Arsenal 1-0 West Brom – player ratings

Arsenal 1-0 West Brom – player ratings

Giroud West Brom Arsenal celebration

A dead rubber in the North London sunshine, but three very welcome points all the same.

Here’s how the players rated – and remember, you can add your own ratings and comments.

 

WS
1
7.5
NM
18
6.5
BS
3
8.5
PM
4
8
LK
6
8
MA
8
7
MF
20
7
11
8.5
SC
19
6.5
LP
9
7.5
OG
12
8
WS
1
7
NM
18
6
BS
3
8.5
PM
4
7
LK
6
7
MA
8
7
MF
20
7
11
7.5
SC
19
6.5
LP
9
7
OG
12
8
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1: Wojciech Szczesny

7
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7.5
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Season average: 7
1

Aside from a decent save to deny West Brom an equaliser in the second half he didn't have much to do. Now tied with Petr Cech for clean sheets this season.

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18: Nacho Monreal

6
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6.5
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Season average: 6.5
14

Started the game well but got a bit ragged in the second half picking up an unnecessary booking. Subbed for Thomas Vermaelen with 20 minutes remaining.

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3: Bacary Sagna

8.5
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8.5
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Season average: 7
2

On what we assume to be his final game in red and white (at the Emirates) he was as combative and tenacious as ever. Got up and down the wing all day and finally got the attention from the crowd that his spell at Arsenal deserves. His imminent departure will leave a gaping hole.

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4: Per Mertesacker

7
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8
Readers
Season average: 7
3

Brushed off the likes of Amalfitano and Berahino with ease. What a terrific season he's had and with the captaincy potentially up for grabs he's got to be odds-on favourite to take the armband.

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6: Laurent Koscielny

7
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8
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Season average: 7.5
5

"He wants his own song" was as dependable as you'd expect. Can't remember him putting a foot wrong.

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8: Mikel Arteta

7
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7
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Season average: 6.5
7

Marshalled the midfield. Did the sideways thing with swagger.

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20: Mathieu Flamini

7
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7
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Season average: 6.5
16

Didn't get booked. The first time this has happened since records began.

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11: Mesut Özil

7.5
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8.5
Readers
Season average: 7
28

Played in third gear and still manufactured the games best passes. A couple of through balls in the first 45 minutes were perfectly weighted while in the second half he revelled in showing off his quick feet in tight spaces. Probably should try and have a crack at some point. He's all foreplay.

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19: Santi Cazorla

6.5
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6.5
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Season average: 7
15

Not Santi's best day at the office, seemed obsessed with making 60-yard raking passes to Podolski but rarely found his target. Did have a decent first time effort saved by Foster before the break.

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9: Lukas Podolski

7
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7.5
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Season average: 6.5
8

Weirdly energetic performance from Poldi. He seemed really hyped up...at one point charging around chasing the ball before giving away a foul which might easily have been a booking. Great pass to set up Cazorla in the first 45 and whipped a couple of other decent balls into the box.

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12: Olivier Giroud

8
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8
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Season average: 6
29

Gets an extra point for scoring the winner. His header from a 16th minute corner was well placed (although West Brom's defending was abject) and he showed a couple of other nice touches. Didn't get much service overall and took frustration out on Dorrans in dying moments to pick up a yellow.

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29: Kim Kallstrom

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6.5
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Season average: 7
32

Winner of 'worst header at the Emirates 2013/14'

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7: Tomas Rosicky

6
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6.5
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Season average: 7
6

Buzzed about. More defensive than attacking in output.

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5: Thomas Vermaelen

6
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7
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Season average: 6.5
4

Filled in at left-back with ease.

Bonus rating: 10/10 Saido Berahino's Steven Gerrard impression. Take a fucking bow son, you had the whole stadium in stitches.

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75 COMMENTS

  1. “We want you to stay, we waaant you to staaaaaay
    BACARY SAGNA, WE WANT YOU TO STAY!!”

    If you do, I will name myself “Sagna’s hair”.

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  2. I especially enjoyed Flamini scaring the poop out of some bloke on the other team. He dared to kick Flamster without realising who he was. He was up for a row until he realised it was Flamster in his face. Apologies abounded and the poor lad walked away looking like he needed new pants.

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  3. Arsene Wenger said in his post match conference if it was up to him alone he would keep Sagna and Fabrianki.. Perhaps hinting at the board??

    Anyway lets be honest if not for injuries we would of dropped so many points against Swansea etc

    So lets spend the money wisely on the right players and improve as a team

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    • I think he is hinting at the fact that Sagna himself is the obstacle, sadly. I can’t really blame him for leaving though (however i wouldn’t like it if he joined another PL club).

      He has been an amazing player for us and often an unsung hero. He will be missed a lot!

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      • I don’t get this unsung hero bullshit.

        All Arsenal fans know that he is the bee’s knee’s, maybe in press he is unsung but not in the eyes of real Arsenal fans.

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        • Well-appreciated he might be but he is literally unsung in the sense that he very (very) rarely has a chant go up in the stands. Yesterday was a nice exception.

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        • Really can’t see him going to besiktas, that would be seriously stupid. Even inter would be a serious downgrade (unless he’s sick here which I personally doubt). The most probable reasons for him to leave are a lot of money and a very high chance of trophies, which makes psg (or, sadly, city) the most obvious candidates.

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      • Hes class.. Its madness why we are selling him what i ment was the board dont wanna give in to Sagnas Wage demands but his loyalty for me has earned it.

        I just wanna know how much hes asking for…

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    • I’d imagine that it was more aimed at the individuals rather than the board as they, ultimately, have final say on signing a new contract and I doubt the board, in particular with Sagna, wouldn’t of offered them what they wanted

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    • he has been an all round performer and will surely be missed but we need to bring in another top quality cos jen is not yet ready to be our no 1 in that position

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    • don’t think they’re being down on him. Rather it’s that, “oh he can casually be MOTM, what an amazing player we have wooha”

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    • We just need them to lose against Cardiff (1-0 is the best we can hope for realistically). Then, we need a 17-0 win away at Norwich to finish third. We need a goal about every five and a half minutes. We can do this! (takes medication).

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  4. Thank you Sagna for many great performances. A consummate professional. My favorite memory will be that no- you-fucking-don’t header at Sp*rs a few seasons ago. Best of luck, I think a sweet bosman is your best option if they won’t give you more money.

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    • Sagna has been a loyal servant.

      That said, we should be looking at players with ready made PL experience to fill in. Bringing a RB from outside the league may need a bit of time to adjust and could cost us in a position which has been such a given in terms of dependability.

      I hope we spend on Seamus Coleman. If not Debucchy is a decent option.

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  5. We won in neutral gear.

    Chelsea could not find the keys to their parked bus. that’s cos it’s with City.

    but the media would deem us boring and celebrating 4th spot trophy.

    Well better that and the FA cup than boring , can’t score a goal against relegation fodder Norwich (United put four past them…United) and no silverware beyond the 3rd spot trophy.;)

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  6. Think again today’s game also serves to illustrate the sort of catalyst from midfield that Ramsey (and Jack) bring to the team.

    They are the two players at the moment that bring drive and energy through midfield but they do it in different ways.

    Ramsey does it with pure stamina and energy with runs up and down the pitch that add the extra man in defense or in attack. Jack carries the ball on the dribble from deep giving us an added dimension.

    The only other player to be able to perform this function for us was on the bench today in Diaby.

    If we can get all 3 fit for a season (Which is asking a bit with Diaby), we are a very different and more penetrative team.

    Flamini has been an excellent re-signing and quality that did not cost us. Along with Arteta, he provides an anchor in midfield and a reference point for the midfield (much like Giroud’s function up top). They afford the midfield 4 freedom to switch and drift across the line.

    Together, they make a more defensive solidity covering against the more mobile teams with quality on hand.

    but against most teams where we hold possession and have to break down, it is still preferable to have a Ramsey or Jack to unlock them.

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    • Diaby will never play regular football for Arsenal. If he did, we’d have to sell him to a team that didn’t require their midfielders to pick out passes.

      Flamini and Arteta are in the twilight of their top flight careers. They will become role players by 2015-16 if they’re still with us. In my opinion, we never really replaced Alex Song. That’s the sort of DM (like Matic) that would put the team into overdrive. Ramsey or Wilshere could pair with him.

      If we can get a healthy Walcott to play 30 or so full games, and bring in a top class striker (or even a second tier one like Remy), the offense will be explosive. AOC is ready for prime time, and don’t forget Gnabry and the other young guys who’ll be needing first team experience soon. Poldi is wonderful but he’s not happy here; let him go or keep him as a striker.

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    • Still created a fair amount though, sure Rambo is awesome but with a little better finishing it would have been even more comfortable.

      I think Rosicky and Santi can do what you want too, just Santi was a little off today.

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  7. I really think jenkinson is up for it at rb,he has fantastic pace and isnt shy of putting a aggressive tackle or two.plus his crossing ability is actually pretty decent.yes he made a few costly mistakes.but everyone learns from thier mistakes.i just hope wenger give him a crack at first team action for half a season before deciding to get a solid rightback.oh and remy has this henry aura about him.i think we can benefit from a pacy striker with ozil’s vision next season.just imagine walcott remy and ox play up the field next season tgt.it would be a all you can eat buffet for ozil.

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    • Sorry think you must have taken the wrong medication today Ryan(ttc)

      Jenkinson may be a young prospect ( and a diehard gooner) but he is still a few seasons away from being Top Level standard.

      Then Liking Remy to Henry, it’s a bit like linking Bergkamp with Wes Hoolahan, please don’t give unjust comparisons to the king.

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      • Well I haven’t forgotten the start of last season, when Jenkinson put in a series of brilliant performances while Sagna was injured (particularly at the Etihad where he was my MOTM). He makes mistakes when he plays now because he’s at the stage where he needs regular game-time and he hasn’t been getting it.

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    • Jenko can play right back, sure, but we’d need two anyway (I hear that injuries sometimes happen), and why not get someone better? They’ll compete for the position, like Gibbs and Monreal, and make each other better. But Sagna is perfect for the way we play. We’ll miss him, but he’ll miss Arsenal.

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  8. Blogs I think auto-play video ads with sound is a bit too much..Just my opinion. I’d visit here everyday regardless.

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  9. Great, under-rated statistic about Chesney and Cech this season…

    Great to see the winning form continue, great way to end a pretty solid home record this season too.

    One note though: It seemed to me that Santi was using primarily his left foot for the entire game; almost fine tuning himself for FA Cup and World Cup finals.

    I noticed the comment rating said about Santi’s switching of play to Podolski was off target – but I am fairly sure most of those balls were all left-footed; including left footed corners.

    Don’t get me wrong, we all know how well he can play with both feet – but his performance today seemed like he was just using today’s match an opportunity to improve.

    What a boy.

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  10. Remy was at the game today, hopefully we’ll get him. Giroud / remy /sanogo-j campbell doesn’t sound too bad on paper, means we can spend big on a dm/rb or cb if verm goes.

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  11. 10 for Bacary just because he’s been such a fucking warrior for the past few seasons. genuinely sad to see him go, he’s been solid, professional and unbelievably consistent when playing (which i think too many people take for granted). Also, the first North London derby i ever attended was the one where he scored that header to spark the comeback.

    Good luck Sagna, thanks for the memories.

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  12. We already have three rb including bac. We need two cb assuming the skipper leaves. Giroud has played two season with us without injury so one striker could be enough. Remy fits the bill can play left or centre like theo. I think if diaby cab play bit part role next season then dm can wait another season.

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