Player Ratings: Birmingham 0-3 Arsenal
Alright!!! What a way to kick start 2011. Little sloppy in the first half , our performance in the second will certainly shake Barca up.
Luke – No nonsense from him. Came when he needed to and made some great catches. Made a great save against a Larsson free kick to keep the Gunners in the lead. Did’nt get bullied and was overall , excellent . 8
Sagna – Held his own on his flank and was watertight. Offensively effective as well linking up with the midfielders brilliantly. Took alot of crap from that weasel of a Bowyer as well who really should have seen red. 7.5
DJ- Brilliant defensive display from DJ. Hardly lost an aerial assault and dealted well with the aerial Birmingham threat. 8
Kosher- Still not good enough aerially but he is quite good partnering Dj. Did the basic stuff right. Needs to get stronger to deal with the physical aspect of the game better. 6.5
Clichy- Did not run up too much pointlessly. Dealt with the threat down his flank effectively…7
Song – Had a hard time dealing with the Aerial assault during Birmingham’s set pieces but otherwise a great game. Hassled the Blues in midfield not giving them a moments piece. Linked up the play offensively as well with some creative runs and passing… 7.5
Wilshere- Hardworking, energetic, creative and tenacious. What a future awaits this lad as long he does not stray to the Dark side. Looks way more mature then his age. May the force be with you laddy !… 7 (subbed off for Denilson)
Cesc- Fantastic performance from the Captain. His shot lead to the third goal and the build up to it was mesmerising. As said before he was just brilliant with Nasri. On an individual aspect, well a performance worthy of his reputation. 8.5
Nasri-MOTM for me. Initially began slowly but just grew into the game in geometric proportion. Just fantastic on the ball, hardly losing possession, brilliant passing ,creativity and a wonderful finish to give us the two goal cushion we needed. Who says he andCesc cannot play together ? They were telepathic today, a worthy match for Xavi and Iniesta… 9
Walcott- Made some great runs and opened the game up for the Gunners. Some great crosses as well and was a thorn to Ridgewell. Covered well for Sagna as well…. 7.5 (Off for Arshavin)
RVP- Missed a sitter, mis-controlled the ball which would have lead to a sitter BUT you got to say that the Gunners do play with alot of more flair when he is playing. Scored the first goal from a free kick (dubious) which was fortutious. Could have given a penalty to the home side as well. 6.5
Andrey- Fantastic passing. Worked hard as well, clearly fighting for his place in the team.
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