A good response from the team after a dismal week if not the perfect. There was a visible change in the team as they were hungry for the win and it is this hunger that we as fans want to see in the team every time they come on the field. If I remember correctly the last away wins against Everton and Wolves were due to some good defending and keeping as our forward and midfield failed to create much. This time it was the opposite.
Rosicky: Was one of our best players today. Ran, passed, tackled, assisted and had shots on goal. He did gave away the possession a couple of times but overall had an effective game. Great assist for the Chamakh goal. 7.5
Wilshere: Started slowly and settled in nicely. Had an ordinary first half but grew in stature in the second. Scored the final goal too, his firtst for Arsenal in the league. 7.5
Nasri: He too was one of our best players. He was simply outstanding. Was involved in everything that happened out there, displayed some individual brilliance and scored a beauty. This season he is getting better and better. 8.5
Chamakh: Another excellent game. Harassed the Villa defenders constantly. linked up with Nasri and Arshavin brilliantly and never slowed down. Held the ball nicely throughout the match. Scored the important third goal smartly and provided the assist on the fourth to seal the game. 8.5
Arshavin: Awesome stuff from the Russian. He was turning, running at the defenders, passing, creating, scoring, defending. He was every where today. He was at the heart of every thing that happemned out there. Scored a brilliant individual goal, provided the assist on the second and could have had another if Nasri had not struck the side neting. This is the type of performance that we require from him everytime. He certainly changed the game today. 9
Denilson, Gibbs and Djourou came on for a short while and did what was asked of them. No ratings though.
This game has ended and now it’s time to move on to the next. We don’t need to get carried away and show up better than this for the next and build up on this win. As I have said before “consistency” is what we need right now.