A must win game for Arsenal turned into a teaching lesson for the Eastland players. To be fair though, the sending off of the 19 year old Belgian Dedryck Boyata gave the Gunners the edge in the game but the confidence we have gained is enormous. There are many things to talk about after watching the game like 3 teams by now and examining what went right for Arsenal.
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- Fabianski played amazing today and deserves to be our top keeper for the rest of the season. His great reflexes and timing proves why a great keeper on a top that competes in top flight competitions needs a top class keeper and Fabianski’s performance today and his past starts are a living proof.
- A strong midfield is key in a team’s performance. Denilson and Song were solid in both defense and attack. Many people will argue that if Song was booked for the first challenge he committed in the game then he would have been booked a red assuming that he committed his second foul which was a yellow a card. But its assuming that he will commit his second foul. Usually after a first yellow card many players cool down and play more cautious which is what Song did. His goal in the second half surprised everyone including himself. Usually defensive midfielders don’t attack in the same fashion as Song does but his endurance and skills allow him to push up and score which he has down in the past two games. Denilson proved why he is still an asset to the team and many sport writers believed that Diaby would start over Denilson but Wenger had other plans.
- Fabregas’ leadership, performance and desire to win every ball proves to be the difference every time he plays. He is Arsenal’s best player and is one of the best midfielders in the game. When asked after the game if he deserved to be Man of the Match, his response ‘I missed a penalty, I don’t deserve it.’
- When Nasri is one fire, he is really on fire. Scoring the first goal and assisting the third goal to seal the victory, Samir Nasri is at time unstoppable at times and at times seems to be a good replacement for Fabregas when nursing an injury. The best part about this kid is that he is still young and has much more success coming his way.
- Our defense was above average but not good enough if Tevez was still able to play and City were not a man down. I speak mainly to our central defenders who are tough when they need to be tough but seem to over commit and times when not needed. Hopefully Vermaelen will be back by the end of this month and rumors are that Gary Cahill is heading to North London to add to our roster. As far as Sagna and Clichy, they performed great, attacked when needed and defended when needed as well, very solid performances from the two Frenchmen.
- Chamakh is adapting to the game perfectly and has showed why he is an important asset to our team. Although not scoring a goal today, he has been a threat to City’s defense will his aerial attack and his ability to run down the flanks and chase long passes from our midfielders. We obviously do miss RVP but Chamakh is probably the best replacement that we have found in the transfer market.
Lukasz Fabianski: (8) Played amazing today and might receive the number one spot after his two great performances the past week. His first save in the game was vital to Arsenal’s win today and it seems that it has boosted his confidence to produce better appearances for Arsenal.
Bacary Sagna: (7.5) Great performance down the flank and is playing like he played when he first arrived at Arsenal.
Sebastian Squillaci: (7) Held the Man City attack well with his experience and was fearless against the attack.
Johan Djourou: (6) Solid yet did get caught sometimes with his tendency to over commit. He should have scored off of the set piece.
Gael Clichy: (7.5) Showed great awareness and touch. Attacked when needed and defended with toughness.
Alex Song: (8.0) The unique Alex Song was once again unique. Attacking and defending with great skills and endurance. His second goal was vital to securing the Arsenal lead.
Cesc Fabregas: (8.5) Showed why Wenger wanted to keep him, instrumental in the Boyata sending off and gave his heart out for the team. Probably deserves a rating 9 but the missed penalty must be taken into account.
Denilson: (7.5) Needed to calm down in the beginning of the game, committing stupid fouls and not playing smart. But towards the end, he seemed to cool down and control the game a bit more with Song and Fabregas.
Andrei Arshavin: (6.5) Seemed very lazy in the beginning of the match, not wanting to do anything. As the game progressed he also progressed and assisted the first goal. Yet he did waste some opportunities that could have put Arsenal up front early in the match.
Samir Nasri: (8.5) Seven goals in seven games. His one touch passes creates many opportunities for Arsenal, hence the first goal. This guy is truly amazing and is getting better and better.
Marouane Chamakh: (7.0) Good performance but should take more shot on goal. His threat was something that Man City knew which allowed Nasri to flourish.
Tomas Rosicky: (6.5) Looked good for the 20 minutes he was one, hard to believe that Wenger was going to sell him during the summer.
Theo Walcott: (N/A) Didn’t really do much and wasn’t much of a threat with his speed.
Nicklas Bendter: (6.5) His goal which sealed the victory gave him the confidence to perform better in the upcoming games.