If you are an Arsenal fan, yesterday’s game against Sunderland was a reaffirmation of the importance of Thierry Henry as an Arsenal legend — his caliber and quality are beyond compare. It doesn’t get any more dramatic than that. To (sort of) quote Ray Hudson, it was orgasmic!
Overall, it was a solid performance from an Arsenal team, but unlike the game against Blackburn a week ago where everyone played out of their mind, yesterday’s game had some solid performances sprinkled with some mediocre performances tinged with a dash of “meh” to create a simmering stew of gutsy win.
And while this article is all about rating the players from yesterday’s game, the number system is really quite boring. So today we are going to rate the players’ performances based on Star Wars characters:
Szczesny (Han Solo): Frozen in carbonite (metaphorically speaking – you know, since he really didn’t have much to do for much of the first half), but came through in the clutch at a couple of very crucial moments of the game to keep Arsenal in it.
Sagna (X-Wing Pilot: Nothing flashy as he gets back up to speed after his injury. Good in defensive support and good going forward, but nothing earth shattering.
Koscielny (Obi Wan Kenobi): Another calm and assured performance from one of the best central defenders in the Premier League. One or two questionable plays, but otherwise a very solid, consistent outing.
Walcott (Jar Jar Binks): Fumbling and bumbling on the pitch. Shows tremendous potential, but doesn’t really know what to do with it. Wanted to see more of the cutting edge we saw in the Blackburn game. Frustrating game for Theo yesterday.
Oxlade-Chamberlain (Luke Skywalker): Rippling with potential (technical ability, vision, awareness, change of pace, strength), but needs a bit more polish to be consistent on a regular basis. Not a bad performance yesterday, but we’ve seen better. Maybe if he spent a bit more time in the Dagobah System.
Van Persie (Darth Sidious): Not saying this because Robin is evil – he’s anything but because he plays for Arsenal, which makes him inherently good. However, he played more of an observer role yesterday and struck every now and again. Really just a now more than again.
Arshavin (Ewok): Is there really any other character Arshavin could be? Otherwise uninvolved, showed up at the right place at the right time with a crucial play that completely sealed the victory for the Rebels (er, Arsenal).