Player Ratings: West Ham 0 – 3 Arsenal

January 16, 2011

After the cup games, that was one very refreshing performance from Arsenal. There were a few hiccups at the back but upfront and in the middle we were just brilliant. The way we moved, passed the ball and created openings was a delight to watch. The whole team helped each other out and showed great understanding amongst each other.

The defense was a bit shaky yesterday but only the right side and it was mainly due to bad positioning of Eboue compounded by some bad decisions from Djourou. However, they both improved in the second half.

In middle, we passed the ball around well and kept a high tempo. We never gave space to West Ham and whenever they got the ball, Song and Wilshere would cut them off nicely.

Upfront, the movement was also very good. Everyone combined nicely and the finishing was excellent.

Coming to player ratings:

Szczesny (6.5): An overall good game from him. Made some excellent saves and his distribution was also fine.

Clichy (7): Another one of his better games. Defensively was good and helped in attack by providing good width. His pass to Van Persie that led to the second goal was brilliant. However, needs to improve his crossing.

Koscielny (7): Brilliant game from the Frenchman. No usual mistakes and was always quick to close the opposition down and clear the ball. Made some vital tackles and clearances and aerially was also better.

Djourou (5.5): He was the guilty party in defense yesterday after committing a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes. His decision making was very bad. However, he did improve in the second half. I hope it was just a one-off.

Eboue (5.5): He leaves his side very exposed and I feel it was the main reason for an uncharacteristic performance from Djourou. Was always caught out of position in the first half. Did improve in the second half and made a couple of good runs. However, he needs to be aware of what is happening around him as at times he looks aloof.

Wilshere (7.5): An excellent game from the young Englishman. Great in cutting off the west ham attack and he always found the right pass. Was never afraid to hold the ball and was involved in every move upfront. Could have also scored a goal. However, he needs to improve his touch and off the ball movement.

Song (8): Another dominating game from Song. Was a beast at the back and skillful while going forward. Broke up west ham’s play with ease and linked up play with the forwards nicely.

Fabregas (8): Another captain’s performance. It wasn’t anything flashy but a very effective game.  Didn’t get any assists but was at the heart of everything. Dropped back deep to bring the ball out, combined brilliantly with Nasri and Van Persie and showed good work rate.

Walcott (8.5): Had a slow start but went onto have a very influential game. Got an assist on the first goal, scored the second and won the penalty for the third. Enough said!!

Van Persie (9): This is what we have been missing. He really is a treat to watch. Linked up play nicely, created space and openings, scored goals, got an assist and played the full 90 minutes. He needs to stay fit for sure.

Nasri (7): Didn’t score goals or get any assists, but still he showed his brilliance. Combined really well with Fabregas and Van Persie. Made some good runs with and off the ball. And a great step over on the first goal.


Denilson, Arshavin and Gibbs had too little time to make an impact. No ratings for them.

In the end I would just say that the result speaks for the performance itself, ‘Three goals and a clean sheet’. I only hope that we continue with this in all competitions and whoever starts for us in the coming games puts up similar displays.

West Ham vs Arsenal: Preview and Starting Eleven

January 14, 2011

So it’s back to the Premier League after two disappointing cup ties. Before the Leeds game I said that these cup matches came at the right time as our players can have rest and some like Ramsey will get the chance to up their match fitness. What happened is in front of you all with no results in our favor.

But as always we have to move on and start afresh. Tomorrow we have an opportunity to bounce back as we face West Ham at their home. Despite them being bottom of the table, this won’t be an easy game. They are coming on the back of an impressive win against Birmingham in the other semifinal of the Carling Cup and they will be pumped up. They will no doubt fancy their chances after seeing us play the way we played against Ipswich Town.

However, if we take the game seriously and perform well, it shouldn’t be much of a problem. Scoring goals will matter because lately we haven’t found the net. The more time we take to score our first goal, the more West Ham will grow in confidence. They will for sure park their busses and try to hit us on the counter, so it will be up to us to break them down and score and not give them chances to counter attack.  

As far as the team is concerned, there won’t be many changes for this one.

With Fabianski injured, Szczesny will remain in goal.

The back line will also remain the same as from last match with the only change that Clichy should come in for Gibbs.

In the middle, Song will return to partner Fabregas and Wilshere.

Upfront Nasri and Van Persie after their rest are also going to start and Walcott will retain his place.  

Probable starting XI: Szczesny, Eboue, Djourou, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Fabregas, Wilshere, Walcott, RVP, Nasri

No matter how we played in the last two games, I, as always, expect us to win. We can’t afford to drop more points in the Premier league so this is a must win game. With Manu playing against Tottenham on Sunday, three points tomorrow will put more pressure on Manu.

Hopefully, we will get the three points and Tottenham will do the rest. Keep your fingers crossed and enjoy the match!!

Arsenal 1 – 0 West Ham: We can grind out results! + ratings

October 31, 2010

I was a relieved man when that ball went into the back of the net and so must all the Gooners around the word. Clichy and Song saved our day at the right moment.

It was again one of those games where we were supposed to win it easily but things weren’t going our way. We had plenty of possession, we created a few clear chances which were denied by the keeper and the ones that missed the keeper were stopped by the woodwork. At one point I was just cursing our luck and hoping that it doesn’t end with us dropping points. Read the rest of this entry »

Arsenal vs West Ham preview: Let’s keep the momentum going!

October 30, 2010

So we meet West Ham tomorrow at the Emirates and if things remain the way they are, West Ham is going to have difficult times. They currently sit at 20th place in the league as their start to the season hasn’t been good, their worst in fact in a long time.  Although they will be hoping to get something  as they come into this match on the back of a win and that they have beaten us at the Emirates before, being the first away team to beat us at the Emirates. Read the rest of this entry »

Points Dropped or Gained, Arsenal has Improved

September 21, 2010

After the Sunderland draw, many negative and skeptical things have been said about Arsenal. As every person is entitled to their own view, I can do nothing about that. Although, I decided to take a look at how Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United fared last season until now in the league. What I found is interesting:

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