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Liverpool v Arsenal – Player Ratings – Diaby M-o-M!

Liverpool v Arsenal – Player Ratings by AM

Mannone – 6
He wasn’t disturbed in the first half, but didn’t look quite confident handling crosses and aerial balls. Made one good save from Shelvey, but spilled another from the same player and must be thankful to Vermaelen for being first to the rebound. The saves weren’t anything you wouldn’t expect a goalkeeper at this level to not deal with.

Gibbs – 6
He contributed more offensively, than defensively. He must be thankful that Podolski tracked back a lot and helped him out, because at a lot of time he was found out of position. But he pushed back Johnson with his forward runs. Needs to improve defensively though.

Robert Pires has confidence in Arsenal’s new arrivals

Former legend says that Giroud will shine by AM

Former Arsenal great Robert Pires has said that, with time, Giroud will shine through. The Frenchman said that, even though Arsenal have lost some important players, Wenger will replace them eventually. Pires said – “It takes time to adapt, and it is especially hard for attacking players, but I am optimistic that both Giroud and Podolski can be a success. I have seen Giroud playing in France and he has the qualities you need in England. He is strong and he has a good touch. He can be like Van Persie in my opinion.