By 1970’s Gooner
We run, as we always do after a match, a poll as to who was Arsenal’s Man of the Match against Aston Villa. On this occasion the vote is almost overwhelmingly for one player.
Bacary Sagna is receiving the bulk of the votes with about 70% of those Arsenal Analysis readers taking part on the poll.
And he deserves it hands down.
His performance is probably the best ever in an Arsenal shirt with fantastic interventions culminating in that phenomenal clearance off the line of what looked a certain goal.
Arsene Wenger has unearthed some gems in the transfer market over the years and Bacary is certainly there at the top of the list.
Here are our player ratings for the game at Villa.
Almunia: Some exceptional saves keeping us in the game but with a few mistimed runs out of his area. 7
Sagna: Phenomenal performance. Man of the match. 9
Silvestre: Looked jaded with positional errors. 4
Gallas: Good in the first half, poor in the second culminating in that penalty. 5
Toure: Clearly not ready, physically nor mentally, to participate in this game at such a short notice. Full of mistakes and bad clearances. 4
Song: Average performance till he had to go off. 5
Ramsey: Poor, kept loosing the ball in dangerous areas. 4
Denilson: Full of energy and his persistence resulted in that first goal. 7
Eboue: Good performance, kept to his defensive duties well and made the beautiful assist for Diaby’s goal. 6
Nasri: Did not contribute much. Kept loosing the ball and was only a peripheral figure. 4
Diaby: Awful in the first half much improved in the second culminating in that fantastic goal. 6
Van Persie: Kept the ball well up front and combined well with team mates. Missed that chance to score the killer third goal (we need 3 goals to win a game now not 2). 6