Arsenal fail to take advantage: The Player Ratings

Szczesny (6): Had nothing to do the entire game. Could not do much about the goal.

Djourou (6.5):Did OK. Put in a few good tackles, but we still need Sagna back ASAP.

Kos/Mertesacker (8):The pair performed admirably. Granted they didn’t see the ball a lot, but the few balls they were faced with, they handle properly.

Vermaelen (8): Another good game. Did all we could expect, bar score a goal which isn’t his duty really.

Alex Billong (7): He put in a fairly good performance, can do way better though. He’s a professional and should cut out such rash challenges.

Benayoun (6.5): First 20mins, he was everywhere, but he faded as the game wore on. Nice through pass to Gervinho for the goal

Arteta (8): Went about his job quietly as usual. He was everywhere and put in a good shift.

Rosicky (7.5): Started amazingly for the first half hour, and went down one gear for the rest of the game. Probed for an opening and could have got an assist.

Gervinho (7.5): He was frustrating and brilliant at the same time. The talent is there for all to see, his delivery/execution is appalling though. Well taken goal.

RvP (7):The record was evidently on his mind, as he made some unusual decisions. He squandered some chances he would normally score. The few chances he put on goal, he met an inspired goalkeeper.

SUBSTITUTES

Ramsey (6): Came on for Alex Billong and rightly so. But he did not add much to the game. Could have had an assist.

Chamakh (4): Came on, almost gave RVP a concussion and bled through his head.

Arshavin (6): Showed some signs of improvement. Got into some nice positions but his decision making had the mark of a player short on confidence.

Wolves at home and we still fail to take advantage of slip-ups by City, L’pool and Chelsea. That’s sad, really.

Van Persie did not fire on all cylinders today and we struggled to get a goal.

If this does not convince Wenger that we need another striker, a potent one, I do not know what will.

Any comments or thoughts? Please share them below.

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Posted on December 27, 2011, in Match Ratings and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. That was a great show by arsenal wolves keeper frustrated our strikers.bt song has to avoid unnecessary tackles.overally good show frm both teams.

  2. Ratings looks decent.. How didn’t we win this.

  3. I’m very disappointed… Our inability to make good decisions in the final third has cost us alot today… We als lacked pace and Gervinho’s indecisive runs pissed me off.. Its so frustrating … Anyways a game on new years eve and i hope we do better.. L8r Y’all..

  4. We really nid a very mobile, quick-thinking forward like Podolski. Gervinho decision making is too faulty

  5. Indeed, we nid a new striker, a very potent one…

  6. Too generous with the ratings.

  7. It is really sad that we could not take the advantage, by seeing the selection i know we are in trouble. I see no any reason why wenger did not start AOC in the absence of walcot and wenger shouldn’t have started RVP for psychological reason. The points should be more important than breaking record, RVP should have come in the later part of the game. Wenger must buy in january. He should go for a short term loan of a natural left full back, buy ano attacking midfielder and a striker. Rvp is carrying 2 much burden on him. Very bad result for us

  8. What game did you watch mate? Ratings too generous, I give RVP 5 for his performance today. And what improvement did Arshavin show!? One lucky shot??

  9. Muga from Tanzania

    Its time 4 arsenal’s board plus Wenger 2 change the club policy of paying low salaries the thing which led 2 our quality players 2 run away also buying quality players instead of depending on a single player like as we depend on RVP! If we want success we have 2 invest on qualty players and retaining our quality players instead of leting them run away!

  10. Very disappointing result but on the positive side the game showed that we have so many options in midfield: Rosicky and Benayoun doing well for most of the game. With Wilshere returning we have a lot of quality in that area.
    Much more concerned about attack and defence. Wenger MUST sign a top striker asap. You can’t rely on RVP and his goals for a whole season even if he stays fit. Look at the other top teams: They all have big names on the bench ready to step up if their main striker doesn’t deliver. And RVP definitely looks like a player who could do with a break – or some decent competition for the place in the starting line up.
    Furthermore it hurts me to see how much we need real full backs in a game like this. Credit to Djorou and Vermaelen, they are doing the best they can. But they are NOT natural full backs. They do not provide enough width in our play and they are not able to do the same overlapping runs as Sagna and Gibbs. Wenger must sign/loan at least one quality full back as soon as the transfer window opens.
    And hopefully he will soon realize what millions of Arsenal supporters have tried to tell him for months now: Arshavin is NOT the answer in a frustrating game like this. In fact, Arshavin is not the answer to anything regarding Arsenal…

  11. really arsenal need a quality finisher aside 4rm van persie coz d work load iz 2 much on him.Gervinho hz no footballing brain and ox shld be introduced instead coz ox iz 2 brilliant 2 be left on d bench.wenger with aged iz inept.

  12. I’m hoping Wenger’s giving Arshavin n Chamakh minutes just so he’ll be justified when the time comes for both to be let go. First Fulham, now Wolves. These dropped points against beatable opponents (don’t tell me Fulham held Chelshit) will cost us come season’s end!

    Park and Ox need more minutes, bring Vela back I still say or what da heck… get Henry back!

  13. Arsenal board should do something now, at Man U, Rooney, Nani, Babetov, Checharito, J S park can score, also at Chelsea and Man city Drogba, Torres, Mata, Sturriege, Remires, Malouda, Anelka ) Aguero, Balloteli, Silver ,Adams can score, but at arsenal only RVP

  14. we should start taking games serious just as i was thinking that we are already in fourth place we mess things up and the substitute was not that effective chamakh,arshvin are just waste of subs.english officials are dead no wonder they never made it to top competition,english football is good but officiating is 10% they need to wake up.

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