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[Player Ratings] Arsenal 2-0 West Brom: Wilshere Runs The Show

Arsenal got back to winning ways with an impressive 2-0 win over high-flying West Brom at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon. Here are my ratings from the game

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Arsenal got back to winning ways with an impressive 2-0 win over high-flying West Brom at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon.

The goals came in controversial circumstances with Santi Cazorla awarded a penalty after Reid appeared to clip him in the box, but replays showed there was little contact. The second goal was also debatable with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain winning this one but West Brom wanted a foul in the build-up. Both spot-kicks were converted by Arteta and it was good to see him step-up after missing his last penalty against Fulham.

While many will highlight the two controversial penalties, the fact is we were by far the better side and were in total control throughout. We may have lacked a killer touch in front of goal, only hitting the target three times from 20 attempts, but i’m confident we’d have won the game even if we weren’t awarded the penalties, such was our dominance.

It was a much-improved display from the side, there was more hunger and determination and the players had clearly been told to close the opposition down quicker. The passing was more crisp and more fluid, especially in the second half, and we looked solid at the back. Overall it was a professional performance from the lads. Here are my ratings:

Arsenal Ratings

Szczesny – 6 – Late save from a long-range Rosenburg effort was just about all he had to do during the game.

Sagna – 6.5 – Steady performance from Bac. Solid at the back and got forward, but crossing was pretty poor. Ended the game limping and looks like he picked up a knock.

Mertesacker – 6 – Relatively untested by the toothless West Brom side.

Vermaelen – 6 – Marshalled the back-line well and we looked far more solid than in previous weeks.

Gibbs – 7 – Very good display from Kieran. Got up and down and linked up well with Gervinho on occasion, but like many others, the final ball wasn’t always there.

Arteta – 8 – Cooly slotted home both penalties capping a very good all-round performance. More aggression in his game today and he is clearly refreshed after his rest in midweek. Much better from the Spaniard after a couple of below par performances in recent weeks.

Wilshere – 9 – Ran the show. Superb display from Wilshere. Great driving run early on set the tone and he was back to his best. He went close to scoring in the first half but couldn’t quite connect enough to convert Gervinho’s cross but was central to everything positive.

Cazorla – 7.5 – Will no doubt be castigated for his dive and while it’s never nice to see a player go to ground too easily, let’s not pretend Santi is the first man to do it. Sadly i think the boys on MOTD are going to have a field day though. Besides the dive, the little Spaniard played well today, showing some neat touches and incisive passing and linked up well with Wilshere.

Gervinho – 6 – Missed a great early chance, scuffing his shot with the goal gaping and also missed a golden chance to score but completely missed the ball when unmarked five yards out in the second half. But there was some positives to his play, his powerful running caused the visitors problems and a good run and cross almost found Wilshere, but his end product is still largely wasteful. Subbed.

Chamberlain – 7.5 – Much better from Chambo. He’s been pretty poor of late but was involved far more today, putting in some useful crosses, almost scored with a spectacular scissor kick and good work won the second penalty.

Giroud – 6 – Had few decent crosses to work from and wasn’t involved as much as he should have been. Looked like he was carrying a knock having been kneed in the back towards the end of the first half though, so we’ll let him off.


Coquelin – 6 – Did little after replacing Chamberlain with 15 minutes to go.

Rosicky – 6 – Little time to make a real impact but good for him to get more minutes under his belt.

Podolski – 5 – Blazed over from 5 yards out with the goal gaping. Luckily it didn’t prove to be an important miss.

If you haven’t seen them, you can watch highlights and the goals from Arsenal 2-0 West Brom here.

The win takes us up to sixth in the league and only two points off Tottenham and WBA, but we still remain five behind Chelsea who beat Sunderland 3-1. Bradford up next in the League Cup on Tuesday, lets hope for more of the same.

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



  1. Wangarih mubibuh jnr

    December 8, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    King Henry was at home

  2. nico

    December 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Ox 7,5 & gerv 6!… Did u mix up?….

  3. Steve

    December 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Good appraisal but very harsh on Podolski, not on long enough to give a view

  4. Dan

    December 8, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I enjoyed the game, we were by far the better team. But how I wish we were more clinical in front of goal, amongst all of our domination we won the game on penalties, would have been perfect if podolski or gervinho could have found the back of the net. Personally as a fan I think this year we are in another gelling period because our beloved team keeps getting ripped apart, next year if everyone stays with the addition of a top striker we will be strong enough to challenge for the league. I’m sure everyone has heard this one before 🙂

  5. Toye

    December 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Our good perfomance today was because did nt play. I wish wenger forget about him for the rest of the season, am sure arsenal will achieve somting.

  6. Toye

    December 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Our good perfomance today was because ramsey did nt play. I wish wenger forget about him for the rest of the season, am sure arsenal will achieve somting.

    • Goonerboyo

      December 9, 2012 at 2:09 am

      My Nigerian friends think you should see someone about your obsession with Ramsey.
      We were very poor today yet you blame him for everything. are you actually certified sane Toye?

  7. cakricon

    December 8, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    god bless arsenal legend and fan king henry

    • Goonerboyo

      December 9, 2012 at 2:10 am


  8. Goonerboyo

    December 8, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    C’mon Mun, you are ‘avin a laugh aren’t you?
    Two pens that you know never were.
    We could ave played for a week and not scored.
    We won by cheating and poor ref decisions. This hides nothing. Our team is not good enough!
    Don’t try to paper over the cracks Gooner Mac, be honest like Lloyd the Gooner and tell it like it is.
    Dominant against a team that has been knocked for six ad offered nothing. 0-0 ate was the real score. Change must come.

  9. adiiii83

    December 9, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Gervinho a 6??? What did you watch? Set up most of our chances and unlucky not to score….Pull your head out your ass, he’s had stinkers, but today was very good.

  10. Emmett

    December 9, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Gervinho for me has poor decision makng. How many times did he lose the ball or choose the wrong option. Dont get me wrong I know he did create a few chances but on a whole I dont believe he is a better option than Podolski.

  11. niko

    December 9, 2012 at 9:16 am

    The team is getting better, it hasn’t realesed its full potential yet, but is getting better.

  12. Michael G

    December 9, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Gervinho may have been better than some of his previous performances, but he is still CRAP. Cannot head the ball, cannot shoot, cannot cross. Makes me wish we had Eboue back – why Gervinho gets a start each week is beyond me …

  13. beebee

    December 9, 2012 at 10:45 am

    9ce performance 4rm d boiz bt nt still good enough. Gerv is still Gerv. Great moves,fast nd diff 2 curb bt poor thinking,poor creativity,no final touch. Aww! I nid 2 know wot Ox’s probs are. He is better than all he has done so far this sesson. Arteta DM still a great risk. Giroud,not there yet! Poddy,y dat miss? Well,d team as a whole has improved in one game. Hope they get better nd score more often now dat we r creating d chance. Walccot upfront 2 me seems to be d most avoided good thing dat wud happen 2 us dis season. Wenger plssssss give him da chance nd u TW14 sign da thing! Gunners on top soon!

  14. woolwich highbury hunter

    December 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    On the field, the crappiest player was gervinho.

  15. dik

    December 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    A.ramsey was not played. the win is as expected. the performance was much better than previous. i can say the only reason arsenal win because the mentioned f****r is not played.

  16. geoff reid

    December 9, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    put in ramsey and we will loose-same old story-watch wegner put him in again and we will be useless-even against bradford-just check the stats.

  17. Goonerboyo

    December 9, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Make Ramsey skipper. He will rise to the challenge, his form will improve and and the fortunes of the team will be transformed.

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