Wolves 0-3 Arsenal – Player Ratings

Arsenal went into this match on the back of a great weekend – both Spurs and Chelsea dropped points, and Arteta practically ended City’s title hopes.

Szczesny 9 - He made a wonderful save from Doyle – clawing the ball away despite moving in the wrong direction. He made another strong save late on, although the game had already been won.

Sagna 7.5 – Involved in plenty of attacks – he made more passes than most players in the team.

Vermaelen 7 – Didn’t have too much to do, but he didn’t let Doyle get many chances. I’m always confident when he’s at the back.

Djourou 7 – Despite not having played much recently, he gave an assured performance. He brought the ball out of the defence pretty well too.

Santos 6.5 – Left a lot of space on the left flank which is where plenty of Wolves’ counter attacks came from. He came infield quite a lot but was dangerous in attack.

Song 8 – Another great performance from Song. He kept the our moves ticking along and made a wonderful forward run before assisting Benayoun’s goal.

Arteta 7 – Alongside Song, he kept possession excellently despite high pressing from Wolves’ midfield. He made a dynamic run and cut the ball back for a van Persie chance, but otherwise sat back.

Ramsey 6.5 – On the bright side, he is getting into plenty of brilliant positions. But unfortunately, he keeps fluffing his lines. The same problem haunted Cesc Fabregas for a while before he became quite a prolific midfielder. I’m sure Ramsey will get there eventually. Once he gets a string of games, he will return to his creative best from earlier in the campaign.

Walcott 7.5 – His superb start to the game allowed the team to relax after only ten minutes. He was involved in both one-two’s for the first two goals. The run for the first showed his great pace and positioning, whereas the second showed his great touch and finishing. He didn’t get involved much after that, but the damage had been done.

Benayoun 7 - He worked his socks off in attack and defence, and capped it off with a wonderful goal. He may not be a Gunner past this season, but he has been a wonderful addition to the squad.

Van Persie 7.5 - He is classy if he isn’t at his devastating best. His penalty was sublime (reminded me of Thierry!) and he set up Theo’s goal too. Despite losing possession quite easily, he won it back high up the field which lead to the third goal. He could’ve scored a few more too.

Substitutes

Chamberlain – n/a

Jenkinson – n/a

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Joel Kariel

Author/Editor at Straight Talking Gooners

7 thoughts on “Wolves 0-3 Arsenal – Player Ratings

  1. eduardo

    I like the point you raise about Ramsey and the young Cesc, for me Ramsey recieves far to much negtive stuff, just like Cesc when he first took up the No.10 role, Ramsey is not scoring, but like Cesc the good sign is that he is getting in the right positions, and hopefully like Cesc, once he hits a few goals then many many more will flow

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  2. vandaman

    I think you got it spot on. Szczesny instills a confidence that I never thought we would ever get. With Almunia I would cringe at every shot on goal. Song was immense again, some of his ambitious attempts sometimes don’t come off, but we forgive him those because occasionally they do and the results are awesome. As for Ramsey, i know it a massive debate with fans now, I honestly had him as the next best thing since Cesc bread, but I just cant find anything positive right now about his game right now. I get why people want us to give him a chance, but let him have that chance on loan where he can’t damage the team. Our recent revival has been thanks to Arteta’s consistency, Rosicky’s scintillating revival and Song’s….ummm …vision?

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  3. Liam

    If you take out the first fifteen minutes then a 6 would be high for Walcott. After the goals he didn’t do anything but make mistakes. Ramsey had a promising game that didn’t quite pay off. I’ve still got a lot of hope for him. Most things he does are so close to being on the money, but doesn’t always nail it. When everything starts coming together he will be a really big influence on the side. More work and I really predict a bright future for him and Jack in the middle.

    Santos was a bit of a worry. Looked pretty sloppy. I’d be inclined to play Gibbs more from the performances I’ve seen from the two this season. Sagna and Szczesny were solid and dependable as you’d expect from the two. The Verminator didn’t have much to do, but did it well and Djourou had quite a decent game too. Song and Arteta kept things ticking over, as you expect them to do.

    As much as I love seeing Van Persie score so often, it’s obvious he would still excel playing just off a good frontman (Podolski). His movement, vision and ball playing are second to none. Really want to see the RVP/Podolski interplay if this summer works out as I hope it does. Those two together could be so dangerous.

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  4. T2T

    I’d like all the critics of Walcott to remember that he and RvP as epitomized by the last game, has developed a great understanding. It was the quick passing between them that led to the first 2 goals. A number of RvP’s goals and chances have come through the work of Walcott. Even when he has an off-day, he creates space with his pace and pins the attacking LBs back because they need to cover Walcott’s runs.

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  5. John

    Ramsey was quite awful. He is Denilson mk2. Nothing was ‘close’ to coming off.

    Wolves have given up and were down to 10 men. We out numbered them 3-2 in center midfield. And what were the possession stats? 50% to Wolves. Now EVERY team would consider that disappointing. But for a tippy/tappy team that is scandalous.

    Why were the possession stats so poor? Why did we have the same number of shots. The same number of corners? Why? For a tippy/tappy team the 3 central midfield players have to be top class. Ramsey wouldn’t get into any passing team in Europe.

    Aaron Ramsey only gets into the Arsenal team out of pity. He has no vision, no acceleration, no awareness and is selfish. Thats the worst combination for a central midfield player expected to create. And you are comparing him to Cesc? Ridiculous statement.

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  6. b johnson

    WHAT RUBBISH RATINGS – WE WERE PLAYING A POOR WOLVES TEAM WHO WERE DOWN TO 10 MEN IN THE FIRST 15 MINUTES. WE SHOULD HAVE SLAUGHTERED THEM. I THOUGHT OUR PERFORMANCE WAS UNPROFESSIONAL AND SLOPPY. WALCOTT MAY HAVE CREATED THE FIRST AND SCORED THE SECOND AFTER THAT HE WAS APPALLING. HE DID NOT BEAT HIS DEFENDER ONCE. WHY DONT YOU GUYS WAKE UP!

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