I don’t know what to say about last night’s game. I am simply at a loss for words to describe what type of a performance was given by our team, who are supposed to be the favorites for at least this cup.
There was no desire, no urgency and no organization. The passing was slow and mediocre and most of the players were always out of position.
Djourou and Koscielny were left alone throughout the game to deal with the long balls. The fullbacks were playing I don’t know where.
In the middle there was no movement as we struggled to find space and the forwards failed to make any impact.
Coming to player ratings:
Szczesny (6): His performance was average at best yesterday. Made some bad decisions and his distribution was also poor. However, did make an important save near the end.
Gibbs (4.5): He too had a poor game. Defensively was absent and offensively except one good cross didn’t do much.
Djourou (6.5): He had a decent game as compared to others. He was solid for major portions of the game. Made some vital interceptions and clearances. However, he too had his fair share of bad moments.
Koscielny (6.5): Same as Djourou. Both he and Djourou did their best without the support of midfield and fullbacks.
Eboue (3): He is supposed to be our fullback whose job is to cover the flanks. Sadly last night he was playing in no man’s land. Always out of position, didn’t contribute in attack and defensively was nowhere.
Denilson (4): The usual as always, poor. This guy is going from bad to worse. Enough said.
Wilshere (5): Decent first half but again gave away the ball plenty of times. Not a performance I expected from him.
Fabregas (5.5): He too had an off game. Never really got hold of the game and his passing was off. However, the few chances we did get were through him.
Arshavin (4): His confidence would have further dropped after yet another bad game. Don’t know what else to say.
Bendtner (4): Poor touch, poor control, poor positioning and no contribution at all. Granted there was no supply but he was in simple words pathetic.
Walcott (6.5): He was a constant threat whenever on ball. Used his pace and did well with the space he got. Should have done better with the chacnes though.
Chamakh also didn’t get any supply, Song continued with what Wilshere was doing and Vela was brought on too late. No ratings for them.
I don’t want to draw any conclusions from this game and just want to forget this. However, this game has shed light on quite a few things that we need to look into now or else we will ourselves suffer.