Player Ratings: Arsenal 5 – 0 Leyton Orient

March 3, 2011

That is more like it now. A good response by Arsenal after the disappointment on Sunday.

It was an unnecessary fixture to start off with but it proved useful as it was the right game for many of the players before the, now important, match against Sunderland on Saturday.

Overall, it was a very good performance by the whole team. The movement, passing and finishing was at times excellent. There were a few moments where it seemed that we lost our focus, especially after scoring the first goal and when the second half started where Orient looked like scoring. However, credit to the team for responding with a goal every time.

One thing I wasn’t impressed was with the defense although they did keep a clean sheet. there wasn’t much to do yet whenever Orient were on the attack we looked vulnerable. Our fullbacks also need to get their decisions right of when to make a run and when not to as they were caught out of position most of the times.

With a lot of important players injured, Bendtner, Diaby and Rosicky for me were the players that needed to show they can be relied upon and they didn’t disappoint at all.

Coming to player ratings:

Almunia (6): Had nothing to do throughout the match. Still not convinced with his positioning, however, he did catch the ball cleanly on the few occasions it went his way.

Eboue (6.5): He spent most of his time upfront as he was involved every now and then in attack. He did get an assist on the fifth goal but needs to improve his crossing and decision making. Defensively was almost always caught out of position but thankfully we weren’t punished for it.

Squillaci (6): He had a normal game as there wasn’t much to do. Lost his man on a couple of occasions and needs to improve his reading of the game.

Miquel (6): Another decent game from the youngster as again he was comfortable and composed with the ball. Still a lot to learn as his inexperience was exposed at times yesterday.

Gibbs (7.5): He too spent more time in attack than in defense. Upfront was amazing as he created the second goal and earned the penalty for the fourth with an excellent run. If only he can improve his defensive side of the game, he will be a top class left back.

Denilson (7): Played his usual game as he helped us keep  possession and played his part in the linking up the play.

Rosicky (7):  A very good game by Rosicky. He moved about all over the pitch as he was involved in everything thing that happened.  A brilliant run and pass to set up Chamakh for the first goal. We need more performances like this if he is to prove his worth.

Diaby (7): A good performance by Diaby as he returned after a month. He combined well with Rosicky as he showed what he can offer us last night and I hope he stays fit till the end of the season. Made some good runs but he still needs to improve his decision making in the final third.

Bendtner (8.5): Excellent. We needed someone to take Van Persie’s place and last night Bendtner showed that he is ready to fill-in in his absence. A powerful and accurate header to open his account, a clinical shot to get his second and scored a very well taken penalty to complete his well deserved hattrick.

Chamakh (7): Chamakh had a good game but he needs more time to improve his confidence. It was good to see him score after almost three months. His movement was good and he was involved in a lot of one-twos. However, he needs to take his chances in front of goal as last night again he hesitated to take shots.

Henderson (6): Was anonymous for major parts but he had a decent game. Did lose possession on more than a few occasions but it was good to see him complete the ninety minutes as he also kept things simple. His delivery on the free kick was good if not perfect.

Subs:

Clichy’s (6.5) strike was sweet as he scored only his second goal for Arsenal last night. Adjusted well in the advanced role as he was involved most of the time after he came on. Wilshere (6) had some good moments along with Nasri (6) as both of them increased the tempo of our game and created half chances.


Arsene Wenger: Sagna is good, Diaby and Squillaci are fit for Sunday while Rosicky is still a doubt

January 27, 2011

Arsenal’s next match is against Huddersfied Town on Sunday in the 4th round of the FA cup. Arsene Wenger today gave the latest injuries news ahead of it.

Speaking to Arsenal TV online, Wenger confirmed that Squillaci and Diaby are back in the squad for Sunday’s fixture. Diaby has been out since the end of December through a calf injury while Squillaci has been missing due to a hamstring injury since the 8th of this month.

He also told that the only uncertainly is of Rosicky as he could not confirm, due to his sickness, whether he will be fit or not.

Whereas, according to Wenger, there is a chance for Almunia to be in the squad, who has been out due to elbow and ankle problems for a while now. But as far as Fabianski and Vermaelen are concerned, they won’t be available.

Regarding Sagna, Wenger told that he is good but still has a little bit of headache. However, Wenger added that all the tests at the hospital were clean and he will be available on Sunday or at the most by Tuesday for the match against Everton.

Arsene Wenger, while speaking to TV online, said:

“Squillaci and Diaby will be in a squad. The only uncertainty I have is Rosicky. I don’t know if he’ll be fit or not. He was really sick. 

Almunia has a chance, Fabianski no and for Vermaelen we need to be patient.

Sagna is as good as you can be. Yesterday he was at home and he still had a little bit of a headache. All the examinations made at the hospital were clean. He should be available for Sunday. If not Sunday then Tuesday.”