Player Ratings: Stoke 3-1 Arsenal

Last updated : 24 January 2010 By Dan Buxton

Thomas Sorenson - 7 - Keeper had nothing to do apart from pick the ball out of his net once. Had no chance with the goal and his distribution was ok.

Robert Huth - 8 - Kept the ball well, marshalled the widemen well and looked as calm as he could be throughout. A very competent display

Danny Collins - 7 - Good defensive display, keeping the pacey Walcott remarkebly quiet, but did give the ball away quite often going forward, going for more difficult balls than needed on many occasions

Danny Higginbotham - 8 - Was a rock at the back. No nonsense defending in his favoured centre back position he put in a performance that could well keep Faye out of the team as Higgy cleared everything slung into the box, cut out any threat developing around the area and was like a brick wall when players tried to pass him

Ryan Shawcross - 8 - Solid at the back and was never in danger of letting anything past him, even managing few forward runs as the pressure of the league was relieved for ninety minutes

Rory Delap - 7 - Long throw set up the early opener and one of his best outings as a right winger as he kept the ball well and pressured the opposition into mistakes as often as possible.

Matthew Etherington - 9(Man of the Match) - World class showing from the winger. Seems a bit repetitive to be saying this but he was once again the most potent attacking threat for Stoke and provided cross after cross that just begged to be finished off and must be among the very best in the country this season

Dean Whitehead - 8 - Great engine was on show once again and his new found forward running paid dividends as he netted the decisive third to open his Stoke account

Glenn Whelan - 7 - Put himself around well and, but for a few nervy moments at 2-1 when he tried to play his way out of the penalty area and lost the ball, was solid

Mama Sidibe - 7 - Won a few things in the air but not as much as City would have liked. Carried the ball well at his feet and a cracking run down the left set up Fuller's second goal.

Ricardo Fuller - 9 - Fantastic display. Scored two goals and should have had a penalty awarded for a foul on him. Full of running and gave Arsenal nightmares once again

Tuncay - 7 - Was so busy when he came on. Had a goal wrongly chalked off and looked a major threat in the ten minutes he was on

Salif Diao - 6 - Sent on for final ten minutes to break up the play and made a few tackles, but gave away two dangerous free kicks

Danny Pugh - 6 - Thrown on in injury time to run down the clock