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G4L's Player Ratings VS Citeh

The events at the Emirates are becoming more and more predictable. Or are they? Another truly suffering but in the end, joyful experience as Arsenal takes all three points courtesy of Cesc Fabregas. Teams are unable to keep up their tempo with us and City's resilient effort seriously dipped shortly after the hour mark. This is something AW stressed last year and we are witnessing it again. Arsene knows.

It was another remake of the infamous 'Let's make their keeper a hero' show as Schmeichel Jr. took center stage, great performance. Citeh's defence also deserves credit, but once again we saw a mentally tough Arsenal side that coped with all the shortcomings and troubles and came away with the Win.

Ratings:

Manu Almunia - 7.5 - did everything in accordance with the 'book of safe keeping'. Excellent inauguration between the sticks for the winner of the Arsenal Crossbar challenge. Looked very focused and motivated. The highlight was a great save from Mpenza's close range shot as he timely came out to narrow the angle. If he can maintain a high level of performances, Jens has a tough, tough job on his hands and AW will have some hard decisions to make.

Bac Sagna - 7 - a victim of an unfortunate accident involving Matty Flamini. The 19 minutes he played were quite his standard and I am sure he'd have gotten a higher rating had he stayed on the pitch. Hopefully he'll be back ASAP, although I doubt AW will risk him against Sparta. Time for Hoyte perhaps. Subbed by Denilson after only 20 minutes.

Gael Clichy - 7 - steady as he goes. I can't imagine our back 4 without him. Part of a makeshift defence that got caught on the break a few times, recovered a few times, and got a bit lucky a few times (the shots by Petrov).

Kolo Toure - 7 - having Bert next to him is almost as good as having Billy Gallas. I think he took great pride in captaining the side but he also seems to be more confident alongside the senior men in the squad. Brushed off all the physical challenges of the City attackers. A little shy going forward this time.

Berto Silva - 8.5 - he did make one particular mistake as he mistimed his interception of a dangerous ball in 1st half, but taking into account that he took Senderos' place prior to KO, it was his 1st game this season, out of position, and after not being given the captaincy - he was bloody excellent. Broke up a couple of pacy counter attacks with the greatest of ease. Should take the next pen if in the side. MOM for Arsenal along with one Matty Flamini

Flamster - 8.5 - I know most of you will disagree with me on this, but for me Matthieu is playing his best football since he arrived. And I mean football, even better when playing left back instead of that c***y character called Ashley. Yes he was caught out of position a couple of times when moved to RB, but he did overlaps, tracked back, crossed, passed, tackled, got involved. His effort, spirit and movement earned him joint MOM.

Cesc - 7.5 - He was a bit quiet two thirds of the match, some notable contributions his cross to RvP that the latter just missed. Turned provider for Hleb to win the penalty. Popped up at the right place at the right time and the Belarus returned the favour. The finish was one that DB10 would have been proud of: right between the horns of the young Dane with power and accuracy. Got 'punched' by Hleb during the celebrations. Loved it.

Tom Rosicky - 6.5 - two things. Make that three: he didn't play bad at all, he seriously needs games, and the one we all have figured out - he is no left winger. Very lively display, however had a very solid Corluka on him, who btw should have been booked after a foul from behind. Made some darting runs with average effect and almost added to our tally after the goal.

Alex Hleb - 7.5 - part 1 was just plain awful. Inaccurate passes, too many touches on the ball, ineffective dribbling. However, as usual, in part 2 he was in the midst of almost everything of quality we produced. Even with off performances (on the right of midfield if I may add) he still managed to win a penalty and provide the pass for the winning goal. I like the fact that he is shooting more and more.

Adebayor - 7 - obviously rusty with his 1st touch, dribbling and shooting but kept annoying Sven's CBs. Had a goal-bound shot deflected in the 1st half and held up the ball as good as he could. Got visibly tired hence subbed by Eduardo in 74th.

RvP - 6.5 - it looks a low rating. Explanation:he missed a penalty (expected more placement from him like against Fulham) and left a trailing foot as it looked to me as if he could have jumped over their goalie. I don't like those things. I hope it wasn't malicious. Other than that, he had a few bombs and one was specifically on target but Schmeichel had his number. Got leveled by a nasty tackle from the least talented City player - Dietmar Hamman. Subbed in 86th by lately my personal favourite - Alex Song Bilong.

Subs: Denilson - 6.5 - a pretty average display in MF by his own high standards. Tried to keep it too simple at times, and him and Fab seem to be too similar to play alongside each other in the center of the park.

Eduardo and Song - not rated - Eduardo was on for 15 minutes only and got into very nice positions up front. Hleb didn't see him when he took a left footed shot from the right as the Croatian was alone at the penalty spot. As for Alex Song, as usual I leave it for you to say something.

A great one-Nil to the Arsenal!




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Date:Monday August 27 2007

Time: 11:49AM

Your Comments

Agree with a lot of what you said. Couple of exceptions. Ade, was just plain poor. He was caught offside so many times I lost rack, he seriously needs games as he seems below fitness and I just feel that RVP and Dudu will be our best pairing. I thought Denilson was also fantastic, his passing was great and he is looking to get into scoring positions. I hope Sagna is back for next week against Pompey and I would like Wenger to give Nic a start against Sparta. Look at the Chelsea / Pompey stats. C**t Cole cleared off the line, Pompey had more shots on goal than Chelsea - I think next week will be a tough one.
themadafrican
Yeah I thought Denilson was a great foil for Cesc in the game, he made alot of important interceptions and cut out alot of attacks and his passing as usual was superb, not fancy but hardly misplaced throughout the whole game. And Ade yet again showed why he is not good ebough to start for Arsenal fc.
hazzagooner
it was only his 1st game, give it a rest. Denilson's rating doesn't mean he didn't play well. in my eyes his performance was below the rest in the MF + Flam
G4L
Would have started with either dudu or bendtner up front, Ade isnt fit enough + he could have got minutes under his belt against Sparta. Rosicky left wing and Hleb right wing IMO isnt the way forward as we become too narrow. I hope Wenger finds a solution to this problem shortly. Overall another determined display against a talented well organised side.
gunner1981
Ade is a good player and with work on his finishing could be a huge star. It was clearly a lack of match fitness but i would still like to see more of Eduardo (in particular) and Bendtner. What is the point signing a goal mouth predator to finish the numerous chances we create if we are only going to play him for 10-15 minutes a game? that just means there is not so many chances for him to try and finish and seems to sort of defeat the point of him even being there. The aim for us should be for him and RVP to grow into the first choice partnership in my opinion.
Ozi Gooner
how likely is the Robinho loan rumour do you think?
G4L
Haven't even heard that one recently, did they dig that back out cos he wasnt in the squad for Real on the weekend. Where did you hear that G4L?
Ozi Gooner
Yeah, where did you hear it, he's one of their top players and Real aren't stupid (at least to that degree) give us a link G4L.
stukazufuss
You guys were lucky that the most important player for city was injured and couldn' play.
k_chelski
I read it on some of the Arsenal forums as a 'done deal'. probably nothin in it. same goes for modric (resurrected again - apparently we get him if dinamo fails to make it to the group stages) and recoba from inter.
G4L
Kev ***** off you little **** muppet numpty *****ing toff queer *****. No one likes you and we want none of you on our forum so ***** off and annoy some spuds or go back to annoying liverpool fans as you lot normally do.
Ozi Gooner
Elano is their best player anyway, you should know that, arent you a brailian? You thought Baptista was good but not Elano you have issues, apart from being a Brazilian that supports the most boring team in football. You were getting well outplayed by Matty Taylor on his own so i'd be worried about your own bunch of mercenarie cheating ****s, not ours.
Ozi Gooner
Nonono, the key player for them wasn't even a city player "technically". Now I remember that car joke that I never understood, so after countless hours of confusing you, I'll give you this hint again : "he is out for two weeks". Get it? And yes elano is the best city player, but oh I'm sure Lehman would've been more important for them. When Lehman is near the ball, you see gooners putting their hands on their heads. Elano doesn't do that, lol. Now calm down my dear, looks like I'm pushing the right buttons eh? And without even offending you, welcome to the thing called "banter". Most chelsea games are more exciting than Brazil's, and Brazil is the best team in the world right now, so that says alot. Btw, wasn't you the one who said that Lehman is better than Cech? Oh dears oh dears...
k_chelski
Ah damn , forget the hint, I already told you who it was. Damn... fun while it lasted.
k_chelski
"i'd be worried about your own bunch of mercenarie cheating *"True, because your bunch is being led by a good mercenary."
k_chelski
Not funny.
Louisa
Off topic but look at the poll on Vital Chelsea: "Hypothetically, if Jose were to leave who should take over?" Funny how the fans keep thinking what if their manager gets sacked - or "decides to leave." The humour doesn't end there. The guy who suggested the options even have SAF and AW there on the list. Really hypothetical.
Louisa
"Really hypothetical."Well, DUH
k_chelski
I voted for Jol lol
nikolaijns
Trust me mate I never said Lehmann was better than Cech, I may be a Gooner but i'm not delusional (go ask the spuddies though, Robbo is).
Ozi Gooner
lol, Jol and Lampard would kill each other,wanting the big piece of chicken. Well, I think it was LD then, that said Lehman was better than cech.
k_chelski
hey where is LD's match report
karley
Lehmann in 2004 'was' as good as Cech 'is'. But there is no contest now or last season.
Ozi Gooner
No contest because Lehamnn would be better if he got to wear a cool helmet too!! You can't compare apples to vegetables man! ha.
SUX2BU
I thought Gilberto was very good, but man of the match for me was Hleb. Everything good we did went through him, proving that he is a good player on the right wing as well as in the hole. It makes sense, because Hleb is a top player full stop.
Little Dutch
How does it feel to have Gilberto being a better central defender than gallas? And on his first game back. :-)
k_chelski
if he got to wear a helmet!! LOL
mish
Gilberto looked better than John Terry in the CB position!
afghenry
k_chelski, it feels great to see Gilberto excel in the CB position. Just why he wasn't given the armband is still beyond me. And how Kolo came before him in the captaincy pecking order last Sat had me scratch my head too. Maybe he was drafted in as a sub in the first place, but Senderos' last-minute injury in warm-up meant he had to start. Anyway. But better CB than Gallas or not, I'm not sure. Gallas did seem great partnering Kolo/Senderos in pre-season and then first few games - well first 2 competitive games and 24 mins. Hope he can be back and his old strong self soon. And hope Raymond Domenech wouldn't just kidnap him to treatment in France or to the next Euro game. I've just jinxed it and it WILL happen now. -_-'
Louisa
Very generous ratings G4L. I would have given them all 6.5 with a 7 for Hleb and Gilberto. That leaves room to give them 9's when they do play well! And as for our friend k_chelski (Kevin to friends and VA posters) I would give an 8 for his good nature, but a resounding 3 for his poor cheeky-chappy imitation :-) What is it with you guys and Gallas? Just make up some (real filthy) songs about him and his other half and consign him to history!
Andy-bayor
 

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