[Player Ratings] Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea: Below Par Gunners Fail To Break Down Blue Wall

By on April 21, 2012
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Arsenal drew 0-0 with Chelsea in a very disappointing game at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon. Chelsea adopted similar tactics to when they played Barcelona on Wednesday; defend, defend, defend, and it made for a poor spectacle.

Roberto Di Matteo elected to make eight changes with the Champions League second leg in mind, but a jaded and lacklustre Arsenal side couldn’t take advantage of the weakened opposition. Take nothing away from the Blues, they defended very well and stuck to their game plan, but lets be honest, they were there for the taking and we failed to capitalise.

It’s never easy to break down a 10-man wall of players, but the most worrying thing was that Arsenal just didn’t look like they had enough in the tank to make things happen. Everything was being played in second gear and the lack of back up for van Persie was once again glaringly obvious, as we introduced Diaby and Santos as our ‘game-changers’.

But we’re still in third and have a decent cushion over the chasing pack. We’re six points clear of Spurs, who can pull level IF they win their two games in hand, but that’s a big ‘if’ as they have been in poor form recently and are losing 1-0 at QPR (at the time of writing). Newcastle are looking dangerous but have a difficult run-in, and travel to Stamford Bridge next week. I still don’t expect them to finish above 5th, so we’re still in pole position for automatic Champions League qualification.

Here are my player ratings from the game:

Arsenal Ratings

Szczesny – 6.5 – Made a couple of routine saves and distribution was decent.

Sagna – 6.5 – Won the majority of his headers, but was given a difficult time by Kalou in the first half as the Ivorian got in behind a couple of times.

Vermaelen – 8 – Very good display from TV5. He was a rock alongside Kos and handled the threat of Torres and Sturridge well when called upon.

Koscileny – 8.5 – Unlucky not to score in the first half when he hit the bar, but made several excellent interceptions and blocks in the second half. Superb display.

Gibbs – 7 – We looked more solid with Gibbs at left back as opposed to Santos. He got forward when he could and was positionally sound at the back.

Song – 6.5 – Steady from Song but still looked a little tired. Lovely ball found RVP who forced a save from Cech, but other than that he struggled to make things happen.

Ramsey – 5 – Disappointing from Rambo. Caught in possession on several occasions, and he just seems to want too much time on the ball. It looked like he wasn’t 100% sure what his role was and didn’t combine well alongside Song.

Rosicky – 7 – Rosicky was bright in the first half but had to come off early in the second as he was starting to feel the effects of the sickness he suffered during the week.

Walcott – 5.5 – Nice free kick found RVP who hit the post but Theo struggled to get in the game or make things happen. Marked well by Bertrand, before being forced off with a hamstring injury which could end his season.

Chamberlain – 5.5 – Drifted inside far too often leaving his left wing position. Oxe tried to make things happen but made a few wayward passes and like Walcott, struggled to make a real impression on the game. Was eventually subbed but he’ll have better days ahead.

van Persie – 6 – His drought goes on. Hit the post from close range and missed at least 3 half chances. Just needs to find that little bit of composure again, but he does look a little jaded. Shame we don’t have a decent back up striker who can ease the burden.

SUBS:

Gervinho – 5.5 – Looked scatty in possession and failed to make a real impact.

Diaby – 6 – Nice to see him back but it was clear he lacked match sharpness. Saw a late shot blocked but wasn’t the match-winner the game was screaming out for.

Santos – 6 – Looked pretty lively on the left of midfield and was tidy on the ball.

Chelsea Ratings: Cech 7, Bosingwa 6, Cahill 8, Terry 7.5, Bertrand 8 (Cole 5), Romeu 6 (Mikel 6), Essien 6, Malouda 6, Sturridge 5, Kalou 6 (Mata 5), Torres 5.

Those are my ratings, what where yours? Get involved in the comments section.

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21 Comments

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  2. Johan

    April 21, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    I do not know what game you saw, but giving Kalou a better rating than Sturridge cannot in any way be justified, Kalou was appaling whilst Surridge was below par. I also think that among the Chelsea midfielders Essien stood out. Malouda and Romeu made an OK performance, with a few bad passes and losses of possession, whereas Essien performed admirably and was by far the best in terms of playing the offensive passes and also did a good job in defence.

  3. s j little

    April 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Where did we get Ramsey from, Hackney Marshes?
    One good thing we wont be boring watching Walcott again this season, and hopefully, he will be shipped out this summer.

    • the don

      April 22, 2012 at 12:03 am

      yeah ship walcott out.

      that will help us alot
      we can put ramsey on the wings (Y)

      seem you dont know much about fooball.

      fair enought on ramsey but every game we do not win its always walcott thats needs to be shipped.

      the boy has 11 goals and 8 assist this seasion.

      second best goal scorer at the club(by a mile)

      8 assist in the league.

      and you think we dont need him ?

      what did chambelin do in the game more then walcott ?…nothing they both had a quite game due to the fact we do not have a creative player to pick a pass they can run on to.

      • Shevo

        April 22, 2012 at 8:07 am

        @SJ Little. As you name suggest you know litle about football or AFC so shut the fuck up. The whole team was below par yesterday and that wasn’t down to one player. Walcott may have off days but when he’s good he can be devastating as @The Don’s has quite rightly pointed. So why get rid. Better you stick to supporting your beloved Spuds and leave well alone.

  4. meaner

    April 21, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    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. 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 2.

    • Shevo

      April 22, 2012 at 8:14 am

      I guess youve had a hammy go on you as well pal. Another Walcott and Rambo hater who hasn’t a clue. Fans like you also tried to drive Song and Kos out of the team too, now look at them. Walcott has had more good days than bad this season just like Rambo will get his mojo back next season. So quit your griping and sod off and watch the spuds If you are not happy watching AFC.

      • Graham Wandrag

        April 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm

        What are you? Insane? Song IS the problem he is useless and Ramsey has an appalling first touch.

        Neither can tackle or defend teams run through our midfield as if it wasn’t there.

        We need Wilshere back to replace Ramsey and M’Vila and Frimpong to replace Song

        Plus, of course a striker to go with RvP and Podolski

  5. Daniel Wong

    April 21, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    If Arsenal fail to get the cl berth,Wenger should be off.The damage was done by Wigan.It seems Wenger has a problem facing clubs in the bottom half.
    If he thinks he can get the squad to challenge,he is sorely mistaken. It is in need of upgrade,if not the gunners will just be fighting for the cl places rather than trophies because of Wenger.

    • Shevo

      April 22, 2012 at 8:18 am

      Yet another muppet who wants Wenger out cos of a couple of dodgy results…keep dreaming as you might get your wish one day and we end up with someone like twitchy In charge. Happy days for you

  6. the don

    April 22, 2012 at 12:08 am

    the arsenal rating are all sport one.

    with the current 3 midfilders we have
    we will never win anything.

    fair enought chealse playing for the draw with 6 CB.

    but we didnt do well in the middle.

    ramsey and song lost the ball to many times.
    even song his been great seem to be thinking his new the fabrigas tired too many long passes that didnt work.

    and our 3 CM slowed the game down
    taking short passes.

  7. Adam

    April 22, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Ramsy is a joke.
    Giving him any rating is an insult to other players !
    Week in for the past few years he’s been useless.
    Why Wenger buys, keeps and tolerates synch rubbish is shocking !
    The number of flops Wenger has now and the way he loans them, refuses to sell and gives them all high wages so as its impossible to get rid of them shows how blind and arrogant he is.
    11 useless subs and loaned players starting with Ramsy.
    Enough to keep cesc, Nasri and RVP !
    But let’s just give Ramsy more money, more game time and then we cry when we come dry.
    Oh. Wait. 3rd is a trophy !!

    Shameless desperate fans !!!

    Arsene feeds on our stupidity and acceptance of such a corrupt dictatorship greedy board and manager !!

  8. nurok

    April 22, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Come on Wenger we needed park on the field because he would atleast had at goal, we relied hevily on RVP in the box and can see he is just dead tired, missed Yossi badly and hopefully Wenger needs to figure this out and extend Yossi contract.

  9. Johnny

    April 22, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Absolute trash ratings.

    Gibbs is awful going forward and ALL of their attacks came down his side when he’d wondered up the pitch.

    Take off the rose tinted specs. You can give Ramsey a shit rating then give Gibbs one too. He lost the ball several times as well.

    • Andre

      April 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      Are you serious!!! Gibbs was one of the best men on the pitch, its not a massive achievement in such a game but he tackled well and got forward well. what game were you watching??

      love how Bert got the man of the match when all he did was mark Walcott… shows the lack of creativity we have with Arteta, Bena, wilshire all out and Rosicky ill.

  10. Gerry Lennon

    April 22, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Ratings are what they are, dissappointing but not inaccurate.
    To be fair to Walcott, he was not just marked by Bertrand, he had Malouda in front of him whenever he received the ball. I have said before, Walcott is only as good as the pass to him – in front of him, with space to run into. I suppose the good news is, AOC will now play on his favoured right side, which serves better for Sagna to overlap?
    I also commented on RVP about 5 games ago ‘The team are playing well … except RVP(LOL)’ … well I am not laughing now! The guy looks drained, and worse, we are beginning to look like a ‘one man team’ after all?
    I am not going to add to the debate on Ramsey, except to say AW is wrong to keep playing him while he is so short of confidence. This is only going to make it worse. There was another option yesterday, to put Santos on, which he did eventually. I suggested that he should have started the game. Perhaps he will now. Although with both Coquelin and Diaby having another week of training, that spot may now be covered for the next 3 games? Diaby looks a certain starter.
    Gervinho will be better suited wide left. But to give RVP a break, if not Park, who?

  11. Poovan Raj(Malaysia)

    April 22, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Who told you we don’t have a decent back-up striker? We have Park, but AW refuses to use him for reasons only known to him.

  12. Gunner1

    April 22, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Gerv played better than the ox and theo, however the ox belongs in the centre of the park or on the right, if you stick him on the left he will 9/10 come onto his preferred right foot witch is because he is young and he has yet to find a place in his game for his left foot but that will come with time.

  13. no

    April 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    ramsey was a – 10 and song was useless

  14. Andre

    April 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    you have done well coming up with ratings this match, it was completely dull and the outstanding players were the defenders. when we hit the post and the bar twice i knew it wasn’t going to be our day.

    but what i have to say i haven’t seen such unloyal and fickle Arsenal fans before. never seen an Arsenal fan turn on a YOUNG player that as close as last year had a broken leg. Before Ramsay’s injury he was the hottest young prospect as well as Wilshire, and he has had a broken leg and now he is back getting abuse from all angles because he isnt back to his best. GIVE THE LAD A CHANCE he hasnt even had a season to recover yet!!
    I ask you a question. Wilshire has been out this whole season, what if he comes back and plays as tentative and lacking sharpness like Ramsay, should he be sold in the summer of 2013??

  15. Tim Ncele

    April 23, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Concur with the view that Walcott and Rambo are useless and should go, and so should Song. In fact we need to get rid of Kos and TV5. We also need to clear out RVP and bring back Bendtner. If you cant beat them join them, sulky Arsenal haters…

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