Arsenal player ratings by NS
Reading turned up with a new manager and new hope. After 11 minutes, it was clear that their hope was over. Arsenal dominated from the first whistle and never looked back. We were in second gear and never in trouble. Many gooners (including this one) wanted to see Rosicky given more game time. Before this game he’d played under an hour of Premier League football. He started and was probably our least effective player in a forward position. I believe this was due simply to the lack of game time.
Arsenal dominated possession from the first minute and Reading looked the doomed team they are. At halftime, with the score only 1-0, I was a little worried that we may regret not converting our superiority into goals.
However, that was quickly dispelled as goals from Cazorla, Giroud and a penalty from Arteta put Reading to the sword. The good news at full time was that Chelsea had lost. Sadly, Spurs held on to win at Swansea. The even better news is that Chelsea play the Spuds soon. They both can’t collect 3 points.
Overall, a good day’s work.
Fabianski: 6 Almost unemployed for most of the game. His positional play and distribution was again very good. The only thing he had to do was save the one effort Reading had. He didn’t. Hence the score.
Sagna: 6 In for the in form Jenkinson. Didn’t offer more than Jenks in my opinion:
Koscielny: 7 Had the striker in his pocket. Could have smoked a cigar and had a sit down.
Mertersacker: 7 Seems to enjoy playing alongside Kos. Solid.
Monreal: 6 Solid overall but went to sleep for Reading’s goal.
Arteta: 7.5 I thought he was very good today. Good on the ball and good winning it back. Nice penalty too.
Ramsey: 7 The much maligned one had a decent game. Seems to be gaining confidence. Lord knows, Arsene has been patient.
Rosicky: 5 Ineffective for long periods. He did improve in the second half. Needs game time.
Forehead: 7.5 I told you he will prove you wrong! A goal and two assists. Not bad. Always positive, but frustrating at times. The fact he makes these intelligent runs and creates openings seems lost on many. I just wish he would score from a bullet header. If he connects fully with one…he’ll break the net with that forehead of his.
Santi: 8 MOM Always a threat. Drifted across the line and Reading had no idea how to stop it. Lovely finish for the goal.
Giroud: 5.5 He scored and finished well. Aside from that he was really poor. If he had not scored I would have given him a 4.