Arsenal vs Marseille : Post Match Thoughts + Ratings

For only the third game this season, Arsenal shot blanks and failed to find the back of the net. The scoreline did not reflect the nature of the game as we could have won by at least 3 goals with poor finishing & lack of sharpness to blame.

Arsene Wenger chose to rest RVP and Koscielny for Vermaelen & Park with Jenkinson also coming in for Djourou, those were the only changes. The game started off slowly, we kept giving away possession and Marseille spent the better part of the first 10 minutes in our half with nothing to show.

We gained a foothold just after that, with Ramsey and Gervinho posing serious threats with their pace & passing. Ramsey had the chance to put us ahead but held back on the pass to Park and ended up wasting it. Walcott was also set free by Gervinho and Marseille had the goalkeeper to thank after turning it round the post. The half time whistle came and just before that, Gervinho shot at the goalkeeper.

For all of the speed carried by the oppositions attackers they couldn’t make it count. Santos was having a mixed game, poor at the back, excellent going forward. Gervinho full of energy, Arteta ever so careful. The back four rarely untroubled and Vermaelen looked solid, Jenko too. Despite making changes and introducing RVP, Rosicky & Arshavin, we still lacked sharpness but credit to Marseille, they got what they came for.

On the plus side, coming away with the draw meant we still top the group and are on course to qualify and the unbeaten run is still on.

Positives
Good to see Vermaelen back, he did not look out of place, won his tackles, defended well and organized the defence.

Jenkinson defended well and Song had a solid game. Gervinho is beginning to settle well and improving his range of passing.

Walcott might be on-and-off offensively, but in the past few games, his defensive input has been solid, the highlight was when Santos lost the ball on the left and Marseille broke with speed, Theo sped back all of 70yards to cover for him. Great stuff.

RATINGS

Szczesny- 6

Jenkinson 6.5

Mertesacker 6.5

Vermaelen7

Santos6

Arteta6

Song7

Ramsey6.5

Walcott6

Gervinho7

Park4

SUBSTITUTES

RVP5

Rosicky5

Arshavin5

Do have a great day. Cheers

Escobar

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Posted on November 2, 2011, in Match Ratings, Post-match thoughts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Yesterday it wa the other way around. Our defence did better than our offence. Its good that the defence is catching up tho. I was glad to see TV5 back.. You could see the drive, precision in his tackles and aggression he brought to our game. Good stuff :D. I hope to see better offensive performances in the future tho. L8r y’all.

  2. Good defensive display… I was impressed by TV5 and Mert. I think we are getting better overall, better understanding in the team. Rightly said, we need to improve our sharpness on goal. I hope it’ll be a good season.

  3. Great stuff, tho didn’t see the first half of the match but this explains it all. Excited to see vermy back in the back line, no critics but I think Per’s performance has been below par as always. Credit to song for his work rate and great defensive/offensive display, he’s def a great asset to our team. I hope the unbeaten run can continue for us #TeamArsenal. It’s also important that this team shouldn’t rely solely on RVP before they find the back of the net. Even tho the match ended goalless, RVP came on as a sub n made one or two attempts that could av earned us the 3pts. I pray my RVP doesn’t get injured too oh, if he doesn’t, then I see #TeamArsenal winning thing(s) / troph(y) (ies) this season.

  4. I’m happy tv5 is back defensively we did well offensively we were poorly bt then we can’t always have a great game so happy with the result its certainly better than a loss

  5. I think ur not giving Marseille enough credit, some times they looked like they were going to score anytym dey went forward, and remember they were playn away. Despite this I fink ur article is spot on.

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