Blackburn Rovers v Arsenal - Player Ratings

Last updated : 20 December 2007 By Chris Parry

He can hide behind excuses of poverty and referees favouring big clubs (ever bother you when you played for Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich?) but he can't change the result. A fascinating game ended with the right result and some confidence-boosting performances from certain players, particularly Eduardo.

Lukasz Fabianski - 7 - Summed up the performance - dodgy in parts but stood his ground and made some vital saves.

Justin Hoyte - 7 - Coped well with Pedersen on the most part, got forward well and was brave in making two vital blocks in quick succession late on.

Alex Song - 8 - A revelation - a huge battle for him and his inexperience showed in parts. Brought the ball out of defence superbly as shown in Eduardo's second goal.

Philippe Senderos - 6 - Again struggled with a big physical striker but as we camped deeper and deeper towards the end he made several vital clearances in the box. Clearly an inspirational captain, too.

Armand Traore - 7 - Cut out the silly tricks in his own half to give an accomplished performance. Stephen Reid must be having nightmares about him raiding forward as well.

Mark Randall - 6 - Bright start but faded.

Denilson - 7 - Would have got a higher mark but for that tackle. At times his passing was a joy to behold.

Lassana Diarra - 8 - A real driving force in midfield and you can see why he thinks he should have a first team place.

Abou Diaby - 8 - At times he was unplayable as if the ball was glued to his feet.

Nicklas Bendtner - 8 - Electric start but if one was to be critical you could say he disappeared in the second half when we needed someone to hold the ball up front - such high standards, you see.

Eduardo Da Silva - 8 - Clinical.


Kieran Gibbs - 5 - Little impact.

Fran Merida - 7 - Showed some fine passing skills.

Nacer Barazite - 6 - Put himself about before his unfortunate injury.