Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Arsenal v Manchester City: Player ratings

Arsenal 0 - Manchester City 0
Premier League
At Ashburton Grove

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1)

Lukasz Fabianski - Must have been his quietist night as a goalkeeper. Not one shot was on target. Distribution was good. Kept calm under pressure from City's set plays. Might want to work on his distribution as only four of his passes found a team mate out of 14, but that's not a bad thing if he's clearing it into row z. - 7

Bacray Sagna - The talk will be of his stupid sending off but it shouldn't be. He bossed the right hand side. Jo accidently stood on his food and the Frenchman didn't wince, he just got up and got on with the game. Passing wasn't at its best, with only 75% of his passes reaching a team mate. Disappointly got himself sent off. He'll get a three match ban but will only miss the West Ham game in ten days really as I would imagine Eboue was in the frame already for the cup games. - 6 

Johan Djourou - Wasn't taking any prisoners with him tonight. Excellent range of passing (88% successful) meant he could help play out from the back and add an extra man to the attack. Made two good tackles and two important clearances. Bossed Tevez. 8

Laurent Koscielny -  A steady night for the Frenchman. Not as assured yet as his Swiss counterpart on the ball and with his passing (82.9% successful passes) getting better, he offers a good balance in the heart of our defence. Won two of his three tackles which is what he's good at.  Gave away two fouls. 7

Gael Clichy  - I thought he had an excellent game at the back and the statistics back me up. Passing was spot on (92.7% found a team mate - the best pass completion rate on the pitch) which included 89.7% of all his forward passes. He won six out of eight tackles and made two successful clearances. His performance was summed up by him leaping above Yaya Toure to win a header. 8.5

Alex Song - Another good performance from the Cameroon international. What has stood out for me in the last few games is that he has been defensively disciplined and has stepped back from attacking. Again good passing from the midfielder (90% successful) and won three of his six tackles. 7

Jack Wilshere - The Englishman stood out for me tonight against much more experienced opponents. Wiser and more creative on the ball than Barry and De Jong, would have dealy loved to see him score one of his two attempt on target. He really is the surprise package of the season. Passing good (86.3%) as par for the course, but the other thing which made him stand out was his eye for the final ball. He and Nasri tied in joint second creating three chances each for others. 9

Theo Walcott - Walcott was our out ball tonight. He was the player who we tried to find on when we went on our forward runs. Perhaps a little wasteful with the ball (77.8% pass completion) especially in the final third (75% found a team mates) but overall creative. One shot off target but two key balls for goal scoring chances in his favour.  7 

Cesc Fabregas  - So unlucky to hit the post in the first half when an inch the other way would have sent the ball in. He was always on the front foot urging us forward. As you would expect top passing (86.4% completion) but also four key passes which made goal scoring opportunities for his team mates. Won three free kicks in dangerous areas. 8

Samir Nasri - The Frenchman was a tad quiet for my liking going forward tonight. Didn't seem to get himself in the positions we are used to seeing him in. However he was very disciplined in his performance holding to the left and tag teaming with Clichy to stop City on the right very effectively. Pass completion the highest of our forwards (86.6%) and like Wilshere created three goal scoring chances. He also made one successful tackle. 8

Robin van Persie - I was glad to see the Dutchman was chosen to spearhead the attack tonight. However he wasn't as involved as he has been in recent games only making 35 passes during 90 minutes (82.9% successful). However in front of goal he was a menace with three shots on target and another three off target which included his effort which cannoned off the post. He won one tackle and one free kick. 8




Substitutes

Andrey Arshavin (69th minute for Theo Walcott) - A change needed to be made and Wenger was right to expect something from the Russian. Despite his poor team play he has created and scored goals for Arsenal this season. However his 21 minutes created little more than 10 passes (50% found a team mate), one blocked shot and a foul. 6

Nicklas Bendtner (82nd minute for Jack Wilshere)  - I'm not sure exactly what Wenger hoped Bendtner could bring in eight minutes playing on the left hand side of our attack. He offered himself and tried to get involved but touched the ball eight time (87.5%). Unfortunately his introduction was too late to offer any real impact. 6

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