Player Ratings: Arsenal 2 – 0 Wolves

February 13, 2011

Wow, it seems that the last weekend’s result hasn’t affected us psychologically at all.

A brilliant display of football by the team as we dominated the game and got the vital three points.

At the back we weren’t troubled much but still the backline dealt nicely on the few occasions the Wolves came into our area. The communication among the back four was very good as we used the off sisde trap really well.

In the middle our passing and movement was top notch. They created many opportunities a few of which should have been scored.

Up front, the finishing was decent considering the goals of van Persie. However, we still need to improve our finishing.

Coming to player ratings:

Szczesny (6.5): A spectator most of times as he comfortably collected the few balls that went down his way.

Sagna and Clichy (6.5): Did their job on the wings and kept the opposition players quiet.

Koscielny (7): Another top game from the Frenchman. Made his usual excellent interceptions and clearances and never gave space to the Wolves players.

Djourou (7): He too had a top game. Looked confident and composed with the ball and as always was dominant in the air.

Wilshere (8.5): Awesome stuff from the young Englishman. He was brilliant going forward while also looked comfortable in holding the ball and breaking the wolves play down. His passing, movement, creativity and final balls were immaculate and any other day he would have had a couple of assists. Simply out sanding stuff.

Fabregas (7.5): Controlled our midfield with ease. Dropped down deep to bring the ball out and combined really well with Arshavin, van Persie and Wilshere. Got an assist on the first goal and was involved in the second. He does need to improve his performance in front of goal though.

Song (7): Again a beast in the middle. Always quick to close the wolves player and break down their play. Linked nicely with the forwards. Gave away possession a few times but otherwise didn’t put a foot wrong.

Arshavin (7): Another superb game from the Russian. He was very good with his movement and running as he opened up Wolves with ease. His work rate was also good as he backtracked a lot and provided support to Clichy.

Van Persie (8): Two very well taken goals. Showed good technique on the first and good composure on the second. Could have score plenty more with the amount of opportunities he got. I hope his knee isn’t badly hurt.

Walcott (7): A quiet game by his current standards as he missed an open net when Wilshere set him up. However, was always a threat whenever he got the ball as he ended the game with another assist to his name.

Subs:

Bendtner (6), Chamakh (6) and Denilson (6) had very little time to make impact but did their jobs.


Wenger: Djourou and Denilson are back and Vermaelen to return in three weeks

February 12, 2011

Arsene Wenger, at his pre-match press conference, gave an injury update on the squad ahead of today’s game against Wolves.

Johan Djourou picked up an injury in the Newcastle game and there were rumors around that he was going to be out for some time. However, Wenger on Friday revealed that Djourou is fit and ready to play against Wolves as he passed a fitness test on Friday.

Wenger also revealed Denilson’s availability, as he missed the Newcastle game, and confirmed that the rest of the squad will be the same as it was last weekend.

Diaby and Rosicky, on the other hand, are not available as Rosicky has a groin injury, picked up on International duty, and Diaby is suspended.

Regarding Vermaelen, Wenger explained as to how his recovery is progressing well but it’s difficult to set a time for his return.

Nonetheless, Wenger gave a minimum three weeks time and added that when fit, Vermaelen will first play in the reserves to get his match fitness and then make a proper comeback to the first team.

Wenger, at his press conference, said:

“Yes, Djourou is fit. Diaby has a problem but anyway he is suspended. Denilson is available. Rosicky has a groin problem coming back from the Czech Republic so he is not involved but Denilson is coming back. The rest of the squad will be the same as Newcastle. Cesc and Van Persie will both be playing.

He is doing better and he is in the normal process of rehabilitation. When he will be fit again, I don’t know. It is very difficult to set any time on it. Something like three weeks.

When he [Vermaelen] is fit certainly we’ll play him in the Reserve team. [But] not before two or three weeks. You never know until he is completely fit to play again but we are hopeful [he is progressing well]. He feels he is over the problem but he played his last game in September and we are in February so it will take some time to come back to match fitness.”


Wolves 0 – 2 Arsenal: Player Ratings

November 11, 2010

The game last night was an excellent response from our side. It wasn’t our best performance but we did enough to get the maximum and that matters the most. The defence was brilliant throughout the game as we were under pressure for most parts of the game. The midfield and the forwards also contributed and kept the spaces to a minimum. The midfield shielded the defence nicely and the wingers showed good work rate in running up and down the flanks. Chamakh also came back a lot to help out. Fabianski had one hell of a great game. The whole team showed that they really wanted the win. Read the rest of this entry »


No loan for Ramsey and Fabregas on today’s game

November 10, 2010

A week back there were reports that Ramsey is to go out on loan to get some playing time before he can play for us. It has been revealed today by Wenger that Ramsey is not going out on loan as it is important that he plays with us. Ramsey is making good progress and it is expected that at the end of this month he will be playing in the reserves. Wenger added that there is no talk of a loan move for Ramsey at the moment. Read the rest of this entry »


Wolves vs Arsenal preview: We simply need a win!

November 9, 2010

We need to win this one

The match against wolves is upon us as we face them tomorrow. A mere two days have passed since the uncharacteristic defeat at home on Sunday. We have to bounce back and simply win this. There is no other option for us. Read the rest of this entry »