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Blackburn vs Arsenal Player Ratings
The Gunners secured a 4-nil victory at Ewood Park this afternoon in what eventually became a game of utter lawlessness as the referee failed to get a handle on the physical match. But Arsenal was up for the challenge and goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin Van Persie helped ensure the Gunners took away all three points.
Almunia: 6.5 Nothing really much for Manny to do. He came out and controlled his area well enough, made some routine saves and had good distribution on the counter. He did however find himself out in “no-man’s-land” in the first half in a decision that had many Gooners wondering what he was up to.
Sagna: 7 Solid as usual. Good going forward and good in the recovery. Marked very well and didn’t allow much to go down the right hand side.
Toure: 6.5 An OK performance from the fan favorite today. He made some good clearances, most notably the header which saved what surely would have been a Rovers equalizer. He also had some solid work when he got forward but, just like his central defensive partner, got caught napping on more then a few occasions this afternoon.
Gallas: 6 Nothing special from our captain. He and Toure fell asleep at the back and failed to instill any confidence on crosses, especially in the first half, but it was Gallas who was in trouble more often than not when it came to marking his man.
Clichy: 7 Another solid game for, arguably, Arsenal’s most consistent player. He was great going forward and solid again at the back. He was the victim of a poor challenge at the end which now sees him listed as doubtful for Arsenal’s Champions League Group Stage opener on Wednesday.
Eboue: 6.5 Not great, but not bad either. He did win the penalty, even if it was a dive.
Fabregas: 7 Solid as per usual. Great distributing the ball and fantastic in picking out the pass. Combined well with Denilson and on his way to truly being back and intergraded with the new look side.
Denilson: 7.5 Fantastic performance. Solid in defense and good going forward. He had better-than-average distribution and set up a nice first goal for Adebayor. If he can continue these sorts of performances it may take Arsene out of the market for a defensive midfielder in January.
Walcott: 8 Great game from Theo. He troubled the defense all day long, set up a fantastic first goal and was great in possession and distribution as well as taking on defenders. Had a few nice attempts on goal and really seems to be growing into his spot on the wings.
van Persie: 7.5 Great game from van Persie. Solid finish, solid passing and solid link up. Van Persie looks to be well on his way to being at full match sharpness and hopefully with some luck he can stay injury free and continue to build on the last two games.
Adebayor: 8 Nothing really to say here. Three goals: one header, one right foot and one left foot. He was troubling to the defense and very unselfish at times too. Linked up very well with the rest of the squad. The one complaint though is that someone really ought to let Ade in on the offside rule.
Song: 7 Song had a solid game and added nicely to the midfield. Arsenal seemed to maintain possession better with Song in the match and he was good in defense as well as in his distribution of the ball. With three games coming up in 7 days Song seems like a player who is likely to see even more time on the pitch.
Ramsey: 7 Ramsey played well. Made some good runs and some good passes and all around looks a fantastic prospect. His chances in the league will surely be limited but I am certainly excited to see what he can do in the cups.
Wilshere: 7 It was great to see Jack get in the game. As young as he is it is blowouts like this that will be vital to his early learning. Jack looked calm on the ball and good in the pass. He covered the right side well both offensively and defensively and expectations are understandably high for the now youngest player to ever play in the Premiership.
Man Of The Match: Emmanuel Adebayor notched a fantastic hat trick today. In addition he linked up nicely with the rest of the squad and showed how he can be a team player. All that seems left for him to do is learn the offside rule and then he an truly become a force to terrorize opposition defenses