Arsenal 3-1 Burnley: Arsenal Player Ratings vs. Burnley

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Arsenal 3-1 Burnley: Arsenal Player Ratings vs. Burnley
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Manuel Almunia - 6.5

A decent game by his "very high" standards. On a number of occasions he was tested from long range, but had his safety gloves on. No blamed attached for Burnley's goal.

Emmanuel Eboue - 7

Didn't have much to to do defensively, as Burnley was concentrating on defending from the onset of the game. He made some good runs and also set up a few chances, but some of his crosses were too heavy.

Thomas Vermaelen - 7

He was excellent at the back, and kept David Nugent quiet for the majority of the game. At times, his tackles were vital to keep Burnley away from scoring.

Mikael Silvestre- 6

An average performance. At times, he found himself further up on the pitch and didn't really track back. He was partially responsible for Burnley's goal.

Gael Clichy - 6.5

He had very little to do. He was constantly on the attack, and floated in some good crosses. He never really tested at the back, though.

Denilson - 5

Not really a convincing performance. Not solid enough in the second half, and was hesitant while tackling. He didn't really support the back-line when Burnley enjoyed a good little spell in the second half.

Cesc Fabregas - 7.5

Lead from the front and scored the all important first goal before being forced out with injury.

Tomas Rosicky - 6.5

Decent game but nothing spectacular. He was fouled a couple of times, and never really attacked the box. His passing was good, though.

Samir Nasri - 8

Linked up well with Fabregas, and his chip to assist Fabregas for the first goal was absolutely top-notch. He had a very good game, and orchestrated the play after the departure of Fabregas. His crosses and little runs were praise worthy, though his shots lacked venom.

Theo Walcott - 8.5

In the first half his decision making was poor. He outran the Burnley defenders in the first half, but didn't really manage to provide the final ball. His improved performance in the second half saw him outplaying and outsmarting Burnley defenders, and, more importantly, his crosses were right on target.

However, none of them were converted by Bendtner. Finally, walcott tried his luck with his weaker foot, after cutting in from the right, and scored the second goal for Arsenal.

Nicklas Bendtner - 0.5

Really pathetic. Absolutely poor in front of the goal. A number of chances were created for Bendtner, but he kept on missing the target until he was substituted in the later part of the game.

Any other striker (or even a defender) would have scored a hat-trick if not more.



Substitutes :

Abou Diaby - 6

He concentrated more on defense and provided the much needed strength in the midfield. Denilson wasn't effective in winning back the ball, so Diaby played deeper and cut down most of Burnley's build-up.

Andrei Arshavin - 5

Wasted a few chances before sealing the game in the injury time with a goal from his weaker foot. Did very little apart from scoring the goal.

Eduardo - 4

Didn't really have anything to do, but showed urgency, although he wasted a glorious opportunity to score from close range.


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