Player Ratings: WBA 1-2 Arsenal – Rosicky Leads Gunners To Huge 3 Points

By on April 7, 2013

Arsenal secured a hard-faught 2-1 victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon, here are player ratings for Arsene Wenger’s men from ‘Lloyd the Gooner’.

Tomas Rosicky

As with the game against reading last week this was routine….until the sending off. This followed a crude lunge by the big German. The marks reflect the fact that we expect to challenge for titles and players that do that deal with adversity as well as routine easy-pesy strolls in tha park.

Fabianski 8. Late on, when it mattered, he looked assured, calm, all you would want. I am not convinced he is the answer but he is staking a real claim. If he had stood still for the pen he could have thrown his cap (gloves?) on it!

Sagna 7. The usual Bac fighting spirit. Honestly I think he has gone slightly backwards as a player but Jenkinson should learn as much as he can from this man while he can.

Mertesacker 6. The lunge was caused by ball watching, poor positioning and lack of pace. I would sum him up in general as ok with the odd howler…that is exactly what he was today in particular. He did show fighting spirit though and our sides haven’t always had that.

Koscielny 6. Fought well at the end but if only he was an inch or two taller.

Monreal 7. He hasn’t had many straightforward games to ease himself in to the EPL. On Saturday, after the sending off, he stood up to the test.

Arteta 8. Very clever game. Well positioned nearly all of the time and always a calming influence. This could be a top manger in the making. He so obviously understands the nuts and bolts of the whole game and not just his own part in it.

Ramsey 6. Continues to improve. Great assist for the second goal.

Rosicky 9. Two goals from the contract-seeking maestro?! Also chipped-in with a goal line clearance. Helped keep the game routine up until the red card.

Cazorla 6. Once it was ‘all hands to the pump’ he faded. But he is our little star play maker.

Gervinho 7. He is winning people over again. No post Africa trip blues this year either. He beats defenders, commits them and that is rare these days. Was it a cross or shot for the first goal? Who cares? There are big decisions to be made this summer and he will be the subject of one of them one way or the other.

Giroud 5. He is an honest trier with decent skill. I think he has his place in the squad alongside a real class footballing striker.

Subs:

Vermaelen. Added steal late on.

Gibbs. Added a bit of effort near the end

Coquelin – N/A

What were your player ratings from the game? Get involved in the comments section below.

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5 Comments

  1. mark

    April 7, 2013 at 10:32 am

    great ratings. refreshing that players like ramsey and gervinho are being given the credit they deserve.

  2. Lucky Singh

    April 7, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Midfielders like Ramsay and Santi were looking bushed before the penalty. Surely the coaching team should have made changes to see out the game or were they watching some other match?

  3. Charlie

    April 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I thought Koscielny was outstanding in the game. How can you say he’s too short when he only lost one or two headers all game ? He is the best defender at the club in my opinion.

  4. Amaka

    April 7, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Nice game boys, keep it up. Pls no more loosing of any game till the end of the season. FORWARD EVER, BACKWARD NEVER JUST FOR THE GUNNERS. LETS GO THERE!!!

  5. adiiii83

    April 9, 2013 at 4:30 am

    How does Kos and Mert rate the same? I remember Kos completely dominating Long. Once Lukaku came on, Long drifted to the left and Mert couldn’t deal with him for 5 minutes. How do you rate them both a 6, when one played a terrible pass across goal and almost got his partner sent off, and then himself gets sent off for being a dumb and slow defender, while the other does nothing wrong all game? Giroud a 5? Cmon, seriously. He played with barely any support after half time, but still won nearly every aerial battle. The assist for Ramsey in the 1st half was superb. And then when we went down to 10, on a couple of occasions, managed to push West Brom and almost got himself a goal out of nothing. I guarantee you, if he came on for West Brom, instead of Lukaku, we wouldn’t be celebrating 3 points. Kos 8, Giroud 7

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