[Player Ratings] Aston Villa 0-0 Arsenal: Gunners Fail To Fire In Drab Stalemate

By on November 24, 2012

Laurent Koscielny

Arsenal laboured to a 0-0 draw with Aston Villa at a wet and windy Villa Park on Saturday evening. It was a dull and uninspiring affair with few chances. We were one-paced and barely got out of first gear. Villa went closest to scoring when they hit the bar, Koscielny missed our best chance in the first half but a draw was probably a fair result.

The draw leaves us in sixth, trailing fourth-placed Chelsea by four points with the blues playing Man City on Sunday. Here are my player ratings from the game.

Arsenal Ratings

Szczesny – 7 – Made a couple of routine saves before pulling off a stunner when he denied Holman from long range with a finger-tip onto the bar.

Jenkinson – 6.5 – In for Sagna and did OK. Got forward to support Chamberlain on the right but crosses were relatively poor. Although he didn’t have much to aim at in the box!

Mertesacker – 7 – Dealt with the awkward Benteke pretty well. Cleared from several corners and made a number of important interceptions.

Koscielny – 7.5 – Made several surging runs forward with one resulting in him blazing over from close range. He should really have scored but good to see him trying to make things happen when those in front aren’t doing the business. Made some excellent tackles as well.

Gibbs – 7 – Great to see him back and we have definitely missed his pace down the left in recent weeks. He was bursting forward in the first half and set up a couple of half-chances in the second period. Left some gaps at the back though.

Arteta – 6 – His questionable form continues. His legs look tired and he wasn’t really at the races today, sitting far too deep. Struggled to dictate play and control the game as we’ve become used to seeing.

Ramsey – 6 – Saw more of the ball than Arteta and had a couple of hopeful shots at goal, but he still lacks quality when it matters most. Blazed over when he should have done better at the far post.

Cazorla – 6 – Definitely in need of a rest. When he was on the ball he showed his quality in a game that lacked it badly, but unfortunately he wasn’t in the game nearly enough.

Podolski – 4.5 – Saw a half-chance blocked but apart form that didn’t have an opportunity to let that lethal left-foot loose. Hardly got involved and i’m still not convinced he’s comfortable on the left side. He didn’t look up for tracking back to help out Gibbs on a wet rainy evening in Birmingham. Subbed AGAIN.

Chamberlain – 6 – Wasteful in possession too often but at least he was trying to put some energy into proceedings when he was on the ball. Nice bit of skill ended in a shot at goal early on but he’s not really taking his chance to stake a claim for a first team place during Walcott’s absence.

Giroud – 5 – One lovely lay-off and a decent cross to set-up Koscielny was about the Frenchman’s contribution. Worked hard still, but was totally isolated.

Subs:

Gervinho – 5 – Kicked the ball out of touch twice in 2 minutes after coming on. Had little positive impact on the game.

Arshavin – 5 – Adding little to a poor game.

Coquelin – N/A

So a forgettable game but one that has to be seen as a real opportunity for three points wasted. Villa worked hard but lacked quality and if we produced a semi-decent performance we would have turned them over.

What were your ratings from the game? Get involved in the comments section.

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12 Comments

  1. roy

    November 24, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    We play as though where 3.0 up from the off.No passion at all.No idea in the final third.Clueless in the box.Controling long ball passes was crap.To many training pitch triangles.Need more thrust where it counts,in the box.

  2. the king

    November 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    i think teams are getting at us from the middle arteta is struggling to control the midfiled.

    i still think we need someone big and strong in the middle.

    we just seem an avrage team
    we look good at the back just attacking its not clicking/.

  3. Steve.

    November 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Arsene,don’t make yourself sound anymore
    stupid than you already are,when you start talking about winning,
    THE PREMIER LEAGUE,the chance of you doing that is,about as good as me climbing Mount Everest in a tee shirt and a pair of trainers,in fact after watchng you perform this evening,the odds would be in my favour.Once again
    this evening you showed your stupidity,
    you stood,out in the rain getting wet
    through,did you forget you had got a
    hood on your coat,like you forgot you
    had Jack Wilshere on the bench,if you
    had brought him on,you would have had
    3 points instead of 1 .”TIM TO SAY GOOD
    BYE ARSENE”.

    • Pius G.

      November 25, 2012 at 12:48 am

      An idi-t who doesn’t know what he is talking about. Don’t you think we need Jack more for our game with Everton much more than we needed him today against a bottom team like Aston Villa? Would you prefer we burn him out before that game like we have done some of the players already?

      I thought Arshavin did great in the short time he was on the pitch apart from a single unpressured bad ball control. I thought he did better than Gervinho even though the introduction of both plus the Ox created more urgency for a goal.

  4. Michael

    November 24, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Very harsh on Giroud. I thought he was our best player when it came to attacking, his flicks and touches were amazing, but he had no support to flick it to.
    Ramsey and Ox played poor, and this formation doesnt suit Podolski at all.

  5. Wasiu

    November 24, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Really? Poldi gets a lower score than gervinho

  6. Matt

    November 25, 2012 at 12:32 am

    I think u forgot to put the minus sign next to Gervnho’s rating!! Utterly disgraceful!!
    Ramsey and Gerv should be docked pay for that performance!!!
    How can tiredness be the excuse for the bit-part players!

  7. noname

    November 25, 2012 at 2:38 am

    i think u r some kind of too stupid to evaluate players.. every week ur ratings seems like u never watch the match.. i think u better stop ur work..

  8. Kiruhi

    November 25, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Not a bad result though,everton a must win game.fans never think critically. Your rating on girould not based on thorough evaluation

  9. kessy

    November 25, 2012 at 6:15 am

    if arsenal continue this i dout their chances of top four. Consistency is what we need. And my question is why did wenger choose not to play sagna, jackinson is not bad but when it comes crossing sagna is far much better.

  10. Goonerboyo

    November 25, 2012 at 8:58 am

    “So a forgettable game ”
    Enough said.
    Oh for a squad big enough and good enough to rest Arteta and Cazorla.
    Though why they need it I don’t know, after all it’s their job and a well paid one.

  11. Jake

    November 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Time again he plays Ramsey who is utter rubbish and ill say it again arteta is to slow on the ball!! Wenger your losing it!

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