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Match Ratings v. Dynamo Kyiv

Match Ratings v. Dynamo Kyiv

1.Manuel ALMUNIA- Was only really called into action once, but its credit to his concentration levels that hew as alert to make a match turning save from Milevskiy. Had Kyiv scored, there would have been no way back. 8

4.Francesc FABREGAS(c)- Looked slightly more energetic than in recent weeks, whether it was the armband or the weekend's rest or both is anyone's guess. Provided an assist that only he could have provided from inside his own half, albeit it came about in dubious fashion. 7

10.William GALLAS- All eyes were on the deposed skipper and one slip apart, he did his job soldily and organised the defence well. One interception in the area shortly before our goal proved his value. A good night's work when many doubted his professionalism. 7

11.Robin van PERSIE- Bar his set piece deliveries, pretty anonymous, which was disappointing from such a senior player. Might easily have seen red from an overly officious referee for a stupid tackle in the first half. Kyiv forced him to drop very deep to collect the ball, but Vela looked the more effective of the strikers. 5.5

12.Carlos VELA- Was a bystander for much of the game, but offered a potent threat when running at the Kyiv defence. Sought to play on the shoulder of the defender in the second half but did fade. 6

15.DENILSON Pereira de Neves- Too many unnecessary touches which slows the team down inordinately. The Arsenal teams of old would take one touch and then pass, Denilson over elaborated last night on too many occasions, which slowed our attacks. Much more effective when he doesn't overly embellish his play. 6

16.Aaron RAMSEY- Looked lively and hungry as ever, looked to come in off the right and make things happen and had nearly all of Arsenal's chances in the first half. Like Vela, he faded a bit but I am tremendously enthused by what I have seen so far. Let's keep bringing him on slowly and not overhyping him. 6

17.Alexandre SONG Billong- Sound from a defensive standpoint, but like Denilson, takes far too much time on the ball when he should release it. 5.5

18.Mikael SILVESTRE- Looked calm and assured throughout, covers his full back well and his positioning is excellent. Though it has to be because there is zero recovery pace to speak of. 7

20.Johan DJOUROU- A few lapses in concentration, but defended o.k. in an unfamiliar slot. We clearly missed the presence of an overlapping full back and given that Clichy was the only player on the pitch with any experience of playing wide, I'm surprised Wilshere or Vela were not played on one of the flanks. 6

22.Gael CLICHY- A solid, if unspectacular display. Tried to bomb forward but with no natural wide player in front of him, he was often corwded out until Vela moved out there. 6


26.Nicklas Bendtner- Cut a determined figure when he came on, despite ironic cheering from the crowd that greeted his first touch. Shut the morons up with a brilliantly taken goal, one could have forgiven him for celebrating with an erect middle finger. 7

19.Jack Wilshere- Looked instantly at home and willing to take the ball and be incisive with it, absolutely fearless. More minutes from the bench will surely come his way in the coming weeks. 7

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Wednesday November 26 2008
Time: 1:58PM


I must admit I thought Clichy was one of our better players, solid in defence and looked to get forwards. Agreed, what has happened to Sylvestre's pace? He was one of the quickest things on 2 legs a few years ago, do you think it is those injuries, age or combo of both that have caught up with him?
26/11/2008 14:19:00
Fair ratings I suppose. Far too many players not retaining posesion, but I suppose that comes from the lack of confidence. Where I was sitting, Denilson was getting a lot of unjustified stick. Was this the same everywhere?
26/11/2008 14:36:00
I didn't hear much stick for Denilson where I was, but he is one of the whipping boys, mercilessly sacrificed at the altar of the team's sins. With Bendtner on the bench last night and Eboue injured, I guess someone had to take all the blame.
Little Dutch
26/11/2008 15:05:00
Denilson has improved immensely over the last four or five games, his erratic passing has all but disappeared and he shows some hunger that others are lacking, I must admit that I do not hear anyone giving him and stick in particular! WTF were people leaving with 10 minutes to go for last night, it really is getting ridiculous, I know people pays their money and makes their choice but come on guys!
26/11/2008 15:35:00
Can we add 0.5 to Clichy's name please? Agree otherwise, especially how Ramsey and Vela started brightly but faded, and that both subs were good, well, subs. I'm still not sure about Bendtner as a starter though.
26/11/2008 15:37:00
Denilson a 6? something is wrong with that, the best player on th field last night! Dont agree with a lot of these ratings but what the heck we won!
26/11/2008 16:41:00
How come Ramsey gets a glowing school report and scores 6 whilst you are highly critical of Denilson who also scores 6? Something wrong there! I am a little tired of the stick Denilson is getting these days it seems to fashionable to criticise him now so I suppose he has taken over from Gallas in that respect. I thought Denilson had a good game he was energetic and committed and it seemed to me that he won lots of tackles and his passing has improved with - I would think - a good completion rate. Overall I thought it was a good solid display against a side which set itself up to be hard to beat. You can't always have Moet and Chandon, sometimes you have to have warm John Smiths, the result was the important thing!
norfolk dumpling
26/11/2008 16:51:00
I didn't hear Denilson get much stick especially as the fans around me are the most vocal in the stadium! Maybe it was a small section elsewhere. Although I do think he gets too much grief everyone has their "whipping boys" for when things aren't going well.
26/11/2008 17:06:00
I thought Denilson had a shocker last night. 5 from me. He was falling all over the place, passing was late and when he eventually did pass it was wayward. I am a big fan, as is LD, so don't accuse us of bashing him.
26/11/2008 17:10:00
It shows that people see different things from the same picture. It is all about perspective, view point and preconceptions of which we all have a unique angle on. No matter what Bendtner does some people will slaughter the lad or Denilson or Almunia or Gallas. There are plenty of out players who I believe are unfairly criticised, but that is the same at most football clubs...
26/11/2008 17:14:00
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