Arsenal Disappoint in Stalemate with Chelsea + Player Ratings

It was an overly dull London derby as Arsenal played out a goalless draw with Chelsea, a result fans of the Blues will be happier with but one that may well have ended their Champions League ambition from the Premier League point of view.

As for us, we were absent for much of the first half against a second string Chelsea. Captain van Persie hit the post (yet again) and the highly impressive Koscielny was denied by the crossbar.

Below is the player ratings…

Player Ratings
Assured performance from the Pole on his 50th Premier League appearance for us.

Good game as well on his century of matches for Arsenal.

When RvP hit the post off Walcott’s freekick, Vermaelen was next to him ready to pounce. Turn the 5 upside down and add a line where necessary… you have a makeshift 9. And he defends very well too, that we all know.

Sterling performance from the Frenchman, especially in the second half. Unfortunate to have the bar deny him after losing his marker well.

Good game from him.

A rock in midfield. Delivered some good balls and dispossessed the visitors on a number of occasions.

He did throw a cool long ball for RvP in the second half. He however lost possession too many times, lingering on the ball when his job was to keep the game going.

Keep the faith here gooners…

Was at a loss when he was substituted, then got word that he’s been ill recently. Good game from him nonetheless, felt he could have played a bit longer.

Not the Ox we’ve come to love. Troubled the Chelsea back with his agility at times but brought little to the match.

Went off with a hamstring injury, hopefully not a serious one. Had an average game.

Van Persie5
Let’s be honest here, our captain vantastic hasn’t been the Robin that had us no longer needing a Batman lately. Now, he’s gone over 11 hours without a goal from open play, that’s not right!



Thankfully, he saw this through unlike when he came on at Liverpool.


Summarily, we go six points clear with three games to play but Sp*ds and Newcastle now have two games more to play. When you do the math, today’s point is actually valuable. We just would’ve preferred three.

Do share your thoughts about the outcome and its implications below.

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Posted on April 21, 2012, in News and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. If you are rating Ramsey as a 3, you were definitely watching a different game. Or may be perception does not allow for clarity of thought!

    Aaron Ramsey completed 63 of 65 passes, the best of all 22 players on the pitch. He lost the ball twice and failed in one one-on-one situation. Compare this with 3 misplaced passes from Rosicky, 9 by Song and 10 by Sagna.

    Apart from the stats, it was visually evident that Ramsey waa bery disciplined in defense, tracking midfiled runners and helping out at the back – something that cannot be said for young Alex Oxlade.

    Look, I am the first one to call a bad performance in Ramsey, but today was not the day. Sagna amd Theo had the most ordinary of games for Arsenal.

  2. Perfect ratings for all but one. Err…Ramsey had a very good game. Granted he started poorly, but he grew into the game, was full of running and kept his play tidy. Easily one of our best players today.

  3. Gunnerfan, he lost the ball at least four times in the first half alone. And yes, u and Yemi are right, he played better in the second but that’s after taking an advanced role. First half was really appalling is all…

  4. Ramilson gave away possession cheaply on 4 occassions in the first half. Our forever promising talented Ramilson was probably thinking there were no opponents on the field, so he was taking his own sweet think to think what to do with the ball. Most “consistant” player in his last few game. Gunnerfan, you are watching another game as well. Rating 2.

    Walcock, a basic football brain fellow who felt the hamstring pain would put the ball out of play while you were having the possession, rather than giving up the possession and falling like a baby yelling for help. Pathetic. Rating 3.

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