Posted by Emi Michael
“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.
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)