WTTGT Writer: Amoy Ghoshel
Wojciech Szczesny – 6.5 – Made a very good save in the first half to deny Dembele and showed good handling on a couple of other instances also. The Pole couldn’t have done anything to prevent Vermaelen’s own goal and thus once again missed out on a clean sheet despite not doing anything wrong.
Johan Djourou – 7.0 – **WTTGT Man of the Match** The Swiss international was one of Arsenal’s best players as he did very well defensively at right back by being strong in the air and was solid on a couple of one-on-one situations. Was unlucky not to score the equalizer as his goal-bound header from a RVP corner was brilliantly saved by Schwarzer.
Thomas Vermaelen – 6.5 – A complete mixed bag for TV as he scored on both ends to ensure a point for each side. Should have used his right foot to clear the danger, which eventually led to the own goal but made amends with a header at the other end after making a clever run into the box.
Per Mertesacker – 6.0 – The German had a pretty solid outing as he didn’t make any mistakes and looked strong and commanding in the challenges. Was taken off in the second half as Arsenal chased the equalizer.
Andre Santos – 6.0 – Earned a booking for a deliberate hand-ball, which helped stop a Fulham counter attack, but was largely flawless defensively. However the Brazilian could have contributed more offensively as Arsenal had plenty of possession in the Fulham half in the final quarter of the game.
Alexandre Song – 6.0 – The Cameroon international once again protected the back four quite well as Fulham rarely threatened to have a go at the Arsenal defence. But Song couldn’t provide much going forward and later had to slot in at central defence after the substitution of Mertesacker.
Mikel Arteta – 5.5 – Not a good outing for the Spaniard as his passing and distribution was poor and that really didn’t help Arsenal’s cause as they struggled to create chances. Arteta’s work–rate also wasn’t as great as the previous two matches and thus probably needs a breather.
Aaron Ramsey – 6.0 – The Welshman didn’t complete 90 minutes but was actually Arsenal’s most lively midfielder. Ramsey always tried to make something happen and made several runs into the box from midfield. Unfortunately he wasted Arsenal’s best chance in the first half as he skied Walcott’s pass.
Theo Walcott – 7.5 – The former Southampton youngster was Arsenal’s man of the match as he was consistent with his final ball and caused Riise problems with his pace. Could have had an assist in the first half but eventually setup Vermaelen’s equalizer with a brilliant cross from the right flank.
Robin Van Persie – 6.0 – Failed to score for the first time in six Premier League matches and that coincided with the end of Arsenal’s five-match winning streak. RVP could have easily scored in the second half but first was denied by a goal-line clearance from Baird and then uncharacteristically couldn’t keep his composure in a one-on-one situation with the Fulham keeper.
Andery Arshavin – 4.5 – The Russian has been out of the side recently and this dismal performance against Fulham should keep him out of the starting eleven in the upcoming Premier League matches also. Arshavin looked out of ideas and lacked confidence in his play and thus was rightly replaced by Chamakh.
Gervinho – 6.0 – Was lively on the left wing after coming on as he caused problems for the Fulham defenders with his direct-play but failed to produce quality with his final pass.
Abou Diaby – 6.0 – The Frenchman looked sharp and added pace and purpose to the Arsenal midfield but he too failed to provide the accurate final ball in the final third.
Marouane Chamakh – 5.5 – Won possession back quite a few times after dropping deep but never really looked like scoring.
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