Arsenal 1 (Bendtner 90+4)
Manuel Almunia – Didn’t have the chance to excel today as he was pretty much a bystander for the entire encounter. Made the odd simple save but that was about it. Can’t really get a high rating today because he did very little, but that’s not really his fault. 6.5
Bacary Sagna – Superb performance at right back, and probably the best player on the pitch. He let absolutely nothing past him, and provided solid support for Walcott throughout the entire encounter. He made some marauding touchline runs and some great crosses, none more important than his assist for Bendtner’s late winner. 8.5
Sol Campbell – Went about his business today in typical Campbell fashion – no nonsense. It was pretty much defending by the numbers today, as he cruised through the match doing only what was required of him but making sure he did it well. Dependable in the centre of defence and a danger from set pieces. 7.5
Thomas Vermaelen – Pretty unspectacular performance overall but he was far from disappointing. Missed the odd interception but was on hand most of the time to get a foot in or win a header. Wasn’t his usual monstrous performance but still one he can be pleased with. 7
Mikael Silvestre – Played on the left of the defence rather than his preferred central spot, however it was still an amicable performance. He was quiet on the offensive front due to nearly every Arsenal attack going via Sagna and the right flank, however defensively he was decent and I can’t recall too much getting past him at left back. 6.5
Denilson – Somewhat subdued but still decent in the middle of the park. Plenty went through him however he sometimes lacked originality, and most of what he came up with was unimaginative and predictable. Still, his passing was accurate and he was solid defensively, and I guess he would have covered plenty of ground. 7
Alex Song – Pushed up further than he usually would as Arsene strayed from his usual 4-3-3 system, and Song’s performance suffered as a result. He was uninspiring on the creative front (much like Denilson) and his advanced positioning meant he couldn’t be as defensively effective. 6.5
Emmanuel Eboue – Started brightly but burnt out very fast. He wasn’t his usual direct and penetrative self, and looked fatigued from the get-go. He started misplacing easy passes and making the wrong runs off the ball, and then started going down like a sack of potatoes anytime a Wolves player came near him. 4
Tomas Rosicky – Industrious performance from the midfielder, and he provided the craft and guile that we were missing in the absence of Cesc and Arshavin. He was involved in almost everything positive we could come up with, and probably deserved to get his name on the scoresheet. 8
Theo Walcott – Amazing in the opening half and pedestrian in the next. That first half performance was so good, though, that it makes up for his anonymity in the later stages. His pace caused all sorts of problems from the Wolves defence, and he whipped in some nice crosses that nobody could get on the end of unfortunately. 7.5
Eduardo – I really don’t know what to make of Eduardo to be honest. We’re all well aware of his goalmouth capabilities however these seem to have faded post-injury, and indeed in recent months. He fluffed a couple of good chances today and lacked any real presence up front. 5
Bendtner – 8
Nasri – 7
Vela – N/A.
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