Date: 6th November 2008 at 1:44pm
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21.Lukasz FABIANSKI– Was only really tested the once from Burak’s shot. He might have come for the long ball that set the chance up but vindicated his decision with a good save. 7

4.Francesc FABREGAS– A few half decent passes in amongst a scattergun array of misplaced efforts, I can’t decide if he was exhausted or disinterested in the second half. Either way, it confirmed that when he isn’t firing, neither are Arsenal. 5

5.Kolo TOURE(c)- A skin and bone casing of the player of three years ago. He looks fat, low on energy, low on enthusiasm and bereft of pace. Embodies one of the squad’s primary problems in that even the senior players have no leadership qualities. 5

8.Samir NASRI– Has not looked nearly as effective of late, after a blistering start perhaps he is undergoing his acclimbatisation in reverse. Didn’t support the strikers with his usual gusto. 6

11.Robin van PERSIE– Carried Arsenal’s most sustained threat for an hour or so. His finishing may not have been clinical, he wasn’t just the man most likely, he was the only man likely. Completely disappeared for the last half an hour. 7

15.DENILSON Pereira de Neves– One of the bright spots on a damp squib of a night, won his tackles excellently, played with energy and spirit and was economical with the ball. He made sure Fenerbahce’s rare attempts at counter attacking were well thwarted. 8

16.Aaron RAMSEY– A positive outing, did not look at all phased by the occasion and looked to become involved wherever possible. Always looked to be inventive with the ball but similarly unafraid of keeping it simple. Faded in the second half, which perhaps you would expect, but plenty of encouraging signs there. 7

18.Mikael SILVESTRE– Probably his best game for the club, but revealingly probably his least busy until a broken nose saw him come off. Unfussy and uncompromising. 7

20.Johan DJOUROU– Won headers! Play him forthwith! Again, Johan will be in for sterner examinations in his career, but dealt with everything comfortably and the added height helped on occasion when Fenerbahce looked to loft balls over the top to Guiza. 7

22.Gael CLICHY– Another busy night, got involved with the attacks, dealt comfortably with the defending. Probably the only player genuinely interested in winning the game in the last fifteen minutes. 7.5

26.Nicklas BENDTNER– Bad night at the office, his touch was poor, his passes were off radar and he never looked a threat to Fenerbahce’s backline. Withdrawn after an hour and will have to play much, much better on Saturday. 5


2.Vassiriki Abou Diaby– Looked vaguely threatening on the left once or twice, but came on to an Arsenal team happy with 0-0. The attitude infected him in the last three or four minutes. 6

12.Carlos Vela– Could not affect the game, largely because of the lack of supply from the midfield. Really is going to have to learn to use his right foot once in a while, he’ll only ever be 50% of the player without it. 6

17.Alexandre Song Billong– No time to affect the game. N/A