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October 24, 2012 7:45 PM WAT
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ J. Eriksson‎
Attendance:‬ 60049‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 0-2 Schalke

The visitors leapfrog the Gunners at the top of Champions League Group B after goals by Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Ibrahim Afellay complete a deserved victory at the Emirates

By Gill Clark

  • Vito Mannone
    6
    11
    2.50

    Vito Mannone

    Shaky against Norwich and could have conceded a penalty after just 15 minutes after a coming together with Afellay. Got nowhere near the ball but the Dutchman's theatrics spared him. Had little chance with Huntelaar such were the striker's reactions.

  • Per Mertesacker
    13
    2
    2.00

    Per Mertesacker

    A strong first half, particularly when he launched himself bravely to block Farfan's shot. Should have got closer to Huntelaar for the opener but was miles away from the Dutchman.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    11
    9
    2.00

    Thomas Vermaelen

    The captain must take some responsibility for a poor Arsenal performance. Tried to lead his side forward but to no avail.

  • Andre Santos
    5
    27
    1.00

    Andre Santos Flop of the Match

    An absolute stinker from the Brazilian. Yes, he was isolated far too often. But he was guilty of frequently ball-watching and just could not cope with Farfan and Ushida's pace.

  • Carl Jenkinson
    10
    5
    2.50

    Carl Jenkinson

    Seemed to just stand and watch as Afellay went past him before collapsing over Mannone early on. Made no impact going forward and was substituted late on.

  • Mikel Arteta
    9
    8
    2.00

    Mikel Arteta

    Guilty of giving the ball away early on which almost led to a penalty for Schalke. Made little impact on the game as Schalke dominated the second half.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    6
    12
    2.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    Did not look too comfortable in his position further forward. Worked hard but lacked the pace to trouble the Schalke defence

  • Santi Cazorla
    16
    8
    3.00

    Santi Cazorla

    A rare bright spark for Arsenal. Looked a danger whenever he had the ball, but the Gunners could not get it to him enough to make an impact.

  • Francis Coquelin
    17
    3
    3.50

    Francis Coquelin

    Impressive from the youngster. Screened his defence well but also looked to get forward when he could. Showed plenty of energy and his first touch was excellent. Was within a whisker of setting up the opener just after the break.

  • Lukas Podolski
    7
    9
    2.00

    Lukas Podolski

    Produced a couple of good crosses for Gervinho early on, but faded as the half wore on. Showed no interest in getting back to help out Santos and was replaced in the second half.

  • Gervinho
    5
    18
    1.50

    Gervinho

    At his frustrating best, his movement was good and he had a couple of great chances but dawdled. Looked short of confidence and indecisive. Was rightly booked for a ludicrous dive after he had beaten Jones.

Substitutions

  • Andrey Arshavin
    6
    5

    Andrey Arshavin

    Given the last 10 minutes.

  • Olivier Giroud
    6
    4
    2.00

    Olivier Giroud

    Given the last 15 minutes as he replaced Gervinho.

  • Serge Gnabry
    15
    1

    Serge Gnabry

    A Champions League debut for the 17-year-old and almost made an instant impact, showing some great skill.

  • Lars Unnerstall
    3
    2
    3.00

    Lars Unnerstall

    A virtual spectator in the first half and had even less to do in the second half. Cannot have expected such an easy evening at the Emirates.

  • Benedikt Höwedes
    4
    0
    3.50

    Benedikt Höwedes

    Handled Gervinho confidently and made a great block from a fierce Vermaelen shot in the first half. Missed a great chance to score just after the break smashing an easy chance over the bar from 12 yards.

  • Atsuto Uchida
    6
    2
    3.50

    Atsuto Uchida

    Did OK defensively but became a real attacking threat down the right and along with Farfan gave Dos Santos a torrid time.

  • Christian Fuchs
    2
    2
    3.00

    Christian Fuchs

    A very quiet first half but became more of an influence after the break with some good delivery from the left.

  • Joel Matip
    5
    1
    3.00

    Joel Matip

    Won virtually everything in the air, good pressure on Gervinho in the opening minutes to deny the Arsenal man and again just after the break.

  • Lewis Holtby
    3
    2
    2.50

    Lewis Holtby

    Has spoken of his desire to play in England and looked desperate to impress. Was lively and hard working but made little impact in truth and was substituted just after the hour mark.

  • Ibrahim Afellay
    9
    2
    4.00

    Ibrahim Afellay

    Rightly booked for diving after a great ball from Farfan, and if he had not been so eager to go to ground he might have received more sympathy from the ref. Sealed win with a confident finish from close range.

  • Marco Höger
    4
    1
    3.00

    Marco Höger

    Took a while to get going as Arsenal dominated the early possession. Not afraid to put his foot in and was little surprise to see him booked in the first half. Substituted at the break

  • Jefferson Agustin Farfán
    12
    1
    4.00

    Jefferson Agustin Farfán Top of the Match

    Became a real threat for Schalke in the first half. His pace and trickery were too much for Santos to handle. Set up Howedes beautifully after the break and put the second on a plate for Afellay.

  • Roman Neustädter
    3
    1
    3.50

    Roman Neustädter

    Could not get on the ball initially, but grew into the game as the first half wore on and helped Schalke dominate the second half.

  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
    7
    1
    4.00

    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

    Hardly saw the ball in the first half but was then presented with a sitter right on half-time which he wasted by shooting wide after great work from Ushida. Same story in the second half but a superb turn and shot to put Schalke ahead.

Substitutions

  • Jermaine Jones
    5
    0
    3.50

    Jermaine Jones

    Replaced Hoger at half-time and helped Schalke dominate the second half.

  • Tranquillo Barnetta
    3
    0
    3.00

    Tranquillo Barnetta

    Replaced Holtby just after the hour mark and was more of a threat.

  • Ciprian Marica
    2
    1
    3.00

    Ciprian Marica

    A late subtitute for Huntelaar.

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