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Player Ratings: West Bromwich Albion 1-3 Arsenal

WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Carson – 7: Did not look comfortable at all behind his very shaky backline in the first half. Made a number of excellent saves and blocks when his side were under attack early in the second half and his team-mates will have to thank him from preventing a massacre.

Zuiverloon – 5.5: Made a few adventurous runs forward early in the game but quickly retreated into his shell. Struggled all night to keep a leash on Nasri and Arshavin.

Meite – 5: Wasn’t responsible for the first two goals, but showed no understanding or chemistry whatsoever with his fellow centre-back and coordinated the offside trap poorly which allowed Arsenal to score the third and kill off the game.

Donk – 3: Gave Bendtner far too much space inside the box to score the opener, then proceeded to leave Toure unmarked for the second, and allowed Bendtner to ghost in behind him for the third.

Robinson – 6: Bombarded forward occasionally and combined well with Brunt down the left flank. Had a much easier evening at left-back, although he was troubled occasionally by substitute, Diaby.

Morrison 6: Tracked back to help out in defense down the right channel. Ran tirelessly to create openings for his team-mates but he never had any support from his right-back.

Koren – 5: Didn’t apply any pressure to the Arsenal midfielders and his half-hearted challenges in the middle of the park was the reason why the Gunners thoroughly dominated the game early on.

Greening – 5: The captain just back from injury looked rusty and barely had any impact on the game.

Brunt – 6.5: One of the better players on the night for The Baggies. Brought his side back into the contest with a well-taken freekick, after spotting a gap in the wall. Continually created openings for his team-mates with his crosses and set-pieces.

Moore – 6.5: Had two excellent chances to score. One denied by Almunia but sent the other over the bar from close range. Combined well with Fortune and they constantly created panic in the Arsenal defence.

Fortune – 6: Like his strike partner, he was guilty of missing a few good chances right in front of goal, including one where he went for glory himself when he should’ve squared it to Moore.

Substitutes:

Filipe Teixeira – 5: Biggest contribution was a shot at goal, which unfortunately, wasn’t even on target.

Menseguez – 5: Barely had a significant tough of the ball in the 18 minutes or so he was on.

ARSENAL

Almunia – 6: Showed great pace to come out and collect dangerous through balls and reckless back-passes. Barely troubled in the air.

Sagna – 6.5: Didn’t hesitate going forward. Constantly overlapped in attack and even had a couple of shots at goal. Wasn’t too bothered by Brunt, although he did let the Baggies midfielder with a lot of space to explore at times.

Toure – 7.5: Took full advantage of slack defending at the other end to score his side’s second with a free header and assisted the third goal. A shame he had to be withdrawn at half-time.

Djourou – 7: Had a few nervy moments tracking the speedy Moore and Fortune. But otherwise, he had a solid game and made no glaring mistakes.

Clichy – 7: Always had his flank covered and never allowed Morrison any way through. Didn’t have much to show attacking-wise but his team already had plenty of ammunition down his wing.

Song – 6.5: Formed part of the wall that had the gap which allowed Brunt to score from a freekick. A few passes went astray in the first half but he always made himself available to his team-mates in midfield.

Eboue 7: Was the other guilty party in the poorly constructed wall. But he made up for it with a very industrious display in midfield and alongside Denilson, they thoroughly dominated their opponents.

Denilson – 7: Marshaled his midfield well. Was always there to clean up and pick up any loose balls and initiate the patient attacks.

Nasri – 6.5: A quiet game by the diminutive Frenchman. Took a knock to his ankle early on and never looked dangerous after that. But in all fairness, he was constantly shackled closely.

Arshavin – 8.5: Showed just why Arsenal pursued him so relentlessly in the January transfer. Very involved in attack. Had at least three glorious chances to get his name on the scoresheet but he pulled two of them wide and saw the other saved by Carson. Did set-up Toure’s goal with a precise freekick delivery.

Bendtner – 8: Scored the opener and netted the buffer goal with a sweet half volley from angle but could so easily have bagged a hat-trick 15 minutes into the game. Continued to be presented with chances throughout the game but his poor finishing let him down again.

Substitutes:

Diaby – 7: Created instant danger when he came on at the start of the second half. Made a number of threatening runs into the box and even had a few decent attempts at goal.

Ramsey – 5: Made a very careless back-pass shortly after coming on and remained rather subdued for the rest of the game.

Merida – N/A

KS Leong, Goal.com