Arsenal vs Wigan, 2-0: Full time analysis and player ratings
Written by Chris on December 1, 2010 0:30
As November comes to an end, I must say I am very, very satisfied with today’s result. You couldn’t really know what to expect after taking a look at the line-ups, a very offensive Arsenal against what on paper was supposed to be a very determined Wigan side.
At the end of the day we win an important game, Manchester United crash out and as far as the Carling Cup goes we can look forward with optimism. What I really enjoyed in today’s performance is the determination and passion showed by the players which I understand, it should be like this in every game, but remember how a lot of changes were made for the Braga game yet the performance was still a disappointing one.
Robin van Persie, Carlos Vela, Nicklas Bendtner and Theo Walcott all started for the Gunners with the Dutchman sitting deep and producing some delicious assists for his team mates, including one to the Mexican who uncharacteristically missed one of his beloved chips.
Thought very poor in front of goal, Carlos made up for the missed chances by making a lot of good runs and most importantly, producing three, maybe more assists to the other strikers, including the one to Nicklas Bendtner which basically put the game to bed. It was all-in-all a very good game from the Mexican who was not discouraged by the missed chances but instead turned provider for the others.
Also impressive were the two centre backs. Johan made a poor mistake in the first half but recovered well and went on to produce yet another solid performance at the back alongside Laurent Koscielny, a rock in front of Wojciech Szczęsny. Amazingly enough, Johan is our fourth-choice centre back which clearly shows how at the heart of the defensive department we are finally in a very, very good position.
To conclude, this was indeed a tricky game on a very slippery surface and despite not taking all our chances we can be more than satisfied with the outcome because let’s face it, today’s was an experimental side so I have no complaints.
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Szczęsny: 6 – Not much to do for a goalkeeper when the two in front of you are rock solid.
Koscielny: 8 – Brilliant in the air, as always, and very calm and collected when having to get out of the defensive department.
Djourou: 7,5 – Yet another fantastic game from the Swiss International, the third in a row as he keeps on sending signals to secure a regular place in the side.
Gibbs: 7,5 – Very good game from Kieran, impressed with his defensive skills and important in many of our moves when we pushed forward.
Eboue: 6 – Not the best of games for Emmanuel. Shocking pass to put Wigan in the attack in the first part of the game and not at all comfortable against Victor Moses on the right.
Wilshere: 6,5 – Not much to complain about Jack’s performance who did well in central midfield and linked well with those around him.
Denilson: 6 – Gave the ball away cheaply in dangerous areas in the first part of the game but was important in the balance of such an offensive line-up.
Van Persie: 7 – A very good comeback game from the Dutchman who opted to sit deep and provide for those in front of him. Some of his assists were top class, especially the first to Vela. Welcome back Robin, stay fit and we can indeed aim high this season.
Walcott: 6 – Even though it seems he did recover physically from his injury, Theo is however yet to rediscover his final touch which was so lethal in the first part of the season. Missed a good chance and very rarely delivered a good cross.
Vela: 7 – Missed a golden opportunity to give us the lead but recovered well and produced some brilliant deliveries for his team mates, including of course the one for Nicklas’ second.
Bendtner: 6,5 – Like Carlos, Nicklas also missed a very good opportunity in the first half and looked frustrated after some poor first touches but stepped it up a gear in the second half and made no mistakes to give us a two goal cushion.
Eastmond, Nasri, JET: No Vote – A little more than fifteen minutes for the three substitutes who came on shortly after we scored the second. Was worried for Samir as he went down in stoppage time but luckily he recovered.