Player Ratings: Arsenal 3 – 0 Ipswich Town

January 26, 2011

Well, it was an overall good performance. In the first half we were frustrated alot by Ipswich but in the second half we were better and scored the goals at the right times.

We created plenty of chances throughout the match but most of them weren’t clear cut and Ipswich were defending quite resiliently.

However, what I enjoyed was that none of the players got panicked and sticked to the game plan.

The backline weren’t tested much but did well whenever Ipswich were in our half.

The midfiled was dominated by us as we enjoyed lots of possession.

Upfront the movemnet was very good along with the finishing.

Coming to player ratings:

Szczesny (6.5): Had nothing to do all night but to collect the back passes and clear them. Was caught once when he collided with Sagna, otherwise had the goal covered.

Sagna (no rating): Lasted for a short while. I hope he isn’t badly injured.

Djourou (7) and Koscielny (7.5): They too had very little to do but when called upon, did their job brilliantly. Made some vital interceptions and clearences. Djourou covered up well for Eboue and was always quick to close down the opposition. Koscielny scored an excellent goal with his head.

Clichy (7): Good defending at the back and contributed upfront. He is slowly getting back to his best. Keep it up Clichy!!

Wilshere (8): A very good performance by Wilshere. Found the right pass and was always involved. Controlled most of the midfield in the first half. Delivered some excellent balls, one of which led to Bendtner scoring. However, he needs to be consistent with it because at times his final ball lets him down.

Denilson (6.5): A decent perfomance from Denilson.Should have done better in the first half though. Kept the ball ticking in the midfield.

Fabrgeas (7.5): Another top perfromacne from him despite a somewhat frustrating first half. Was involved in every thing and should have scored in the first half on the ball provided by Wilshere. His second half performance was, however, excellent. Scored the killer third goal.

Bendtner (8): He clearly was on fire today. Scored an awesome first goal at the right moment that opened up the game. Moved well on the flanks and provided good width. Deliverd in some excellent crosses especially the one which led to Van Persie hitting the cross bar. Howeever, he needs to improve his first touch as at times it let’s him down.

Van Persie (6.5): Another good perfromance despite not getting a goal. Moved around well and linked up the play nicely. Was unlucky not to get a goal in the first half.

Arshavin (7): Well he isn’t up to his best but he is trying to get there. Made a good start but then went to his usuall. However, woke up to provide the assist on the second and third goal. I hope this does good to his confidence becuase we all know what he can offer Arsenal.

Subs:

Eboue (6.5): Made me nervous as he was always caught out of position. However, he did well when underpressure at the back and provided decent support upfront.

Nasri and Walcott: Too little time to make an impact. No ratings for both.


Arsenal 3 – 0 Ipswich Town: Wembley!! here we come | Bendtner, Koscielny and Fabregas scored the vital goals

January 25, 2011

Arsenal 3 – 0 Ipswich Town ( aggregrate 3 – 1)

Wembley!! here we come. A good performance sees us through to the finals of the Carling Cup.

Thanks to an awesome goal from Bendtner, that opened our account, Koscielny for the second and Fabregas for striking the final nail in the coffin.

We had plenty of chances but just couldn’t find the net due to some good defending by Ipswich. We enjoyed the  a lot of possesion but Ipswich were frustrating us. It all came down to a brilliant goal from Bendtner in the 61st minute that opened up the game.

Koscielny scored the second from a corner with his head in the 64th minute.

Fabregas found the net for the third after a good counter attack in the 77th minute.

Besides that there were plenty of chances with Van Persie hitting the post, in the first half, being the major one.

One grey area was Sagna getting injured and I hope he isn’t badly hurt and returns quickly.

Anyways, a great result and a great finish by Arsenal. Let’s hope we do the job at Wembley, where we will either meet Birmingham or West Ham.


Player Ratings: Ipswich Town 1 – 0 Arsenal

January 13, 2011

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.

Subs:

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.


Ipswich Town 1 – 0 Arsenal: Just one question!!

January 12, 2011

 WHAT THE F*** WAS THAT ARSENAL??!!!


Nasri is going to make it while Van Persie is a doubt for Fulham, Ipswich in Cup semi, Vermaelen should be captain and Schwarzer is not coming to Arsenal

December 2, 2010

Nasri: He is going to make it

Arsene Wenger has given the latest on the team’s status today. Speaking to Arsenal TV online he said that he has the same squad available for the Fulham game as it was against Villa last weekend. The only concern is of Nasri. On Nasri Wenger said that he got a knock on his knee in the Wigan game. Still he believes that Nasri will be alright and ready to face Fulham as it is a minor injury. Apart from this he said there are no new fresh injury concerns.

“Nasri has got a knock from Tuesday night. It is a knee problem but he should be alright. Apart from that, we do not have any fresh players injured.”

He further added that there will be no new players returning from injury as Vermaelen and Diaby are still out along with Fabregas. The squad he said will remain unchanged from the Villa game.

“There are no other ins or out. Diaby and Vermaelen are not available. Fabregas (hamstring) is still injured so it will be a similar squad to the Aston Villa game.”

Persie: Wenger unsure about whether to play him

As for Van Persie, Wenger is yet unsure on whether to give him another start. He said that he will look in to his recovery from the Wigan game before deciding. He said that with a strong squad available he is going to rotate his players from game to game to keep the players fresh.

“I will see how Robin recovers [before deciding whether to start him]. I rotate a bit from game to game at the moment. So I’ll see. But we have quite a strong squad available.”

Carling Cup Semi-final Draws: Arsenal to face Ipswich town

In other news we are to face Ipswich Town in the two legged semi-final of the Carling Cup. The semi finals first leg is going to be played on the 11th or 12th of January at their home with the return leg on 25th or 26th.  Ipswich town overcame West Brom in the quarters to face us. Birmingham has been drawn against West Ham in the other semi final.

Ipswich’s manager, Roy Keane, commented about the draw. He said that they have got the toughest of the draws. He further elaborated that Birmingham and West Ham would be delighted to have avoided Arsenal and play each other. As for the tie he said that they will look forward to it when it comes. About Arsenal he said that they are a top team and they will be happy with the draw.

“I think it is the toughest draw we could have had. Put it this way, West Ham and Birmingham will have been delighted to have avoided Arsenal. We will look forward to that when it comes. Arsenal are a top team and will be delighted with the draw.”

On his own teams performance against West Brom he said that they played well and was pleased for the fans and his team. He said that the players responded positively after Sunday’s loss in their local derby. The match he said would have been over before they scored had the West Brom keeper not made some great saves.

 “The performance was pretty good. That does not always guarantee the right result but we should have won by three or four goals. I am pleased for the players and the supporters because it has been a frustrating time. All the players did very well and responded well after Sunday. The game should have been over by the time we scored but their keeper made some great saves.”

No match is easy and as we have seen this season none of the teams can be taken granted for. It will be a good match no doubt but I believe we will win the tie and the tournament. Fingers crossed!

Vermaelen: Will he be a good Captain?

On to Other matters. Our former player, Ray Parlour, has spoken about Vermaelen to be given the captaincy of the team. Speaking on this he asks questions regarding Squillaci, Koscielny and Djourou that if they can deliver for the whole season and be leaders along with that on the pitch. He said that the centre backs position is very important to a team. They have a bird’s eye view of everything and as a result they can direct a team effectively from there.

On Vermaelen’s return from injury, Parlour wants that Wenger should give him the captain’s armband as he is a good player and that he has the leadership qualities. He believes that Vermaelen can learn from Tony Adams and Viera’s time at Arsenal to drive the team to success.    

“You look at the situation. You’ve got Squillaci, Koscielny, Djourou – are these good enough to go through the whole season and pick you points up. We all know goalkeepers can save you 12 points a year so can centre-halves. It’s a very important position, they can see everything happening, they’re the ones who can demand from other players. That’s why they’re so important. I think Vermaelen is going to be very important because he’s a good player. He’s got a great leap on him for 5ft 11, usually centre-halves are 6ft plus. I think it’s one of these times where if he thinks Vermaelen can do the job give him the skipper’s armband and say to him ‘these are skipper’s we use to have, Tony Adams, Patrick Vieira, who used to drive the team on, can you do that’ and see if he can do it.”

Schwarzer: He has extended his contarct at Fulham

We can also forget signing Schwarzer in the January window as he has signed a new contract at Fulham.

Schwarzer has said this on fulhamfc.com:

“Delighted to have finally signed a contract extension with Fulham after a great deal of speculation surrounding my future in recent months.”

Mark Hughes had this to say on Schwarzer signing a contract extension:

 “[Schwarzer] is an important part of my plans for the future and I am delighted to see one of the game’s finest current goalkeepers commit his future to the Club.”

Personnally I am not bothered with the news as much  as currently Fabianski and Szczesny are doing good. Although if we need to sign for improvement , we can have plenty better keepers than Schwarzer.  As a matter of fact I am delighted myself that at least one speculation has been settled.