Arsenal vs Marseille : Post Match Thoughts + Ratings
Posted by Escobar
For only the third game this season, Arsenal shot blanks and failed to find the back of the net. The scoreline did not reflect the nature of the game as we could have won by at least 3 goals with poor finishing & lack of sharpness to blame.
Arsene Wenger chose to rest RVP and Koscielny for Vermaelen & Park with Jenkinson also coming in for Djourou, those were the only changes. The game started off slowly, we kept giving away possession and Marseille spent the better part of the first 10 minutes in our half with nothing to show.
We gained a foothold just after that, with Ramsey and Gervinho posing serious threats with their pace & passing. Ramsey had the chance to put us ahead but held back on the pass to Park and ended up wasting it. Walcott was also set free by Gervinho and Marseille had the goalkeeper to thank after turning it round the post. The half time whistle came and just before that, Gervinho shot at the goalkeeper.
For all of the speed carried by the oppositions attackers they couldn’t make it count. Santos was having a mixed game, poor at the back, excellent going forward. Gervinho full of energy, Arteta ever so careful. The back four rarely untroubled and Vermaelen looked solid, Jenko too. Despite making changes and introducing RVP, Rosicky & Arshavin, we still lacked sharpness but credit to Marseille, they got what they came for.
On the plus side, coming away with the draw meant we still top the group and are on course to qualify and the unbeaten run is still on.
Good to see Vermaelen back, he did not look out of place, won his tackles, defended well and organized the defence.
•Jenkinson defended well and Song had a solid game. Gervinho is beginning to settle well and improving his range of passing.
•Walcott might be on-and-off offensively, but in the past few games, his defensive input has been solid, the highlight was when Santos lost the ball on the left and Marseille broke with speed, Theo sped back all of 70yards to cover for him. Great stuff.
Vermaelen – 7
Santos – 6
Arteta – 6
Song – 7
Ramsey – 6.5
Walcott – 6
Gervinho – 7
Park – 4
RVP – 5
Rosicky – 5
Arshavin – 5
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Posted on November 2, 2011, in Match Ratings, Post-match thoughts and tagged Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Arshavin, Arteta, Gervinho, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Park, Ramsey, Rosicky, Santos, Song, Vermaelen, Waclott. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.