Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Arsenal v West Ham player ratings: Santi & Poldi steal the show


Arsenal v West Ham player ratings
Premier League at the Emirates

Wojciech Szczensy - Had little to do. Commanded his area well. Might have hoped he'd have better luck with the West Ham goal but it wasn't his error - 5

Bacary Sanga - Worked hard for the team as always and danerous in the final third. Will be missed when he goes in the summer - 7

Per Mertesacker - Dealt with the treat of Andy Carroll well. Calm and composed with the ball and seemed to be more on his A game. Perhaps that might be down to the return of his French friend - 6

Laurent Koscielny - Should probably have closed the ball down quicker for the West Ham goal but his attempt to take off Matt Jarvis' head to prevent the ball was admirable. Had little else to do and was probably a good come back game - 5

Thomas Vermaelen - Didn't look out of place like he sometimes can at left back and made up for his error for the West Ham goal by providing an assist for Olivier Giroud's goal. Probably won't be in the team when Gibbs/Monreal returns - 5

Mikel Arteta - Another solid performance from the Spaniard who was taking no prisoners last night. Remarkable that he looked as fresh as anyone else on the pitch despite playing a lot of football in the past week. - 7

Kim Kallstrom - Making his full debut he wasn't afraid to put in the tackles or ask questions of his team mates with his sometimes wayward passing. Looked assured and kept running for the team despite sometimes not knowing where to stand - 7

Tomas Rosicky - His engine doesn't stop turning and neither does the Czech's thoughts about always playing forward. Was unlucky a few of his passes in the final third didn't come off and looked like the Arsenal player who would make something happen in the first half - 6

Santi Cazorla - Looked laboured in the first half where he didn't seem to want to work for the team but produced a much better performance in the second half. A great interception and pass for Podolski's goal. Ran the show after half time - 8

Lukas Podolski - Scored two vital goals and as always seemed to cause fear in the opposition defence when he got into the final third. Both finishes were well taken - 8

Oliver Giroud - Overshadowed Podolski's goals with a wonderful strike of his own, which seemed to be impossible from a player who doesn't always rise to the occassion. Looked refreshed after scoring. Hopefully he's got his mojo back - 7

Substitutes:

Aaron Ramsey - Oh how we've missed the Welshman. Seeing him perform against at such a high level after being out for more than 100 days leaves you wishing what might have been. Good assist for Podolski's second goal - 7

Carl Jenkinson - Came on, ran around and tried to get involved. Didn't put a foot wrong in his seven minute cameo - 6

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