Manuel Almunia (7): Didn’t have many saves to make but one in particular from Melchiot was brilliant as he dived forward to save the ball.
Bakary Sagna (7): Defended well against the aerial threat of Wigan and looked to support the attack as well.
Kolo Toure (7): Dealt with the threat of Heskey and was good at reading the danger by covering well. Nearly gave away a penalty on Camara.
Johan Djourou (8)*: Another strong display from the impressive Swiss. Headed strongly and read the game.
Gael Clichy (7): Nothing offered as an attacking entity but defensive wise was assured and was on hand to cover for the centre backs.
Denilson (6): Busy and determined without really threatening much. Involved in some good attacks and hot the post.
Cesc Fabregas (7): Overall a quiet first half but was involved in the best attacks in the second half and played some great passes.
Alex Song (7): Moped up the danger by sitting in front of the back four in a disciplined performances. Decent passes as well.
Samir Nasri (6): Taken off in the first half but was involved in some of the good early attacks. Subbed > 32 Eboue
Robin Van Persie (7): A good match but arguably should have scored. Not as much in the way of linking up play as usual but was dangerous in set pieces.
Emmanuel Adebayor (7): Took the goal well and kept the Wigan defence on their toes because of his added threat in the air though the team overall seems to be lacking the creativity to support him.
(On 32) Emmanuel Eboue (6): Didn’t deserved to get booed and was involved in link up play. Hopefully those criticisms won’t affect his confidence.
Subs Not Used: Fabianski, Vela, Ramsey, Wilshere, Bendtner.
Wigan: Kirkland, Taylor, Boyce (Kilbane 63), Bramble, Figueroa, Valencia, Palacios, Cattermole (Koumas 77), Melchiot, Heskey, Camara (Zaki 66).
Subs Not Used: Kingson, Brown, De Ridder, Kapo.
Booked: Palacios, Figueroa.
Ref: Steve Bennett (Kent).
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