Arsenal v Liverpool - Player Ratings

Last updated : 13 November 2006 By Clive Dickman

Before we get carried away I feel we have played better this season in some games & come away with less than 3 points, taking our chances made all the difference today.

Hopefully this result will instill some confidence & be the springboard we need to go on a decent run in the league.

I had hoped that for once I could say the offcials had a good game & in fairness the lino got the Liverpool disallowed goals correct, contrary to what Andy Gay might think, but Clattenburg blotted his copy book big time when he lost his bottle & failed to issue Carragher with a second yellow card for a scathing foul on Robin Van Persie right in front of him. Today his decision made no difference but on another day who knows what might have happened.

Almunia - 6 - Kept a clean sheet so can't ask for much more, but he still comes across as someone that sends the defence into panic whenever the ball comes anywhere near him.

Eboue - 7 - Dynamic as always & on occasions showboated for the club level brigade, which will have kept Edelman & co happy.

Toure - 9 - By far our best & most consistent player so far this season, defended superbly, was in the referees face just like Tony used to be & finished off a fine move for his first goal of the campaign.

Gallas - 8 - Strong alongside Toure & used the ball well, also popped up to nod in unmarked for our third goal.

Clichy - 6 - Great going forward not so great defensively but still finding his form after a long abscecne.

Hleb - 6 - Always willing to receive the ball but not as effective as normal today.

Gilberto - 8 - I request that all the doubters watch a reply of this game & concentrate on what he does for the team. Won all his tackles & used the ball well.

Fabregas - 6 - Far too many misplaced passes, many in dangerous areas, even so he still shows a stature well beyond his years.

Flamini - 7 - Scored a vital goal & booked for having the audacity to celebrate this event! Dogged performance & probably the best he has played for a while.

Van Persie - 5 - Rightly booked for blatant cheating early on & pretty much ineffective for much of the game. (Adebayor 85),

Henry - 7 - Worked his socks off for the team & lead the line well in the now familar 4-5-1 formation the boss seems to currently favour.

Adebayor - 4 - (85) Missed a golden opportuinty late on when one on one with the keeper. Other than that not on long enough to make an impression.

Subs Not Used: Poom, Senderos, Hoyte, Walcott.