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December 10, 2011 3:00 PM GMT
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 60062‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 1-0 Everton

Robin van Persie yet again steals show as Gunners eventually overcome their visitors courtesy of a fabulous left-footed volley from the host's captain and talisman

By Josh Clarke at the Emirates

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    236
    12
    3.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    A very lonely and quiet afternoon for the keeper who saw little action throughout.

  • Per Mertesacker
    212
    14
    3.50

    Per Mertesacker

    Rarely troubled throughout given the way in which Saha was fully isolated up top and though the presence of Fellaini gave him food for thought late on, he stood up to the test.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    258
    8
    3.50

    Thomas Vermaelen

    Slotted in well as a makeshift left-back and dealt comfortably with anything Everton had to offer down his side.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    229
    13
    3.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Never really tested and used that opportunity to carry the ball into the middle of the field to good effect.

  • Johan Djourou
    157
    41
    3.00

    Johan Djourou

    Offered a minimal amount going forward, which was a bit of a disappointment given the lack of threat posed by Everton throughout. Nevertheless, was more than sound defensively.

  • Mikel Arteta
    238
    22
    3.50

    Mikel Arteta

    Showed what Everton were missing in a display that saw him largely control the tempo, utilising a wide range of effective passing.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    216
    40
    3.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    All-action display that saw him defend and attack well in equal measure. Is looking increasingly effective alongside Arteta and Song.

  • Alex Song
    468
    18
    4.00

    Alex Song

    At the hub of things, largely acting as the enforcer though not looking the slightest bit out of place when advancing through the midfield. His assist - a delightful lofted pass - finally broke down Everton.

  • Robin van Persie
    434
    15
    4.00

    Robin van Persie

    Fluid display that saw him rotate effortlessly with his two widemen and yet again proved the match-winner with an emphatic strike that rifled in off the post.

  • Theo Walcott
    253
    24
    3.50

    Theo Walcott

    A constant threat though needs to be both more selfish and ruthless. Had chances that he should have scored but credit to him, he was causing Leighton Baines all manner of difficulties

  • Gervinho
    190
    42
    3.50

    Gervinho

    Made a nuisance of himself though still lacking that predatory touch that would make him an invaluable asset to his side.

Substitutions

  • Miquel
    148
    9
    3.00

    Miquel

    Brought on late in the fray as Arsenal saw out the win

  • Tomas Rosicky
    150
    9
    3.00

    Tomas Rosicky

    Introduced to push the clock on a bit as Arsenal finished things off

  • Emmanuel Frimpong
    120
    11
    0.00

    Emmanuel Frimpong

    A 90th-minute introduction in place of Walcott.

  • Tim Howard
    38
    23
    3.00

    Tim Howard

    Made a series of saves to deny the hosts though was absolutely nothing he could have done to deny Van Persie.

  • Tony Hibbert
    18
    25
    3.50

    Tony Hibbert

    Fantastic backpost recovery against Gervinho in the first half stopped Arsenal running away with the game. The Ivorian had the upper hand early on but as the game wore on Hibbert negated his threat.

  • Leighton Baines
    21
    29
    3.00

    Leighton Baines

    Walcott’s desire to stand off his shoulder at every given opportunity caused the left-back no end of difficulty and even when he got the chance to burst forward, the Arsenal winger was always there to snuff out any trouble.

  • John Heitinga
    20
    19
    3.00

    John Heitinga

    Did what he could to deal with the constant menace of Arsenal’s attacking three, though will rightly be livid at his midfield for the ease with which Arsenal tore through.

  • Phil Jagielka
    24
    17
    3.50

    Phil Jagielka

    Stood firm to the kaleidoscope of Arsenal movement in front of him and no one would have begrudged him the clean sheet should it have come his way.

  • Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
    12
    23
    2.50

    Diniyar Bilyaletdinov

    Bit of trickery was one of few quality points for team in first half though otherwise he faded into absolutely anonymity.

  • Tim Cahill
    29
    49
    2.50

    Tim Cahill Flop of the Match

    Had minimal effect on the afternoon's proceedings despite showing a lot of endeavour. Not really one to remember.

  • Phil Neville
    13
    25
    2.50

    Phil Neville

    Over-ran time and time again by an Arsenal middle three that was infinitely more durable. Began to look his age.

  • Seamus Coleman
    17
    22
    2.50

    Seamus Coleman

    Largely charged with tracking back, never getting the opportunity to test out the stability of the Gunners' new-look back four. Not a day for the scrapbook.

  • Marouane Fellaini
    21
    31
    2.50

    Marouane Fellaini

    Robbed in possession a disconcerting amount of times and offered little by way of craft or invention.

  • Louis Saha
    18
    28
    3.00

    Louis Saha

    Plowed a lonely furrow up top and would surely have been glad to be replaced late on in the day.

Substitutions

  • Sylvain Distin
    16
    18
    3.00

    Sylvain Distin

    Brought on to shut up shop though soon after his introduction Arsenal broke the deadlock.

  • Magaye Gueye
    11
    19
    3.00

    Magaye Gueye

    Had little time to effect proceedings

  • Conor McAleny
    25
    16
    3.00

    Conor McAleny

    Almost stole the show with an emphatic late finish, though his volley flashed just wide

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2