Triplec’s Player Ratings:
Almunia: 7.5 Almunia did well to stop a few shots and come out nice on one of the corners. He had good distribution but he needs to communicate better with the Center Halfs.
Sagna: 7 What we have come to expect from Sagna. Great in the back and vital in the attack.
Gallas: 6.5 Gallas did well. He commanded the defense decently well. He set up the offside trap well but seemed to get caught out once or twice.
Djourou: 6.5 He did well also but was caught out by the opposition a few times. He missed his marking on the almost goal but recovered well to clear off the line.
Clichy: 7.5 Clichy was brilliant. Worked very well with Nasri on the left, got forward and made defense breaking runs. whipped in some great crosses and was solid in the back
Walcott: 6 Disappointing match from Theo. He made some good runs but seem to cut in too much and his ball in the final third of the pitch just wasn’t there today.
Eboue: 6.5 A surprisingly good display from Eboue. He was tidy in possession and made some good passes and recovered well to help the defense. He tried to get too fancy on occasion though and his shots were all awful. He should just stick to defending and passing.
Denilson: 7 Very good game from Denilson. He did very well with his passing and in possession and his assist was fantastic
Nasri: 8 Samir was amazing today. He scored the vital goal, sent in excellent balls for his team mates and made good runs on and off the ball. He certainly looks the business. He was also great helping out Clichy in defense and got the all important goal as well.
Adebayor: 6.5 Overall it was a good performance from Ade. He troubled the defense on many occasions and did well to create a few chances for his team mates despite not having many chances himself. He really ought to have put away the one he had though and his inability to find Nasri in the second half on the break could have cost the Gunners a second goal.
Bendtner: 5.5 Poor game from Nick. Didn’t link up well with the rest of the team and created few chances. Certainly not his best match for Arsenal.
Van Persie: 6.5 decent 20 minutes from Robin today. Could have done better on his goal chance though but all in all not much to complain about.
Toure: 6 Not good but not bad but in fairness he didn’t play but 15 minutes. He was invisible more or less on the pitch but that can be put down to a lack of time and his first game back.
Man of the Match:
SAMIR NASRI. Nasri was fantastic. If this was a sign of things to come then Arsenal fans around the world have something to rejoice in.
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