Arsenal Player Ratings From A Hard Fought Point In Germany

By on November 7, 2012

Arsenal threw away a 2-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Schalke in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Here are Arsenal player ratings by ‘Lloyd the Gooner’.

Bacary sagna

On the one hand a two goal lead thrown away. On the other a valuable point against a decent side. I tend to favour the latter. Here are my ratings:

Mannone 9. Excellent throughout. I MAY have been hasty about this guy. Very solid handling. At last competition for Szczesny.

Sagna 8. Top man. A real warrior. We all love Gooner Carl but he can’t match Bac’s experience yet.

Mertesacker 7. Respectable performance from the big man. The pressure was intense at times and inevitably mistakes were made by all the back four. But Per is a steady old pro now and we should value him.

Koscielny 6. Solid enough but again victim of the slightly porous midfield. Signs of coming out of his recent slump, though.

Vermaelen 7. Out of his preferred position but did well against an opposition strength. Until Gibbs returns certainly a better option than the unprofessional, prematurely shirt-swapping, overweight excuse of a defender that played at Old Trafford.

Arteta 7. You cannot fault his professionalism, diligence, dedication and passing ability. You can point to a lack of pace and athleticism that unbalances the team as a whole but not his fault.

Wilshere 7. Real signs of the Jack v Barcelona here. Outshone Cazorla easily last night. Now needs to add the forward thrust …and Jack’s back.

Cazorla 6. His talent is obvious but going through a dip during which he is struggling to show it. He dithered leading to a slip for the Schalke first goal. But the little man will be back stronger, just watch out.

Walcott 7. The first goal showed a poacher’s instinct. Time for Theo as a striker in a 4 4 2? For me too flaky as a wide man in a three, Wenger’s dilemma in a nutshell.

Giroud 7. As ever his attitude was spot on. Not as technically proficient as I expected when we bought him but if we play to his strengths he will get goals.

Podolski 7. Good comeback after a recent form dip. Several top drawer crosses showed some class. What was the ref doing stopping the game when their player fell down? Poldi was in!

Subs

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4 Comments

  1. Goonerboyo

    November 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Well now Lloyd Bach, these are very fair and reasonable given that the result was achieved away from home against a top team. In fact, but for Vito, we might have capitulated and lost the game.
    I have been crying our for 442 with Walcott and Giroud or even Podolski, this is probably the strength of the attack and the formula most likely to keep Theo in January.
    Bring on the January sales however for a massive clear out, we might need to sell Santos and Sqillaci on BOGOF tho. Who else needs to go?
    Still not convinced about Giroud, went for the spectacular volley when a simple header might have led to a goal. Is Frimpong the athlete we need?
    Leadership on the pitch is a massive weakness. The bold decision is to make Arteta skipper this year, not Sagna, he’s off, then Jack in 2013. We need calm, authoritative presence combined with consistency and dependability.

  2. kessy

    November 7, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    the reason arsenal did not win is because of wenger. He should have subtituted carzola and walcot in the second half and replace them with ramsey and arshavin respectivily

    • Goonerboyo

      November 7, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Ramsey was injured mate but agree that Arshavin should have replaced Cazorla who looked exhausted. The reason we did not lose was Mannone, the reason we did not win is that player form and confidence has dipped largely due to an imbalance in the team arising from injuries to key players, Gibbs, Diaby etc. Wenger’s does see to have lost the plot but the board has some responsibility too, player purchases are funded by them!

  3. adiiii83

    November 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I thought Sagna gave us nothing going forward as did Vermaelen. Sagna was ok defending, Vermaelen was awful. When you give Kozzer a 6, is it because he failed to mark Vermaelen for the 2nd goal? What was the Verm doing charging into the central area when we had both defenders in good spots. Kozzer was our best defender and even gave us a drive forward couple of times when the team looked like they didn’t wanna be out there. Cazorla was poor and has been down for the last few weeks because teams have figured us out. They know that he’s the go-to man, so they crowd the area where he is dangerous and make him receive the ball in his own half or very far from goals. This is where the manager has to find a way to free him up. Possibly moving him to the wing and playing someone in his role or the more logical solution, put on another world class player (that’s right we have another world class player not getting game time) in Arshavin to give us a different dimension. Another thing that was very evident is that Walcott and Giroud can’t start at the same time. These 2 men should be rotated as CF’s because they both lack creativity in their play, but both have good instincts in the box. I would love to see us lining up against Fulham like this: Def – Mannone, Sagna, Koz, Mert, Verm. Mid – Arteta, Jack, Santi. LW – Arshavin RW – Pod and CF – Theo. I really think that could be the key 11 to give us a chance to Challenge for the title, but knowing Wenger, he can’t wait for Ramsey to throw him back on the right

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