[Ratings] 4-0 2nd clean sheet in a row… Manuel Who?

First and foremost a brilliant defensive performance by Arsenal which provided a platform for the goals later on.

The defence was impressive and is really starting to take shape. Koscielny seems to have come back stronger, Djourou is growing in confidence and strength, and Szczesny was a brick wall.

Szczesny – 9.0 : A perfect game. Fantastic saves, aerially dominant, perfect distribution. He was brave and strong and deserved a clean sheet. Second choice, for me, on Fabianski’s form. Manuel who? (MOTM)

Djourou – 7.5 : Had an excellent game, had a few problems at some points getting caught for pace, but enjoyed a spell of dominance in the last half hour where he really had to be on his toes.

Koscielny – 8.0 : Was a brick wall for us. Timing of the challeneg is fantastic and made crucial tackles throughout the game. Several key blocks, including once on an open goal. Szczesny owes him his clean sheet.

Gibbs – N/A : Really didn’t get enough time on the pitch to make an impression. Came of injured which is so disappointing, as this was another chance to shine. Hopefully it’s nothing major.

Eboue – 7.5 : Had a good game, especially given the majority of it had to be played on the wrong side of the pitch. Took over for Gibbs and was impressive in defence. Stayed sharp right to then end when he was of great help to the keeper.

Eastmond – 6.5 : Composed and mature performance, some well timed tackles. But a disciplined game.

Rosicky – 7.0 : Didn’t impose himself on the game in the playmaking role he was intended for. Not a bad game, but didn’t impress as he has in recent weeks.

Denilson – 7.0 : Was the invisible man, but in a good way, really. Disciplined performance and shielded the back four well. Cycled possession to the more attacking players very well.

Walcott – 8.5 : Two goals, two clinical finishes. Showing his ability through the centre, however didn’t have a great game out wide, his crossing was off all day.

Vela – 6.0 : Had a bad game, to be honest, perhaps a 6 is generous. Offered nothing all day, and lost the ball a lot through sloppy running and passing. Time for Vela to start showing his worth!

Bendtner – 8.0 : Scored a brilliant goal from as good a strike as you’ll ever see. Lots of fans question his finishing, and yes, he smacked a few straight at Krul, but with shots like that he’ll get better and better.

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  1. Erik

    October 28, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    And Sagna? lol

    I’d say 6.5 to be honest, thought he was really really poor…

    I thiink MOTM was Walcott, Szczesny was good but that is what a normal decent keeper should do, after having Almunia for so long and Fabianski taking ages to discover his form I can see why he would seem MOTM to many of us, but that is what Cech, Reina do consistently.

    2 goals by Walcott edge it IMO.

  2. Nii

    October 28, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    yes i am a fun of bentner all the time cos he is very good in finishing he help as so much last year if not becos of injurys he will be the world striker bentner is always the one i have been looking forward to score he score nice goals. with theo i have nothing to say he is really proving people wrong and that is what i want him to do. the keeper also did will and i will want wenger should keep this two keepers even when almunia is back they should be the keepers we should use

  3. redordead

    October 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    It’s amazing what a few good results do 😉

  4. ken

    October 28, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    You should apologise for slagging Wenger off because it’s becoming clearer why we didn’t buy establishes world class players over the last 2 seasons. Our youth system is to good and we need to start selling players if anything. Own up and admit you were wrong and earn some respect back.

  5. admin

    October 28, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Ken… This site has more then 1 person who blogs mate

  6. Rob

    October 28, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Good post… At last someone recognizes the latent talents of young Szczesny… I thought he put in a fine performance against Newcastle last night, and deserved your nomination for MOM… He did have one moment of madness when he rushed off his line against Ranger, but got lucky as Koscielny managed to block the shot and Djorou was back on the goal line as further cover… Still most good goalkeepers have these moments of madness, but overall I thought the lad looked really solid.
    I’m not convinced by Fabianski yet, admittedly he has found a bit of form recently, but his positioning at times still gives me cause for concern… Almunia is simply not good enough, and it is hard to forgive him for his continued blunders, given that the guy has quite a lot of experience at the highest level.. He’s not a bad keeper, just not good enough for the Arsenal…
    I’d like to see a bit more of Szczesny and wonder if Wenger has the balls to select him again at the weekend against West Ham (I doubt it)… Szczesny obviously wants to play and deserves a run in the team to prove himself, the odd appearance in the Carling Cup is not going to be enough for him… Fabianski has had many opportunities to make the #1 spot his own, but has failed to impress with any kind of consistency. If Arsenal don’t give Szczesny a chance he will be off, and I think this lad given a chance will develop in to a first class keeper, and at 20 years of age he’s got years ahead of him, but he seems an impatient type, and wants to get on… He seems to have a lot of confidence in his own ability (some might say a bit ‘cocky’) but good keepers need to have lots of confidence and this lad has it by the shed load… That punch he made from Newcastle’s corner at the end of the game was something else, the ball landed on the half way line !!… Perhaps the answer to Wenger’s goalkeeping dillema has been staring him in the face all year long, but will he be prepared to give Szczesny his chance… Time will tell I suppose.

  7. GunnerX

    October 28, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    As far I’m aware Arsene has always believed that Szeczesny would be our future number one keeper, its only a matter of time before it happens.

  8. Curt

    October 28, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    The hard part is going to be trying to hold on to Szczesny, and unfortunately I think the young Pole knows that he is going to be sought after by a lot of illustrious clubs. I really hope we can keep him, he looks fantastic.

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