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Player Ratings: vs Fulham

The match against Fulham was a rerun of the same game we saw almost every month by the Gunners, especially at Ashburton Grove. The only interesting 'twist' was that we actually took the lead EARLY in the game and went to the traditional make the opposition goalie better than Buffon.

1. Jens Lehmann - 4 - would have given him a lower one hadn't he made a couple of saves in the dying moments of he game. As soon as I saw him chasing ghosts at the edge of the box I knew that Fulham would score.

2. Manu Eboue - 5. - another classic Eboue. At times excellent going forward, but a few minutes later makes me wonder if we have a right back. Very late tackles on Radzinski, booked for the 2nd one, and many misplaced passes.

3. Willie G. - 8 - steady as he goes. Didn't put a foot wrong all night. He is a great defender and I hope he stays with Arsenal. Made a few 'interesting' excursions in attack.

4. King Kolo - 8.5 - Shaded Gallas wit his grit, desire and courage in every tackle he made. Won a lot of headers and fired another one from 30-odd yards. As soon as his teammates learn how to set him up properly, he will bang a few in.

5. Gael Clichy - 8 - hit a few brilliant crosses, ON TARGET! He seems to get better and better every time I see him. Anticipates passes brilliantly, covers a huge amount of ground and is very calm in tight situations. Only a matter of time before he establishes himself as France's no. 1 left back.

6. Alex Hleb - 8.5 - In the middle of every move. Passing, opening up space, going by players and even tracking back, tackling and attempting to win headers as well. Blew by ex-Gunner Volz to win the penalty. Hopefully the Gooners will learn to appreciate his talents and efforts more. Played right and left and did an excellent job.

7. Gilberto - 7 - nothing fancy from our captain on the day, does the dirty work and gives Cesc more freedom to do his stuff. Slotted the pen cool as a spritzer. Harshly booked for a foul on Brown.

8. Cesc Fabregas - 7.5 - looked tired towards the end, but by then he had already provided Ade for the 2nd, and kept things under control. When he became tired Wenger introduced his twin brother from Brazil - Denilson. A brilliant piece of goalkeeping by Niemi stopped him from scoring another one from outside of the box.

9. A. Diaby - 6.5 - wasn't as dominant as in other games and faded away in the 2nd half. Performed quite average but made very few mistakes.

10. Julio Baptista - 8 - well... seems that Arsene's 'talk' to his agents changed his attitude a bit and he actually looked as if he was interested to play. His first goal reminded me of his days in Sevilla, and then continued to fire blanks at Niemi. Couldn't pass to save his life at one time, but he managed to bring his 1st touch for this game at least. Usually he leaves it at home. Still it was nice to see him produce an effort. Replaced by Denilson in 71st.

11. Ade-bayor - 9 - man of the match for me. He is a handful for defenders and he knows it. He attacked players, fed the Beast, scored a typical Henry goal, chased lost causes and I could see some of the players rub off of his energy. He is Kanu with Ray Parlour attitude. He missed a few, but I was convinced he would be rewarded with a goal sooner or later. Could have had a few more. Immense player and stole the show from Alex Hleb.

Subs: Denilson - 6 - passed a few short ones and ended on his bum a few times. Not enough time to leave a mark.

Team performance - 7.5 - needed to concede in order to step up another gear and finish the job. Again strength of character but lapses of concentration which could have cost us 2 pts.


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Date:Monday April 30 2007

Time: 8:40PM

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generous ratings,the sunshine musta dazzled you a bit
fran merida
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30/04/2007 21:28:00

Adebayor and Hleb along with Rosicky have stood out for me as our foward drive. I'm looking forward to seeing these players along side a fit Henry and RVP!
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30/04/2007 21:40:00

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30/04/2007 21:44:00

i am so happy to see that people on vital arsenal appreciate hleb !!!! other discussion groups really dont see this and use him as our scapegoat!
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30/04/2007 21:50:00

agree with u fran merida it's a pretty generous rating specificly to gallas,hleb and more specificly to the beast...
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30/04/2007 22:03:00

next year adebayor deserves a spot in the XI. Him and Henry up front. RVP on the right, rosicky on the left ,and cesc and bert in the middle. with the usuals at the back. Adebayor is brilliant, i dont understand how some fans still dont like him?? He is class!!
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30/04/2007 22:14:00

as i said in the forum, Juio was about a 4 and was crap all day, even the header looked crap!
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30/04/2007 22:42:00

Very generous G4L, rather that than negative though :)
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30/04/2007 23:11:00

Cmon Gooners, even if we were wasteful, I would rather watch our lot then some special team in Blue or Spud Pie packet in white. Clichy, Hleb, Adebayor and Cesc were brillant. Bert did his job as did Toure and Gallas. This is a good team and once Henry back as well as RVO, we will be great, we just need to stop baggin on our players. Otherwise we will bring back Morrow, Miller, and Selley.
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01/05/2007 03:32:00

Sorry, meant to Hillier
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01/05/2007 03:35:00

Clichy was my man of the match without a shadow of doubt. Top, top player, a clone of Cashley without the c***iness.
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01/05/2007 07:53:00

well said the mad african. people often forget about the players we had in the mid 90's and really should start to appreciate the players on show we currently have. hleb takes a lot on stick and he doesn''t deserve it. yes he can give the ball away, but he works tirelessly and tracks back so well. as for clichy-well what can i say! already better than ****y at defending and to be honest he's catching up with him in the attacking department as well. gallas has looked back to his best in the last two or three games and as soon as we cut out the odd lapse of concentration we seem to have in defence then we'll start winning more games and keeping more clean sheets. add this to the 3 new "signings" of RVP, Hnery and Theo and next season is loooking very positive
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01/05/2007 10:08:00

Adebayor is MOTM for me. His workrate was outstanding even when the majority of the other players were tiring. He chased every defender, every header and every pass. He deserved a couple more goals, just didn't happen. delighted he got a goal ahead of Chelsea...let's see what he can do against Terry and Co next weekend.
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01/05/2007 10:52:00

I'd marginally give motm to Adebayor. Fabregas was brilliant but tired, Clichy was absolutely superb, but I think he picked up a knock which prevented him from getting forward as much in the second half. I hope Clichy's first goal comes next week, he really deserves his first to be a special one for all the effort he puts in and for all his brilliant work this year. I'd have Clichy just behind Gilberto and Cesc as player of the year.
Little Dutch
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01/05/2007 13:47:00

G4L i think you were generous ! for me, Gallas, Toure ( love the long effects ) Cesc, Clichy,Gilberto,Adebayor all shone.. the rest didn't look bothered. the game is our season in total. great football, many effects, can't finish and put teams away early. we should of been 4-0 up at half time and we let them back in. fulham couldn't live with our passing, i thought clichy reminded me of winterburn as we have all said before, and i thought adebayor must of been watching alot of henry's videos, cos i thought he really moved about like henry and that was very good to see.
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01/05/2007 14:00:00

Hleb gets so much stick that I was beginning to wonder whether I was seeing something in him that just wasn't there so I was particularly interested to see how he performed against Fulham. While it wasn't his very best game I thought he did pretty well. One thing that struck me about his play is that he scraps better than most. If Freddie or Reyes got tackled they would be over at the first touch sitting on the ground waving their arms at the unfairness of it all. Hleb doesn't go down easily - on the contrary he will challenge for possession when tackled. He doesn't always win but he wins more than he loses and keeps play going. He showed some deft touches again and Ade should really have done better with a great little pass from him early in the second half. Hleb has always seemed uncomfortable on the left to me but looking at a video compilation on his Stutgaart days he played there quite often and I felt he did ok there on Sunday. His break into the box to win the penalty was brilliant and as direct as you could wish for and partially answers some critics view that he takes too many touches.
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01/05/2007 15:23:00

one of the most boring games ive ever had the displeasure to watch. Beast is useless, he shoulda scored a hattrick. Lehman again shows he's a nut job. Whenever sky panned out to the crowd they were sitting arms crossed almost falling asleep! And even the commentator said how quiet the emirates is, fkn lol. Your support is f00ken sht
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01/05/2007 15:26:00

"It's so quiet, it's so quiet, it's so quiet, at the Lane. It's so quiet, it's so quiet, it's so quiet at the Lane." Sssssssshhhhhhhhhhh!
Little Dutch
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01/05/2007 15:59:00

Just as an aside, does anyone recall how well we played in the first half of the FA Cup replay at Bolton this season? We had Adebayor and Baptista up front, Hleb on the right, Rosicky on the left, and Denilson in the middle (can't remember with who). Point I'm making is look how well we are capable of playing even without Henry and RVP. Our front six were awesome that day - just didn't finish some of the chances we made.
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01/05/2007 16:23:00

Gallas and Toure were on top of their games. Toure won most of the headers, and Gallas snuffed all of the threats that came from his side. In my book that is doing your job and doing it well. Jens' mind excursions sometimes makes them all look bad. I am glad people appreciate Hleb and Ade more. As for the Beast, I may have been generous, but as I said he did seem like he cared and was linking up front very well. Just as I was hoping I would never see him in the red and white again, he came up with a nice goal and put himself about, got into good positions and just needs a bit of sharpness. The highlight of the game: "BREAKING NEWS: FAT SAM RESIGNS AT ORC CAMP." got a good applause from me!
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01/05/2007 19:35:00

I can't believe Hleb got 12%. He didn't really do much in the tie. If he didn't get fouled he would have probably not scored anyway.
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02/05/2007 17:32:00

Clichy was my MOM
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03/05/2007 09:42:00

The rating were generous for some, especially given our 2nd half performance.
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04/05/2007 09:12:00


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