Daily Archives: September 17, 2011

New Signings, Same Old Arsenal: The Player Ratings.


Szczesny (6): Unusual performance. Wasn’t too assured and his defence should have helped. Nothing he could have done about the own goals and made a crucial save with the scores at 2-2.

Sagna (5): Had a tough afternoon against Hoillet. Started brightly but faded as the game wore on. Went off with an injury.

Koscielny (4): Crazy game, Samba bullied him all afternoon, an own goal only made it worse.

Per (4): He was missing today, should have been the one marking Samba at set pieces but for some reason he didn’t . His lack of pace was somewhat exploited today.

Santos (5): He was solid at one vs ones, but suffered at set pieces. He played Yakubu onside for the 1st and 3rd goals.

Song (6.5): I think he had a good game, did his job quite well, the own goal was quite unfortunate.

Ramsey (7): Played well, did his job quite admirably.

Arteta (6): Nothing spectacular, went about his job quietly before a well-taken goal and returned to his shell after.

Arshavin (6): Good start, was involved in most of the attacking play. His influence reduced as time went on.

RVP (5): Quiet game, didn’t get involved as much as he would have loved. The few opportunities he got, he met an inspired goalkeeper in Robinson.

Gervinho (6.5): Lively game, good goal, he worked tirelessly all afternoon. Got into some great positions but his decision making let him down.


Djourou (3): Terrible cameo. Looked out of sorts and really needs to get his head right.

Walcott (5): Came on for Arshavin, offered a lot more pace but not a lot in end product. Could have had a goal at the end.

Chamakh (5): Got a goal and that’s about it.

We lost at Blackburn in a game we took the lead twice. Zonal marking our undoing once more; we mark spaces instead of players, spaces don’t score goals, players do!

We’ve managed 4 points from 5 games! Words have deserted me, I’ll just leave you to find the right adjectives.

See you in the comments!