Another Good Performance In the Buildup to Roma

Arsenal have put in yet another good performance to keep up their 100% record in 2009, and have made another big step towards a trophy, while also building up momentum for the Champions League clash vs. Roma. Besides that, we have Eduardo and Walcott now fit.

In our clash versus Burnley we had a rough first 5 minutes but after that we really turned it on and played our style football and we got 3 really great goals out of it, and also showed that we can play class football without our top names. There were no really disappointments in our squad after a great afternoon!

Match Ratings:

Fabianski: He had a few scares, but when called on he did fine, definitely is more willing to come claim the ball than Almunia. 6.5

Sagna: Great performance from our solid right back. In the first half his crossing was a bit off, but he improved for the second half, and he was up and down the right flank all day long, and combined well with Eboue as well. Brilliant work Bak. 8

Gallas: He was outstanding again, he was everywhere today, and dominated in the air and on the ground. If he keeps it up against Roma we will surely be through. 8

Djourou: Not quite as impressive as his central defensive partner, but still got the job done for the most part. Burst forward well a few times. 6.5

Gibbs: Very composed, very impressive. Man Utd may have Rafael, but we have Gibbs. He had a few great runs forward, and used the ball very well. 7

Arshavin: Again he amazed the Emirates crowd with some brilliant passing, but it is still evident that he lacks fitness. Hopefully in a week he’ll be good after getting a well deserved rest this week. 7.5

Diaby: He kept things ticking in midfield, and showed good strength, but nothing too special. 6.5

Song: Arguably his best performance of the season, man of the match undoubtedly. He was brilliant. He showed passion, determination and good passing. But his defensive ability was what stood out, and he broke up attacks time and time again today. Not to mention he got two brilliant assists. If he gets the call up against Roma he will need another performance like this. 8.5

Eboue: Like his African mate Song, he put in another good performance, and those two showed us why Wenger has so much faith in them. He showed some good dribbling and good passing as well, but most of all a great finish. 7

Vela: WHAT A GOAL! An ice cold finish from the Mexican, he showed us that he is undoubtedly the future answer in the striker position. I dream of the day that he and Wilshere play together like Henry and Berkgamp… 7.5

Eduardo: His first day as captain marked another great goal from Eduardo, an outside of the foot volley!?!?! Amaaaazing! Great goal Dudu, but to be fair he only had a few other good moments, some brilliant flicks, but a quiet game for his standards. 7

Subs:

van Persie: Had a good effect, and had a goal unfairly disallowed. 7

Walcott: Lacked a bit of sharpness, but should be good for Roma. 7

Ramsey: Didn’t really do much. 6

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  1. superfly says:

    I’ve began to notice that Song and Denilson play better when there not playing together. I just think song and Denilson compliment each other. Song excelled with Diaby, even with Fabregas to a degree. I think what both players need is a more attacking/creative influence next to them. Now it’ll be interesting to see if Diaby and Cesc can play together

  2. Fabregas' Dad says:

    I don’t see how Fabianski being more ‘willing’ to collect balls than Almunia is a good thing though. Almunia goes through a process of decision making before collecting the ball, Fabianski just comes out no matter what and far too often it gets us into trouble. Almunia has been coming to collect the ball more often recently as well. Fabianski has potential but unless he learns when to come out to collect the ball and when not to he’ll never usurp Almunia as the number one.

    Also, I think you mean “Arsenal have put in yet another good performance to keep up their undefeated record in 2009” and not “Arsenal have put in yet another good performance to keep up their 100% record in 2009” in your first sentence. What you said means that we’ve won every game we’ve played in 2009, and the vast amount of 0-0 draws suggest otherwise.

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