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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.

Denilson- N/A



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  1. Ozzie

    January 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Generally agree but RVP still way off the pace & I must have missed all of Walcott’s great crosses (like his teammates!)…

  2. danny

    January 2, 2011 at 10:56 am

    agree with all the ratings apart from you were very harsh on koz. i must have seen 5 or 6 tackles that reminded me of kolo at his best. made a good clearance off the line at the end aswell. good otherwise mate.

  3. joseph s

    January 2, 2011 at 11:00 am

    thanks 4 the analysis

  4. les

    January 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    ooh the patnership of nasri, fabregas, walcott and RVP is brilliant. but it seems rvp wasnt at his best.

  5. #5

    January 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Shud have been 7 for kosc, he made a good tackles against the opponent…

  6. Steve of Chiang Mai

    January 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I think preconceptions made more impact on Kolscielny’s rating than his performance.

    • arsenaly

      January 2, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      exactly my thoughts !!!!!…. ok, lets say he is not vidic… but was vidic as good for manchester in his first year?

  7. nicky

    January 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Agree with you Ozzie about RVP. Very rusty indeed. At half-time, I was hoping for Bendtner, which is very unusual for me!
    At 3-0, I was surprised that AW didn’t sub him and perhaps Cesc, bearing in mind the games this coming Wednesday and Saturday. In retrospect, though, I suppose both needed some play-time after long lay-offs.

  8. arsenal fan

    January 2, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    i must say that i thought not a sinlge one of our players did badly, they all made us proud. Koscielny’s rating should be higher as, like all season iv’e been very impressed by him ( yes, a few mistakes but it is his 1st season in england) And RvP should be higher as ,even though he was a bit wasteful, it was a good performance for only his second start since his injury. IAWT

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