I'm not sure too much needs changing giving a general look over of the stats, certainly not drastic changes. He's without a doubt been the most improved Arsenal player this season. In my opinion he's been just as important as Cesc this season, without Alex we've struggled at times.
His dribbling is all about ball retention, he doesn't often dribble to take on players but to work himself into a better position to lay the ball off. He actually shows good control of the ball whilst dribbling, I'd have him at DA: 79
SPA/SPS - It's an area of his game I've been critical of in the past but he's seemingly improved. He displayed his ability on loan at Charlton going back a few seasons but never really translated it to his time at Arsenal until recently. Now he seems to be a bit more adventurous with his passing, being able to play incisive passing as well as being a bit more casual and economical. As Alco eluded to he plays nice crisp passes (as VanDaMan said a few posts back, sometimes he puts too
much pace on his passes though I don't agree with the value suggested) that more often than not reach the target. I would only tweak his SPA ever so slightly and raise his SPS a bit more. I'd give similar values to Alco, SPA: 78
and SPS: 80
LPA - An area of his game that has been quite impressive. He's very adept at playing diagonal passes aswell as precise balls over the top. Sometimes he lacks in consistency (in terms of long passing) but he's certainly a bit better than the current value(s). I agree with Alco's value of a 75
, possibly even a notch higher.
I feel his Curling could come up a couple.
I'd probably only bump Technique by 1. He's incredibly frustrating and the comparison to Dirk Kuyt previously seems quite fitting. Both at times can receive the ball nicely and under pressure yet struggle to receive easy passes. I think Alex has improved immensely though with the technical side of his game and hopefully he can keep progressing.
I think this season he has developed into a "P
14 - Enforcer" type player, it's one of the reasons he's racked up so many yellow cards. He pressures extremely tightly, sometimes stupidly giving away easy free kicks trying to win balls that can't be won cleanly. I really don't see him as a "P
04 - Anchor Man", he can play a genuine "holding" role but he gets around the pitch too much for a genuine "holding" player.
I'm actually unsure but I tend to think his Response could come up slightly, he's quick to react to and intercept passes and just overall has a good reading of the play.
I'd like to see what Tom has to say as this is his set, we need to send out the "Tom Signal" to get his attention
Alf Ramsey: "I'll be watching you for the first 45 minutes and if you don't work harder I'll pull you off at halftime."
Rodney Marsh: "Crikey Alf, at Manchester City all we get is an orange and a cup of tea."