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3 vs 1
Played
October 23, 2011 1:30 PM BST
Emirates Stadium — London
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 59671‎
 
27′ Gervinho
Peter Crouch 34′
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Arsenal 3-1 Stoke City

The second-half introduction of Robin van Persie was a critical moment in an encounter where the Gunners struggled for ideas without their influential captain on the field

By Josh Clarke at the Emirates stadium

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    446
    9
    3.50

    Wojciech Szczesny

    A lonely afternoon for the keeper, who found himself a spectator for more or less the entire game.

  • Johan Djourou
    276
    53
    3.00

    Johan Djourou

    Came in and did a job at right-back, though in truth, he was rarely threatened by Walters. Offered little going forward in the way Sagna and Jenkinson usually do.

  • Per Mertesacker
    520
    8
    3.50

    Per Mertesacker

    Aside from the goal, dealt well with Crouch and is beginning to forge an understanding with Koscielny.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    585
    11
    4.00

    Laurent Koscielny

    An impressive afternoon from the Frenchman, who’s beginning to look more settled than he ever has in the Gunners back four.

  • Andre Santos
    299
    45
    3.00

    Andre Santos

    AWOL for Stoke’s equaliser and made few quality contributions of an attacking nature.

  • Alex Song
    373
    23
    3.50

    Alex Song

    Was the game’s enforcer in the middle of the park and provided a sturdy foundation upon which Arteta and Ramsey could go and play.

  • Mikel Arteta
    412
    16
    3.50

    Mikel Arteta

    Looking increasingly at home in the middle of the park at the Emirates. Intelligent play on the ball was a constant thorn in Stoke’s side.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    639
    39
    4.00

    Aaron Ramsey Top of the Match

    Top man for the Gunners, working well in tandem with Song and Arteta and crafting several chances for his side.

  • Theo Walcott
    214
    171
    3.00

    Theo Walcott

    Flitted in and out of the game too much to make a telling contribution.

  • Gervinho
    643
    12
    4.00

    Gervinho

    Finished well and got two assists, all in all a productive afternoon.

  • Marouane Chamakh
    241
    316
    2.50

    Marouane Chamakh Flop of the Match

    Nowhere near an adequate replacement for Van Persie and should have scored twice in the first half.

Substitutions

  • Andrey Arshavin
    328
    39
    3.00

    Andrey Arshavin

    Made a few neat and tidy touches but the game was over before he was introduced.

  • Emmanuel Frimpong
    263
    29
    3.00

    Emmanuel Frimpong

    Brought on to run the clock down.

  • Robin van Persie
    928
    11
    4.00

    Robin van Persie

    Saved the day again, showing how listless his side are without him.

  • Asmir Begovic
    33
    45
    3.00

    Asmir Begovic

    Will be upset not to have kept out both of Van Persie's goals.

  • Andy Wilkinson
    23
    39
    3.50

    Andy Wilkinson

    Dealt with Arsenal’s interchanging wide men in a very assured manner and though Walcott’s pace troubled him at times, he was never completely done a number on.

  • Ryan Shawcross
    17
    67
    3.00

    Ryan Shawcross

    Had Chamakh in his pocket all afternoon. Constant heckling had no noticeable effect on him whatsoever. A mature display that turned on its head late on.

  • Matthew Upson
    19
    40
    3.50

    Matthew Upson

    Was dominant in the air as Arsenal’s sustained pressure did little to shake his authority at the back until the late capitulation

  • Marc Wilson
    15
    36
    3.00

    Marc Wilson

    Stood up to Arsenal’s relentless possession without ever really looking too tested. Probably more an indication of the hosts’ early impotency in reality though.

  • Dean Whitehead
    9
    42
    2.50

    Dean Whitehead

    Not entirely sure he ever played. Covered the adequate amount of ground but really struggled to impose himself on the game.

  • Rory Delap
    11
    48
    3.00

    Rory Delap

    An industrious performance though one which was minimal by way of creative input. Put in a shift before being replaced on the hour mark.

  • Glenn Whelan
    10
    43
    2.50

    Glenn Whelan

    Found himself over-ran in the middle of the park with his work wholly confined to trying to quell wave after wave of Arsenal attack.

  • Matthew Etherington
    12
    38
    2.50

    Matthew Etherington

    Didn’t see as much of him as I would have liked. Pinned back in his own half for big chunks of the game.

  • Jonathan Walters
    19
    40
    3.50

    Jonathan Walters

    The usually typical bullish performance and did well to nod the ball into Crouch’s path for the goal.

  • Peter Crouch
    23
    47
    3.00

    Peter Crouch

    Applied the finishing touch to his side’s goal but otherwise was quiet throughout, struggling to impose himself on Mertesacker and Koscielny.

Substitutions

  • Salif Diao
    12
    30
    3.00

    Salif Diao

    His team were looking disjointed and out of rhythm when he came on, so had little chance to effect the game.

  • Kenwyne Jones
    15
    28
    3.00

    Kenwyne Jones

    Brought on as a battering ram, but Koscielny and Mertesacker continued their dominance.

  • Cameron Jerome
    16
    28
    3.00

    Cameron Jerome

    A last throw of the dice but the game was already well won by the time he got on.

Results
 
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18 6
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15 2
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15 0