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Match Ratings v Fenerbahce

Match Ratings v Fenerbahce

21.Lukasz FABIANSKI- Was only really tested the once from Burak's shot. He might have come for the long ball that set the chance up but vindicated his decision with a good save. 7

4.Francesc FABREGAS- A few half decent passes in amongst a scattergun array of misplaced efforts, I can't decide if he was exhausted or disinterested in the second half. Either way, it confirmed that when he isn't firing, neither are Arsenal. 5

5.Kolo TOURE(c)- A skin and bone casing of the player of three years ago. He looks fat, low on energy, low on enthusiasm and bereft of pace. Embodies one of the squad's primary problems in that even the senior players have no leadership qualities. 5

8.Samir NASRI- Has not looked nearly as effective of late, after a blistering start perhaps he is undergoing his acclimbatisation in reverse. Didn't support the strikers with his usual gusto. 6

11.Robin van PERSIE- Carried Arsenal's most sustained threat for an hour or so. His finishing may not have been clinical, he wasn't just the man most likely, he was the only man likely. Completely disappeared for the last half an hour. 7

15.DENILSON Pereira de Neves- One of the bright spots on a damp squib of a night, won his tackles excellently, played with energy and spirit and was economical with the ball. He made sure Fenerbahce's rare attempts at counter attacking were well thwarted. 8

16.Aaron RAMSEY- A positive outing, did not look at all phased by the occasion and looked to become involved wherever possible. Always looked to be inventive with the ball but similarly unafraid of keeping it simple. Faded in the second half, which perhaps you would expect, but plenty of encouraging signs there. 7

18.Mikael SILVESTRE- Probably his best game for the club, but revealingly probably his least busy until a broken nose saw him come off. Unfussy and uncompromising. 7

20.Johan DJOUROU- Won headers! Play him forthwith! Again, Johan will be in for sterner examinations in his career, but dealt with everything comfortably and the added height helped on occasion when Fenerbahce looked to loft balls over the top to Guiza. 7

22.Gael CLICHY- Another busy night, got involved with the attacks, dealt comfortably with the defending. Probably the only player genuinely interested in winning the game in the last fifteen minutes. 7.5

26.Nicklas BENDTNER- Bad night at the office, his touch was poor, his passes were off radar and he never looked a threat to Fenerbahce's backline. Withdrawn after an hour and will have to play much, much better on Saturday. 5


2.Vassiriki Abou Diaby- Looked vaguely threatening on the left once or twice, but came on to an Arsenal team happy with 0-0. The attitude infected him in the last three or four minutes. 6

12.Carlos Vela- Could not affect the game, largely because of the lack of supply from the midfield. Really is going to have to learn to use his right foot once in a while, he'll only ever be 50% of the player without it. 6

17.Alexandre Song Billong- No time to affect the game. N/A

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Thursday November 6 2008
Time: 1:43PM


Kolo is muslim and has been fasting for Ramadan recently which means he can only eat late in the evening which means he gets one meal a day and that is before bedtime so his metabolism slows down and he gains alot of weight. A friend of mine has done it also and he turned into a fat bar****d in a few weeks!
06/11/2008 14:14:00
Also, RVP on a 7? He missed several sitters and gave the goal keeper too many opportunities to make a save or rush out and gclaim the ball. Yes he was involved, but for some one who Arsenal fans gush over as so talented, he was utter horse ****** and should of walked away with the match ball, the fact he didn't geta single goal, sums his night up for me also! You do realise though that it is unfashionable to praise Denilson, even when he has done a good job ;o)
06/11/2008 14:16:00
Toure's weight gain goes back further than Ramadan, he now looks like a mixture between Gary Coleman and the Nutty Professor. Van Persie is also muslim and he doesn't have an arse the size of a moon crater.
Little Dutch
06/11/2008 14:27:00
RVP isn't a devout far as I'm aware!? Denilsoon was immaculate last night, but Fener were crap and there midfield was crap and their passing to. Against Man Utd he will get over run, of that I have no coubt. As the other midfielders don't look interested in helping the lad out! Toure has been pretty sh** since the season after the unbeaten year, fact! Maybe it's time to move him on whilste his stock is high? We have Gallas, Douruououuouou, Silvestre and Norveidt, plus, maybe it may make Wenger go out and bring in someone who is aggresive and commanding at the back?
06/11/2008 14:33:00
poor and boring performance, arsenal can do much better then that and needs to if they want to challenge for silverware.
06/11/2008 14:53:00
Toure is a great recovery defender. Since Gallas came we now have 2 central defenders who are best at this job and neither likes the aerial stuff. Kolo does seem to be quite out of shape at the moment and for me Djourou has to know be given a run in the team...Djourou and A.N. other The worst strikers are the ones that dont get chances (Aliadierie anyone?) RVP will get you 20-25 goals a season if he wasnt forever injured.
06/11/2008 14:57:00
I'm the only one who thought Toure played well last night?
06/11/2008 15:16:00
Comparing the spineless performances like that one at Stoke, I'd agree too Rocky. It is the first time I saw him run so much in a game this year, he recovered a number of tackles from behind and seemingly enjoyed the lack of 'direct' responsibility in the center of defence (commonly known as headers). He was quite involved on that right side in attack too, although he had grandpops Roberto Carlos playing against him on that side. He does look overweight and a fraction of that energetic centreback that complemented Sol and Senderos tremendously. He is a worse captain then Gallas, too.
06/11/2008 15:32:00
Denilson and Clichy were my MOM.
06/11/2008 15:33:00
No, Rocky, you're not. Surprised to see Kolo's performance last night trashed like this. He did fade, like they all did (except for Clichy of course) but he surprised me with a far better RB performance than I expected. He really seemed up for it. Agree about his weight and overall form, tho. I just think Kolo needs to be in a team with tough, strong, commanding personalities, which is why he did so well with the Invincibles. He thrives on that. He's not leadership material.
06/11/2008 15:35:00
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