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[Player Ratings] Arsenal 2-1 Aston Villa: Cazorla Stars To Secure Vital Three Points

Arsenal bounced back from a disappointing week to beat Aston Villa 2-1 at the Emirates on Saturday thanks to a double from Cazorla. Here are player ratings.


Arsenal bounced back from a disappointing week to beat Aston Villa 2-1 at the Emirates on Saturday thanks to a double from Santi Cazorla. It wasn’t a vintage display and the usual flaws were on show, but three points is ALL that mattered today. Here are my player ratings from the game:

Arsenal Player Ratings:

Szczesny – 5 – Poor goalkeeping once again for the equaliser. It was well hit but he should never have been beaten, the shot was almost straight at him. A new goalkeeper will be needed for next season if Szczesny carries on like this.

Jenkinson – 6 – Great cross almost found Giroud in the second half and he got forward to support the attack on occasion, but let himself down with a poor header that lead to Villa having possession for the equaliser.

Mertesacker – 6 – Steady at the back. Didn’t really put a foot wrong but still doesn’t fill you with confidence. Needs to be more of a threat from set pieces at the other end as well. He’s 6 foot 6 for crying out loud!

Vermaelen – 6.5 – Put in a couple of important tackles and interceptions, particularly in the first half.

Monreal – 7 – Was given a tough time by Weimann down the left in the first half but was much better in the second period when he was bombing forward. Excellent cross in the latter stages of the first half almost found Giroud but grabbed an assist with a clever cut back for Cazorla in the dying minutes.

Arteta – 6 – Not bad in possession but once again showed he’s no defensive midfielder as Villa were allowed the freedom of the park on the break on several occasions. We were finally punished with the Weimann goal. Great player, superb pro, but is being asked to do a job he’s not suited for.

Diaby – 5 – Impressed in patches but didn’t really do a lot before going off early in the second half with another injury. Hopefully it’s not serious.

Wilshere – 6 – Below par by his standards. Wasn’t really his usual self but was involved in the winner when his lovely ball set Monreal away to set up Cazorla.

Cazorla – 8 – Easily MOTM, even without his goals. Was excellent on the ball and our only real creative hub capped off with two well taken goals. Becomes the first player since Thierry Henry to score 10 league goals in his debut season. Superb effort.

Walcott – 5 – Quiet in the first half but saw more of the ball in the second period and put in a couple of dangerous crosses. Didn’t have his shooting boots on with several wayward efforts at goal.

Giroud – 5 – Poor display from the big man. Was offside too often, and touch and hold-up play was generally poor all afternoon. Should have squared to set up Wilshere for a tap in just after the break but selfishly went for goal and screwed horribly wide, then missed a sitter from six yards.


Ramsey – 6 – Decent display from Rambo. Kept hold of the ball too often at times and was wayward with his passing but was full of energy and helped push for the winner.

Podolski – 5 – No real impact.

Koscielny – N/A

If your didn’t get to watch the game you can watch the goals and highlights here.

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



  1. orca

    February 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Thanks for the ratings

  2. donald chuks

    February 23, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I think santi carzola should be given al the rating, because he was everywere on the pitch and he was so creative from start to finish.

  3. slugboy

    February 23, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Walcott was very poor,. No threat at all. Giroud was only slightly better. A decent striker would have had a couple today. Chezzer is not playing well. Pod is also not playing well – looks unmotivated.

    Otherwise we played well and cintrolled the game. Plenty of chances from the centre of mid and from the left.

    Two points behind chelsea

  4. lopez

    February 23, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Cazorla was the man today and i also think that Jenkinson was solid as hell, we gotta give a lot of credit to Nacho Monreal for his great assist to cazorla’s second goal

  5. OMGArsenal

    February 23, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    You are very,very hard on AFC players but you do show your preferences. I would boost at least Wilshere and Sagna’s ratings as well as Szcesny and Mertesacker.

    • AzzerGooner

      February 23, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Sagna didn’t play.I would boost Wilshere rating though, mainly because of his pressing work. Until Podolski came on it was only Wilshere and Cazorla trying to press the ball.

  6. Richard olusegun

    February 23, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I think the performance today was a very poor one. We were playing just like street balls without much organisation

  7. itopa okene

    February 23, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Can somebody sack wenger for me please cuz i need trophy not profit

  8. steve

    February 23, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    giroud was really really bad today I thought prob deserved a 3 and diaby is useless really as well 3

  9. Goddy Gunner.

    February 23, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    The game ws scrappy,3 vital points to boost ur moral,we can’t afford to loose anymore EPL points.Wenger need ur backing more than ever now.

  10. Bjohnson

    February 23, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    I don’t think you have any idea. Having watched the game and seen your ratings how could you possibly give Ramsey 6? He was awful. Also Walcott was as ineffectual as he was against Bayern – I think 5 was far too generous. Playing through the middle Walcott was poor against Bayern and playing out wide today he was very poor. I still maintain as I have being saying for 5 years, Walcott is a average player at best – definitely not worth 100k per week or even a new contract

    • Haley

      February 23, 2013 at 11:41 pm

      Ramsey 5 ?
      Why so people keep giving Ramsey ratings as if he’s a football player.
      Fans expect trophies yet give high ratings for the flops that we should never keep !!!
      It’s criminal !
      Stop asking for quality when you all accept such players and support them.

    • lordgunner

      February 24, 2013 at 12:24 am

      you clearly were watching unother match ,ramsey was very bright when he come on,defending and moving the ball foward
      stop with the blind hate!!!1

    • Hadi

      February 24, 2013 at 12:33 am

      i’m not a big fan of Ramsey myself… but today well yesterday he played really well! couldn’t do much more… spread the ball well and kept things ticking!

  11. lordgunner

    February 24, 2013 at 12:22 am

    6 only for jekinson!!!!7 for monreal!!!! jekinson hasnt put a foot wrong and blaming him for the goal :!!!where was mertesaker and scezny doing..
    moreal was below par in the first half

    -seczny 4 jekinson 8 mertasaker 4 vermalaen 6 monreal 6 arteta 3 diaby 1 wilshere 6 carzola 9 giroud 4 theo 4

  12. ken

    February 24, 2013 at 3:57 am

    so overall the ratings where poor once again lets face it we had to beat villa it could have been worse a draw, arsenal defence still shakey leaking goals now on to our next two big matches for fourth position Everton and spurs we need to get wins from those games, to stand any chance of qualifing for the champions league every players ratings has to be 7/8/9 respectively

  13. SamGunz

    February 25, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Mertesacker saved our arse on several occasions in this game, it often felt like a one man defence in terms of who’s gonna clear the cross or through ball, especially in the last 20 mins, vice motm for me. Other than that good ratings mate, just thought he was our best and calmest defender today, however, Jenko and Monreal were both good going forward, I think Walcott fancies Jenko, cos most of the time he was just watching him and not moving. RUN SQUARE! MIX IT UP THEO! In every game please. Think he’s probably pissed with Giroud’s drop in form and wishes he was in the middle, however, I think he’s great on the wing (normally), but hey why not give Poldi a bloody game up the middle seeing as Cazorla is now the new lefty cutty insidee, we need to cut inside from the wing more, it keeps the whole team moving fluidly sometimes, Wengers best teams have always had wingers that primarily cut in and create/shoot first, and hit the byline 2nd (thats the full backs job). So a player of Cazorla’s ability creatively is what we need on the wing, both preferably.

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