Date: 19th October 2008 at 12:39pm
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1.Manuel ALMUNIA– Could have done little about the goal, but his disappearing act for Lescott’s chance showed a lack of composure and authority. Redeemed himself with an excellent save early in the second half to deny Yakubu. 7

4.Francesc FABREGAS– Could not influence the game as much as he wanted in the first half, Denilson notably dropped deeper in the second, allowing Cesc to be more central. However, his passing was notably off kilter at times. 6

5.Kolo TOURE– Came off injured at half time, but really did not impress in his time on the pitch. With Silvestre playing for the first time in a few months and Song out of position, Toure was unable to instill any composure in his colleagues and looked notably flaky himself at times. 6

8.Samir NASRI– Was quiet in the first half, but his movement off the ball is always impressive. An excellent strike for the equaliser, the fact is when he plays the left side looks a hell of a lot more balanced than the right. However, went off with yet another injury, the third in his short Arsenal career which has to be a long term concern. 7

11.Robin van PERSIE– Was our sole bastion of hope in the first half, with Adebayor off the boil, he played slightly further forward and caused Everton problems all aternoon. But his apporach was altruistic too, his movement created chances for his team mates and he seems to be improving after an indifferent start to the season. 8

15.DENILSON Pereira de Neves– Suffering from being a square peg furiously thrust into a round hole. Won little in his own half of the pitch and appeared to get in Fabregas’ way until the second half when he simply dropped back and got out of the way. Did not do an awful lot wrong in any sense of the word but I cannot believe he is cut out to be a defensive midfielder yet, nor do I think he can play with Fabregas. 6

17.Alexandre SONG Billong– Looked very out of sorts at right back and understandably so given that he has never played there. It was a bizarre selection from Wenger whoch allowed Pienaar an awful lot of joy in the first half. Looked more comfortable at centre back in the second half, but there again he was rarely troubled. Very culpable for Everton’s goal. 5.5

18.Mikael SILVESTRE– Looked nervy and rusty in the first half, uncomposed on the ball and panic stricken when Everton came forwards. However, he improved immeasurably in the second half, taking the responsibility to negate the twin aerial threat of Yakubu and Feillani and protecting his full backs. Much like the team itself, a very Jekyll and Hyde display. Was he good? Was he bad? I don’t know, but he sure is ugly! 6.5

22.Gael CLICHY– Was his typical, kinetic self. Getting forward to great effect and winning the ball in the centre of the pitch a fair few times too (I guess someone has to). Looks to be striking up a decent partnership with Nasri, let’s hope Nasri can stay fit for more than two games so that it might blossom. 7

25.Emmanuel ADEBAYOR– A poor a display as I can recall from Ade, lacking the workrate one usually associates with him. Though his shielding of the ball was impressive at times, his decision making was often poor. Though he did do very well for the second goal, the dive and subsequent pathetic whinge, together with his refusal to celebrate any of the goals or the final whistle with his team mates suggests the baby has lost his bottle. 5

27.Emmanuel EBOUE– Ineffective in the first half as a right winger in the opening period, largely because he and Song had little idea of how to play together and why would they? Eboue was much improved when Walcott came on in the second half, protecting Theo and knowing when to come forwards. 6.5

SUBSTITUTES

14.Theo Walcott– Made a big difference when he came on, injecting some energy into our forward play by staying on the shoulder of Leighton Baines. Brilliantly taken goaland an impressive cameo, benefitted from the fact that we were very much on the front foot in the second half,masking his defensive naivete. 7.5

2.Abou Diaby– Another impressive cameo, he was ubiquitous for the eight minutes he was on. Haring down the left hand side on occasion and popping up on the right for an intelligent assist. 7.5