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Alternative Arsenal Player Ratings From Our Wonderful Anfield Victory
Mannone: 5. Yes a couple of smart saves but also an awful lot of aerial uncertainty. Stayed on his line too often when use of his arms was needed. But he is only our number 3.
Jenkinson: 7. Considering the youthful thrusts of Stirling were touted beforehand as being a concern for the Gunners, he did well. Defensively sound and certainly better than previously this season. The fact that he grew up as a fan does feed into his game, look at his desire. Just sort your passing out son.
Mertesacker: 7. I am warming to the big German. Better than I thought he was and considering he was booked early on and still defended well he is obviously able to use his brain.
Vermaelen:7. Tough as old boots. The path around the pitch is now in intensive care.
Gibbs:7. Very good again. Distribution, positioning, tackling – all were right on the mark. Just concentrate on your crossing Kieran.
Arteta: 8. Err… humble pie for me. I was soundly told off for a recent poor rating and on this showing as a defensive pivot he put in an eye opening performance. For all I know NOT brought up as a Gooner but look at his desire.
Diaby:9. No humble pie for seconds. The many who thought I was bonkers for calling him ‘the single most talented player at the club’ may want to think again. (I know the boy Cazorla’s half decent) This boy can play, I mean really play. Gerard realised half way through he was in the presence of greatness and gave up.
Cazorla: 7. We have been spoilt. He cruised through this one though.
The Ox: 6. And a half really but you know what I mean. The boy did well. Worked hard, showed glimpses of real talent too.
Podolski:7. Class finish. And look at the run to get there. His intelligence is obvious from the way he plays others in.
Giroud:7. Forget the fact he hasn’t scored. This guy was crucial in maintaining team shape. He won so many physical challenges and kept the home defence on their toes right to the end.
Ramsey, did well for me. Kept the ball and looked sharp.
Santos, helped defensively with some good clearances.
Koscielny, 10. Only joking.
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