POLL: Who was Arsenal's Man of the Match against Man United?


What a difference a week can make. With the so-called 'crisis' at Arsenal deepening, according to many in the media, the Gunners were lined up as lambs for the slaughter against Man United at the weekend.

Unfortunately neither Arsene Wenger nor his team believed the script and the Mancs were treated to some of the best football that the Gunners have played this season.

Before I continue, it has to be pointed out that Alex Ferguson's men contributed hugely to a great game of football and had both teams taken their chances, we might have been looking at a 6-5 scoreline. As it was, the Arsenal were deserved winners on the day, with Samir Nasri again helping to underline his credentials as a better all round player than the man he replaced, Alexander Hleb.

Samir was fantastic from his first kick of the ball, but he wasn't the only one as Bacary Sagna, Mikael Silvestre, Gael Clichy, Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby all put in magnificent performances.

The two players who I think are worth special mention though, are a duo who very rarely get the plaudits they deserve - Denilson and Manuel Almunia...

The young Brazilian has been given pelters this season by some of his own support, but for me he was head and shoulders above everyone else on Saturday and I simply cannot see past him as the Man of the Match. It is taking him a while to find his feet in the midfield role, but Walcott has taken longer and now looks the real deal, so a couple more perfofmances like he turned in at the weekend and I think the naysayers will be changing their minds.

Manuel Almunia is another player who has struggled to convince the Gunners faithful, but his bravery on Saturday, which ultimately saw him being replaced, was impressive to see. The standing ovation that the Spaniard received as he left the pitch was fully deserved and I just hope that he will recover from his concussion quickly enough to get back into training this week.

One final word before I urge you lot to vote for your Man of the Match. Bendtner. When the young Dane first burst onto the scene I really thought Le Gaffer might have discovered someone special, but the more I see of Nicklas, the less convinced I become about his abilities. His positional sense on Saturday was woeful and really drove home just how far behind Emmanuel Adebayor he is, but once again Arsene knows, so Bendtner will get the benefit of the doubt for a little longer, especially when our strikeforce is so depleted. A marked improvement is needed soon, however, otherwise the young Dane's career at Arsenal will never get beyond that of a bit-part player.

Anyway, the main point is that our title challenge is back on track thanks to some sterling performances by the Gunners - young and old - so in the interests of congratulating those most worthy, choose your Man of the Match from the above list and click on Vote now.