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Match Ratings v. Aston Villa

1.Manuel ALMUNIA- Saved Young's poor penalty, might have saved Agbonlahor's goal in the second half. 6

2.Vassiriki Abou DIABY- Represented our most potent threat in the first half but was not rewarded with any sort of desire from his peers in the penalty area. Faded badly. 6

3.Bacary SAGNA- Looks half the player with Walcott in front of him, cannot burst forwards in the same way and does not enjoy any link up play. 6

4.Francesc FABREGAS- His body language suggests he realises just how badly he is playing, usually so economical with the ball he did not know what to do other than to lump it at Bendtner. This is a big test for him now, for the first time in his career he is not playing well but I would back him to recover all day long. Let's hope he does it soon, because yesterday elucidated that when he does not play well, neither do Arsenal. 5

8.Samir NASRI- Did not support his strikers in the devastating way he did last week, was anonymous for most of the game, swapping wings with Walcott looked like a desperate attempt to reinvigorate both players by the manager,it did not work. 5

10.William GALLAS(c)- One of the few players to emerge with credit, though Agbonlahor will beat most players for pace, it was disappointing that he was undone by a simple ball over the top. But he tried, which in this performance, made him stand out. 7

14.Theo WALCOTT- Denied space by Cuellar and Young, that pretty much neutralises Theo whilst he is stuck out on the wing. His ball retention is not good enough for a midfielder and his legs move quicker than his brain at times. He has to move upfront for his own good and for the good of the team. 5

15.DENILSON Pereira de Neves- As with Gallas, he tried which was a refreshing change from his team mates. He couldn't prevent Barry running the game and did not always pick up Sidwell's runs from deep, but Denilson does seem to be learning. 7

18.Mikael SILVESTRE- In the company of Ashley Young and Gabby Agbonlahor, looked like a pensioner at a bus stop. With Toure too fat to play, Djourou has to be on the manager's mind. 5

22.Gael CLICHY- Not a particularly effective game, Villa's midfield pressed us all over the pitch and that included pressing their wingers high up against our full backs. As a result, Clichy was unable to be a potent attacking threat. 6

26.Nicklas BENDTNER- His touch was horrible all afternoon, though he didn't have much to go on, you never felt he would be threatening. Did not deserve to be jeered off, I'm confused by this new definition of 'support' at our home games. If Bendtner gets a well deserved 5, those that booed him get zero. Credit to those in the Red Section who made themselves heard in a more positive manner when the game was clearly lost. 5

SUBSTITUTES

25.Emmanuel Adebayor- Looked to get involved and was unlucky with a header that hit the post. But the rot had already set in and he could do little to arrest it. 7

12.Carlos Vela- Looked busy, ran at the Villa defence and looked to play on the shoulder of the defender. Can't help but think he would have had more effect against Villa's physical defence. 7

5.Kolo Toure- No time to make an impact. N/A




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The Journalist

Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday November 16 2008

Time: 12:55PM

Your Comments

I haven't seen any of the game due to my grandma being seriously ill in hospital. Sounds like it was Mr Hyde that showed his ugly face again yesterday!
Rocky7
Very generous in my opinion! what an awful day yesterday was.
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
Definately generous for Cesc. Unfortunately, I think his head is in Barcelona!
navydave
I agree totally with the comments about Bendtner. I had a row with a guy who sits behind me after 15 minutes because he had made his mind up that he was gonna give him s**t all day. What does it achieve? If his not good enough (which I'm not sure is the case) then discuss it afterwards.
navydave
Sorry to hear that Rocky7, hopefully she will get better soon.
JohnDoe
Good ratings. If Theo moves upfront now, when is he ever going to learn how to play football ? Surely, he will be found out against top opposition in a few years, when all he will have is his pace. I've said it before - he doesnt have any football intelligence, and I'm wondering whether it can be taught. Perhaps, Cesc being suspended against Man City may be a blessing in disguise. Take a break for a week, and think about his game. The sooner he comes back to form, the better for arsenal.
prits
Why do we have to play Theo whilst he learns how to play football? F**k him, play Vela up front, Theo does not have the ability to do so. As for Cesc, I will be very happy to see Ramsey against City.
Tom14
navydave the passion, the desire, the love & care Cesc showed in his celebration of Nasri's second goal, showed me where his heart & mind is. he just needs a little bit more focus, concentration & his usual calmness back in his game & he'll run the show again. and i wouldn't be suprised if that starts at Stamford Bridge..
luckys_10
Rocky7 - best wishes to your gran from all of us mate. Some things sort of put things in perspective don't they.
merlin
Sorry to hear about your gran Rocky, all the best from your mates at Vital Villa.... bloody hell, if I'd realised I'd not have pestered you for the interview today, just shows what a top man and editor you are that you found time to do it for me! Click Here
The Fear
Rocky, hope your grandma gets well soon. Fair ratings overall, glad to see Gallas got a fair mark, and I thought Silvestre's better than a 5 but whatever now. I'm seriously worried about the RM position if 'all' we got is Theo. When's Eboue coming back from injury? Why can't we try Diaby or Denilson even (with Song in DM)? I don't mean to sound all over the place, but Theo is clearly not working as a starter, better as a sub.
GoonerLou
If only the numeric set contained 1, 2, 3, 4, crap, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9! It would save the need for debate!
LondonGooner
 

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