[PLAYER RATINGS] Wigan 0-4 Arsenal: How The Gunners Got On….

By on December 3, 2011

Arsenal produced a superb all round performance to beat Wigan 4-0 at the DW Stadium. With the exception of the first ten minutes, when the home side looked dangerous and could have taken the lead, the Gunners were by far the better side and picked Wigan off with ease.

The defence was solid and Santos and Koscielny are looking good in the full back positions. I was worried when Sagna was ruled out for such a long period, and even more worried when Wenger started playing Djourou there, but Kosielny looks at home on the right. Santos is certainly improving, and it’s clear Wenger has had a word with him about his caviller attitude as he’s been far more reserved in the last couple of games. Vermaelen took his goal well, and we certainly missed his attacking threat when he was out.

The midfield trio of Song, Ramsey and Arteta completed ran the midfield. They passed their way threw the Wigan players with ease and Arteta scored a great goal. Gervinho was the more dangerous of the two wide men, getting on the score-sheet as well which was nice to see as he needed a goal. And Van Persie capped off another great display with another goal, and yet another goal provided by Theo Walcott. Those two play very well together.

Unfortunately, all of our rivals also picked up three points so we didn’t make any ground on the teams above, well apart from Liverpool who don’t play until Monday. But Wigan away has been a bit of a bogey fixture for us in recent seasons so to secure such a comprehensive result was superb from the boys. There was no real stand-out individual performance so a MOTM was pretty difficult to pick, but i gave it to Arteta for his superb all-round display. Here are my ratings:

Player Ratings:

Szczesny – 6 – Very little to do throughout the game. Did well when, on the rare occasion, he was called upon.

Santos – 6.5 – Decent game from the Brazilian. He bombed forward when required but not as much as in previous outings.

Mertesacker – 6.5 – Dealt well with everything Wigan had to offer, which wasn’t a lot. Looking more and more comfortable as the games go by.

Vermaelen – 7.5 – Great goal and another assured display at the back. Has scored more goals that Torres and Carroll this season, in less appearances. Legend.

Koscielny – 7 – Put in a few terrific crosses and looks very comfortable at right back.

Song – 7 – Good game from Song, kept things moving well. Seemed to be hobbling so was subbed late on.

Ramsey – 7 – Another tireless display from Rambo. Along with Song and Arteta, they ran the midfield with ease.

Arteta – 8 – Nice to see him having a long range shot, which flew past Al Habsi, although the keeper should have done better. Great all round display.

Gervinho – 7.5 – Very good performance. Powerful, direct running at the Wigan defence, and capped it off with a goal. Still a little wasteful at times but he’s a threat. Subbed.

Walcott – 7 – Once again set up Van Persie with an assist. Wasn’t totally in the game, but his runs and pace were a constant threat. Subbed.

Van Persie – 7.5 – Another fine performance form the Dutchman. Missed a couple of chances but got his customary goal near the end. All round play was very good as well.

SUBS:

Arshavin – n/a – Only on for 10 minutes and didn’t see him involved really.

Benayoun – 6.5 – Made a nice run to get in behind the Wigan defence, and perhaps could have done better to score, but always looked assured on the ball.

Coquelin – 5 – Only contribution was getting booked for a reckless tackle.

What would your ratings be?

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7 Comments

  1. Emeka Okoro

    December 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    great article and spot on ratings, but too many typographical errors

  2. piken79

    December 3, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    @Emeka..why are you stuck on errors mate? Good article but your statement on coquelin was harsh. I think he did pretty well for his 10mins. Good foul to concede as wigan was on the break. If we had conceded that against City we would still be in the CC.

  3. zekeh

    December 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    i agree wid u r rating completely, superb team performance arsenal out played them in all aspects.but i was disappionted with rambo’s performance…yes he was contributing…but he needs to become more crisp with his passing i still think he needs to get more hold of the game. not to forget wigan are 19th in table v need to brush off mid /top tablle teams in today’s fashion

  4. Freda

    December 3, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Why only 6 for Szczesny – clean sheet, no mistakes, good kicking and passing when called on. What did he do wrong?

  5. meaner

    December 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    All played well except Ramsey. Headless performance, too eager to impress by trying long shots etc. He has been poor in the last few games too.

  6. Clive

    December 4, 2011 at 12:25 am

    I don’t know how you rank Gervinho a 7 – I realize it is subjective but to me he has all the talent in the world but does not use it! He rarely beats people outright just enough to get a cross in (that is often blocked for a corner).
    Arteta was invisible until his goal – in fact Ramsey was not much better. It was a solid performance against a BAD team! The defence is looking good though – gelling with every game.

  7. Ghoulivver

    December 4, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Gervinho 7? Seriuosly?! he did well.

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