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[Player Ratings] Liverpool 0-2 Arsenal: Diaby Shines Against Poor Reds

Arsenal produced an excellent all-round performance to record their first win of the season with a 2-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield. Here are player ratings

Arsenal produced an excellent all-round performance to record their first win of the season with a 2-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield.

The Gunners midfield trio of Arteta, Diaby and Cazorla bossed the middle of the park for the majority of the game, with Diaby in particular putting in an impressive shift. The powerful Frenchman was complimented beautifully by the silky touch of Cazorla, who pulled the strings for the visitors.

The Spaniard and Podolski combined well for both the goals but Liverpool will feel disappointed with their contributions, with Gerrard losing possession for the first and Reina at fault for the second.

But take nothing away from Arsenal’s performance. They look far more solid at the back and are getting better and better going forward as the new players start to gel. Here are the player ratings from the game:

Liverpool Ratings:

Reina – 5 – Another error from the Spaniard as he let Cazorla’s effort from a tight angle squirm under him and into the net.

Johnson – 5.5 – Failed to track Podolski and Cazorla for both their goals. Needs to concentrate for the full 90 minutes.

Agger – 6.5 – Dealt with Giroud well on his comeback. Could have done better with a first half header though, heading over from a Gerrard corner when well positioned.

Skrtel – 6 – Steady performance at the back, looked a lot happier next to Agger again.

Enrique – 5.5 – Kept Chamberlain quite but offered little going forward. When he did venture into the opposing third his final ball was poor.

Allen – 6 – Tidy in possession but offered very little penetration going forward.

Sahin – 5 – Slightly off the pace but to be expected on his debut. Will take some time to adjust but you could see he’s an excellent passer of the ball. Subbed.

Gerrard – 5 – Disappointing from the captain. Gave the ball away for Arsenal’s first and didn’t control midfield like we’re used to seeing.

Borini – 4.5 – Poor. Offered little down the right. Subbed.

Sterling – 7 – Liverpool’s biggest threat in the first half and hit the outside of the post with a fine effort. Faded slightly in the second period but another mature display.

Suarez – 6.5 – Missed a decent chance in the second half, when he elected to try a chip from close range. Had two penalty shouts turned down.


Shelvey – 7 – Did well when he came on and went close with a couple of long-range efforts.

Downing – 6.5 – Offered more of an outlet down the wing than Borini.

Arsenal Ratings:

Mannone – 5.5 – Couple of decent stops, in particular a powerful effort from Shelvey in the second half, but looked very uncomfortable any time the ball was crossed into the area and failed to collect the majority of high balls.

Jenkinson – 7 – Steady again from the youngster. Looking more and more comfortable at this level.

Mertesacker – 7 – Very shaky in the first half and was lucky not to give a penalty (or two) away, but improved in the second half as Arsenal kept Liverpool at bay.

Vermaelen – 7.5 – Marshalled the back-line well for Arsenal. His organisational skills looked to have improved, probably through the influence of Steve Bould. Lead his defence to a third clean sheet in three games.

Gibbs – 7.5 – Got forward on occasion and was a threat but final ball was not always up to scratch. Looks far better positionally at the back though.

Diaby – 8.5 – MOTM. Superb. Completely ran the midfield. If he stays fit, could be a very important player for Arsenal this season.

Arteta – 7 – Kept things ticking in the middle and made some important tackles and interceptions.

Chamberlain – 6 – Slightly disappointing from the youngster. Never really had a go at Enrique, opting for the safe option of passing inside instead of taking the full back on. Feel his best position is in the middle where he can influence the game more.

Cazorla – 8 – Another excellent display. Superb assist for Podolski’s opener and good strike to open his own account for the club. Looks a real player.

Podolski – 7.5 – Great finish for the first and nice assist for the second. Will score goals for the Gunners this season, no doubt, and works hard tracking back as well.

Giroud – 5.5 – Lacks confidence and pace. Missed a couple of sitters but at least he was putting himself about up front. Badly needs a goal.


Ramsey – 6 – Not a lot of time to impress but kept the ball well in the final stages.

Santos & Koscielny – On too late to make a real contribution.

You can watch video highlights from the game here.  It’s the international break now,so we’ll have to wait until the 15th for more Premier League action.

What would your player ratings be? Get involved in the comments section.

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  1. David Nolan

    September 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Completely inaccurate scale. Diaby gets an 8.5 and Allen gets a 6? Arteta was rated higher than Allen? I realise Arsenal won, but Sterling and Cazorla were the biggest offensive threats…Cazorla 8.5, Raheem 7.5, Allen 7.5, Diaby 8, Jenkinson 7….but his performance was equal to Enrique- 7! Were we watching a different match? How does Giroud get a 5.5 and Allen a 6? Garbage analysis.

    • azzer

      September 3, 2012 at 2:44 am

      I think you must be watching a different match. Diaby fully deserved his 9. Allen was in no way close to Arteta, that is proven by having 19 less passes and a worse success rate and less tackle success rate. Allen 6.5 and Sterling, okay, i’ll give him a 7 maybe but he was alot less effective in the second half. Jenkinson after those couple of mishap passes early on in the first half was brilliant and kept enrique and sterling quiet.
      Liverpool play like a championship side, which is good as they are obviously preparing for next season in that league. Used to quite like Liverpool but with scumming divers like Suarez in the team I wish nothing but relegation on them.

  2. Chris

    September 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Written by someone who fails to understand the importance of someone like Allen. He was liverpools best player. Gerrard and Suarez were awful, would give both a 3. The new system is too much for Gerrard, he can’t deal with the discipline and patience it requires. Always itching to play to the hollywood pass. Looked the game passed sahin by, hopefully he’ll pick up the speed soon. Where was assaidi?

    Arsenal weren’t much better but it helps when Liverpool just give them the ball all the time without the needed to apply pressure. Fair play to arsenal, they defended very well.

    • John

      September 2, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Wth you said arsenal weren’t much better? Did u watch the game? U wanna equalise the quality of arsenal player with liverpool player? Keep dreaming mate. History never repeat for liverpool. Keep dreaming.

      • Chris

        September 2, 2012 at 10:26 pm

        You pleased with that as an arsenal fan, seriously? Result yes but performance against a poor side?

        Mayberry you’re thinking of replying in the same vain as your first post, maybe you should go and find a board for school kids if you can’t entertain a “discussion”, ask your teacher, they will explain the idea.

        • bongo

          September 3, 2012 at 12:35 am

          As an Arsenal fan I can say I’m delighted with our performance. Liverpool are not a poor side, they trashed man city and were unlucky, they dominated us too but we had some star men in our side make the difference.
          Allen was immense, spent an entire hour without misplacing a pass danced through our midfield like there was no one there a few times. A lot of positives there for Liverpool but no star performers apart from Allen and Sterling.
          I’m happy because Liverpool are underrated and beating them at Anfield is still a massive achievement.
          Look it was a scrappy game between two teams still trying to gel. Our three new boys and Diaby haven’t played with the others at all and once they start forming that bond we may have a devastating team, especially with Wilshere, Sagna and Rosicky still to come back.
          Liverpool too have a bag load of new players another new manager and will need time but they have the basis of a very well disciplined and competitive side but need another striker.
          Look this game was a must win for both teams and both sets of fans knew one of us was going to have to put up with the club in crisis crap. It could so easily have been us and I don’t envy that it’s you, but keep the faith. I think Rodgers will be immense and has all the potential to be your Moyes, Wenger or Red nose.

          • tomNW5

            September 3, 2012 at 5:20 am

            I agree with this view.

          • Paul N

            September 3, 2012 at 11:29 am

            Liverpool did not dominate Arsenal.

        • Dominic

          September 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

          Just a week ago the papers and experts were full of the praises of Liverpool after their performance against the champions Man City. Suddenly when they lose it’s because they’re a poor team and not that the opposition played well.

  3. Zaidovski

    September 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Did you even see the match ?
    Jenkinson was useless.
    Chamberlain was a disaster.
    Ramsy was as expected. Always rubbish !

    Stop over rating our junk English players just cos they are English or welsh.

    They are not gods !!

    They are over rated media hyped crap.

    Arsenal amazing without them.

    • dan d

      September 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Jenkinson rubbish? He defended well, got forward to good effect and intelligently without forgetting the fact that he is a defender. If that’s rubbish god know’s What’s good.

      Ramsey did well in the time he had and Chamberlain, while not being a great influence, did ok.

      Arsenal deserved the win today and how anyone can claim they did not play well is beyond me. Yes, Liverpool are pretty poor at the moment but make no mistake, the quality of the opposition made them look worse than they actually are.

      Room for improvement for both sides but if I were an Arsenal fan tonight I would be pretty satisfied and have cause to be hopeful for the season ahead.

  4. BP

    September 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Diaby was excellent today going forward, control, and defending. He must be getting his legs back or he was inspired by the fact that Wenger didn’t pickup another central midfielder. He was one of the best players in the match along with Podolski and Jenkinson (surprising)

  5. saboo

    September 2, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Yes diaby did well bt he to raise his game all d time so dat he ll b great player

  6. saboo

    September 2, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Giroud will surprise people dis season I ve seen quality in him.let us support him

  7. AmericanGunnerFan

    September 3, 2012 at 6:40 am

    While I realize that Giroud’s primary job is to score, he deserves a lot of credit for the work that he put in defensively. He had some massive clearances on Liverpool corners in the second half and ran himself ragged trying to pressure their keeper and back four to help out the midfield. (He also had a number of knockdowns and flick ons on long balls out of the Arsenal back, but needs to learn where his teammates will be for those to be successful.) This is the kind of “dirty work” that often goes unnoticed and under-appreciated by fans, but helped to win this match. Giroud and Podolski have brought a defensive quality and intensity into their positions that make contributions to the team performance even when things aren’t necessarily clicking on all cylinders on the offensive end. And, that deserves some recognition.

  8. Paul N

    September 3, 2012 at 11:32 am

    That chance was not a sitter at all for OG. He will come good on the goals though, you can just tell.

    5.5 for Mannone!? You could not have been watching yesterdays match because he did a fine job.

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