Arsenal v Coventry player ratings by AH
Martinez 7 – A solid debut for the Argentinian. Not much he could do about the goal and he was unlucky not to keep a clean sheet. His handling and kicking was good and he looks like a very promising keeper.
Angha 7 – Looked nervous at times but who wouldn’t be when making your Arsenal debut. Angha quickly settled through and looked quite solid throughout.
Djourou 7 – The skipper for the match and he put in a worthy display. Not his greatest match but he won most of his ariel battles and was decent on his tackling.
Miquel 8 – Looking more and more promising every time he plays. He was commanding, strong at tackling and is good on the ball. He scored Arsenal’s 5th goal of the game.
Santos 6.5 – not the most impressive game from the Brazilian as he was dispossed several times during the game. Clearly lacked match fitness.
Coquelin 8 – Dominated in midfield making several great passes and goalscoring oppotunites. He was involved in a few of the Arsenal goals and he looked like he was playing slightly higher than his usual defensive midfield role. He faded out of the game in the 2nd half.
Yennaris 8 – Along with Coquelin the pair dominated the midfield. Like Coquelin, Yennaris’ link up play was good as he made several good passes. He kept the ball well, was quick to close down and did his defensive duties admirably.
Arshavin 8 – What to say. He likes to be inconsistent. Two different Arshavin’s played for Arsenal last night. First was the Arshavin of last year but then he turned into the Arshavin of old and gained 2 assists and a goal in the process. Looked at his best in the CAM position.
Chamberlain 8 – What a performance. He dragged his opponent all over the place last night, was involved in a lot of link up play and was rewarded with a magnificent 25 yard strike.
Walcott 8.5 – If he continues to finish like he did then I can see his ‘Striker Dream’ come true. 2 well taken goals as he slipped past the tiring Coventry defence. Was frustrating at times but his performance overall was good.
Giroud 7.5 – Scored his first Arsenal goal and could have had a second but his penalty was saved by the Coventry keeper. Made his mark on the game by opening the scoring but he tended to be quiet at times throughout the game.
As for Man Of The Match, it’s a difficult one with many players impressing, for me the Man Of The Match was Arshavin – despite his lack of action in most of the first half. But 1 goal and 2 assists show that he was one of the most important players on the pitch for us last night.