Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal: Arsenal Player Ratings

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Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal: Arsenal Player Ratings

Manuel Almunia: 5

He couldn't cope with Messi's brilliance. No blame attached to him for Barcelona's first two goals, but he should have done better with the other two.

Bacary Sagna: 5.5

He tried hard to keep Messi and Co. away from scoring, though in vain, but couldn't do much going forward. Not the best performance from such an experienced player.

Mikael Silvestre: 2.5

The worst player on the pitch for Arsenal. In fact, he was the 12th man for Barcelona and his lack of match-practice was evident from the way he played in the first half. His lack of awareness and poor clearance really made it difficult for Arsenal.

Thomas Vermaelen: 6

He defended really well and kept Dani Alves' crosses at bay, doing his best alongside a poor partner.

Gael Clichy: 7.5

As the best Arsenal player on the pitch, he won the battle against Alves and really threatened Barcelona by winning the possession back at dangerous areas and also attempting a few shots in the second half more with a hope than expectation.

Denilson: 6

He did well in the first 20 minutes and was unfortunately booked for a brilliant tackle on Messi. However, he should have done better in the second half; instead he faded away.

Abou Diaby: 7

He attempted a physical game and some of his tackles were robust. His wrong pass, immediately after the first goal, to Bendtner instead of Walcott was a crucial mistake. Walcott was through and at that stage a 2-0 scoreline would have done wonders to the Gunners' confidence.

Samir Nasri: 4.5

He was at the receiving end of a heavy tackle from Milito and didn't really succeed in dictating the play from midfield. Fabregas' absence was clearly felt at times, but he should have done a better job.

Theo Walcott: 5

It was a really poor match for him and credit must go to Barcelona. The Catalan giants kept Walcott in check and never really allowed him any kind of space to run into. His only contribution was a pitiable pass to Bendtner for the first goal.

Tomas Rosicky: 3.5


An absolutely shocking performance from such an experienced player. He was uncomfortable from the very beginning and wasted a glorious opportunity in the second half. He didn't keep the possession and gave the ball away far too cheaply.

Nicklas Bendtner: 6.5

He did well to score the first goal from a poor pass and threatened the Barcelona back four at times, but his first touch was awkward and looked clumsy in the second half.

 

Substitutes:

Emmanuel Eboue: 5

He brought a fresh energy into Arsenal's game, but it was too late to make any kind of impact in the game.

Eduardo: 4


His few touches in the final minutes of the game looked better than Rosicky, but his lack of pace is shocking.

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