Arsenal 2-0 Montpellier – player ratings

Posted: November 21, 2012 in Arsenal

Having just arrived from The Emirates, I thought I’d give you guys my player ratings for tonight’s Champions League game.

Wojciech Szczesny – Had hardly any shots come his way throughout the game. Untroubled and made a few routine catches. (6)

Bacary Sagna – Sagna was his usual consistent self; didn’t do anything flashy, but didn’t make any mistakes. Solid performance. (6)

Per Mertesacker – Won a couple of offside calls and didn’t have much to do considering Montpellier’s front-man was ineffective. Mertesacker had a moment in the game where he found himself doing some Messi-esque trickery and skinning a couple of players. (6)

Laurent Koscielny – Koscielny was, in my opinion, man-of-the-match. He kept the whole of Montpellier’s forward-line quiet and made some outstanding blocks and tackles. Despite one moment of idiocy, Koscielny was class apart. (9)

Thomas Vermaelen – Vermaelen had an o.k game although he did find himself in a spot of bother whenever Remy Cabella came dashing and turning past him. (5)

Jack Wilshere – A solid and satisfying performance from the future Mr Arsenal. Wilshere continued his fantastic form since returning from a fourteen month injury and scored his first goal for Arsenal since Aston Villa away in the 10/11 season. Bossed the midfield and scored with a peach of a finish. (8)

Mikel Arteta – Quiet, yet effective in his tailored defensive-midfield role. Didn’t have much of a strangle-hold on the game, but didn’t do anything to put the team in a spot of bother. Decent performance. (6)

Oxlade-Chamberlain – Awful, awful performance from such a gifted young man. He started out on the right and kept abandoning his position to play quite centrally. Disappointing from Chamberlain who I expected would be a first-team regular this season. (4)

Santi Cazorla – He was spewing gold dust, again. Dictated the play from start to finish but didn’t find an assist or goal tonight. Strong performance. (7)

Lukas Podolski – Lacked cohesion and understanding with Giroud in the first-half, but their second-half partnership was sublime. Giroud flicked a superb ball into the path of Podolski who volleyed the ball emphatically into the back-of-the-net. Contender for one of the best goals since Arsenal’s arrival at The Emirates. (7)

Olivier Giroud – Tried incredibly hard in the first-half; too hard at that. His second-half performance was much more fluid which saw him rack up two assists. That’s six assists and seven goals this season for Olivier Giroud. (7)

Substitutes: Aaron Ramsey (7), Coquelin – hardly any time to give a rating in – and the same for Gervinho.

Overall, it wasn’t an over-powering and entertaining display, it felt good. Arsenal were clinical and held on to a clean-sheet. Lukas Podolski and Jack Wilshere both scored goals which’d be worth of winning any game. A deserving win for The Arsenal who’ve now qualified for the knockout-stages of the Champions League following Schalke’s 1-0 triumph over Olympiakos.

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