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Player Ratings – The Gunners Back & Firing Edition

Premier League Player Ratings

Sat 27 November, Kick off: 12:45, Villa Park

 

Aston Villa (4-5-1)

 

1 – Brad Friedel – Some fantastic first half saves, kept the score respectable. 7

2 – Luke Young – Not his day today, was run ragged by Arsenals position changing. 6

5 – Richard Dunne – As always dependable in the air and sturdy in tackles when those around him struggled. 7

3 – Stephen Warnock – Guilty of squandering possession at times and run ragged by the brilliant Nasri on occasion. 6

21 – Ciaran Clark – Will always remember his first Premiership goals, was unfortunately for him up against it against an Arsenal side out to avenge last week. 8

29 – James Collins – Looked shaky and hurried in everything he did today, not one too remember. 6

8 – Robert Pires – Not the re-uniting with Arsenal he would have wanted, was a bystander before being replaced. 5

6 – Stewart Downing – Another who looked shaky in possession today guilty of losing the ball on many occasions. 6

25 – Barry Bannan – Along with Clark was really up against a Gunners midfield whose movement he couldn’t live with. 6

10 – John Carew – Is looking very short of form didn’t cause the Gunners defence a problem at all, replaced for Ireland. 5

7 – Ashley Young – Plenty of effort but just wasn’t his day today, too often guilty of loose passing. 6

 

Subs:

22 – Brad Guzan

23 – Habib Beye

30 – Eric Lichaj

9 – Stephen Ireland – Came on for Carew but was equally ineffective. 5

31 – Chris Herd – Came on for Bannan but not enough time to impress. 6

28 – Jonathan Hogg

14 – Nathan Delfouneso – Came on at halftime for Pires, plenty of good running and effort. 6

Arsenal (4-5-1)

 

21 – Lukasz Fabianski Spectator for long periods will be upset to have conceded 2 goals. 6

3 – Bacary Sagna Got forward more and more as game progressed and always an attacking outlet for Arsenal. 7

18 – Sebastien Squillaci Quietly went about his work without really being noticed. 7

22 – Gael Clichy Caused problems with his attacking all afternoon offered an outlet when overloading midfield. 7

6 – Laurent Koscielny Comfortably dealt with Carew threat. 7

17 – Alex Song Looked to be positive with every touch broke up Villas attacks well. 7

19 – Jack Wilshere Distributed well and looked to bring wide players into the game, deserved his headed goal. 7

29 – Marouane Chamakh A real prescence up front, never gave Dunne and Collins a moments rest. 8

7 – Tomas Rosicky Looked to get on the ball and run at Villas backline as much as possible, replaced by Djourou on 90 mins. 7

23 – Andrey Arshavin Was back to his best today, constantly changing positions with Nasri and looked to turn and run at the back four. 8

8 – Samir Nasri Immense today, is really coming into his own this season, Villa will be glad to see the back of the Frenchman today. Worldclass. 9

 

Subs:

53 – Wojciech Szczesny

20 – Johan Djourou – Replaced Rosicky on 90 couldn’t get into game that late on. 5

28 – Kieran Gibbs – Replaced Nasri as Arsenal looked to see the game out, dependable in possession. 6

15 – Denilson – Replaced Arshavin on 85 mins in order to breakdown Villas pressure. 6

10 – Robin van Persie

52 – Nicklas Bendtner

14 – Theo Walcott

 

Overview:

Arsene Wenger will be kicking himself that this wasn’t a cricket score fit for the Ashes. Only some desperate Villa defending and an inspired Brad Friedel prevented this, but as against Spurs last time out his side always give the opposition a chance and from a position of sheer comfort was brought a nail biting finale. Villa on the other hand looked like a team in disarray, far too often guilty of cheaply squandering possession against probably the best team of exploiting it in the league. Badly missing the pace of Agbonlahor up front as John Carew is clearly not match-fit and a massive ask of Robert Pires to make his mark this quickly. On the whole a deserved Gunners victory.

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