Daily Archives: August 20, 2011

Arsenal 0-2 Liverpool: Match Review and Player Ratings.

“Booooooo!!!!!” was the scream after 90 minutes at the Emirates as Arsenal fell to two goals at the hands of Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool. Abou Diaby, Tomas Rosicky, Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshere, Johan Djourou, Sebastien Squillaci and now Laurent Koscielny are all on the injury list with Gervinho, Alex Song and now Emmanuel Frimpong all suspended. We can only keep our fingers crossed as we face Manchester United next week with 11 days left in the transfer window.

It was a slow start to the game as the strike force of Arshavin-Robin van Persie-Theo Walcott looked weak with the trio failing to muster a shot on target all through the first half. The team fell apart after going down to 10 men with Frimpong’s sending off, leaving the midfield and defense with no coordination.

Reports coming in say terms have been agreed with Lille playmaker Eden Hazard but then again its Arsenal so we can’t be too sure. Below are your ratings.

Szczesny 7 – made good saves in the first half with shots from Carroll and Henderson. Came under a lot of fire in the second half after the red card and could do nothing to keep out both goals.

Sagna 6– wasn’t exactly comfortable starting on the left but later adjusted well enough although it was from his flank the own goal was conceded.

TV5 8.5 – Took over the reins in defense after Koscielny was taken off. Brave enough to charge into the Liverpool half and put in some shots. Pocketed Carroll and was an absolute beast. Needs a better partner.

Koscielny (N/A) – Another one bites the dust. Looked in major pain as he hobbled out of the pitch in the 14th minute. Replaced by Miquel.

Jenkinson 6 – Was rarely troubled by Enrique down the left flank. Lost his footing once or twice but overall a good debut.

Nasri 7 – fairly good game from the Frenchman. Was applauded by the Emirates crowd during some good plays. He would surely be missed.

Frimpong 7 – The 19 year old was full of energy given that it was his Premier League debut. His lack of experience got him yellow carded in the 7th minute though he went on to have a good game offensively and defensively till he was sent off in the 70th minute for another ‘Balotteli’ moment.

Aaron Ramsey 4.5 – Had a quiet game as his presence was felt much in the midfield as he was caught napping on the ball. Really has to step up to the plate if he plans on staying in the first team.

Walcott 4 – As always, full of energy with bursts of speed but no productive end result. Taken off in the 79th minute for Nicklas Bendtner to cap a poor outing from him.

RvP 6 – Had a quiet first half. The Dutchman clearly needs a worthy strike partner to do damage with and was unfortunate not to hit the back of the net in the 67th minute after some good play from Arshavin.

Arshavin 5 – Unfortunate to miss a sitter after just four minutes on the clock and phased out as the game went by.

SUBSTITUTES

Miquel 6 – Put in a solid shift after being thrown in at the deep end and was unfortunate to see his attempted clearance ricochet off Ramsey for the first goal. Otherwise, he did good.

Henri Lansbury – (N/A)

Bendtner – (N/A)

A very poor game from the Emirates and it is now glaring that new blood needs to be injected (and by new blood and I don’t mean another 16 year old). From wherever you’re reading, keep the faith alive.

Faf says so… (P.S – Sinma, see all the work I have to do? Love you still)

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Arsenal vs Liverpool : Match Preview + Transfer News

Coming off clinching a landmark 100th win at the Emirates Stadium with victory in midweek over Udinese, Arsenal will be seeking a first win in the still nascent Premier League season when Liverpool come visiting in Saturday’s early kick-off.

The Gunners will be without African duo Gervinho and Alex Song with both handed three-match suspensions each for their part in the fraca with Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton last weekend just as Kieran Gibbs and Jack Wilshere will sit out the encounter injured.

Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky has also been ruled out injured for the match as is Swiss defender Johan Djourou while Frenchman Samir Nasri will be in the squad despite edging closer to completing a move to Manchester City.

Also back in the squad and with an assured future at the club is Robin van Persie, expected to spearhead the attack in what would be his first outing as captain after being handed the armband following Cesc Fàbregas’ exit to Barcelona.

That also likely puts Marouane Chamakh back on d bench with Theo Walcott set to start alongside van Persie upfront or from the wings in light off Gervinho’s suspension. Young Ghanaian Emmanuel Frimpong could also be handed a starting shirt with Alex Song suspended while Ryo Miyaichi and Carl Jenkinson could make their league debuts.

Liverpool on their part have a full strength squad with captain Steven Gerard being the only notable absentee through injury. And Gooners should be wary of the Reds attack with Luis Suarez’s enterprise coupled with Andy Carroll’s presence a real threat notwithstanding their disappointing draw against Sunderland.

Carroll it was who scored the only goal in Newcastle’s shock win at the Emirates last season and manager Kenny Dalglish will be hopeful of a similar outcome from his number 9 with support from Suarez, Dirk Kuyt, Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam.

Arsenal will bank mainly on van Persie upfront as well as the back trio of Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Wojciech Szczesny – who have helped the club keep clean sheets in the last two games – to maintain that form against a fluctuative Liverpool side that had a disappointing second half last week following an impressive first.

The players would have their mental attribute tested and needing to down the poor aura of sharing points with the Reds last time they visited, in which Kuyt converted a 112th minute penalty to dent the Gunners’ title challenge then. And while it is too early for a defeat to either side dealing a major blow to any title ambitions, getting one over your rivals early on is never a bad idea and a win for Arsenal would greatly help boost belief in a team that so far has been largely devoid of creative spark and fluid play.

We’ll leave you with a bit of transfer news, we seem to have lost out in the race for Mata to Chelski which is rather irritating seeing as we found him, stalled stupidly till his fee went up and now we’re balking at the quoted fee.

But if reports are to be believed, we’ve agreed a deal to sign Lille winger Eden Hazard who in my opinion would be a great signing. Joel Campbell too has officially signed and has been training with the squad, he’ll probably have to wait a little longer before being involved.

Let’s pray we win at Udinese on Wed so we can sign A CB, a CM & and an attacker and all would be well again. From wherever you’re reading, enjoy the game.

P.S Let’s try not to boo Samir Nasri if he plays tomorrow, he just might score an own goal in retaliation.

Punkenstein

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