[PLAYER RATINGS] Arsenal 1-0 Everton: Gunners Reliant On Robin Once Again

By on December 10, 2011

Arsenal celebrated their 125th anniversary with a fitting 1-0 scoreline over a stubborn Everton side at the Emirates. Robin van Persie was once again the hero, scoring a stunning volley with 20 minutes to go.

It was far from a vintage Arsenal performance, especially in the second half where we struggled to create chances. Gervinho wasted a couple of great opportunities in the first half and Walcott went close in the second, but it was one of those days when we just couldn’t get out of second gear.

However, the most important thing is it’s another three points in the bag making it 22 from a possible 24. A frustrating 1-1 draw at home to Fulham the only blot on the scorecard. A terrific recovery from a disastrous start and now the Gunners sit fourth in the table.

The defence was relatively untroubled this afternoon with Everton offering very little going forward. In fact they didn’t register a shot on target during the entire ninety minutes. No doubt the back four will come under far greater scrutiny next week against Man City. Here are my ratings.

Player Ratings:

Szczesny – 7 – Came and collected everything Everton put in the box showing superb handling, and distributed well. Can’t remember him having to make a ‘proper’ save as the Toffees offered little in attack.

Djourou – 6.5 – Some sloppy passes but on the whole it was a much improved performance from Tuesday.

Mertesacker – 6.5 – Won his aerial duels but will have a far tougher task against City next week. Everton were unadventurous for most of the game and didn’t test our back line a lot.

Koscielny – 7 – Intercepted play well and swept up behind Mertesacker when required. Didn’t really put a foot wrong.

Vermaelen – 7.5 – Slotted in well at left back. Always eager to make things happen and got forward on occasion. His determination and attitude is vital for Arsenal.

Song – 7.5 – Superb ball for Van Persie that lead to the winner, Cesc would have been proud of that one! Otherwise, solid game from Song and the best of the midfield trio.

Ramsey – 5.5 – Disappointed with Rambo’s performance. Gave away some sloppy passes and didn’t really get going at all. Also failed to make the most of a good opportunity in the first half.

Arteta – 6.5 – Tidy from the Spaniard. Kept things moving but didn’t really try to make things happen when we were struggling to create in the second half. Booked early in the game.

Walcott – 7.5 – Always a threat and got behind Everton’s back line on several occasions, especially in the first half when he laid it on a plate for Gervinho, although some would argue he should have had a shot himself. Also forced Howard in to a fine save in the second half. Crossing was poor though.

Gervinho – 6.5 – Wasteful display. Fluffed a great chance early in the first half when Walcott rolled him in, only to miss the ball completely with the goal gaping. Also missed a one-on-one with Howard soon after. At least he gets in good positions to score but needs to be more clinical.

Van Persie – 7.5 – Stunning goal. Simply stunning. Great technique to volley home the winner. However, the goal aside, it was a relatively quiet game from RVP. Didn’t get in the game enough and things didn’t come off when he was on the ball. (Until the goal that is!)

SUBS:

Miquel, Rosicky & Frimpong – n/a – All on in the last 10 minutes so little time to make an impact.

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Those are my ratings, please remember these are my opinions and your views may be different to mine. But feel free to leave your player ratings in the comments section below.

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10 Comments

  1. Okey

    December 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Good rating, but wondering where u got 7.5 for Ramsey. He was below par. He needs to start scoring for us. Today we were so wasteful. I do hope that we are clinical against MCF.

  2. zekeh

    December 10, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    overall superb team performance….rambo/theo/gervy need to work ion their shooting skills though.
    v should hav won by atleast 2 more goals!!!

  3. sessy

    December 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I wonder when you rate Gervinho 6.5 because the guy is waste product

    • flash

      December 10, 2011 at 10:13 pm

      yes poor performance from gervinho but ramsey was worst player on the pitch today

  4. bridgers

    December 10, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    6.5 for Djourou? The most uncoordinated, clumsy, full back I’ve ever seen in an Arsenal shirt (and I’ve seen a few!) Priority – a good right back and a god left back so our best central defender doesn’t have to play left back.

  5. Gunnit!

    December 10, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    @ okey…he gave Ramsey 5.5 not 7.5. I do think kos deserved a better rating tho Good positioning and strong defensive headers. Great game for him.

  6. Chris

    December 11, 2011 at 12:05 am

    bridgers,

    All 4 of our full-backs are injured, which is why we have to play our centre backs there.

  7. Adam Ablitt

    December 11, 2011 at 2:29 am

    think walcott rating is to high was very poor today looked dangerous but in the end was very wasteful he should of had a couple today or at least set up a few

  8. Don Cee

    December 11, 2011 at 9:14 am

    On Berg’s agreed he was wastefully but he gets in position, is dangerous and will get better in front of goal get behind him because hebis very exciting and great for us. How many skillful wingers track back like him? Theo didn’t deserve 7.5 he had an average game. DJoirou played well much better than Tuesday and he will get better in that position, remember he is a CB. Next week will be the big test. The fact is we won and we didn’t play great. How many time did man u play shit win games and the title. Get behind the team when we win even if the individual performances are not all first class.

  9. John

    December 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Ramsey is overrated in my opinion.. disappointed by his performance so far.. wondering why he’s still in the starting XI..

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