Dull Arsenal Fail To Fire As Gervinho Sees Red On Debut + Ratings

If the game yesterday is a sign of things to come then we can forget the top four this season. No Fabregas, No Nasri & no Wilshere and we lacked cutting edge, sharpness & decisiveness. The game was there for the taking but we didn’t seem interested in taking it.

As expected, Gervinho was handed a debut and Ramsey came in for Wilshere & Rosicky for Fabregas, same formation from last season which is something we should look at changing for this season. It was a dull affair from the start with us dominating possession as is the norm with us but nothing to take home in the final third, Gervinho showed promise with his touch, pace & control but opted to pass the ball everytime instead of shooting which was rather irritating as the game wore on

We were rarely troubled at the back and the midfield trio of Rosick-Ramsey-Song weren’t helping the attack with their lethargic performance. Song was first to go into the book for a stupid challenge and Rosicky quickly followed for a similar one. The end of the first half would have seen us score but for Van Persie’s poor touch from a delightful lob from Andrey Arshavin. We had only one shot on target in the whole 45.

2nd half more of the same, possession with no result, even Wilshere had to tweet for Arsene to throw Theo on which did not happen until the 60 something minute and his first involvement brought a save out of the goalkeeper. One would be forgiven for thinking Arsenal were Stoke in disguise as we had more fouls than chances created.

An attack on the left saw Gervinho weave his way into the box and he went down under the slightest of touches from Tiote, play on said the referee but Barton wasn’t impressed and the c*nt decided to award more punishment as he dragged up Gervinho like a thief and rough housed him, a melee ensued and in the process Gerv hit Barton who went down like he had been shot.

The referee did not see it and I don’t know how the linesman missed it but they all saw what Gerv did, he was sent off & Barton was given a yellow. Bad Officiating 1 : 0 Arsenal . The game played out as expected with us dropping points and losing a player again for the 2nd consecutive opening day.

One has to hope & pray Arsene’s eyes were peeled to the awful showing yesterday and makes him speed up the transfer dealings. Spend some f*cking money and maybe, just maybe we can do well this season. Rosicky is useless and can’t do well for us anymore, Ramsey is not a holding midfielder, and Van Persie needs a partner seeing as he kept dropping to the midfield. SPEND SOME F*CKING MONEY ARSENAL.


Was largely uninvolved as the Newcastle attack were asleep for most of the game

Sagna 7
Gave a good account of himself, held his own and did good going forward and staying back

Vermaelen 7
Good to have him back, won so many last ditch challenges & commanded his presence

Made some crucial interceptions in the 2nd half and his understanding with TV5 was there to see

A better team and his lack of positional discipline would have been dealt with severely, otherwise a decent showing

Playing in an unfamiliar role of holding midfield and you could see his discomfort, played ok but could have done better

Needs to learn discipline, he was rash, poor in his tackles and could of seen Red for his poor stamp on Barton

Useless, for a playmaker he spent more time passing to the side like Denilson and he inspired nothing and slowed down counter attacks.

Bright and bubbly, seemed nervous at times, passed when he should of shot, his debut was marked by a red card, hopefully he’s learnt his lesson.

Barring one excellent lobbed pass to RVP he was poor. Very poor

Van Persie6
Spent more time coming back to help the midfield, that’s how poor the service to him was. OK game.


Full of energy when he came on and nearly scored with his first chance.

Udinese are next up for us, then Liverpool, Udinese & United, we need those replacements as early as possible and not some stupid kids. From wherever you’re reading, try not to get your hopes high, or too low at that.


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Posted on August 14, 2011, in Match Ratings, Post-match thoughts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I was particularly impressed with our defence yesterday. We looked dogged at the back. Also I prefer Kieran at the back to Clichy. Attacking wise we were very blunt. We didn’t have thee cutting edge + we have started our no shooting policy again. Anyway, I’m still an arsenal hopeful.

  2. Definitely one of d dullest performances from arsenal. We were basically tied wit newcastle on goal attempts n they hardly made any. We were fortunate not to conceed and I’m afraid that might jst take wenger’s mind off buyin a defender. As for ramsey n rosicky, they shd be stripped of their jerseys n given suits. Both can’t play shit. Who saw ramsey’s pathetic shot? Why do we always get stuck wit the idiots that collect stupid red cards? Its all tactics yet mr wenger wld never teach them that part of football. Sir alex does it, mourinho does it.

  3. Defence did good but that formation… leaves much to desire! Asides, I see u’re still seething Escobar heehee!!

  4. @Cel, asides the pass for RVP what did Arsh do in the game. Theo had a shot on target, beat his marker each time, crossed for Gibbs to score who decided to pass to RVP with his head. I stick by my rating.