[Ratings] Arsenal go TOP with 4-2 win at Villa

Aston Villa   2 – 4   Arsenal

  • Clark 52
  • Clark 70
  • Arshavin 39
  • Nasri 45
  • Chamakh 56
  • Wilshere 90+3

Arsenal held off a spirited Aston Villa comeback to earn a victory which puts them top of the Premier League.

2 – 0 up at H/T is never going to be good enough to win a game for Arsenal.. And when Villa hit back early and made it 2-1 visions for a Spurs comeback looked a certainty. But today we showed some great fight and seemed up for it. Maybe it was losing to spurs last week or the Champions league defeat but some players looked like a different animal today… and all this without Cesc.

Clichy,Koscielny at the back… Young Wilshere ticking things along and the dangeros Arshavin and Nasri supporting Chamakh. Today we had good balance and looked very good on the counter. The 4-5-1 is much better away from home and today proved it.. Happy days, top of the league.. lets enjoy it


Fabianski  6/10 : Didn’t have much to do, Couldn’t do much about both goals.
Sagna  7/10 : Played well today, Good defensive work and loads good attacking play.
Clichy 7.5/10 : Back to his best, Very good game vs the pacy Young, Clichy pushed him back and won the battle.
Squillaci  7/10 : Much better this week, pretty solid.
Koscielny  8/10 : For me thats his best Arsenal game. Got cut early and showed great pace and was brave in the air.
Song,  6.5/10 : Keep the ball well and worked hard. A bit sloppy with his passing.
Wilshere  8/10 : Dont think he gave the ball away in 90mins. Showed great workrate and skill, Nice head to win the game.
Rosicky 6/10 : Didnt have a great game. 2 good chances early on missed and was abit wastful with his passing. But worked hard and won some good tackles
Nasri 7.5/10 : Scored a wondeful goal on the volley. Our best player all season and was great today.
Arshavin  9/10 : MOTM for me.. The little man was back to his best. Scored a fantastic first goal, set up the 2nd and was our most dangerous player.
Chamakh  8/10 : MUCH better… Wasnt scared to shot and looked up for it today.

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  1. khalil

    November 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    good 3 points.

  2. guy

    November 27, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    cant say i entirely agree with your ratings.

    clichy got turned to easily too many times. a 6 for him

    squillaci had a bad game in my opinion. lost headers, let the ball bounce in the area and was dominated by carew. 6 for him

    i thought rosicky had a great game. tracked back and always had space to start an attack. 7.5 for him

    im also going to bump chamakh to an 8.5. i thought he was immense.

    great game

  3. ismail

    November 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    yes brother khalil every good 3 points but if we play like today specially at home

  4. ian blesley

    November 27, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    i can not believe you said jw did not give the ball away.And you slate rosicky.JW19 was carried as usual by song.He scored a goal but he was average.Glad TR7 play centrally because he always releases the ball quicker than nasri.Hes finisher needs to improve like he said himself a few weeks ago.

  5. Family Enclosure Man

    November 27, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Broadly agree with. However, your ratings, though I thought Rosicky put in a good shift. However, I just have to raise the issue of the first Villa goal: how on earth was it not offside? I know Carew didn’t actually touch the ball, but he was right in front of Fabianski and totally blocked the keeper’s view. F. actually leaned to his left to try and sight of the shot as it came in – only to realise the ball was going to his right; by the time he had readjusted it was too late. If that is not interfering with play, then the offside law is an ass.

  6. Craigie

    November 27, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    The only issue with the first Villa goal is that Clichy walked the other way and left him no other option but to shoot. Awful mistake.

  7. silentstan

    November 27, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    cant agree with clichy rating. in the first half notably he failed to prevent a single cross by not getting close enough to his man

  8. Lets be f'in positive we're bloody second in the league and playing some outstanding football.

    November 27, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    To Ian Blesney in particular please see http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/chalkboards/create

    JWilshere 71 successful passes 11 unsuccessful
    ASong 53 successful passes 18 unsuccessful

    And if you look at the areas in which they made their inaccurate passes JW only made 2 in his half, AS made 8.

    I have nothing against Alex Song but please watch the game before posting factually inaccurate statements.



  9. arsenal man

    November 28, 2010 at 12:20 am

    watch the game again and correct your ratings, especially song.

  10. James

    November 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Clichy 7.5. These people are idiots. Proof that some of these bloggers no absolutely fuck all about football and shouldn’t be allowed on the Internet. Clichy was appalling, never closed his man down for the goal, got skinned by Downing in the first half and Young in the second. Panicky, did nothing going forward – total shite.

  11. Roachy

    November 29, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Clichy had a good game, kept young quiet. Why he backed off Clark and headed towards Young on the wing I will never know??? Squillacci gave him a spray though, Good on him!!

    Thomas Rosicky was awesome, back to his best. Song amazingly stayed back and helped in the true DM role. Seems someone finally got through to him and he minimised his forward runs. About time!!

    Arshavin was fantastic, back to his meanacing best. Terrorising defenders with his quick movement and change of direction.

    ALSO….For the life of me, I cannot work out why we dont shoot when opportunities present, Nasri, Chamakh, Rosicky all had chances to shoot, instead try and find the perfect pass…Just Shoot!!!

    Koscielny and Squillacci were great, remember these two have not had 3-4 seasons to work a partnership, give them a break. They will improve with time especially since TV is likely to be out for quite a while yet.

    Sagna and Jack were good.

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