Monday, 15 November 2010

Everton v Arsenal: Player ratings

Everton v Arsenal
Premier League
At Goodison Park

Lukasz Fabianski - Made a string of stunning saves to keep Everton out and got a touch on the ball for Cahill's goal, but not enough to keep it out. As Marcus Hahnemann pointed out on Match of the Day Two, the Pole isn't short of confidence. And with this performance and that at Molineux on Wednesday you can understand why. Could have been nervy towards the end had he not been at the top of his game. - 8

Bacray Sagna - Scored his second Arsenal goal with a impressive finish from a tight angle. Probably the most consistent of our back four, with an excellent 94% pass completion rate. Made one interception, won two of his four tackles but let himself down as only one of his five clearances found a team mate. Such an amazing athlete who didn't stop running.  - 8

Sebastien Squillaci - Was probably right to feel nervous when Louis Saha was baring down on him and he made a challenge which resulted in his booking. May have been sent off on another day. 26 of his 28 passes found a team mate (92%) with three good interceptions high within our own half on the right which halted the Everton attack. Only attempted to make four tackles but won two of them. The two he lost were in the air. Marshalled the back four well. - 7

Johan Djourou - A neat and tidy afternoon for the Swiss centre half. Good on the ball as always with 95% (21/22) of his passes reaching a yellow shirt. One positive interception in play, with two of his three ariel duels won. On the ground he won and lost a single tackle each way. However his ability to head the ball clear and find a team mate is a concern. He found a yellow shirt just once out of seven attempts and when retaining possession is important to our overall game it is a concern. For such a tall man, he's not the best in the air. Blocked one shot and gave one free kick away in an overall encouraging performance. - 7

Gael Clichy - Had a good game and was surprisingly not targeted by Everton as many opposition teams like to. Had a steady game without doing anything amazing. Passing was good but really should have been better (80% successful) because three of his misplaced passes were throw-ins which didn't reach a yellow shirt. Nearly had a "Clichy moment" when Pienaar dispossessed him in just outside the area. Luckily nothing came of it. - 7

Alex Song - Continued with his good form with another measured display which saw him sit just in front of Wilshere/Densilon but behind the front four. Good passing success rate (84%) but could perhaps do better with his clearances, just one of four found a team mate which is important when we want to break quickly and turn defence into attack. Only gave away two free kicks, which is surprising considering how many niggly fouls he appears to gives away. - 7

Jack Wilshere - Very surprised to see him selected to start. I thought he had not done his early season form justice with his performance at Wolves and Wenger would rest him. But instead Wilshere started and was withdrawn at half time. Wasn't at the races with the tempo of this sort of match. Was played in nicely for his one and only shot but it was blocked. 91% of his 23 passes found a team mate. Perhaps played a little too deep, with  most of his passes made from inside the Arsenal half. - 6

Samir Nasri - The Frenchman was heavily involved in this game following his midweek rest. This performance showed what he brings to this Arsenal side with some  excellent dynamic runs at the Everton back line. Worked well in partnership with Sagna and did not shirk his defensive duties with three interceptions and half of his ten tackles made being successful in de-possessing the opposition. - 8

Cesc Fabregas - Continuing his good form by dominating the midfield and forward areas. When he's got the ball you know the opposition are likely to be in trouble. The captain had the most passes of an Arsenal player, always making an attempt to get us moving forward. His passing wasn't always accurate (77% found another yellow shirt) but he found the back of the net with one of his three shots. Was very disciplined in the second half to avoid a sending off following a first half yellow card. - 8

Andrey Arshavin - What did Arshavin contribute this afternoon? Very little. But he had two shots from open play which were both off target and is not afraid to run at defenders, which is lacking in his team mates. His involvement was minimal however with just nine passes, one of which went astray. But then there was the assist for Sagna's goal. He looks tired and is the player with the fifth most Premier League minutes for Arsenal behind Clichy, Chamakh, Song and Sanga. But he won't get a breather any time soon. - 6

Marouane Chamakh - Missed one of the easiest opportunities he'll have to score all season which would have put the game out of reach for Everton. His most notable contribution to this game was the pass he made for Fabregas' goal. Other than that pretty anonymous. One striking statistic which proves he's a team player was the fact he made seven tackles of which five dispossessed the Everton player. Never stopped running. - 6


Denilson - Came on at half time but in my view should have started. He sat in front of the back four. Didn't venture forward too often and his passing was 88% accurate. Made one interception, won two tackles, but did the things players in his role should do and conceded two free kicks in non dangerous areas. - 7

Tomas Rosicky - Came on and offered us a more hard working attacker.  - 6

Emmanuel Eboue - Was only on the pitch for four minutes. - N/A

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