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The pre-season was impressive with Vela being the top performer

The pre-season was impressive with Vela being the top performer

Wilshere also impressed

Wilshere also impressed

So did Ramsey

So did Ramsey

And it ended with a trophy...the Amsterdam Tournament

And it ended with a trophy...the Amsterdam Tournament

The season kicked off with our new signing getting his first goal for Arsenal inside the first five minutes

The season kicked off with our new signing getting his first goal for Arsenal inside the first five minutes

But we lost... with the season only into the second week

But we lost... with the season only into the second week

So Wenger had some thinking to do...

So Wenger had some thinking to do...

And we bounced back in style... thumping FC Twente 4-0 to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League (6-0 on aggregate)

And we bounced back in style... thumping FC Twente 4-0 to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League (6-0 on aggregate)

After the Fulham defeat, Arsenal produced a string of superb performances including a 4-0 thrashing of Blackburn with Adebayor getting a hattrick

After the Fulham defeat, Arsenal produced a string of superb performances including a 4-0 thrashing of Blackburn with Adebayor getting a hattrick

The first team were doing a good job in the Premier League, while the fringe side produced even an better performance in the Carling Cup. 6-0 win against Sheffield United with Vela grabbing a hattrick

The first team were doing a good job in the Premier League, while the fringe side produced an even better performance in the Carling Cup. 6-0 win against Sheffield United with Vela grabbing a hattrick

But the joy was short lived... Geovanni stunned the Emirates with a thunderous strike to hand Arsenal only their second defeat ever at the Emirates Stadium

But the joy was short lived... Geovanni stunned the Emirates with a thunderous strike to hand Arsenal only their second defeat ever at the Emirates Stadium

But Arsene Wenger still shook hands with Hull manager Phil Brown; something that has been erased from Brown's memory ever since

But Arsene Wenger still shook hands with Hull manager Phil Brown; something that has been erased from Brown's memory ever since

Arsenal's Premier League ambitions had suffered a set-back but not the Champions League. An Adebayor inspired Arsenal cruised to a 4-0 win against FC Porto

Arsenal's Premier League ambitions had suffered a set-back but not the Champions League. An Adebayor inspired Arsenal cruised to a 4-0 win against FC Porto

And Arsenal were nearly handed a third Premier League defeat only for Fabregas to rescue a point with a last minute header

And Arsenal were nearly handed a third Premier League defeat only for Fabregas to rescue a point with a last minute header

Next week Arsenal created history with the 5-2 thrashing at Fenerbahce. Ramsey scored his first goal for his new club

Next week Arsenal created history with the 5-2 thrashing at Fenerbahce. Ramsey scored his first goal for his new club

Arsenal tried to keep their challenge for the Premier League alive getting a 2-0 win at Upton Park

Arsenal tried to keep their challenge for the Premier League alive getting a 2-0 win at Upton Park

But in one of the matches of the season, Spurs held Arsenal to a 4-4 draw at the Emirates

But in one of the matches of the season, Spurs held Arsenal to a 4-4 draw at the Emirates

After that draw, it seemed Arsenal will have to wait for yet another year to win the Premier League

After that draw, it seemed Arsenal will have to wait for yet another year to win the Premier League

If Arsenal still had a chance of winning the Premier League, it was effectively ended by Stoke

If Arsenal still had a chance of winning the Premier League, it was effectively ended by Stoke

But Arsenal bounced back from the recent dissapointments

But Arsenal bounced back from the recent dissapointments

...as Nasri won it for Arsenal against Manchester United with a brace

...as Nasri won it for Arsenal against Manchester United with a brace

The Young Guns though continued their impressive run in the Carling Cup dumping Wigan's first team out of the competition. Vela was a hero once again

The Young Guns though continued their impressive run in the Carling Cup dumping Wigan's first team out of the competition. Vela was a hero once again

But soon the season started getting worse…

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Almunia – 7 – He showed today how much we missed him. Despite being out for some time, he did not let it show. A very solid performance and that save to deny Aliadiere was just world class. It’s great to have him back for the semi final against Manchester United.

Eboue – 7 – Good enough. It was a good decision of Arsene to play Eboue at right back ahead of Sagna as the latter was very poor in the mid-week. His passing was good and he had a wonderful assist as well (No wonder why Wenger called him ‘Pass Master’!). But he was looking too eager to go forward which can leave a gap at the back.

Toure and Silvestre – 7 – Hardly had anything to do but when they did they did not put a foot wrong.

Gibbs – 7.5 – Yet another superb performance. The youngster is impressing everyone with surprisingly good performances. He knows when to go forward, making aggressive runs; links up quite well with Arshavin and hardly lets anyone past him when defending.

Nasri – 6.5 – He can put in decent tackles like he showed today but I prefer an attacking role for him. He did give away the ball a few times today. But still not a bad performance.

Denilson – 6.5 – Short passes all match but it’s good because he doesn’t have enough quality for through balls and long passes that the likes of Fabregas, Arshavin and Nasri do. But he was the holding midfielder and did his job well enough today. Still I feel Song is better.

Arshavin – 8 – Pure class. To come to the Premier League, then put up such world class performances in every single match is just amazing. Hats off to the lad.

Fabregas – 8.5 – He is just too good. His range of passing, vision and he even showed some cool finishing today. Amazing.

Walcott – 6.5 – He is always a constant threat to the opposition but sometimes his decision making lets him down. Passing the ball when he should be taking the defender on or the other way around . Also his first touch is quite poor at times and he needs to improve his crossing. No one is going to head crosses that come at 100 miles an hour. But he has immense talent no doubt about that so he will learn. His ability to take on defenders is a big big asset.

Bendtner – 7 – He worked really hard today. But he is a forward so he should play where the forward is supposed to be and not shift to the wing too often. Still it was one of the better performances from the young Dane.

Substitutes:

Djourou – 7 – He was good enough. Maybe because he hardly had anything to do! I would prefer him over Silvestre anytime, especially on Wednesday against Manchester United.

Diaby – 6.5 – Got a little time but he was quite intent on going forward an troubling the Boro defence. I know most wont agree but I rate him higher than Denilson.

Adebayor – 5 – Looked very rusty after returning from some time out due to injury. Couldn’t threaten the defence or keeper and wasted a good opportunity because of a poor touch.