Arsenal 2008-2009 Season Review, Part 2 – Overall Player Ratings

Welcome to Part 2 of my season review. Having analysed our season as a whole in Part 1, what went right and what went wrong, I will today focus on player ratings, where I will rate each and every one of our players making sure to provide the explanation behind the ratings.

Needless to say, feel free to comment about this article and to post your personal ratings so as to able to compare them with each other. In my case, I didn’t keep a record of all the ratings I gave throughout the season so I have to rely on my memory, provided it still works as it should.

Manuel Almunia: Vote 7,5

Starting from the away game against Fenerbahce in the Champions League, Manuel showed character and the needed determination to consolidate himself as Arsenal’s #1. He may make the occasional mistake here and there but all keepers do and at the age of 32, you could say – for a goalkeeper – that he’s in the best shape of his career.

Lukasz Fabianski: Vote 5

Contrary to Almunia, you can see Fabianski is still learning his job and as much as we may not like to point fingers against our players, he’s responsible for our F.A. Cup defeat searchvela against Chelsea with that silly exit in the attempt to block Drogba. But he’s still young, only 24 and I’m more than sure in two or three years, he will no longer make such mistakes and will be our regular.

Bacary Sagna: Vote 5

By his standards, he had a very disappointing year. He made it in the Premiership’s best team last year and that came to no surprise considering how incredible his season has been. This year he struggled very, very much. A reason may of course be that almost all our problems struggled to settle down but after almost every Arsenal game, many were disappointed with his crosses which yes, unfortunately, have been terrible throughout.

Kolo Toure: Vote 6

If he wanted to leave in January, there had to be a reason. Problems with Gallas saw the former captain not enjoying himself anymore although in the last part of the season, he started to show a glimpse of the brilliance which made him a fan-favourite. To his defence, he rarely had the same partner alongside him, it was either Silvestre, or Gallas or Djourou, definitely not easy.

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