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Played
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 home side's captain and talisman

By Josh Clarke at the Emirates

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    269
    10
    3.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

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

  • Per Mertesacker
    301
    11
    3.50

    Per Mertesacker

    Was 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 rest.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    328
    6
    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
    287
    10
    3.50

    Laurent Koscielny

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

  • Johan Djourou
    210
    55
    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
    318
    15
    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
    276
    52
    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
    592
    14
    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
    551
    20
    4.00

    Robin van Persie

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

  • Theo Walcott
    347
    25
    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
    281
    47
    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

  • Tim Howard
    46
    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
    36
    21
    3.50

    Tony Hibbert

    Fantastic back post 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
    24
    25
    3.00

    Leighton Baines

    Walcott’s desire to stand off his shoulder at every given opportunity caused the left 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
    29
    21
    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
    36
    22
    3.50

    Phil Jagielka

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

  • Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
    18
    31
    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
    32
    67
    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
    18
    30
    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
    21
    26
    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
    31
    32
    2.50

    Marouane Fellaini

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

  • Louis Saha
    19
    28
    3.00

    Louis Saha

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

Substitutions

  • Sylvain Distin
    23
    19
    3.00

    Sylvain Distin

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

  • Magaye Gueye
    15
    18
    3.00

    Magaye Gueye

    Had little time to affect proceedings

  • Conor McAleny
    29
    18
    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
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16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2