Derby County vs Arsenal – PLAYER RATINGS

By Atishay Agarwal

Well, i was expecting four, and we went two better, but also let in two goals. But i guess you can’t fault them too much for not taking this game too seriously, considering our title challenge is over and the fact that we were playing the worst team to have ever played in the premier league. The second half saw us play some scintillating football, and a few young lads put up a good show. The ratings:

Fabianski – 6 – Overall, his performance was decent, with two decent stops in the second half. He showed a bit of indecision on their first goal by not coming out to punch clear, and could have stayed tall instead of falling to his knees when the shot was taken. Promising in patches, he still isn’t a ready no.2 keeper.

Toure – 7 – Had an indifferent start to the game, but grew into it slowly, and came up with a delightful little chip for the second goal. Got forward much more thereafter, and could have scored with a couple of opportunities himself.

Gallas – 6 – He had a very shaky first half for me, and could have done better for their second goal. The second half, overall, saw an improved willy, but then they hardly had the ball post half time.

Song – 6.5 – Like Gallas, looked less solid than he did against reading, but improved as the match wore on, and i just love the way he gets forward and tries to provide impetus to our attacks.

Clichy – 7 – You don’t get picked in the PFA team of the year for nothing (Except if you’re Steven Gerrard) and he showed everyone just that. Signed off his performance with a great run and cross for the 5th goal. Its absolutely amazing what he produces on the pitch, for 90 minutes, week after week. Our most consistent player of the season, and my player of the season.
Walcott – 7 – I would have liked to see him start up front, but nevertheless he had a good game. He was in and out of it in the first half, but much more effective in the second, and finished beautifully in a Henry-esque manner for our fourth goal.

Fabregas – 7.5 – Controlled the game well, more in the second half, and looked dangerous whenever he got forward. Evaded tackles almost with an air of indifference, and the only thing missing from the performance was a goal. Hopefully he’ll get that scoring touch back by the time next season starts.

Denilson – 7.5 – His performance belied the fact that he’s been out for a long time, and he got in some very good tackles and won the ball back on a number off occasions. And now that Flamini seems to have agreed terms with Milan, we need him to step up to the plate quickly.
Eboue – 7 – I think he had one his best games as a right winger last night. Provided us with a lot of width, and got in several dangerous crosses. He’s really talented and good technically, but I still can’t stop wishing he leaves in the summer.

Van Persie – 8 – The RVP of old is back, and he was in full flow last night. Finished well for his goal, but his overall play was more impressive, with an assist for Bendtner’s goal as well. I don’t know why he was substituted at half time, but it worked for Ade nevertheless!

Bendtner – 9 – One could probably choose one from Fab, Theo, RVP, Ade for the man of the
match and it wouldn’t be the wrong choice, but my vote would go to St. Nicklas. In my view,that was his best performance of this season. He was dangerous throughout, and always got into wonderful positions between the midfield and Adebayor, and was the driving force behind many attacks. He scored too. 

SUBS:

Adebayor – 9 – Wasn’t wasteful today, and played like a true centre forward throughout the second half. His finishing hasn’t quite been upto the mark lately, but it was quite the opposite last night, and he deservedly went home with the match ball. We need him to be as efficient as he was yesterday for the whole season, and only then will he be considered a truly world class striker.

Gilberto – 7 – I think we should try to persuade him to stay, as he still has a lot to offer and adds a lot of value and experience to our squad. Atleast he understands what being at Arsenal means and isn’t tempted by better offers, and could make a very useful squad player and a competent first eleven player.

Djourou – NA – I was shocked when i saw him on the pitch! It was almost out of the blue. It’s been a tough second half of the season for him, and is good to see him back.

  • Anonymous

    RVP went off because – and you’ll never believe this – he picked up an injury.

  • Anonymous

    just looked at your ratings, did you watch the same game as me? Fabianski was dreadful, any ball in the box he flapped at.