Daily Archives: March 5, 2011

Arsenal Choke…. AGAIN : Sunderland Player Ratings

We’ve seen it happen over and over again. Arsenal FC’s fetish with De Ja Vu’s is really appalling. How can you continue to blow away chance after chance to either win the title or close the gap on the leaders? Are we cursed as a club or is winning a trophy, any trophy unattainable heights for Arsenal or are our players werewolves and vampires (allergic to silverware)? On a day when polished performance by certain players is going to be overlooked due to failure to bag the 3 points. Below are the ratings.

Szczesny8
One superb save in the opening 15 minutes followed up by another superb one in the closing stages. Showed no after effects of the Wembley loss.

Sagna 7
The only Arsenal defender shorn of mistakes the season. Another solid outing.

Djourou 7
Relatively untroubled asides from being on the receiving end of Muntari’s fingers n elbow.

Koscielny6
Sloppy, shaky, erratic with his passing. Needs to up his game asap before the game at Nou Camp.

Clichy6
Had trouble dealing with Sessegnon early on in the game but recovered in the second 45.

Wilshere8
Asked to play the fabregas role in the first 45 and would have been rewarded with two assists if not for profligate finishing from the forwards.

Diabyminus 0.00000001
Relatively useless, continually incurred the wrath of the Arsenal faithful by ruining counters and losing the ball. Shocking game.

Denilsonminus 10
Was he even on the field?? Oh yes he was, he was tackled poorly twice. Five years in the first team and no improvement whatsoever. Sad

Arshavin6
Should have done better with the two chances he had, he can point to Bramble’s push for skewing that chance but a player of his quality should have scored.

Bendtner6
Barring the excellent snap shot he had in the first half which the keeper did well to stop, he was a shadow of his former self. Still looking for his first PL goal in 2011.

Nasri7
Played very well in the second half, unlucky to be surrounded by the likes of Diaby and denilson, showed real drive and promise. Should have scored from a set piece. Unlucky.

SUBSTITUTES

Chamakh6
Hit the post with a header when it was easier to score.

Rosicky0
Over 15 minutes and no notable contribution. How he recovered from the knock against Orient surprises me.

Sunderland

Mignolet9
I had to rate the lad, he was the difference between both sides, excellent showing, save after save. Take the plaudits son. Good game.

Referee & Linesman100
Both men receive the award for ‘Men of the match’ for excellent and error free performance from both of them. We need more referee’s like them.

Well, like we always say, keep the faith, we still have the game in hand and hopefully the scousers can do us one hell of a favour tomorrow against Manure. Your thoughts?

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