Daily Archives: February 1, 2011

Arsenal Lick Toffees : The Player Ratings.

Koscly
If there was any time to show our mental strength and desire to win the league then that game was tonight. An early goal, in somewhat controversial circumstances threatened to turn the game into a battling one. But the lads came through in the second half following the introduction of Arshavin, yes, Arshavin! Here are the player ratings

Chezzer6.5
Nothing he could have done about the goal. Other than that he rarely had anything to do in the game as evidenced by Everton’s 4 shots on target.

Clichy7
Good game from the full back, had a lot to do though as Rosicky’s lazy play did not make it easy for him, but he still managed to have a solid game.

JD7
Commanding display from our best defender this season. He was solid, tackled well and the ‘offside
Goal by saha was the only blot on his performance

Koscly7.5
Talk about twist of fortunes as he should not have reached for the ball that led to Everton’s goal. But he atoned for it with the winning goal. 2011 is turning out to be a productive year for him.

Sagna6.5
With Walcott’s help, he limited the effect of Baines but lost concentration on more than one occasion; asides that, nothing much on his part

Wilshere6
Found the huge frame of Fellaini too much to deal with and the early yellow card did him no favours. He passed well as the game went on but had to be removed when the game got heated.

Song5
Lasted only one half as he pulled a thigh muscle. He wasn’t overly involved before then.

Fabregas7
Another assist for El Capitano, he should have scored with a surging run but a poor touch let him down. Did his best to lead his charges and deserved to be on the winning side.

Walcott6.5
Showed a lot of hunger as he ran at the defence repeatedly but without end product. A fairly decent outing.

Rosicky2
Poor, awful, appalling, I know all this sounds harsh but let’s admit it, he’s washed up. In 62mins of play, he made no telling contribution, but he picked up a yellow card and lost the ball repeatedly. Off you go in the summer. I pray.

R.V.P7
Should have scored tonight if he only he avoided backing the goal each time we attacked. Warmed Howard’s palm with a stinging free kick and got the assist for the winner.

SUBSTITUTES

Arshavin7
As I told my mates, bring on Arshavin and we will win this match. He might be lazy but I’ll take a lazy and half fit Arshavin to a fully fit Rosicky anyday. Right place at the right time to score the equaliser.

Bendtner5
Had little or no effect in the time he was on.

Diaby6.5
What a change his introduction made. He helped out Jackie with some much needed meat in the middle of the park and helped control the game.

Lee Mason and his assistants100
They were the best players on the field, such w*nkers. Almost cost us three valuable points.

What a close game, despite the poor officiating from the referee and the injury to Alex Song, we dug in and got the desired 3 points. I’m definitely going to sleep well tonight.

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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How Yesterday’s Events Might Define Our Season.

One step closer

Okay we did not get the news we were looking for all through yesterday, the club did not sign the players many of us fans felt we needed to consolidate on our position this season. However, I think a couple of the yesterday’s major moves will have a big effect on how our season pans out.

The English football market went bonkers as Chelsea shelled out money in excess of 70million quid on World Cup winning crock Torres (50million) and Brazilian defender David Luiz (over 20million). These two players were highly needed to resuscitate a fading Chelsea side and the Blues got their men. Liverpool meanwhile signed Andy Carroll and David Suarez, two top strikers in their own rights, to help them get out of stormy waters. Now you ask, how does this help us in any way?

We are currently 5 points behind United in the League but the beauty of that is that we have played our difficult games against our major rivals. Torres and Luiz will have to wait until next season before lining up against us in the League; Carroll and Suarez won’t be eager to impress the Kop when they play us, because there will be no Kop. Yes, we play them at the Emirates! We know what Carroll is all about now and we have got Djourou back. So Liverpool should not be much of a problem, I suppose.

United on the other hand are still to play Chelsea home and away with the first of those games coming in a fortnight or thereabout. They also face the task of playing Liverpool away; then they visit us at the Emirates later in the season, not to mention the Manchester derby. You would normally expect all three teams (Chelsea, Man City and United) to drop points in those matches; but if, and I mean this, if United manage to play those games but still find themselves unbeaten and at the League’s summit, it either means we have been inconsistent ourselves or they have just been sublime. Then maybe they deserve to win the title after all.

Meanwhile, we have Everton visiting tonight and if you are wondering why we have to play twice in three days, Wenger explained right here. I do not understand the full gist but my guess is it has to do with sponsorship and television rights. Everton have drawn their last 3 games and if the words of their manager are anything to go by, they wouldn’t mind adding another one. No thanks, Mr. Moyes, we do mind!

It’s stale gist that Nasri is out for around 3 weeks; it is a sad thing for our best player this season to go off injured just when we are beginning to rejoice at having everyone back. Just how much we will miss him remains to be seen. I think we will miss him most in our away game against Newcastle as he has a penchant for unlocking such teams away from home. Arshavin can particularly help ease that burden though if he keeps up his attitude in the last two games. No, he hasn’t been spectacular, but we can all see he’s beginning to turn the corner.

Amid all the crazy stories we got yesterday, one thing struck me though; the three top clubs in England (at least by the League standings) at the moment were not involved in any transfer deals; the benefits of a settled squad maybe? Given his recent interviews concerning player transfers and the team’s current position, I’m inclined to believe that Arsene just might know best. Maybe I’m delusional too but let’s see who is smiling come May.

From wherever you are reading, keep supporting the gunners.
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