Date: 3rd January 2009 at 7:21pm
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Fabianski – Some good saves but looked a bit uncomfortable at times. 6

Sagna – Usual self. Great at the back and got forward well. Useful crosses and combination play with Eboue. 7

Gallas – Calm and did well with what he had to deal with. A few nervous moments with set pieces (the team as a whole rather than him as an individual. 6.5

Djourou – Same as Gallas. I still think he needs to get a bit more nasty and tough before he can become a top player but he has the qualities. 6.5

Silvestre – Nothing much there. Subbed off early. 6 (until the sub)

Gibbs – Like Clichy reincarnate but he has a lot more skill and a better shot. He needs to learn how to play the position in terms of defense but this performance was promising. 7.5

Eboue – Linked well with Sagna and had a few decent efforts. Not enough produced though in my opinion. I think comparing his performance to Nasri`s highlights the need for another wide player with quality. 6

Wilshere – Not much time on the pitch. Unfair to criticize a few bad passes.

Ramsey – Seems too hesitant to do well. He had a decent game but all too often he tried to do something special or did not have the “picture” that Fabregas has. He will be a top class player in time. 6

Diaby – Good performance form the big lad. Box to Box all game and helped Ramsey throughout. Not enough produced for a player with his qualities but he will be in for a shout alongside Denilson at Bolton. 7

Nasri – Fantastic. He was simply amazing. All across the pitch, defending, creating and shooting well. Set up both of van Persie`s goals and had a brilliant match. If we had two Nasri`s (one on the right as well) we would be up there at the top. 9

Vela – Put in a good shift on the left wing. Always looks to go past players, inside or out, and even created a few chances. Should have had a shot on a few occasions but chose to pass. 7

Van Persie – Good performance as both the link man and up on his own. He has finally stated to perform on a regular basis. But his finishing isn`t half inconsistent. If he could sharpen up in front of goal he would be lethal, at the moment he could miss a sitter and smack one in form 20 yards in the same game. 8

Bendtner – I liked this performance. He looked like what he should be. Big, strong and clever on the ball. If he tightened up his skills and the way he uses his body more effectively, he could be a brilliant player. He has some work to do. 7.5