First things first, the players out there today played well better than the first team did back in August. It was a hell of a game. We were cruising until Santa Cruz brought them back in it. Down to 10 men, many thought it was definitely going to penalties until Eduardo scored the winning goal.
He looks very comfortable tonight. When he was commited, he caught the ball. When he punched the ball, it was to safety. Made some fine stops including the one on one with Santa Cruz where he managed to get a hand to the ball.
Defensively sound and passing was good.
He was Toure-like !! He cleared the ball no matter how he did it and didn’t take chances. Did u see the runs he made from the back. I think one run beat 3 defenders and the other led to his assist for Eduardo’s winner. YES, he assisted Eduardo.
Captained the side well and unlucky not to score when his header hit the post.
Very much like Clichy and you can see why he is the fastest in the Arsenal squad. Much improved display from previous games.
Quiet and didn’t create much.
Almost never lost possession and his energy was amazing. Certainly he and Flamini are all we need for the DM position. Solid and played good passing.
Was Fabregas-like in the first half when his pass put Eduardo in for his first goal. But in the second half, he was Song-like. Misplacing passes and losing the ball too easily. He was getting frustrated and it showed when he lunged at Dunn. Showed his immaturity.
Looks a very confident player and his goal was very good, a volley over the keeper into the far corner. He hardly lost possession and linked well with his teammates.
I would have gave him 8 before he even scored the winner. Ran his socks off and unlike previous matches, he retained possession. The commentators were talking about Santa Cruz where he scored 2 goals with 2 chances. Well, so did Eduardo and his 2 chances won the game.
When he was one on one for the first goal, I could have said goal before the ball went in. And for the second, there was no mistaking it. Cool, composed finish.
He was playing 2 positions when Denilson was sent off. Diaby slotted into midfield and Edurado had to play left wing and still support Bendtner. Amazing he still managed to score the winner.
Worked hard but no end product. Had one shot which he curled and it hit the crossbar. Still lacks some understanding with his teammates but has very good potential.
Looked better than Randall but still didn’t create much. Unlucky with the injury.
Had time in the match and he looks good. Lacks experience but not skill.
No time to impact the game. Main job was to defend.
The match was a long one but it was certainly worth it. In the second half Wenger switched Diaby and Eduardo, anyone could guess why ? Both were playing fine in their respective positions. But it didn’t impact the game much.
Anyway, a great win and I think Denilson’s booking was a straight red which means he misses 3 matches. I think the matches he misses include the league matches, so he’ll be available for the Semi-final. Go young Gunners !!
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