Arsenal vs Wigan Athletic, 3-0: Full time analysis and player ratings
Written by Chris on January 22, 2011 21:00
Some players are special. And as I was saying in the preview, when the likes of Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas and may I add Alex Song are on fire, there can only be one result at the end of the ninety minutes.
Robin is a player, a man, who had to suffer more than he deserved to reach his goals in his professional career and you could easily see how much he wanted the hat-trick, how much he wanted to show he’s back, as if he had to deliver a message to us, the fans, to say that he is finally fully fit and hungry for success. He is special indeed, the Dutchman, and when fit, one of the best players in the World.
Having said that, it would be unfair if the praise ends with Robin. Now I’m not sure what he is putting on his head, but whatever it is, it is working like a charm for Alex Song. If my match notes are correct, he produced four fantastic through balls for his team-mates as well as two others with the move ended because of very close off-side calls. And this, from a man who is supposed to be “just” a holding midfielder.
And then Cesc. You feel something will happen whenever he’s on the ball as was the case when he forced the goalkeeper to make a number of top class saves, or picked Theo and Robin with precise passes or of course when he won the penalty.
On a day like today, there is only one thing to do and that’s to stand up and applaud one of our best performances of the season. There’s more to come, I know, but today I want to enjoy a game in which we could have easily scored six if it wasn’t for Ali Al-Habsi who decided to enjoy the game of his life at the Emirates.
To conclude, I want to spare a word for Marouane Chamakh. Because granted, all our players are now fit and we’re playing the best football of the season but if we’re only “five” points from the top of the table it’s thanks to the hard work and contribution of the Moroccan who was asked to spend all his energy in the first couple of months of the season when Robin and Nicklas were out injured.
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Szczesny: 6 – Nothing to do, virtual spectator, he will be disappointed he was not on camera for long the day he was given the chance not to wear the pink jersey.
Djourou and Koscielny: 7 – Also had very little to do but were always dominant, especially in the air.
Sagna: 7 – Solid defensively but I must say I was today very disappointed with his contribution when going forward. It seemed he lacked ideas when he had to cross, especially in the 80th minute when he had plenty of time to take a decision.
Clichy: 7,5 – Top class performance from Gael. Again. I feel he is improving tremendously although I still feel he is to improve in the air as the way he was anticipated by Di Santo in the 64th minute showed.
Wilshere: 7,5 – One of his best games of the year, involved in the build-up of many of our important moves, especially in the first half and showed great technique in the 65th minute in dribbling his way past his markers.
Song: 8,5 – Phenomenal performance, one of the best of his season. Produced the assist for Robin’s 21st-minute opening goal, the one for Cesc’s move which led to the penalty and was at his usual best to cover for the defenders and block Wigan’s moves.
Fabregas: 9 – As equally important in midfield was the Spaniard. Turned provider for his team mates and went close to score in at least three occasions. His assist for Robin’s second was – to say the least – fantastic.
Nasri: 7 – Quiet game by his standard but was still dangerous in the offensive department although he did miss a very good opportunity in the 40th minute. Some concern when he looked at the bench after a nasty challenge but luckily he recovered to complete the game before making way for Andrey.
Walcott: 7 – Started like a train on the right, causing all sorts of trouble to the Wigan back four. Missed a golden opportunity when he opted to pass it to Cesc instead of going for goal himself and was overall disappointing with his finishing in front of goal. Credit for holding it up nicely for Robin’s third.
van Persie: 9,5 – The missed penalty ruins a 10/10 rating but as I said in the introduction he’s one of the most important players of the team who fully deserves to wear the number “10″ jersey. Scored three, hit the post and superbly denied by the goalkeeper in the first minute of the game.
Arshavin: 5 – I feel for Andrey. Yet again, I am under the impression that simply nothing is working out for him. His body language is terrible but what is sad is that he’s not trying hard enough out there.
Denilson and Chamakh: No Vote – Only a couple of minutes for the two.