Sunday, October 04, 2009
Player analysis and ratings vs Blackburn
By 1970’s Gooner
This game epitomized Arsenal’s performances over the 13 years of Wenger’s hegemony. Pretty football, loads of goals but open to the sucker punch with defensive failings ever present to threaten Arsenal’s progress to a much needed title.
If we can tighten up a little bit more defensively then we have a genuine chance of challenging for honours this season.
I fault him for Blackburn’s first goal. Vermaelen was beaten to the ball by Nzonzi and he is to be blamed too but Vito was way out of position giving himself little room for maneuver having to lean backwards with the ball eventually dropping into the net.
Still he made some very good saves especially from Dunn’s long distance shot which looked bound for goal. Wenger has a decision to make when Almunia returns to fitness. 6
Back to his best after a shaky start to the season. Was as good defensively as in his attacking duties. 7
Looked a little bit laboured today misplacing passes early on and failing to get his crosses over the first defender. Maybe this is why Wenger has been resting him lately by playing Eboue there. Sagna improved in the second half however. 6
Looks much more fit, committed and sharper this season. His partnership with Vermaelen is gelling well and he looks better playing along side a left footed and experienced centre half. 7
Yes he did miss that header that led to Blackburn’s goal but centre halves sometimes do don’t they? He made up for it by the spectacular goal he scored from outside the area.
He takes his goals with the ease of a goal scoring forward rather than a defender who has gone up front for a corner looking for the odd chance to score. He actually goes up front looking to score. 8
He never fails to impress me. Strong and decisive with the distribution to match it. Hardly put a foot wrong all game and nearly got on the scoring sheet by the end. 7
Must have got a real rollicking after his disappointing performance at Fulham as he improved his game against Olympiakos in the Champions League and carried it on today against Blackburn.
When he plays it simple then he is very effective as he can win and hold the ball by using his strong frame and skill.
But when he tries to be creative and carry on with the ball then he invariably goes up cul de sacs frustrating everyone and letting his team mates and the supporters down.
I think he will be playing his best games against the bigger teams because that is when he will be too afraid to make mistakes. 6
The little maestro is back to his best.
He was involved in five of the six goals for Arsenal today.
He made the assists for four and scored the important fourth which effectively killed the game.
For at 3 -2 up I felt that they had a chance to equalise through a dead ball situation or a defensive lapse. 9
I consider his involvement in the first team again as very crucial because we now have two genuine play makers where they can interchange positions in the middle of the park and take it in turn to dictate the game. Rosicky also adds much needed experience in the team as well as his football nous. 7
Slowly coming back to full match fitness but even at this level he can be dangerous with his clever runs and goal threat. This he showed with the intelligent run to the left of the defenders receiving the perfect ball from Cesc to score across Armstrong on the turn for 3-2. 6
He is getting used to his new role of front man this season with every game he plays. His goal today was as good as the one he got against Fulham last week. Again a perfect ball by Fabregas, the one touch control and wham bang thank you mum!
The more support he gets from the wide men in this new 4 3 3 formation the more goals he will get. 7
Looked sharp for the 22 minutes he played today and scored his goal like a veteran. His pace and trickery will be a great addition to the team when he gets fully fit. 7
Scored his goal with a spectacular shot from outside the area showing that Arsene may well be right when he says that Arsenal have strength in depth. 7
Consider that apart from Bendtner and Walcott we still have Eduardo, Nasri, Vela, Almunia, Djourou and Denilson to come back.
Man of the Match: Fabregas