EPL Review: Arsenal Player Ratings vs. West Bromwich Albion

Callum D'SouzaSenior Writer INovember 6, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05:  Mikel Arteta of Arsenal wheels away in celebrationa after scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at Emirates Stadium on November 5, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Arsenal 3-0 W.B.A.

Goals: Robin van Persie 22, Thomas Vermaelen 39, Mikel Arteta 74

Arsenal recorded their sixth English Premier League win of the season and have now produced four consecutive wins as the Gunners' thrashed West Bromwich Albion 3-0 at the Emirates.

In what was a low-key affair in which Arsene Wenger's men dominated from start to finish with the Baggies rarely appearing threatening, the North London giants can reflect on a solid display heading into the international break.

Once again, captain Robin van Persie engraved his name on the score sheet, increasing his 2011 tally to 31 in 35 games. Arsenal were by no means superb but conveyed impressive defensive composure and the required clinical edge in attack.

However, Arsene Wenger will be aware that his side was not exactly persisted with pressure by Roy Hodgson's men. Nonetheless, the Gunners' continue their impressive form, which considering their dismal start to 2011/2012, highlights the character and ability of this young Arsenal squad.

The international break will be somewhat untimely for Arsene Wenger's men; however, there is no denying that there is the ability and leadership in the squad to ensure Arsenal's position in England's Top Four is maintained.

Player Ratings

Wojciech Szczesny: 6.5: The Polish international had very little to do in what was a quiet encounter but nonetheless dealt with the feeble efforts of the Baggies.

Carl Jenkinson: 7.5: An energetic, strong display from the teenager. Constantly dealt with the Albion attack with ease but was even more emphatic surging forward, providing a number of tantalizing crosses.

Laurent Koscielny: 7: A composed performance from the Frenchman. Rarely troubled by the Albion forward line, and his constant energy and commitment was evident.

Thomas Vermaelen: 8: The Belgian defender was superb and reminded World Football of his amazing ability and leadership. Vermaelen ceased to stop working and made a number of vital challenges and interceptions, strong in the air and scored a tidy goal for his troubles.

Andre Santos: 6.5: The Brazilian was solid in defense, despite some precarious moments before providing an strong outlet out wide in attack.

Alexandre Song: 7.5: The Cameroon international was immense in both defense and attack. Song provided some inch-perfect passes, particularly one to van Persie which eventually resulted in the second. As always, he worked and worked to aid his defenders.

Mikel Arteta: 7: The Spaniard was the orchestrator of the Arsenal attack and played some superb balls along with incisive runs. Finished sensationally to engrave his name on the score sheet.

Aaron Ramsey: 7.5: The Wales captain continues to improve and thrive. A strong, tenacious midfield presence whose pass to Walcott epitomized his ability.

Theo Walcott: 6.5: The England international was unable to take a brilliant opportunity only for van Persie to save the day. However, Walcott was energetic and lively out wide and is slowly regaining confidence.

Gervinho: 6.5: The Ivorian has a tendency to frustrate the Arsenal fans, but there is no denying his work rate and skill, a number of threatening runs but at times lacked composure and control.

Robin van Persie: 8.5: The Dutchman was once again immense as he lead from the front. Scored one and set up the other two as the Arsenal attack worked off his presence and guidance.


Tomas Rosicky: N/A

Yossi Benayoun: N/A

Andrei Arshavin: N/A


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