Sunday, March 08, 2009
Eboue and Song shine for a change. Player analysis and ratings Vs Burnley
By 1970’s Gooner
There’s a lot to be pleased about this 3 0 win against a Burnley side that their credit refused to play negative football.
The first to be pleased about is that we rediscovered our goal scoring again carrying on where we left after the win at West Brom.
We have now scored six goals in two games albeit against lower quality opposition, but who is complaining? In football, confidence and psychology are an integral part of a winning side as much as skill, football brains and strength.
The second is that the goals were put away by players who needed to score so as to get their confidence back again.
None more so than the returning Eduardo who put it away in Brazilian style with the outside of his boot on the volley! Vela too scored an exquisite chip over the advancing Jensen.
And the last of the goals came from a thunderous shot by Eboue after receiving Song’s backheel which put him through in the penalty area.
But the most important to be pleased about is the return of two of the four players that have been long term absentees: Eduardo and Walcott.
This signals that the squad is beginning to get together again and reaching full strength just when the final run in to the most important business part of the season is getting close.
With a fully fit Arshavin who showed again that he is an experienced forward full of trickery and nous as well as a fit Fabregas, Walcott, Eduardo and Rosicky this team could suddenly look formidable.
Did not have much to do but he looked inept on a couple of crosses missing the ball completely. One such cross created havoc in the area and Burnley nearly scored. Other than this he looked assured and confident and I believe he will get a lot better the more games he plays. 5.5
Can only fault him for his crosses really and for nothing else. A no nonsense reliable defender who rarely makes mistakes. 7
Started very tentatively and Burnley had some joy down his side of the pitch early in the game. However he got better and better as the game progressed and during the last 20 minutes when the game was won he showed enough confidence to go forward and use his undoubted dribbling skills. 7
I am very impressed with his defending lately. He has put everything behind him and his defending has benefited no end. Still below the levels he achieved at Chelsea but if he carries on like this he may still get there. 8
Well at least he did not make all those silly mistakes and fouls we witnessed at West Brom. He needs games to get his match fitness back to scratch and this was one. 6
He also needs games to get his physical fitness back and Wenger gave him the full 90 minutes. I was disappointed with his overall performance though as you would have expected him to play a lot better in this game. Nevertheless his touch and football nous was all there for everyone to see. 5
What an improved performance this was from the much maligned Eboue and what a wonderfully taken goal. I can only recollect one wrong decision he made with his passing which was a very big improvement from him.
He had drive, tenacity and the will to always go forward with the ball. It’s his runs that make Arsenal play at a faster pace that I like. As I have said before we have lost that urgency to attack opponents with pace something which has been distinctly lacking this season. 9
A much, much improved performance from Song also who had us all wondering why he doesn’t produce this sort of performance every week.
He tackled well, kept his position a little further back than Diaby but he also looked to pass the ball forward which was a major change from his recent performances from passing it sideways all the time.
A wonderful such forward pass was the exquisitely chipped ball for Eduardo to score his goal. 8
Abu’s presence in the middle of the pitch did I think provide a far better balance than when Denilson and Song play there together.
This is because he not only adds strength, tenacity and aerial power there but because he is more forward minded than any of the other two. He has to start every game with either of Denilson or Song next to him. 7.5
He is the real fox in the box that we have been looking for all these years.
He is the man that will score all kinds of goals.
From half chances, when the team is not playing that well and of course with Brazilian aplomb like the one today. 8
He is also a finisher and the goal he scored showed us how he can use his pace and skill to get past his defender and chip the ball over the advancing goalkeeper.
He has to improve his ball control however and stop looking for fouls when defenders get near him. I am sure he will as I rate him highly. 7
Theo looked a lot stronger with more muscle on him than before his injury. He looked to me more of a well developed man than the youngster he was.
Man of the Match: It’s between Song and Eboue but I would go for Eboue.