Arsenal Vs Olympiakos : The Player Ratings

From the onset we looked likely to run riot over the Greek team with early goals from UCL home debutants AOC & Santos both scoring only for schoolboy defending again to undo us as they pulled one back. It ended that way. Here are the ratings.

Conceded a goal but was totally dominant and pulled off back to back saves to keep us in the tie. Needs to stay on his line more.

Sagna 5
Very poor showing. For a minute there I thought Justin Hoyte was back in an Arsenal shirt.

Mertesacker 8
He was solid at the back, even though he played with Song, won all aerial balls, cleared the ball into safety on more than one occasion. Was no where for the goal.

Was found wanting a couple of times and got no protection from Frimpong. Got the assist for the opener with a delightful pass.

He got his first goal on his home debut. Was a menace in the first 45 but needs to learn to defend better. Otherwise a solid game.

Frimpong5 in the 1st half, 7 in the Second Half
Out of sorts performance from the young Ghanian, left his defence exposed time after time but got better as the game wore on.

Covered more ground than any other player on the pitch but he needs to be more adventurous. He continues to play like he’s been told not to attack.

What did he do in the game? Apart from giving away a dangerous freekick and running around like a headless chicken, he was poor. Needs to go.

SIGH I’m lost for words, he was anonymous in the first half, did not defend and did not contribute. Then he was selfish in the second 45. Surely he’s clock is ticking away.

Was our best player in the first half, showed nice touches, ran well at the defence, crossed even better. Took his goal with aplomb and in so doing endeared himself to the Emirates faithful.

Missed the chance to put us 3 goals up, would have gotten a 4 but for his work rate and involvement in building up play.





Man Of The Match ~ Mertesacker

There you have it, three points in the bag, but with Marseille winning, we have to settle for second position. Spurs awaits this weekend. Have a swell night.


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Posted on September 28, 2011, in News and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Rosicky and Arshavin ( -̩̩̩͡˛ -̩̩̩͡) ……..very average performance from the team overall 😦

  2. Bit harsh on Rambo And song I think. Ramsey looked like he wanted the game when he came on and was unlucky not to score. I thought song was dominant at the back considering he is now a holding mid. Would’ve liked a bigger result but a win is a win. Arshavin to me looks like a waste of time.

  3. Thank God we’ve player like martersacker in our team motm, santos take over from gibbs, i dont think arshavin is seriouse, rosicky does’nt deserve that arm band for his poor play. Best of luck arsenal against tot.m

  4. I don’t agree.. Bt I aint gonna say anything.. I’m glad to have seen AOC start and score.. And also Santos.. We still need a lot of work at the back tho. We are getting there…

  5. What is it you don’t agree with exactly?

  6. every player on d pitch has contributed to give us d win. That’s what we want now!

  7. Fair ratings. A bit harsh on Sagna IMO. Granted he didn’t have the best of games but you must give credit to Olympiakos.They kept pushing him and doubled up on him atimes. I don’t think he did too badly.
    Rosicky’s game lacked the co-ordination that should normally come with age.
    Arteta my MOM.

  8. Alex Song is a wonderful defender

  9. As for Arteta, he is always outstanding

  10. were not for song we would have lost the game. mertasaker motm? you were watching a different game.
    where was he when they scored? standing alone waiting for the ball to come to him, he did that several times in the match.
    i know he is still enjoying his honeymoon at arsenal. same thing was said about sqirrel last season. any defender that is not agresive has no business in the premirship clubs.
    mertarsaker, sqillaci and djourou are good but not proactive.

  11. I know u gave Santos a 7, but i think he deserved more. He scored a crucial goal, defended well, and helped with some intelligent running off the ball. Also Song was immense, backline was solid they just didnt get the help they needed; ahem Arshavin and Rosicky, even Chamberlain cheated. Good win makes me a happy gunner 😉

  12. Sagna a 5? He kept the right defence anchored in a difficult game, with no help from Arshavin. My man of the match-Song.
    Man U concede 3 goals yesterday(to Basle!), and no one says the defence is crap!

  13. I disagree wit u on song n sagna.My motm is song bcos he defended well n didn’t get enough cover 4rm frimpong. He went on 2 get an assist 4rm defensive position. 4 Sagna, he’s got young Ox in front of him who didn’t track back enough 2 help him out. Tho he is not dat fantastic bt not a poor performance 4rm him.

  14. arshavin should have 3 instead, he almost cost us the game for failing to close down the opponent he gave him so much space to shoot and fortunately he hit the bar.
    i was surprised he was still on the pitch he looked tired and was clearly walking and ball watching.

  15. Song is the MOTM. Sagna did fine too.

  16. I am honestly glad we got off with a win concidering everything that’s been happening around us, I did not watch the game, but it sounds like Arteta had a reasonable game, and is understood, looking at who was partnering him in the middle, with Ramsey having a little rest, he should be ready for Tottenham, so I am happy there, and I am not stressed about Frimpong, but he should be careful, he has Conquelin knocking @ the door, but when everyone returns we will have a KILLER squad!!!!! Just imagine Vermaelen and Per defending, Arteta and Wilshere in the middle! And Gervinho and Walcott on the flanks, I still hope though that AOC gets more opportunities to play because he is impressing me, and under the wing of WENGER, he WILL become a great player

  17. Mertesacker 8…?? Are u kiddin me…?? He was responsible for the the goal we conceded… I think u were also ball watching like him.. And song saved the game.. He made some crucial tackles in the end… Santos as well… And arteta deserve more.. He saved a goal from the line… Did u actually see this match…?? I doubt…

  18. Still very sluggish defending , wenger should work on the back 4 . if we take this way to Tottenham i bet you we will be trashed. our defenders are not mobile that’s we are been caught on counter attack and defending dead balls.

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