Daily Archives: January 25, 2011

Arsenal Vs Ipswich : The Player Ratings

A superb second half showing has us chanting ‘We are going to Wembley’ chants. It looked like a combination of bad luck and finishing with Ipswich 9-1-1 formation was going to turn this into a battle. But in the end, we allowed our class tell and two quick fire goals in three minutes set us on the way to Wembley. Below are the player ratings.

The only action he was involved in was leaving Sagna with a terrible blow to the head. Another comfortable evening as he’s bent on ending January without conceding a goal.

Another evening where the opponents forgot we had a left side too as he didn’t have to sweat at the back and did good going forward.

Commanding display from our best defender this season, was solid, tackled well and got the beating of his marker all the time.

Grabbed what is his second goal in an Arsenal shirt with a well placed header. He complemented JD at the back.

Lasted less than 15 mins as he took a blow to the head and had to leave the game.

Did very well in the midfield, rarely lost the ball which is even rare for the brazilian.

For his profligacy he would have gotten a higher mark BUT his pass for the opener was Sublime and of the highest order. Fabregas, Xavi and Pirlo would have been proud of the pass. Needs to work on his finishing.

Unlucky not to have scored more than one. Despite the rough housing he received from the Ipswich bullies, he still managed to dictate play and not only start the move for the 3rd goal, but kept running to collect the pass and score the goal that sealed it.

Arsenal’s much maligned attacker started the game in similar fashion, and it looked as if he kitted up just to frustrate the fans. And then came the second half. He was electric as he hand a hand in two of the three goals scored. He can breathe easy now.

He should have been more selfish tonight as he kept looking to pass the ball, and only has the headed attempt on the bar to show for all of his brilliant play. His presence in the box was needed and very essential.

WOW!!! That’s what came out of my mouth when he bent that curler beyond the reach of the GK, from the run, to the first touch and the finesse applied to the shot had class written all over it. Could have had an assist to his name if RVP had buried the cross he provided.



Not too good, and not too bad. Caught out of position almost all the time, thankfully we didn’t pay for it.


So folks, there you have it, Wembley awaits and I for one would like to credit Arshavin for a good display and for the two assists. Congratulations to the players for not losing their heads during the game despite all of the rough housing and poor officiating. Our quest for Silverware is almost complete.

From wherever you’re reading, have fun and please don’t drink and drive, if you must drink make sure its water. Cheers


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We’re Going To Wembley, YES WE ARE!

Like many gooners worldwide, I have no doubt in the outcome of the game later tonight. Confidence is sky high and the players know a lot is on the line. The added incentive of winning a silverware for the first time since 2005. But wait, do we really want this? If our performance in the first leg was anything to go by then our opponents seem to know what’s at stake more than us. I’ll just call that game a ‘bad day at the office’.

Okay, we seem to have put our poor run of form behind us, emphasis on the seem, but again you would have bet your house on easy wins against Leeds (1st leg) and Ipswich as well. But now we find ourselves needing to run the latter of the green grass of our stadium. Ah well it could have been worse, I do remember that they could have been two up in that game. Yet this game is actually easier to lose than the 1st leg, because its no longer even ground seeing as the away goals rule counts and they are one up.

Now do you see Ipswich not scoring? Well with the tactic they are sure to use (long balls) no, especially if we’re crazy enough to play a high line in defence. If we’re to concede at all, I’ll prefer we do so very early so we can roll over them but its a cup competition, no easy games here. A clean sheet is essential for our progress. Wigan 2006 anyone???

Another thing which concerns me as regards this game, is what the team selection will be. I have no reason to believe that these people shall be in the line up. I mean Samir, Cesc, RVP,Song Theo; you get my drift? Need I mention that all our goals at Elland road came from our usual starters, but If Arsene decides a rest is needed by at least 3 of these above mentioned names,we might be in for a long night.

They will definitely park the bus, yes, the same one Man Shitty brought with them to the Emirates, albeit a less expensive one. That being said, we should have enough to move their vehicle out of our space and throw it where it belongs. Yes, you geddit, we throw it out!

As such we’ll need our wingers dearly this evening because what we should do is stretch their back four and move them out of place which should make movement easier down the middle; a fast paced game will also be just what the doctor ordered cue Mr. Walcott and Mr. Nasri maybe even the enigmatic Russian. My ideal line-up looks something like this:


    Sagna JD Koscly Gibbs

    Denilson Wilshere Nasri

    Bendtner Chammy Arshavin

This way have Cesc, RVP and Theo on the bench in case things go out of hand. It’s been rumoured that Ignasi Miquel might get the nod ahead of JD just to rest him and Eboue might come in for Sagna, I say we leave Sagna on seeing how in his absence the Ivorian got some games. I’m looking forward to this game as I believe can be the turnaround of Arshavin’s slump and fancy Chamakh to nab a brace.

We hope Arsene gets his tactics spot on for all gooners the world over will stand behind me when I say, we need a trophy, BADLY!!!

From wherever you choose to watch,have fun and I’m sure we’ll all be rejoicing come the end of 90 minutes.


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