Daily Archives: April 10, 2011

Diaby Stars As Arsenal Win : The Blackpool Player Ratings.

Surprise start by Lehmann who replaced the ill/injured(depending on who you believe) Almunia. Diaby, Eboue, Fabregas came in for Song, Theo & sagna. 2 goals in each half saw Arsenal run away with the 3 points. Below are the ratings.

Mad Jens7.5
Second First debut for the overly eccentric german. Handled himself well, came out and dealt with crosses, even composed enough to round an on rushing blackpool striker and a good save after Clichy faltered.

Eboue 7.5
Stunning finish from the much maligned overly loved fullback. Ran the wings well and put in one or two tackles and also caught out of position. Good day.

Squillaci 8
High rating because of that last ditch tackle that preceded the 3rd goal. With the game at 2-1 and Blackpool one shot away from levelling, he came through BIG. Probably his first ever tackle since joining Arsenal.

Koscielny7
Was comfortable against the threat of just one Blackpool forward. He was ok throughout and covered well for Clichy.

Clichy6
Would have gotten a 7, but the stupid lapse in concentration in the dying minutes of the game could have cost us. He seems to do it every season, remember City & B’ham a few years back.

Wilshere7
Solid going forward and defending, found himself on the wrong end of the oppositions tackling but his character shone through. Picked up a booking trying to prevent a counter.

Diaby8.5
I think the last time diaby got a rating this high must have been in a Fifa 11 video game. Started the game on fire, profiting from good build up play between Cesc, RVP, Arshavin. He was immense in the midfield and stupidly picked up a booking but showed considerable strength & grit in the second 45.

Fabregas8
Pass after pass, lob after lob, he lost me with his precision and decision making and the number of chances he created in the opening half alone. Set Theo on his way for the assist to RVP’s goal and Arsenal’s 3rd. Good outing.

Nasri7
Not his best game for Arsenal, but for the goalkeeper he would have gotten his name on the score sheet.

Arshavin6.5
Was more out of the game than in the game. Posed little threat but he defended well.

Van Persie7
On another day he could have scored 5. Poor refereeing coupled with profligate finishing cost him. Made amends after being offered a good assist by the speedy Theo

SUBSTITUTES

Walcott7
Came on with the game finely poised and he turned it on its head with his pace and laid on the winning goal for RVP after great play by Eboue, Cesc & Diaby.

GibbsN/A

RamseyN/A.

Man of the MatchAbou Diaby

Good to see us pick up a vital and necessary win. The gap is back to seven points with a game in hand.
From wherever you’re reading have a great day.

Escobar

BlackPool Vs Arsenal : The Match Preview

Hallo fellow gooners, sorry I’ve posted nothing in a while, more out of disappointment than anything else and then my work schedule hasn’t quite been forgiving so I’ve had to take a bit of a hiatus whether I wanted to or not (I did actually) but that’s not quite why we’re here is it.

So we have a game against a team that has won just two in their last seventeen games in the league, lying in…well…seventeenth place and we’re in second place. Seems easy enough yes? Well our form’s been pretty horrid and let’s face it if Blackpool’s going to get anything out of this game, now represents their best chance doesn’t it? We’re seven points adrift with a game in hand, we win that we’re actually four points adrift. I can still see United losing two games b4 the end of the season, against Chelsea and against us, so its not all doom and gloom is it?

But then the task at hand is most important.
Now, we’re without Alex Song and that’s a pretty big loss too and Almunia’s in the line up….again so too kozzer and the squid, Samir, Walcott, RVP, and all the usual suspects seem fit and well, so also our captain.

Blackpool have played some pretty neat stuff all season, or have at least tried to, so I suppose they won’t try to park the bus and we’re hoping history repeats itself and we get to hit them for six goals again but I doubt it. Let’s hope Arsene talks major sense into the lads this afternoon and if possible a pre match hair-dryer treatment, cause there’s actually quite a bit to play for in the league still. I mean I cannot remember the last time Arsene said plainly and simply ‘We were not good enough’ after a game.

Gooners we still have an outside chance but it must start today. So let’s keep our chin up and do what we’ve done all season; support our great club
Come on you gooners!!!

ITA

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