Sunday, January 17, 2010
How did Eastmond do? Player Analysis and Ratings Vs Bolton
By 1970’s Gooner
Bolton tried to muscle Arsenal out of the game but they only found some joy in the opening 10 minutes of each half.
Other than that they failed miserably as they allowed too much space in the middle of the park for Arsenal’s most dangerous player.
Time and time again Fabregas was given space and time to receive and turn with the ball and when that happens you are really dicing with death. And that is what was so exquisitely dished out in football terms.
Fabregas ran the show with all that Arsenal created originating through him. The first goal came after a quick one two with Eduardo and as soon as you could say Cesc Fabregas the ball was in the back of the net.
For the second he ran out of defence with the ball and when put under pressure passed it to the on coming Fran Merida. A few passes and who was on the ball again?
Cesc ran with it deep in the Bolton area and released Eduardo who put in a cross for the ball to fall to Fran Merida on the other side. It was a clinical finish which may have turned Merida's Arsenal career for the better. 9
I liked Fran Merida’s performance. He never wasted a pass with that sweet left foot of his, showed a lot of self confidence against the hard tacklers of Bolton and took his goal very well. 8
There were a few passengers today and it’s just as well some of our players are coming back into fitness.
Traore had another awful performance often caught out of position with his man way beyond him. His passing was way below acceptable levels for a professional footballer. 4
The other passengers were Arshavin, Eduardo and to a lesser extend Eastmond.
Arshavin was played on the wing for most of the encounter today but he still drifted in and out of the game. His passing was awful as he looked to first time passes which never came off often putting the rest of his team mates under pressure. 5
Eduardo is still trying to find his way. He again looked off the pace especially when Fabregas put him clean through but couldn’t get to the ball before Jaskerlainen.
He is looking slightly better with each game and there is therefore the hope that with more games he will get back to his best. 6
Eastmond I liked today. I thought he will be a useful Arsenal player back to the days when Arsenal TV used to screen the Arsenal reserves games live (alas no more, with no real explanation given to us subscribers…).
He had a fine debut, winning the ball and passing it sensibly to a team mate. He also nearly scored!
He did however get caught out a few times thinking he had more time than he actually did. His passing was also on some occasions not up to scratch allowing the opposition to mount attacks when they really had no right to do so.
But, I can hear you saying, this was his first Premier League game for Christ’s sake!
Yes, I agree, but it still doesn’t detract from the fact that the rest of the more experienced players had to carry him through on occasion. Just as they did with Traore. 6
I am still not very confident about Almunia.
He was great coming out and getting the high balls from corners relieving the pressure from his defence. He was also alert enough to pounce on the ball when Klasnic was through on goal having tricked a confused Gallas.
He did however drop a ball for a corner when not under any sort of pressure. 6
The only thing you can say about Sagna is that he is a very good defender but his forward play and especially his crosses leave a lot to be desired.7
A wonderfully strong performance by Vermaelen today. Matched Kevin Foul Davies all the way and was, along with Gallas, the main reason that it was a clean sheet today. 8
Apart from that moment when Klasnic got round him Gallas didn’t put a foot wrong. 7
Diaby played a little bit more defensively today so that he could help Eastmond out. He did this very well and also got forward enough to support the attacks.
He is growing into a mature player for Arsenal now and if he stays fit will play a big role in the run in for the title. 7
I am very glad and relieved that Rosicky is back and to the high level we were used to before he got injured. He is an experienced player who knows when to pass and when to hold. When to shoot and when not to… 7
Man of the Match: Cesc Fabregas