starting line up although I said on twitter yesterday I thought he would start. Played well as the deepest of our midfield three. Saw off the danger and help us spring from defence to attack. Offered an outlet for the defence. - 7

Tomas Rosicky - Not one of his best performance but his maturity in aiding his other two younger midfield colleagues may have curbed his normal attacking instinct. Always had his head up and was looking for a forward pass. Still yet to find his shooting range but at least one of our players fancies a go from outside the box. - 7

Theo Walcott - Superb return to action for the England international who I thought was playing like he'd never been away. His pace blew away the Newcastle defence. Two excellent goal, good play helping out his fellow attackers with an outlet on the right. Combined well with Sagna. - 9

Nicklas Bendtner - Impressed me with his directness. Wasn't afraid to take the ball on himself and have a go and was rewarded with a goal. Perhaps we need someone like Bendtner in the side to be selfish and not pass when he gets near the edge of the box. Brought Walcott and Vela into play well. - 8

Carlos Vela - Disappointing game from the Mexican who only seemed to come into life in his time on the field in flashes. Was substituted. - 6


Bacary Sagna - Came on for Gibbs and worked hard to protect our right hand side. Good going forward and offered us an excellent outlet on the right. - 7

Cesc Fabregas - Was brought on for Vela as the calming influence to help us see out our victory. Took a nasty whack from Joey Barton. Generally caused a nuisance of himself. - 6

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas - In the short time he was on I saw signs that he could be  a very good player for us. Needs to keep up his motivation and determination to win a place in the first team squad. - 6

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