Sunday, December 16, 2007
Player evaluations and ratings Vs Chelsea
By 1970’s Gooner
A significant victory that not only keeps Arsenal on top of Manchester United but pushes Chelsea further behind in the title race.
Our creativity was back and it was obvious in the first half that our technique was superior to their strength and direct way of playing.
As the returning from injury Arsenal players began to tire in the second half Chelsea pushed forward as they had to do. Tiring legs during the second half meant however that fluency was not at its best nor were cool heads ruling our play.
On another day with 15 minutes to go we would have kept our heads and the ball rather than surge forward, sometimes committing five players in attack trying to get that second goal.
Still a wonderful defensive display in the second half gave us the three points and that is what matters in games like this.
Had a very good game indeed. Probably his best game for Arsenal so far. He saved everything that was thrown at him. Apart from saving a first half shot in a rather strange way he was there when he was needed. 8
Another strong and solid display. Joe cole did not get much change out of him. Did not venture forward much. 7
A wonderful display of both defensive and attacking football from the best left back in the Premier league.
Outshone Ashley Cole hands down.
Thanks for leaving Arsenal Ashley. 8
I keep repeating myself every game but this is due to this guy’s consistency and dependability, game in game out. 8
Wenger obviously knew what he was doing when he appointed Gallas as captain. What a leader and what a powerful defensive display. Comes up with the goals in the important games. 9
He was not match fit and that was obvious form some misplaced passes especially as he got tired in the second half. Still he dictated play as only he can. 8
Played as though he was never away injured. The lung capacity of this guy is amazing. Patroled the midfield and protected the defence very well. 8
Was more involved in this game and his tracking back and defending was excellent. Became more dangerous in the second half on the counter attack (which suits his style) as Chelsea committed men forward. 8
Had a good first half holding the ball very well and laying balls off in the forward positions. He is an important player in the way the team builds up its attacking play and when he tired in the second half we lost some of our penetration and ball possession. 8
Probably the worst Arsenal player and the second worse player on the pitch after Lampard. He kept giving the ball away and was frivolous in possession. He is too anxious and impetuous to lay the ball off rather than wait for a better opportunity to find a team mate. 5
He was stretchered off in the second half after a collision with Joe Cole and looks to have suffered a medial ligament sprain. It would be assessed over the next 48 hours.
Was much better in this game than at Middlesbrough. Played the lone striker role very well shielding the ball from the defenders and playing his team mates in. Became more dangerous as Chelsea opened up in the second half. He will benefit a lot from RVP’s return to the team and the 4 4 2 system which suits him more at this stage of his career. 7
Man of the Match:
Van Persie (69 m)
Played well when he came on but missed two clear cut chances to put the game to rest. Yet he provided a goal threat that was missing before. When the rust goes away he will be back to his best. 7
Gilberto (78 m)
Looks slower and for this reason tends to foul more than before. Gave away a foul just outside the area in the closing minutes which could have resulted in the equaliser had it not been for Almunia’s good positioning and resultant save. 5
Bendtner (90 m)
Had just about enough time on the pitch to set up Fabregas in on goal which he missed.