The performance wasn’t up to much but the result was spot on, here’s how the player rated in the 1-0 win over Fulham yesterday.
Wojciech Szczesny: 7/10 – Two clean sheets in a row, and was the busier of the two keepers. Made some good saves, and was solid throughout.
Bacary Sagna: 6/10 – I remember a time when Bacary Sagna could cross a football. No issues with his defensive performance but seems stagnant in the opposition half. not helped by the fact he’s got to try and figure out where Walcott is most of the time.
Nacho Monreal: 6/10 – Plenty of energy but seemed to be reluctant to drive at the Fulham defence. Was skinned early on which required some drastic defending.
Per Mertesacker: 8/10 – Got the winning goal, now has as many in the league this season as Emmanuel Adebayor, and was a genuine colossus in defence. Dealt well with the extremely fouly Berbatov.
Laurent Koscielny: 8/10 – Quiet and assured alongside the BFG, he just did his job and did it well, gets as assist for the goal.
Mikel Arteta: 6/10 – Perhaps affected by the Sidwell challenge early on, passed it well as you’d expect but perhaps a touch too patient/cautious when we needed something a bit more creative.
Aaron Ramsey: 6.5/10 – Made 114 successful passes yesterday, and had 3 attempts on goal, the highest of any other Arsenal player. At least tried to be positive in and around the final third when others shirked responsibility.
Tomas Rosicky: 6/10 – Not quite his usual zippy self, but credit to Fulham for preventing the space for him to exploit. Not much else to say.
Santi Cazorla: 4/10 – Probably his worst game for us, and looks like he needs some serious battery recharging. Has played more Premier League minutes than any other player and it’s beginning to show. His corners were terrible, and for a man so fond of shooting with either foot it was frustrating to see him try delicate passes instead of just giving it a good lash.
Theo Walcott: 4/10 – Followed up his poor game against Everton with another one today. Seems to think he’s got a free role which allows him to drift all over the pitch. It meant we rarely had an outlet on the right and added to the narrowness of our game.
Olivier Giroud: 4/10 – Got little service but needed to impose himself more on the game. He’s big, he’s strong, he needs to put himself about a bit instead of hoping referees will give him love for the finger-waggle. Red card was harsh but compounded a difficult day.
Lukas Podolski: 5/10 – Looks like he’s running through treacle at the moment, which makes you think his injury is really having an effect. Offered little after he came on.
Jack Wilshere: 5/10 – Like Podolski was put on to give us more in the final 20 minutes, instead it swung the momentum in favour of Fulham. Like the German, it’s hard to think he’s fully fit.
Bonus result rating: 10 out of 10. Argue with that, I dare you.