Player Ratings: Everton 1 – 2 Arsenal

Another away game and another massive result. Not a perfect game from us but again we showed the desire and determination to get the three points and the whole team delivered. Now twice in a row we have grinded out results despite not being at our best. On both occasions we have done enough. Just imagine what the results would be if we played in our best form. We just have to show consistency.

Today our defence was brilliant again as they kept Everton from creating clear scoring chances throughout the match. The midfield although wasn’t at their best from the start but settled in well. The second half was where it dominated. The midfield also contributed a lot in defence that was good to see. Upfront we didn’t create much but we took our chances. The forwards also played their part in defending.

Coming to player ratings:

Fabianski: Another great display of keeping from him. Made some brilliant saves with some good distribution. Can’t be blamed for the goal as he made sure that we got the three points. 7.5

Sagna: Another top performance from the Frenchman. Scored an awesome goal, was good coming forward and great in defending. 8

Squillaci: Nervy start by him again but overall held the backline well. Was always clearing the ball before it became a danger. Good on set pieces too. 7

Djourou: Monster performance from him. One of his best performance if not ‘the best’. Solid at the back, good in the air and was good in distributing the ball. 8

Clichy: Today he again had an excellent game despite once or twice losing his player. Most teams try to attack from his side and he does well for most parts. He was very quick onto the ball and did well in one-on-one situations. He just needs to get his decision making right on when to charge and when not because sometimes he does leave a lot of space behind him for opposition players to get through. 7.5

Song: One of the better games from him defensively. Made some vital blocks and was always moving around the field. Never slowed down. Came back to defend a lot and held up the midfield nicely. He did give away possession a few times and was a bit off going forward but made up for it with some good shielding. 6.5

Fabregas: I don’t know how many times I have to say it but our captain is not back to his best yet. Still he was involved in everything happening on the pitch and he got the vital second goal that was brilliantly taken. Contributed a lot in defending and led the team nicely. He was also all over the pitch. Didn’t deserve the yellow IMO. He could have also got an assist had Chamakh not missed a sitter.  7

Wilshere: Did what was asked off him in the time he was on the field. Kept and passed the ball well and was good in covering the defenders. Could have even got a goal in the first half. 6

Nasri: Another great game from him. He really has become one of our consistent performers. He contributes up front, in the middle and defensively. Made a couple of great runs and had some good shots but unlucky not to be on the score sheet. The initial move was started by him that led to our first goal. Kept the possession well and created some good openings with good passing. 7.5

Chamakh: Another good performance from him. Great link up play and some good movement by him. Got the assist on the second goal. Should have scored too. Contributed defensively on set pieces and made some good interceptions by coming back a lot. 6.5

Arshavin: Anonymous for major parts but it was nice to see that he was trying. Showed his brilliance with the assist on the first goal when he calmly picked the ball and passed it to Sagna to score. Had a few shots on goal and was good to see that he was coming back to do his defensive job on some occasions. 6.5

Subs

Denilson: As soon as he came on he got the move going for the second goal. He was good in keeping the ball moving around and shielded the defence nicely. Made some good interceptions. A simple and effective game from him. 7

Rosicky: Another one of our consistent performers this season. Kept the ball moving around and helped Clichy on the left defensively. Showed good work rate and strength while defending. 7

Eboue: Too little time to make impact. No Rating

The weekend has been great for us Gooners as we have moved up to second place and the gap from Chelsea has been reduced to two. I think we have also broken the jinx that Chelsea loses on that day when we also lose our fixture. Next up is the mini international break and if we get passed it without new injuries then certainly great times are coming ahead.

Next up is Spuds at home and just can’t wait for it. But first fingers crossed that no one gets injured during the internationals.

Keep the faith.

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