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Player Ratings: Arsenal 2-1 Hull City


Fabianski: 6.0 – A great stop denied Geovanni from making it 2-0 from a free-kick. However, he missed his punch from a Halmosi free-kick and was grateful that Zayatte could only head over the bar.  

Sagna: 6.5 - Came forward increasingly but Arsenal’s greater threat came from the opposite flank.

Gallas: 7.0 - A few clumsy moments at the back but was in the right place at the right time to head home the winner.

Djourou: 5.0 - A little unfortunate with the goal but in truth he took his eye off Barmby and ought to have been a lot closer to him. Looked increasingly shaky after that.  

Gibbs: 7.0 - Good shot at Myhill late on and linked increasingly well with Arshavin in another impressive display.

Walcott: 5.0 – Not short of effort and his pace certainly caused problems but his touch and delivery were poor and he looked rusty.

Song: 6.0 - Started very sloppily indeed and missed a great chance to equalise just after the break with a shot that was just wide before departing early.

Diaby: 6.5 – Almost scored with a powerful header that flew just wide, improved in the second half.

Vela: 6.0 – Couldn’t get into the game and had few sights of goal.

Arshavin: 7.5 - Looked the most likely source of a goal for Arsenal. Plenty of tricks and an eye for a shot but denied by some superb Hull defending. Set up the goal with a cute pass to Van Perise.

Van Persie: 8.0 - Hit the bar, had one cleared off the line and forced Myhill into a great save from a curling free kick before finally getting his goal.


Bendtner: 7.0 - His strength and persistence set up the equaliser but he ought to have hit the winner with two great chances.

Nasri: 6.5 - Helped add purpose and poise to Arsenal’s attack.

Eboue: 6.5 - Came on and almost scored with a rising shot.


Myhill: 6.5 – Hot and cold. Great saves from Van Persie and Bendtner but poor punching put his side under pressure and contributed towards conceding the second goal.

Ricketts: 7.5 – Really strong, vital blocks and did particularly well to deny Arshavin just before the break, throwing his entire body in the way.

Gardner: 7.0 – Very strong, kept Arsenal at bay and a committed performance

Zayatte: 7.5 - Headed onto the roof of the net and made some great challenges, particularly to deny Walcott in the first half.

Dawson: 8.0 - Played Walcott really well  and it was his ball that set up Barmby for the goal. Countless strong blocks and also cleared Van Persie’s header off the line.  

Ashbee: 7.0 – Dependable, picked up all the loose balls and he was sorely missed in the second half after going off injured at the break.  

Barmby: 7.5 -
A little fortunate with the goal but put himself in a good position and wasn’t afraid to shoot. Might have had two, but was ruled just offside. Worked hard throughout and a superb challenge denied Arshavin a clear shot on goal.

Geovanni: 6.5 – Almost scored at the Emirates with another free-kick which really tested Fabianski.

Fagan: 6.5 – Kept running into channels to give Hull options and worked extremely hard to provide an outlet.

Manucho: 6.0 - Had a great chance in the opening minutes but dawdled and although he worked hard saw little of the ball.

Halmosi: 6.5 – Made a nuisance of himself with some telling contributions. One very strong run ended in a free kick which Geovanni almost scored from and a super free-kick saw Zayatte head just over.


Hughes: 6.0 - Arrived after the break for Ashbee but did not have the same influence on the side.

Mendy: n/a

France: n/a

Gill Clark,