By 1970’s Gooner
It was not a great performance. The players looked a little jaded and could not get their flowing football going.
Maybe tiredness is beginning to set in with practically the same players playing in almost every game so far. There were also niggling injuries that a number of the Arsenal players were carrying.
They did however dominate the game, created many chances and should have scored more than one goal.
Still not being at your best and creating chances bodes well for the rest of, what looks like, a long campaign this season and probably in all fronts.
Wenger called for goal line technology claiming that the ball had crossed the line from one of many crosses from Clichy which was deflected into goal. See for yourself by clicking on the video window.
Fabregas missed a sitter in the first half from about five yards scooping the ball over the bar where it would have been easier to score!
But the goal came eventually on 75 minutes from yet another cut back from the left hand side by Adebayor. Van Persie buried it in the roof of the net.
After that confidence took over and the young guns passed the ball around in their customary style.
Did not have much to do but gave a very assured and confident display: 7
Strong and decisive but did not get going forward a lot. Probably due to instructions and Eboue’s insufficient support: 6
Strong, decisive and a real leader. Never put a foot wrong: 8
Faultless. Never missed a header and won all his interceptions decisively. One of his best performances: 8
His usual bustling self, defending well and bombing forward on every occasion. He is important in this Arsenal side as Hleb does not usually stay on the wing much : 8
Disappointing. Never in the game and was at most a peripheral figure. He went passed his man on only one occasion during the whole game. Preferred to come inside and lay the ball off to colleague rather than try and make things happen for himself : 4
Man of the match. Run the show overshadowing Fabregas in this respect.
He always wanted the ball and by coming inside he was making things happen, laying off balls and then running into positions to receive it.
He made Arsenal tick last night. A shadow of his previous season’s self! 9
Just below his best with a lot of his passes uncharacteristically going astray or to opponents. Is he tired? 6
Played his usual game full of running and determination. One of the few Arsenal players who performed at his best: 8
Was below his best and did not link well with his partner RVP. But his runs down the left channel were difficult for the opponents to stop due to his strength and speed. His cut back created the goal for Van Persie: 6
He was also below his best and his link up play with Adebayor was again lacking as it was in the previous game at West Ham. These two still need to get it together and when they do many more goals will come! Took his goal very well: 8
Sunderland on Sunday now. Lets hope the players rest well and that there are no more injuries.