[Player Ratings] Arsenal 4-1 Wigan: Cazorla & Walcott Inspire Gunners to Vital Win

By on May 14, 2013

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Arsenal reclaimed fourth spot with a vital 4-1 win over FA Cup winners Wigan Atheltic on Tuesday night. Lukas Podolski helped himself to a brace, Theo Walcott scored his 14th of the season while Aaron Ramsey opened his account with a late fourth. Shaun Maloney made it a nervous half-time after levelling the score at 1-1 with a stunning free-kick but Gooners were rightly aggrieved at the awarding of the free-kick – one of several questionable decisions by referee Mike Dean – but three second half goals secured a 4-1 win. Here are my ratings:

Arsenal ratings:

Szczesny 8/10

Could perhaps have better with the Maloney free-kick but produced a stunning vital save just after the break to deny Kone a goal that would have made it 2-1.

Sagna 6.5/10

Solid enough at the back and got forward to support the attacks – particularly in the first half – but once again his crossing was poor. Strong in the air.

Mertesacker 7/10

Another decent display by the big German. Played a key role in the opener as he made himself a nuisance at the front post which allowed the ball to find its way to Podolski who made no mistake.

Koscielny 7.5/10

Superb intervention denied Kone a certain goal in the first half. Also showed a willingness to get forward and bring the ball out of defence. Missed a sitter to make it 2-0 before Wigan equalised though. On another day it could have proved costly.

Gibbs 6.5/10

Was bombing forward in the first half and almost got himself on the scoresheet. Kept the threat of Callum McManaman relatively quiet before he went off.

Rosicky 6.5/10

Not his most influential display but still played some neat interchanges with Cazorla and Arteta. Gave away some silly free-kicks but always worked hard to close down, especially in the opening half.

Arteta 6.5/10

Did his best to contain a lively Wigan midfield until they ran our of steam in the final 30 minutes. Gave away too many needless free-kicks and although he was unlucky with the one that lead to their goal, he still didn’t need to give Maloney the opportunity to go down. Worryingly forced off late on and headed straight down the tunnel with what appeared to be a hamstring injury. Hopefully it’s not serious.

Ramsey 7/10

Cool finish and I’m pleased he opened his account for the season. His long-range shooting is embarrassing at times but his energy is key to our midfield play now.

Cazorla 9/10

Superb. Completely ran the game. Grabbed all four assists and the ball for Walcott’s goal in particular was exquisite.

Walcott 8.5/10

Excellent display from Theo capped off with the important second that settled any nerves that the visitors might cause an upset. His pace was causing all sorts of problems and he put in some dangerous crosses as well. Great stuff and lets hope he’s reserved some energy for Newcastle!

Podolski 7.5/10

Was on hand to head home the opener and made it 3-1 with a cool finish, but general play was still relatively poor. Have a feeling we’ll see Olivier Giroud recalled for Newcastle, despite his brace.

Subs

Chamberlain – Lively cameo from the Oxe.

Wilshere – Brought on for the last 15 minutes and kept things ticking over.

Vermaelen – On for last couple of minutes. Perhaps being given a chance to say goodbye to the home fans? Lets hope not, he’s still a useful player to have.

Mike Dean – Special mention for the referee. Mike Dean really is a detestable little man who once again showed his hatred for Arsenal. Before the game we’d only won 7% of our last 28 league games when he’s been in charge, and he did his best to see that record continue in this game. So many little decisions went against us. The FA really need to have a look at his record when officiating AFC games. It’s no coincidence.

If you haven’t seen the game or want to relive the action you can watch all the goals here

So the win means if we beat Newcastle we guarantee a top-four finish but the +3 to the goal difference means if Chelsea fail to beat Everton we have a chance of sneaking third. COYG!

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

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16 Comments

  1. ajibanks

    May 14, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    good rating,though i think ramsey deserves more.our back line looks water tight,so all of them should earn at least 7.arteta and rosisky performed least.hope we trash newcastle as we hope chelsea is worn out to drop point against everton,as d gonners move third.despite all shortcomings-GUNNERS RUNS IN MY VEIN.In d lordz hand i lay my supplications

  2. Kenny

    May 14, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I hope ramsey and koscielny deserve more ratings,kudos 2 carzola and walcott….i tink dis d right time 4 wenger 2 consider walcott upfront,beta dan giroud

  3. Adedigba olusola shollex

    May 14, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I am proud of my lovely team AFC

  4. Errin Butterfield

    May 14, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    Pretty good ratings I would personally adjust a few slightly but over all good.
    I feel sorry for Wigan and their fans.I would like to congratulate Mike Dean on the fact that with all of the unbelievable calls that he let go that we should have had and the ones Wigan should not have had he still couldn’t prevent the gunne coming out on top.He will not sleep well tonight.How can this man live with himself when its right in the open for all to see.Even fans from other teams see it

  5. Marcelo

    May 15, 2013 at 12:05 am

    What a sweet win, that is excellent. I give all of them 8 except d substitu’s

  6. davi

    May 15, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Ramsey is becoming my favourite player. Inspirational. Wilshere’s a potential great player, but Ramsey is made for that box-to-box role. His energy is incredible and absolutely vital to our play. It’s amazing to see how much he’s grown since being moved back to that position and if he keeps this up he will be completely dominating these matches pretty soon. More composure in front of goal, like he showed today (loved how he didn’t look at the goal to trick the GK), would be a bonus, but I think past performances have shown that he has that in him.

  7. Ahmad Sani

    May 15, 2013 at 12:36 am

    good result great game looking forward to newcastle game.

  8. Family Enclosure Man

    May 15, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Just a quick point: he may not have been spectacular tonight, but did you notice how much more effective Gibbs was in keeping McManaman quiet than Clichy was on Saturday?

  9. Sharan

    May 15, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Pretty harsh on Poldi, I felt. When he plays as a central striker he has to be judged by the goals he scores, primarily. If he had a good game but missed two goals, we’d be saying what use is he if he doesn’t stick it in the back of the net. Now he did just that. Twice. In a crucial game. And we still look beyond that. And there is no chance of Giroud replacing him on Sunday. Strikers thrive on confidence. Poldi is on 11 EPL goals for the season. Same as Giroud with fewer opportunities and that too playing out wide for the most part. He has 9 assists to Girouds 3. How do you justify Giroud knocking Poldi out? At best Poldi will be moved to the left. Giroud and Walcott playing centre and right. Midfield of Ramsey Cazorla and Arteta if fit or Rosicky (Jack to come on at some point). And the same back 4 and the GK. Gunners to win 3-1 on Sunday. Spurs to win 2-1. Chelsea to draw. We finish 3rd.

  10. Prince

    May 15, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Tanx to all the players they done a great job for us

  11. Paulo

    May 15, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Up Gunners i love the club Arsenal! One more to go, God is in our side. We will make it…..Amen

  12. Borluvie nuna

    May 15, 2013 at 1:59 am

    What a gagantua win well done boys finish hard.

  13. Sama

    May 15, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Now,to all of u who were saying Podolski is not good for the CF role just because he failed to score for 3matches as the main striker i hope he has proven u wrong today? U stay back and say rubbish condemning a player in just 3games.One question i would like to ask u,” How many matches did Giroud play in the beginning of the season before scoring his first goal in CF position for Arsenal?” I guess it was up to 8-10matches in a row,now u sit back an judge Podolsk after playing 3matches without scoring.This is to all Podolski haters seeing him get GUAP right now hell yeah he wount stop scoring right now.

    • goonerlife

      May 15, 2013 at 5:34 am

      Not taking anything away from Prince Poldi…he was wonderful against Wigan but Giroud is far better than him in his overall play as a striker!He can hassle with the centre backs, win headers & is better at little flicks and the overall link up play! I would prefer Giroud to Poldi as the central striker against Newcastle but would definitely want Poldi to start on the left!

  14. Zubair.hammed1

    May 15, 2013 at 6:49 am

    We played well.kudos 2 all arsenal players.ramsey is improving more and more.

  15. Kenny i.b.o

    May 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I think arsenal needs podosky to start in the front again because all we need now is goals and not somebody that will see up to 10 chances before scoring just one goal. Newcastle game is a must win for us… Up Gunners till i die!!!

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