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Post Olympiakos: Stats and player ratings

by on September 29, 2011

Arsenal 2-1 Olympiakos

Highlights

Post-match press conference (Pat Rice)

Post-match interviews: Ramsey | Song

Right then, that’s 4 points from a possible 6 and a better European record than any of the other English teams, not bad for a team in crisis really.

Wojciech Szczesny played in goal and had a decent night, there weren’t really any one-on-one situations, but he was quick off his line to snub out through balls more than once. A passing accuracy rate of 64% indicates that his distribution is getting better, with 5 of his 10 attempted long balls finding a team-mate. He gets a 6.7

Bacary Sagna had a somewhat mixed game. He had more key passes than any other Arsenal player and with 94 touches, he clearly saw a lot of the ball. He also attempted 3 tackles, made 2 interceptions and attempted 4 clearances, two of which were ‘effective’. Saying that, he was dispossessed once and he lost his footing more than once as it became clear that he struggled for support in the first-half with Oxlade-Chamberlain not tracking back effectively.That improved in the second half as he was able to get forward more, attempting 3 crosses with one of them successful. After a decent performance, Bac gets a 6.6

Per Mertesacker is another with a 6.6, it was a decent performance from the big German, who now appears to be settling quite nicely at the club. He made 2 tackles, 3 interceptions and 5 clearances, 3 of which were effective. He also looked to contribute more from the back as well, with 9 long balls attempted, 4 of which were accurate and a passing accuracy of 85% in general. A solid performance.

His defensive partner Alex Song slotted in wonderfully. He was  right at home and was man of the match with a rating of 7.9. He made two ‘last-man’ tackles, attempting 4 throughout the 90 minutes as well as 2 interceptions and 4 attempted clearances, one of which found a team-mate. He also managed two block a shot and twice play an opponent offside. All that while boasting the highest pass completion ratio of any Arsenal player at 93%, including the 1-2 for the first goal with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Andre Santos got another chance to impress at left-back and did, with a goal. He’s looked a little suspect defensively but if that’s what he can do offensively I don’t think many people will mind! His one shot ended up in the back of the net so not at all bad. On the other hand, we saw him dispossessed three times, as well as giving away two fouls. Defensively, he attempted 3 tackles, made one effective clearance and twice played an opponent offside. He completed 87% of his 62 attempted passes and 4 of his 6 attempted long balls. There will be bigger tests of the Brazilian, but he passed this one with a 7.7.

Emmanuel Frimpong played in holding midfield, much to my disappointment. While I have nothing against him, I really believe that these type of technique and possession orientated games should feature Coquelin over the Ghanian. He’s great, yet horrific. In a sense. 11 tackles attempted is brilliant. 5 fouls given away isn’t. Neither is a passing accuracy of 78% really, or being dispossessed three times. Saying that, I won’t complain about 4 interceptions, 1 effective clearance and 1 shot blocked. Or 4 out of 5 attempted long balls finding their man, so Frimpong gets a 7.5. A good game, I still would have rather seen Coquelin though.

Tomas Rosicky was alongside him in central midfield, in what was a quiet game for the Czech midfielder. He made the key pass to set Santos clear for the second goal, made two successful dribbles and drew two fouls. Saying that, he only attempted 2 tackles, somehow managing to give away 3 fouls in the process and a booking. His one long ball was accurate, unlike his one attempted through ball, but his passing accuracy of 80% could have been higher. A quiet game that got him a 6.3.

Mikel Arteta played in the more attacking position and looked great going forward with 3 shots (1 on target) as well as one key pass. He also managed to draw 3 fouls, although he gave away the same number of fouls, picking up a booking for his efforts. He made 6 an impressive 6 interceptions, one effective clearance and blocked a shot, his impressive goal-line block following an Olympiakos set-piece. His 98 touches was higher than anyone else on the pitch, as was the number of passes he attempted (73) with an impressive 90% pass completion percentage. 3 of his 7 crosses were accurate, as were 5 of his 6 long balls. Another top performance from the Spaniard gives him a rating 7.9. Long may it carry on.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his debut on the right and we all know what happened. A good attacking performance, capped with a well-taken goal. He had two shots, both on target during the match. He made two dribbles and drew one foul, but was dispossessed a worrying 6 times, evidence that he’s far from the finished product, which put more pressure on Bacary Sagna than he would have wanted. Defensively, his contribution was lacking. Although he tracked back more in the second-half, the only real defensive action was one successful clearance. It’s not all doom and gloom though! He completed 81% of his attempted passes including 1 cross and 3 long balls. A good performance from the youngster, but very much still a raw talent than a finished product. He gets a 7.6.

Ansrei Arshavin wasn’t quite as productive, he was unlucky to unlucky to be flagged offside when clean through early on but it was an under-stated performance from the Russian with only a 6.7. His one shot was on target and he made one key pass as well as two successful dribbles. On the other hand, he was twice flagged offside, perhaps unfortunately. Defensively, he made one interception. Erm… that was it, much like Oxlade-Chamberlain. His passing was poor, with lass than 2 in 3 of them finding a team-mate, but he was one of the two Arsenal players to actually succeed in playing a through ball.

Marouane Chamakh continued to improve (slightly), making the right runs and getting in the right positions, but none of his 4 shots were on target which suggests that the confidence in front of goal still isn’t there. He did win 4 aerial duels though, which isn’t to be scoffed at, but he was also dispossessed twice. He made two tackles and one interception but gave away a foul. He was also the other Arsenal player to successfully play a through ball, with 3 quarters of his passes finding a team-mate. A (mildly) better performance from the Moroccan gets him a 6.4.

Ramsey came on and kept possession ticking over, getting a 6.4 for his effort. Van Persie and Gibbs came on and took a few touches, played a few passes and that was about it, a 6.1 and 6.0 for them respectively.

Right, that’s a lot to read admittedly, next time I do one of these I’ll try to cut it down in future. Anyway, agree? Disagree? Let me know in the comments section below and you can follow me on twitter @SavageGooner or like us on facebook here as always. More reaction tomorrow.

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All stats and ratings via WhoScored.com

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5 Comments
  1. Ramy permalink

    Dude….when you said player ratings I was expecting something other than Whoscored.com player ratings…..I can see that myself just fine!

    • I appreciate where you’re coming from, this is the first time I’m doing one of these kind of pieces so I’m still trying to sort some things out. Check back after this weekend’s game and I promise it’ll be different. ;)

  2. Layksite permalink

    can’t argue with your rating coz you back it up with stats. good work and keep it up.

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