Sunday, 16 January 2011

West Ham United v Arsenal: Player ratings

West Ham United v Arsenal
Premier League
At Upton Park

ARSENAL

Wojeciech Szczesny - Had little to do to be honest. West Ham had just three shots on target. Only one - a 60th minute strike from Freddie Sears - which was heading towards the top corner forced the Pole to pull off a top class save and clawed the ball away for a corner. His kicking is still worrying though. Only three of his kicks reached over the half way line - none found a team mate. - 7

Emmanuel Eboue - You never really know which Eboue will turn up prior to kick off. The one who will be at the top of his game or the one rolling around the floor with great theatrics when he's been slightly touched. Against the Hammers we got the more focused player. However he did get caught out on a couple of occasions with a ball over his head. His passing was excellent (92.4%), tackling better (won 8, lost 6) and didn't conceed any free kicks. - 7

Johan Djourou - Wasn't as comfortable as normal for Swiss international and although he and Koscielny weren't too bothered by the West Ham attack, he made a error in the first half with a soft back pass which let Carlton Cole in, luckily it didn't come to anything.  Cole got in front of him again just before half time, where you'd expect the defender to do better, however the striker's effort again came to nothing. His passing wasn't up to his normal high standards but still good (83.7%), tackling consistent (won 2, lost 2), clearances good (5 out of 8 successful - four where headed), two blocks and conceded two free kicks in the centre circle. - 7

Laurent Koscielny - Had a decent afternoon. Was arguably the more comfortable of the central defenders. Not too much from his game stood out. Gave away a careless free kick outside the box which Bridge shot into the wall and it came to nothing. Passing was ok (76.3%), four interceptions, won six out of ten tackles, four successful clearances (three headed) out of seven, and conceded the one free kick. - 7 

Gael Clichy - Can't remember him being involved too heavily in the game, although I do remember a dreadful cross he delivered in the second half which went didn't find a team mate. Wish he'd work on that in training. As for his statistics, his passing wasn't as good as it normally is (78.5 successful), he made three interceptions, won four tackles and lost one and conceded two free kicks. Nothing too our of the ordinary from the Frenchman. - 7

Alex Song - Showed positional intelligence, which allowed more creative players to use the ball well. Was strong and determined and won the battles he faced in the middle of the park. A first half shot might have ended up in the back of the net rather than in Robert Green's hands. Excellent passing (87.5%), two interceptions, lost four out of six tackles and made one clearance. - 7

Jack Wilshere - I thought he had a very good game. Was dynamic adding spark and bite to our midfield. Seemed to cover a lot of ground and helped the defence as well as the attack. Could have capped his excellent performance off with a goal at the end but his shot produced a great save from Green. Passing excellent (87.6%), two interceptions, lost two tackles he tried to make, made one block and was awarded a free kick. - 8

Theo Walcott - Produced a very good performance and seems to be getting stronger as the season goes on. Found his scoring boots today after an absence to score his sixth league goal of the season. Might have done better with an chance early in the first half where his weak shot was more like a pass back. However made up for it with the assist for Van Persie's first, a good low cross from the right. Took his own goal well with his left foot and then in the second half forced Bridge into making the challenge which won the penalty. Could that be classes as a goal and two assists? Passing (71%), one interception, two lost tackles but was awarded two free kicks. - 9

Cesc Fabregas - Pulled the strings of this show with a fine performance which allowed those around him to express themselves. It is his incisiveness which allows the space to be created with some superb passes. As you would expect from the captain, his passing was highly accurate (83.3%), made one interception, won five out of nine tackles and was awarded three free kicks. - 7 

Samir Nasri - The Frenchman's clever play allowed van Persie to create space to score his first goal. However I did not feel he had one of his standout performances today. His driving runs caused the West Ham defence problems and he had two shots on target in the first half but seemed to fade away slightly in the second. Passing was good (77%), won just four of his eleven tackles and conceded two free kicks. His presence on the left of the attacking three does add a defensive benefit which Andrey Arshavin doesn't. - 7

Robin Van Persie - Started his three consecutive league game in 2011. Lets hope this continues! Scored two goals today and hit the post with another thundering first half shot. The first went in after Nasri's dummy for Walcott's cross and the Dutchman tucked home with his right foot. His second came from the penalty spot after Walcott was brought down. He also is credited with the assist for Walcott's goal. Van Persie is continuing with the great work rate shown early season by Marouane Chamakh and covered a lot of ground during the game. His passing was good (75.6%), made one interception, won four out of six tackles, made one clearance and conceded three free kicks. - 9


Substitutes

Denilson - On the pitch for ten minutes and made 23 out of 23 successful passes, achieving more passes in ten minutes than some of his West Ham counterparts completed in 90. In the 89th minute he made a half hearted challenge to win the ball back off Nouble and that's why fan's get annoyed by him. He needs to be committed. - 6

Kieran Gibbs - Only on the pitch for two minutes but all of his six passes made were successful. - 6

Andrey Arshavin - Only on the pitch for the last two minutes of the game. Made four passes, one of which - a long diagonal ball didn't find a team mate. - 6 



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