Adetuwo ‘Yemi Jr. is back again to rate the Arsenal performances at City…
Fabianski: Had an amazing game. It so surprising what a good run of games can do to one’s confidence. Made saves you would normally not expect any keeper to make. His handling was assured, decision making superb and reflexes top notch. 8.5
Sagna: Before this game, I did not understand why Eboue had to return to the bench after some good games. But during and after this match, I understood completely what this lad brings to our defence. He was a rock at the back and put in some good balls into the box. 7.5
Squillaci: Was composed all through the game. His experience really helped him. He made a few blocks and his good positional play led to Richards missing a very good opportunity. 7
Djourou: Looked less comfortable, and slightly less mobile. He was beaten a few times but he grew into the game as it wore on. He improved later on, winning every header and even beating Adebayor in two straight sprints. 6
Clichy: Not the best of games for Clichy. His positional sense was in question but his ability on one versus ones was not. He used his speed where his positioning failed him and helped the attack quite well. 6.5
Song: I have been one the people who have been complaining about his forays forward in previous games. This game was no different but it paid dividends. Even though his tackling was rash a times, he was everywhere for us. He made sure we felt his physical presence in the middle and popped in with one goal…a crucial one at that. 8
Fabregas: Cesc did what we knew he could. Not the most spectacular of games but you could sense something was going to happen whenever he had the ball. He put Arshavin through when a wrong offside decision was made, and did the same to Chamakh when Boyata had no choice but to bring him down. There is always something different when he’s in the side. The missed penalty was the only downside to his game. 8.5
Denilson: I was actually surprised to see him in the starting eleven but he justified Wenger’s belief in him. He did not light up the Eastlands but his interceptions and positioning in the game were absolutely outstanding. He did not let De Jong bully him and helped prevent a counter attack by rightly stopping Tevez in his tracks. He complemented Cesc and Song perfectly. 7.5
Arshavin: Our little Russian was not flamboyant but made his class and talent tell when we needed it. He gave the assist to Nasri at the most crucial of times and stuck to the wings, stretching Man City to their limits. He now has 5 goals and 7 assists in 15 starts and still people say he is not performing. 7
Nasri: Nasri continued what he had been doing all season, bringing a cutting edge to our play. His composure and balance is extraordinary. He worked his socks off, combined well with Sagna, socre a well-taken goal and showed great focus to set up Bendtner late in the game. My Man of Match! 9
Chamakh: This lad alone has had 4 different players sent off for his sake. His link up play is wonderful, he puts his pace to absolute use. He has a knack for being in the right place at the right time and he has a fantastic engine in him. He needs to shoot more though. 8
Rosicky: Came on for Arshavin and helped greatly in retaining possession. 6
Bendtner: Marked his return into the team with a goal reminiscent of Thierry Henry. Made a good run behind the defence, and took a great first touch. The angle was akward but he still showed great skill to curl the ball around Joe Hart.
Walcott: Did not have much to do. Just a moment of raw pace but he fluffed his cross.
Mark Clattenburg: I rarely support referees but this was a difficult game to manage. His decisions for and against us were spot on. He was really in charge of the game.
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Nigerian-born Adetuwo Yemi Jr’s often brutally-honest assessment of all things Arsenal makes him the ideal man for delivering accurate player ratings. He also runs his own Arsenal blog, Memoirs of a Gooner.