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Arsenal 2-0 West Brom: Player Ratings

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Arsenal finally recorded a home win in the Barclays Premier League with a comfortable 2-0 result against West Brom at the Emirates. Arsenal dominated the game from start to finish and looked much better than they were in recent times, being a lot more incisive and intent with their passing.

Arsenal vice-captain Mikel Arteta scored twice from the penalty spot for the Gunners but both the decisions leading up to the Penalty were contentious. West Brom on the other hand were poor in all areas of the pitch and failed to get a decent spell going throughout the match.

This win puts Arsenal in 6th place for 24 hours at the very least, 2 points behind West Brom in 5th place with 24 points from 16 games.

Player Ratings

Arsenal:

W Szczesny: 6/10: The Polish Goalie didn’t have a shot to save till the very end, but largely did well on set plays, and deserves credit for a rare clean sheet. 

B Sagna: 6/10: The French right-back was very solid in defense not letting too much past him but wasn’t very accurate with his crosses in attack

P Mertesacker: 7/10: The Big German too played his part in the clean sheet as he kept the hard working Shane Long at bay and did well in the air against Romelu Lukaku when the Belgian came on.

T Vermaelen: 7/10: The Arsenal captain was the best defender on either side today, mopping up a few promising attacks with great commitment and calmness.

K Gibbs: 6/10 : Kieran Gibbs was also part of a solid Arsenal back four and looked composed at the back.

M Arteta: 7/10: The Spaniard, although didn’t create too much, was solid in his holding midfield role and scored under pressure twice from the Penalty spot to give Arsenal an important win.

J Wilshere: 8/10: The young Englishman was the best player on the pitch, making dashing runs forward and creating plenty for the Arsenal.

S Cazorla: 6/10: The Spaniard was efficient in the final third today, winning the first penalty albeit in controversial fashon.

O Giroud: 5/10: The French striker tried hard but was off the pace on the day as he couldn’t do anything substantial.

A Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7/10: Chamberlain was lively on the right wing for the Gunners and he won them the second penalty with nice clip past the lunging defender.

Gervinho: 6/10: Gervinho too was part of a lively attacking set up of Arsenal today but he scuffed a couple of chances with poor finishing in the final third.

Subsitutes:

F Coquelin: 6/10: The French man came on to hold things together in centre of midfield in place of Oxlade-Chamberlain in the second half and he did decently well in his role

T Rosicky: 5/10: The Czech Republic midfielder was lively when he came on with 10 minutes to go, but does seem to lack a bit of match sharpness at present.

L Podolski: 4/10: Podolski came on with 4 minutes to go and missed a sitter which would have given Arsenal a more comprehensive result.

West Brom:

Myhill: 6/10: Myhill made a couple of decent saves but failed to stop the spot kicks from Arteta.

S Reid: 4/10: Reid wasn't at his best in the defensive third, but was unlucky to give away the first penalty.

G McCauley: 6/10: McCauley had a solid game at centreback and won a few key challenges for his side

M Olsson: 6/10: Olsson too was solid at centreback but failed to prevent his side from losing.

S Ridgewell: N/A: He was injured in the 5th minute and had to go off without any impact on the game.

J Morrison: 4/10: Morrison had a poor game in a deeper role than usual, and gave the ball away far too often.

Y Mulumbu: 5/10: Mulumbu had a decent outing as a holding midfielder but failed to create chances when moving the ball first.

P Odemwingie: 4/10: The Nigerian winger was below par on the day and was subbed just after the hour mark.

Z Gera: 3/10: Gera was part of an inefficient forward line that did nothing to trouble the Arsenal defence

C Brunt: 5/10: The Baggies captain worked hard in midfield but will be disappointed at not having created more from a lot of set piece opportunities.

S Long: 4/10: Long was very poor in the final third from West Brom, giving the ball away several times.

Substitutes:

G Popov: 6/10: He came on for Ridgewell in the 5th minute and had a decent outing as he made a couple of crucial last ditch challenges on the left hand side of defence.

R Lukaku: 4/10: The in form Belgian striker on loan from Chelsea had little impact in the 30 minutes he was on the park as he was tightly marked by compatriot Thomas Vermaelen.

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