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Arsenal player ratings

Given - Solid presence once again and made a couple of important saves. No chance with either of the goals. 6.5

Richards - Impressive both in defence and going forward. Linked well with Wright-Phillips and a constant threat. Best game of the season. 8

Toure - Defence qualities are better than first thought. Shut out Arsenal's front line and excellent distribution. 7

Lescott - A strong platform again with Toure. Slightly at fault for van Persie's goal, but atoned with the tackle for the go ahead goal. 6.5

Bridge - Impressive performance today. Carried the ball out of defence well and steady at the back. 7.5

de Jong - Fully justified his selection and was the fulcrum of the side today. A constant presence and consistently thwarted Arsenal's attempts to create. A must for the derby. 8.5

Ireland - Worked hard and often involved, but was not an attacking threat and struggled to impose himself. 6

Barry - Excellent alongside de Jong, and his influence on the side grows with each game. 7.5

Wright-Phillips - Had a real buzz about him today in a more attacking position. End product was not always there but an undoubted threat throughout. 7.5

Bellamy - The rating is as much for his defensive work as anything. Clearly followed Hughes's instructions to the letter and you can see why he is such a favourite. Nicely taken goal too. 8

Adebayor - At times was influenced by the occasion but when his mind was on the game he was again excellent. Strong on the ball, his run in the second half was a joy to see. Embroiled in a pair of controversial incidents he may come to regret however. 8


Petrov - No real dangerous moments on the ball, but his presence on the wing allowed us to spread the play. 6.5