Reading 2-5 Arsenal Match Ratings by AH
Szczesny – 7.5 – Couldn’t do much with either goal as both were scored as a result of lapses in defence. Unlucky not to get hold of the ball for the first goal we conceded but Adam Le Fondre rounded Szczesny well to finish.
Sagna – 7.5 – Solid performance from Sagna, wasn’t at fault for either of the goals conceded and he held his position well throughout, whilst also helping out in attack.
Mertesacker – 7 – Not one of the German’s strongest games of this season with several lapses in communication with teammates as well as some sloppy passing. However his positioning was good and he made several interceptions, meaning that although it wasn’t his best game he still deserves a relatively good rating.
Vermaelen – 7 – Like Mertesacker, it wasn’t his best game of the season and I feel that we’ve seen a different Vermaelen this season; however he made several key interceptions during the game and headed well. Unlucky not to make contact with the first goal conceded.
Gibbs – 7 – At fault for the first goal after a very sloppy pass, however apart from that he attacked and defended well gaining an assist in the process.
Arteta – A better performance for Arteta, who hasn’t been his usual self for a few weeks (despite 2 penalty goals last week). Controlled well in midfield and was quick to close players down and fill in for others when attacking.
Wilshere – 7.5 – The new Mr Arsenal, proved why he is such an important player from us both with his ability and with his leadership skills. Another solid performance from the Englishman.
Cazorla – 9.5 – What can you say about our little Spanish magician? He is unbelievable and this performance summed up why he could be buy of the season. A hat-trick for a midfielder doesn’t come along too often and to grab an assist as well, summed up an absolutely brilliant performance.
Podolski – 8 – Took his goal well and he seemed more involved in this game than in recent weeks, however he still tends to drift off during a game. Also gained an assist.
Walcott – 8 – He also topped off his performance with a goal. Not as involved as usual, however he made decent runs and was effective when involved. Needs to improve on his shooting, especially as we saw him play in his striker position that he so badly wants at Arsenal.