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.

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Player Ratings: Arsenal 1 – 1 Leeds

January 8, 2011

The overall performance of the team was not up to what we have displayed in the last two games. Our passing and movement was slow and we weren’t decisive enough. We still had plenty of possession but it was of no use as Leeds easily defended whatever we created. We improved greatly when Fabregas and Walcott were brought on though.

The defence was not bad but there were few occasions where we were caught sleeping. Djourou clearly was a beast there and Szczesny was excellent.

In the middle, we did create a lot of chances but the passing tempo was slow.

While upfront, no one really made an impact despite presented with lots of chances. Walcott was the one who made the real difference.

Coming to player ratings:

Szczesny (7.5): Great keeping. Kept us in the game when it was level and also when we were a goal down. Nearly saved the penalty and overall good decision making from him.

Eboue (7): He was a constant threat while going forward. At times however was caught out of position at the back. Some of his crosses were really good.

Squillaci (5.5): Not impressed by his outing today. He should be the one with experience and confidence and today he himself looked short of both. Some of his decisions were poor.

Djourou (9): This man impresses every game. We would have lost today if not for him and Szczesny at the back. Reads the game really well and was always present at the right place at the right time. Made some vital interceptions and clearances.Was strong in the air and on the ground. Top performance!!

Gibbs (6.5): A good game by him while returning from an injury. Some of his runs and crosses were good.

Song (6): Looked unimpressed by the proceedings. Still did most of the things correctly.

Rosicky (6.5): He started very brightly and helped our game flow. His movement and touches were good however lost it in the later parts and was rightly substituted. He also gave away the ball at the wrong place on a few occasions.

Denilson (5): I don’t know what to say on him. Some of his shots were great as they tested the keeper. However, he just doesn’t have pace and strength. Gave away a silly penalty too.

Arshavin (5): I am at a loss as to what has happened to him. He is a genius, a master in his game if he plays, sadly most of the times he doesn’t. Nothing went right for the Russian today as he did try on a few occasions. On others he simply didn’t. Should have scored the opener on Rosicky’s lobbed pass. However, showed good technique on a few shots.

Chamakh (4): Another bad performance from him. IMO he is feeling the rigors of the Premier League.

Bendtner(6): Started the game well but went onto miss plenty of chances. Landed most of his headers over the bar.

Subs: Fabregas (8.5) changed the game when he came on. His presence increased the momentum of our passing and we looked more of a threat. Great composure while taking the penalty. Walcott (8) also made a big impact when he came on. Made some good runs and used his pace well. Still should have scored at the end when he shot the ball straight to the keeper. Vela (no rating) had very less time to make impact.

I will conclude by saying that we have to put this behind for now and look ahead to our next game. We still have a chance to qualify for the next round and hopefully when we face Leeds at their home we will get the job done.


Player ratings: Arsenal 2 – 0 Wigan

December 1, 2010

The match didn’t turn out to be difficult at all. Wigan were really poor as we made easy work of them without really getting out of second gear. The result although sends us into the semi finals of the Carling Cup which matters the most.

The performance as such wasn’t an eye catching one but the game had its moments. After a slow start we found our rhythm slowly and steadily. Van Persie, Vela and Wilshere produced some delightful balls yesterday. Had we been clinical in front of goal and had the ref seen two open handballs in the box we would have scored plenty of goals. A clean sheet is also a bonus.

The defencec overall was solid yesterday although they weren’t tested much. Eboue looked nervous but the other players helped him out. The midfield didn’t get a hold on the centre in the first half but had it controlled in the second. They helped out in the defence also. The forwards also had an on and off game. They missed plenty of chances but still there movement was good. Overall it was a satisfactory performance as there were  plenty of changes and most have not played many games.

Coming to player ratings:

Szczesny: He was a mere spectator yesterday. Did well when called upon. His distribution was also good 6.5

Eboue: Was not at ease against Moses and didn’t offer much going forward. 5.5

Djourou: He was excellent yesterday. Assisted Eboue a lot and never looked panicked. 7

Koscielny: Same as Djourou. Convincing performance and good in the air. Made some good interceptions and tackles. 7

Gibbs: Offensively contributed a lot. Defensively was okay barring a few mistakes. Need more games. 6.5

Denilson: Provided the balance yesterday. Kept the game ticking and linked the play nicely. He had some bad moments but worked hard. 7

Wilshere: Started slowly again and then made some excellent passes in the second half. An improved performance from last time. 7

Van Persie: Oh boy! I had forgotten what he can offer us. His vision, his movement, his eye for a pass and his execution were awesome. Still he is far from his best but what he did yesterday was a treat to watch. Needs game time and hopefully he will stay fit. 7.5

Walcott: Tried hard but yet again failed to make much of an impact. His crossing was not good at all although on set pieces he did better. His decision making was also not good. 6

Vela: If he had not missed the goals he would have had a perfect game. Still he was everywhere yesterday. Most of  the things happened through him and he never stopped despite missing the goals. Delivered some excellent balls upfront and even got an assist. 8  

Bendtner: Complete opposite of Vela. He was anonymous and poor in the first half. Somewhat improved in the second. He did score a goal though and that is important. Still needs to do a lot to prove his words. 6.5

Subs:

Nasri kept the ball moving. He did miss a scoring opportunity though. Eastmond did what was asked of him and JET had no time to impress. No ratings for them.

So as it stands, with Man Utd also kicked out of the tournament, Carling Cup is for ours to lose now. Hopefully we will win it, which will be the start of plenty trophies to come.


Player Ratings: Braga 2 – 0 Arsenal

November 24, 2010

Well we are where we deserve to be. We have become so much predictable that any team can come and beat us. There is no problem because they just have to watch us keep the ball and score a goal on every opportunity they get. Be it a counter or a set piece, they just have to be discipline at the back. In fact sometimes we will gift the goals as we lose interest in the match. Read the rest of this entry »


Braga 2 – 0 Arsenal: Shit happened again!!

November 24, 2010

Braga: 2 (Matheus 83, 90+)

Arsenal: 0

Gutted! It seems nothing is going for us. The result doesn’t tell the whole story. We should have had a penalty when the score was nil all and the match secured but the ref made a blunder. It was a clear foul on Vela but the ref booked him for diving. Braga then went on to score two goals on the break. Frankly, the second one should have been stopped.

As it stands we are level with Braga on points and the last group match is a must win for us if we want to qualify for the next round. We can forget top spot as Shakhtar have won their match today by a three goal margin and only need a draw in the last match.

I wont go into details of the match as there was nothing happening. None of the teams deserved to win today and a draw would have been a fair result. We dominated the possession but had no clear cut chances. Braga was mainly defensive and had a couple of chances in the second half but never looked like scoring.

I don’t know what happened out there but it has left me shell-shocked and a bit angry. The ref was a moron for sure. But we never helped ourselves out there.

We did lose the match but the bad thing is we have lost Fabregas and Eboue to injuries. Not a great day at all for us.

What to expect next!? Rant on!


Non-Vintage Arsenal down Newcastle: Report, thoughts and ratings

October 28, 2010

A comfortable win sees us qualify for the quarterfinal of the Carling Cup for yet another year, 9th successive season.

We started brightly as Vela tested Krul in the opening minute followed by Bendtner who was denied thrice in succession, twice by the defence and once by the keeper. Eboue, Walcott and Gibbs all had shots on goal in the opening 10 minutes as we meant business. Read the rest of this entry »


Newcastle vs Arsenal preview: One step closer to a trophy!

October 27, 2010

Tonight we face Newcastle away from home in the Carling Cup. In the last round when we taught the Spuds a lesson, Newcastle themselves overcame Chelsea. They have an overall one more win than us against us in all competitions; still they haven’t won the last seven cup ties against us. The stats are here and the facts here. Read the rest of this entry »