Alternative Arsenal Player Ratings From Our Wonderful Anfield Victory

By on September 3, 2012

Abou Diaby

Arsenal put in a superb performance to beat Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield on Sunday. Here are some alternative ratings from our resident Arsenal fan Lloyd the Gooner.

Mannone: 5. Yes a couple of smart saves but also an awful lot of aerial uncertainty. Stayed on his line too often when use of his arms was needed. But he is only our number 3.

Jenkinson: 7. Considering the youthful thrusts of Stirling were touted beforehand as being a concern for the Gunners, he did well. Defensively sound and certainly better than previously this season. The fact that he grew up as a fan does feed into his game, look at his desire. Just sort your passing out son.

Mertesacker: 7. I am warming to the big German. Better than I thought he was and considering he was booked early on and still defended well he is obviously able to use his brain.

Vermaelen:7. Tough as old boots. The path around the pitch is now in intensive care.

Gibbs:7. Very good again. Distribution, positioning, tackling – all were right on the mark. Just concentrate on your crossing Kieran.

Arteta: 8. Err… humble pie for me. I was soundly told off for a recent poor rating and on this showing as a defensive pivot he put in an eye opening performance. For all I know NOT brought up as a Gooner but look at his desire.

Diaby:9. No humble pie for seconds. The many who thought I was bonkers for calling him ‘the single most talented player at the club’ may want to think again. (I know the boy Cazorla’s half decent) This boy can play, I mean really play. Gerard realised half way through he was in the presence of greatness and gave up.

Cazorla: 7. We have been spoilt. He cruised through this one though.

The Ox: 6. And a half really but you know what I mean. The boy did well. Worked hard, showed glimpses of real talent too.

Podolski:7. Class finish. And look at the run to get there. His intelligence is obvious from the way he plays others in.

Giroud:7. Forget the fact he hasn’t scored. This guy was crucial in maintaining team shape. He won so many physical challenges and kept the home defence on their toes right to the end.

SUBS:

Ramsey, did well for me. Kept the ball and looked sharp.

Santos, helped defensively with some good clearances.

Koscielny, 10. Only joking.

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12 Comments

  1. James

    September 3, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Cazorla 7??? He’s been fantastic if you ask me our best player offensively over all 3 games! 8 would have been fair he out shone everyone but diaby.

  2. Ace

    September 3, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Thank god finally someone whos ratings I agree with !

    • Goonerboyo

      September 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      I agree too.
      Excellent ratings and astute analysis.
      Congratulations Lloyd the Gooner.
      Responding to a previous posting, I predicted 2-1 to Arsenal with the correct scores. Not second sight but it was coming. So Giroud on the scoresheet next time out and it will be a cracker. Still think we were lucky with the clean sheet, on another day……..!

  3. OnDGooner

    September 3, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I hope fans don’t write off Giroud yet. I like him a lot and hope he fans transmit this fact also to him to build up his confidence even more. You’ll all be surprised when he starts converting his chances. I rate him highly.

  4. harry nwana(onowu)

    September 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Excellent team performance. We maintain this, Remember teams come to emirate & park bus. The coach has a big job, i should think he knows how to go about it effectively.

  5. Shadow

    September 3, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Excellent display, good team spirit n superb display in mid-field. Keep d spirit high boys, u guys made we fans smile….

  6. atid

    September 3, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Pretty much agree with all the ratings though 5 for mannone is way to harsh. i think a 6.5 would be faor. i have absolutely no worries with the.keepers otber than fab and vito may well get pissed off if they are dropped over looked later. whilst i like martinez i would rotate vito and fab for cap one cup plus the fa cup when that starts. i would perhaps give them some of the lesser games in the champions league too particularly where the aerial threat is not too dangerous.
    for me now the formation should be 4132.
    gk – szcesney
    (fabianski/mannone)
    4 – sagna mertesacker vermaelen gibbs
    (jenkinson djourou koscielny santos)
    (eastmond squillaci miquel henderson)
    1 – arteta
    (coquelin)
    (frimpong)
    3 – wilshire diaby cazorla
    (chamberlain ramsey rosicky)
    (eisfeld aneke arshavin)
    2 – giroud podolski
    (walcott gervinho)
    (chamakh watt)

    i think that is a pretty tidy 33 man squad to fight on 4 fronts. by playing this formation we dont have to worry about our lack of wingers as the full backs will be our width with arteta having the intelligence and ability to drop and cover. song didnt have that kind of discipline. i think this is the way we played on sunday and that is why it worked so well. the bench has a gk a fb a cb a dm an am and 2 strikers. what more is required?

  7. epoxy

    September 4, 2012 at 12:19 am

    yeah……pretty gud….still believe in Giroud to deliver as soon as possible

  8. Daniel Wong

    September 4, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Ovrall agree with the rating.The thing is the gunners must not be complacent and keep up the consistency.My only nagging doubt is about the German.With another ref and the gunners playing the red faced,the former would in all probability award at least one penalty against the German who can be beaten for pace and can
    be turned easily in a one on one situation.
    I know the gunners always had some bad results after the international break. Hopefully this wil be a thing of the past.Btw I hope the defence proves strong because red faced dosn’t want any hindrance to his plan to dominate and to leave /retire on a high . You can bet he will be determined to put a dent to the gunners ambitions.I feel confident in the defence to put pai d to his hopes for another trophy winning season.This is the most hated guy in English soccer.
    Bob Paisley did not generate s muc animosty as rf .He had respect for the opposition mangers and was not as condescending as rf.

  9. dog'tto

    September 4, 2012 at 5:21 am

    This ℓ̊s tje worst rating system ¶. ℓ Ђα√ع seen all ♏v̶̲̥̅ life…..did Ɣ☺ΰ watch D̶̲̥̅̊ match at all???????¶. ℓ doubt it

    • Goonerboyo

      September 4, 2012 at 6:00 pm

      Are you a Tottenham supporter?
      Ps interesting typing.

  10. Aussie Jack

    September 4, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Let`s not get too carried away with our `wonderful victory`, the first half belonged to Liverpool and we scored against the run of play. Second half was ours and got better as the minutes ticked away. Our weak spot was on the left and Gerrard certainly picked it.
    Ox-C tried too hard and got himself in a bit of a mess at times, physically and emotionally. Everyone agrees who the MOTM was and I was very comfortable with him being out there.

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