Fenerbahce 0 Arsenal 3: Player ratings

Fenerbahce 0 Arsenal 3: Player ratings as Gunners bounce back from Villa loss with impressive display in Turkey

By Guy Clarke
Fenerbahce
0
Arsenal
3

Fenerbahce

Volkan Demirel Commanding influence behind the Turks’ defence, coming off his line quickly to deal with crosses and through balls from deep. Powerless to stop Gibbs’ goal, but will have fingers pointed in his direction for letting Arsenal’s second by Ramsey sneak in. 5/10

Bekir Irtegun Tried to man-handle Giroud when given the chance at set-pieces, and did well supporting Kuyt going forward and was able to deal with Gibbs when the Englishman came forward. 6

Joseph Yobo Dealt well with aerial balls into the box but struggled to deal with when the Arsenal midfield ran towards him with the ball and looked inadequate at dealing with through-balls in behind. 5

Bruno Alves Similar to his partner in defence, Alves dealt well with any one-on-one challenges but was moved around too much by the visitors passing in and around the box to make any difference. 5

Michal Kadlec Looked far more comfortable going forward than defending, struggled to contain Walcott. Caught out numerous times, including the first goal as Walcott ran in behind before laying it on for Gibbs and giving away the penalty in the 76th minute from which Giroud scored. 3

Mehmet Topal Meant to be the defensive element of the midfield but couldn’t get anywhere near Arsenal’s quick-passing, fluid midfield. When in possession was lethargic. Often the man caught on the ball. 4

Raul Meireles Hardly impacted upon the game at all. Fenerbahce had no foothold in the midfield, meaning the ex-Chelsea and Liverpool man couldn’t affect the game. Had a couple of chances in the final third to cross or shoot but when given the chance was wasteful. 4

Emre Kept things simple in the midfield for the Turkish side looking for his partners in midfield or get the ball forward whenever possible but struggled to provide a platform for the Turkish outfit to dominate the game after being ran ragged by the opposing midfield trio. 4

Dirk Kuyt Typically busy performance from the Dutchman, tracked the runs of Kieran Gibbs well whilst using possession well in the final third too. One of Fenerbahce’s better players on a bad day at the office for the home side. 6

Moussa Sow Unable to influence the game from the left-flank and gave Kadlec no much-needed cover from the forward thinking Jenkinson as the two Englishman ran riot down the Turks’ left wing. 4

Pierre Webo Drowned out by Mertesacker and Sagna in defence having to make do with half-chances due to the lack of service but was wasteful with any scraps he was given. Clumsy booking for catching Koscielny in the face summed up his day. 4

Substitutes:

Gokhan Gonul Half-time substitute for Irtegun on the right hand side, largely ineffectual, another midfielder who was unable to try and win the midfield battle. 5

Emmanuel Emenike Only player of those to lead the line for Fenerbahce to cause any problems, good aerial threat and had a decent effort saved by Szczesny late on. Perhaps should have started. 6

Alper Potuk N/A

Arsenal

Wojciech Szczesny Looked far more composed than at the weekend, only coming out when needed, being brave at times to come out although he got caught by Moussa Sow. 7

Bacary Sagna Moved to centre-back after the introduction of Jenkinson. Played in the centre of defence throughout pre-season and the Frenchman looked comfortable next Mertesacker, helping re-assure the young Pole behind. 7

Per Mertesacker Dealt with any threat Webo and Sow posed and marshalled the defence and side well. Although Emenike was a trickier customer, the big German was capable of containing the threatening Nigerian. 7

Laurent Koscielny Had little to do before his game was ended on the half hour mark after taking a kick to the head by Pierre Webo requiring stitches. 6

Kieran Gibbs Was given the licence to dominate the whole of the left flank for the north Londoners. Dealt with the tricky Kuyt and gave support to Arsenal’s attacks, providing a balance down the left-hand side. Capped his display with the opener in the 51st minute, sliding in to convert a Walcott pass. 8

Aaron Ramsey Energetic display from the Welshman. He helped start attacks by either winning the ball back himself or getting the ball off the defence before laying off simple passes. Got himself on the scoresheet with a low 20-yard drive in the 63rd minute. 8

Jack Wilshere Looked slightly off the pace in the first half, conceding petty fouls, but grew into the game and along with Ramsey and Rosicky, dominated the midfield to give Arsenal the platform to control the game from. 7

Theo Walcott Gave Kadlec the run-around all night, running inside and out. Provided the assist for Gibbs’ breakthrough goal and also caused the Czech full-back to foul him and get the Gunners’ penalty on the 76th minute from which Giroud scored. 9

Tomas Rosicky Kept things ticking over nicely in the Arsenal midfield. His composure and neat passing gave them the platform they needed to dominate. 8

Santi Cazorla The maestro started out wide on the left but often found himself drifting inside allowing Gibbs to overlap. Was able to get involved but struggled to play some of his better football. 7

Olivier Giroud Gave Wenger’s men a presence up front and did well to bring others into play but was handled well by Yobo and Alves meaning he was crowded out at times struggling to create openings for himself. However, his presence allowed others the chance to capitalise. Scored a well-taken penalty in the 77th minute to cap a good display. 8

Substitutes:

Carl Jenkinson Came on for Koscielny in the 30th minute. Supported Walcott well down the right flank and handled any threat from the Turks. 7

Lukas Podolski N/A

Nacho Monreal N/A

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