[Player Ratings] Arsenal 1-2 Wigan: Awful Gunners Blow It

By on April 17, 2012
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Arteta - Sorely missed

What a shocking performance. In fact, i’d say that was our worst display at the Emirates this season. Just when we had the chance to move eight points clear of Tottenham and almost secure third place, Arsenal blow it. 

Firstly, congratulations to Roberto Martinez and Wigan. They were superb and fully deserved their win. They worked much harder, fought for every ball like their lives depended on it and created the better chances on the night.

But as good as Wigan were, we were equally poor. No urgency, no desire, no respect for the opposition and no ideas once Arteta left the field. It was QPR all over again.

The injury to Arteta not only disrupted our midfield, but it pretty much cost us the first goal. As G. Nev pointed out at half time, as Wigan broke from an Arsenal corner Arteta was limping on the edge of the penalty box and couldn’t track back. Benayoun, seeing Mikel in distress, shouted over to the bench and during this secondary lapse in concentration, Yossi had lost a yard on Di Santo who burst through our un-guarded midfield to score. Had either Arteta been fit, or Yossi not been alerting the bench to his injury, the first goal may very well not have happened.

The second goal was a joke as Sagna was twisted-up by Moses, neither Djourou or Vermaelen cut out the cross and Szczesny failed to gather the loose ball.  As bad as the defending was at times, the lack of creativity in the final third was equally worrying. We looked lacking in ideas and there was no movement off the ball. RVP hardly got a touch.

Being 2-1 down at home at half time, you’d have thought we would have pounded the Wigan goal in the second half. But i really can’t recall Al Habsi making a save during the second period! The ‘comeback’ was pathetic and Wigan strolled to a 2-1 win, and it could have been worse had Moses had a little more composure.

A terrible result but lets not get too despondent. We’re still five clear of Tottenham who just got battered 5-1 and have only won one game in seven. So it could be worse! Here are my player ratings from the game:

Player Ratings

Szczesny – 5.5 – Could have done better with both goals. Came charging out and missed the ball for the first, while i still have no idea how he failed to gather the ball before Gomez got the second. Some say Gomez kicked the ball out of his hands, but he didn’t. Szczesny did make a decent save from Moses though and distribution was ok.

Sagna – 5 – Given a torrid time by Moses. One of his worst performances in a long time. But he wasn’t alone!

Djourou – 5 – Back to his dodgy best. All over the place at the back, but went close with a decent volley. Subbed.

Vermaelen – 6.5 – Lovely header for the goal and was at least trying to make things happen in the final third.

Santos – 5 – Missed a great chance to equalise and looked slow and lethargic at the back. Almost cost us a third with a poor attempt at a tackle in the second half.

Song – 5 – His worst performance of the season? It’s definitely up there. He looked knackered, made several clumsy tackles and was nowhere near his usual level.

Arteta – N/A – Went off after just 6 minutes, and it looks like his season is over after he left the ground in a protective boot on crutches.

Rosicky – 6.5 – First half he was outstanding, but faded badly in the second when he ran out of steam. Was our best player in the final third though.

Walcott – 4 – Seriously, he did absolutely nothing. Hardly touched the ball. In fairness, Wigan were defending deep, but still no excuse for such a poor display.

Benayoun – 5.5 – Went close with a couple of first half headers but didn’t really get in the game and was eventually subbed.

RVP – 5.5 – Went close with a thunderous effort in the first half but other than that Robin was hardly in the game. Got no service at all but he looked a frustrated figure. Most worryingly of all, he looked on his last legs. The season is definitely taking its toll on him. Shame we don’t have a decent striker who can come in to give him a breather, eh?!

SUBS:

Ramsey – 4 – Looked low on confidence and many times looked like he didn’t want the ball. Did very little when in possession, mostly passed sideways/backwards and gave the ball away far too much. I hate to jump on the bandwagon as Rambo is the player every ‘fan’ is loving to hate right now, but he really does look out his depth at the minute. A loan move next season could be good for him.

Gervinho – 4 – Made no impact, other than losing the ball A LOT.

Chamberlain – 6 – Tried a little too hard at times, but at least he was trying to create opportunities and put a little urgency in the game. Should have started.

The Referee – 1 – A special mention to the referee. Possibly the worst refereeing performance i’ve seen at the Emirates this season. A true disgrace. He may not have made any huge mistakes and won’t make the headlines due to that fact, but he had a massive impact on this game with a succession of incorrect decisions. Some of his calls were truly mind-boggling.

Watch full match highlights from Arsenal 1-2 Wigan here.

What are your thoughts on the game? What would your ratings be? Get involved in the comments section….

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30 Comments

  1. Sir Cecil

    April 17, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Blaming the referee for a totally inept performance from Arsenal says it all really about Arsenal fans. You lot really are delusional. Not quite the World beaters you thought you were now are you?

  2. John

    April 17, 2012 at 9:06 am

    ‘Sir’ Cecil, should pay more attention at school during comprehension lessons.

  3. Vegard

    April 17, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Why do you even bother watching football when you can’t enjoy a game of fireworks? At least the first 60 mins. It sucks that we lost but it was not that poor a performance.

  4. Anton

    April 17, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Cecil,
    he wrote that it was Arsenal’s worst performance of the season at the Emirates.

    Further he wrote that Szcesny could have done better with the goals, that it was Sagna’s worst performance in a long time. He wrote that Djourou was dodgy. The list goes on with Song, Walcott etc. In the end he says that the referee didn’t make any huge mistakes but that he had a massive impact on the game and that some decisions were mind-boggling.

    Maybe you should learn to read.

  5. Manamongst

    April 17, 2012 at 9:18 am

    wow Ramsey, he was truly out of his depth.

  6. meaner

    April 17, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Please don fool us, Walcock did not play last night and you gave him a 4? You joker…

    • mystic

      April 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      Here here – how on earth did Walcott merit 4? He was dreadful even by the poor standards of other Arsenal players last night.

  7. B JOHNSON

    April 17, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I AM SURE YOU ARE GUYS ARE SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO SAID WE SHOULD KEEP WALCOTT AND HE IS WORLD CLASS. IF I WERE ANY OF THE TEAMS IN ENGLAND’S GROUP FOR THE EUROS, I WOULD BE PRAYING THAT ENGLAND TAKE WALCOTT! HE IS A PILE OF SHIT! DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT HAVING DONE NOTHING AGAINST THE FULL BACKS AT WOLVES AND WIGAN, THAT ANY INTERNATIONAL TEAM WOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT HIM? AS FOR RAMSEY – I HAVE BEING SAYING FOR MONTHS THIS GUY IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH. YOU GUYS HAVE BIGGED HIM UP AND HE REALLY THINKS HE IS BETTER THAN HE IS – AS I SAID DENNILSON IS MUCH BETTER! FINALLY I WOULD LIKE TO END BY SAYING ROSICKY WAS OUTSTANDING YESTERDAY, ON HIS 1ST HALF PERFORMANCE I WOULD GIVE HI A 10/10 RATING, OVERALL RATING 9/10. HE DID NOT RUN OUT OF STEAM YESTERDAY, HE RAN OUT OF SUPPORTING CAST. IN THE SECOND HALF THERE WAS NO ONE SHOWING FOR HIM EXCEPT RVP WHO WAS VERY TIGHTLY MARKED.

    • Cox

      April 17, 2012 at 10:32 am

      totally agree with you mate !! but not on the denilson vs ramsey part.
      ramsey has the potential to be a gr8 footballer .. he’s still learning

  8. B JOHNSON

    April 17, 2012 at 9:50 am

    SORRY – I FORGOT TO ADD. I WOULD HONESTLY RATE WALCOTT 0/10 AND RAMSEY 2/10

  9. Richard

    April 17, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Ramsey has become a liability. He should be loaned out or even better sold.

  10. Cox

    April 17, 2012 at 10:26 am

    IMPORTANT:

    guys we should get rid of walcott. any average footballer ( example: DIAME :P) can put more goals than walcott did this season. most of the time in premier league arsenal are playing against Puss*s, they defend all the time. we need somthn special to come from the right wing which is smthn walcott cannot do.

  11. la cigale

    April 17, 2012 at 10:36 am

    i would prefer ramsey over walcott
    if im nice with walcot , he should get a 1/10 , just for attending this game.
    thank you walcott for attending this game, try the bench next time

  12. Tb77

    April 17, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Chamberlain didn’t impact much, 5
    Andre santos was 6 he was a good attacking threat at times as he worked hard to get back aswell

  13. onyeabor gabriel

    April 17, 2012 at 11:50 am

    ramsey not at all in the game. Wallcot very bad of him, song the worest of him this seaon. M’vila should in, dojorou could not play along side sagna, the flop of the match is ramsey, walloct, song, gerviho made no impact. Bad game.

  14. onyeabor gabriel

    April 17, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    wenger need harzad, m’vila, veltogon, pordisk, don’t look at this money, it is ment to spend, spend it wisely, the three mentioned will transforms arsenal football club next season.

  15. adiiii83

    April 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    It was cool that you mentioned the referee because I saw it like you. I predicted that we weren’t gonna win the game yesterday when I saw a Martinez headline saying they need a fair go against us from the ref because of what happened to them against Chelsea. The referee did the job this morning for Wigan in a smart way. It doesn’t just have to be about giving penalties and red cards. Arsenal like to press up the pitch forcing mistakes from their opposition and exploiting gaps. I remember at least a dozen times when we dispossessed Wigan fairly, only for marriner to pull the play back for a mind-blowing free kick and kept stopping Arsenal’s momentum. In saying that, Wenger really should’ve rested a few players. RVP and Theo should’ve had a rest. They’re our 2 strengths on their day, but they were flat. I do understand that Wenger doesn’t trust Chamakh to start him anymore. But he’s draining RVP and it scares me that he might be the same against Chelsea this weekend…..I hope I’m wrong…Cmon Gunners, one last push

    • Kwikfeet

      April 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm

      Yuu Said It All..
      I Noticed When We Win 50-50 Balls And A Wigan Player Goes Down.. He Awards The Freekick.. Whereas on The Other Hand ,It Was Always ‘Fairplay To Wigan..They’re Closing them Down’.. I Promised Not To Make Any Excuses So FAIR PLAY To Wigan.

  16. John

    April 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    What is it with these clowns who need scapegoats. Compensating for their own inadequacies? Last year it was Denilson, this year it is Ramsey. Next year there will be someone else, probably Wilshire as he is trying to find some form after a year out of the game. These clowns are probably the same ones who booed Song and Kos not that long ago or wanted to sell van Persie because he was always injured. Idiots!

    • s j little

      April 17, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      And if you think Kosceilny,and Song are really going to make Arsenal a top team, forget it. Arteta like Gilbert prove how good they were/are by seeing how much they were/are missed when not there. Song is too clumsy, Walcott has nothing except speed which he dosnt know how to use,Ramsey is a joke, a decoration hanging about messing everyrthing up,Van Persie is no striker,he should be back up to a proper striker. Wenger wants to forget about defenders who can bring the ball and get defenders who can keep the ball out!

  17. rosicky k

    April 17, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I frankly think Song was the flop of the match. Though Walcot and Ramsey were awful, Song was unusually too low in confidence and miserable in possession.

  18. Naz

    April 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Santos drifts infield farrrrr toooo much.

  19. slugboy

    April 17, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    There were some poor individual performances yesterday (sagna,walcott, ramsey, song, gervinho and RVP), but more importantly the off the ball running was really poor. This happens every time that we face a defensive side. We have no ideas and insufficient effort. Our lack of off the ball running against defensive sides is backed up by losses against Blackburn, QPR, Wigan, Swansea, Sunderland (FA Cup), Fulham, whilst winning against a lot of the top teams who play more expansive football. Its tactics that are killing us. We tend to play keep possession football which doesn’t do enough to break through defenses. We need to loosen up a bit. Great to see break outs from defence from the likes of Verm and Kos, showing the rest that direct play pays dividends. Respect to Wigan for their performance yesterday though. Ref was shite and I completely agree with adiiiii83

    • s j little

      April 17, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      Well we all know Arsenal have no “B” plan only a Manager who sits and dreams and an assistant who is obviously a “yes” man.

  20. Rufus

    April 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    It’s clear Arteta is the missing link. His awareness, positioning and movements could not be matched by Rambo and that’s how we lost.

    • Charlie

      April 17, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      I agree with you 100 percent mate, Ramseys confidence must be at rock bottom at the minute but Wenger will probably start him saturday regardless.Walcott might be inconsistent but when he plays well he’s a nightmare on the right, he’s still only 23 and i think we would suffer if we sold him, I like Andre Santos but he can be a bit greedy at times and sloppy decision making, hopefully Gibbs will play saturday alongside Koscielny because Djourou is a liability every time he plays he makes mistakes, I also have doubts about Gervinho he hasn’t really shone since he arrived although he is a positive player. Hope the team can recover i mean we have been in form recently so it shouldnt get us down to much but the arteta scenario is what is worrying. C.O.Y.G

      • s j little

        April 17, 2012 at 11:13 pm

        You are so right = Walcott is a Nightmare” unfortunatly wearing an Arsenal shirt!

  21. Andrea

    April 17, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    SO if you look at the stats, Johan Djourou has started 14 games in the PL this season in which 8 of arsenals 10 defeats have occurred.
    also has been the a starting feature in our loss to Man C in the CC, our loss to Sunderland in the FAC. and our 4-0 away loss to AC Milan in the CL. Coincidence i think not!!!!

    • s j little

      April 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Agree with all that but the game that should have finished him as an Arsenal player was his abject surrender to Nani when even Wenger had to take him off at half time. He just stands mouth open gormless like most of the time when action is called for.

  22. Darren

    April 17, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Here we go!! all the “hater” fans are back now we have lost! I noticed none of you were saying Walcott is shit when he scored 3 goals in 4 games before this one! If one of the players is offering nothing to the team like Ramsey then I’m the first to admit it but apart from RVP Walcott has been our most prolific player!!stop expecting us to have 11 messi’s on the team! P.s Walcott’s run dragged the defender away so Tommy had a free header! oh and “the Ox” who all you fans think is the best player in the team already….He lost the ball every time he had it yesterday! he is not ready to be a regular starter!

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