Arsenal Player Ratings vs Chelsea By Lloyd The Gooner

By on January 21, 2013

Arsenal fell to a second consecutive defeat after going down 2-1 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Here are player ratings’ for Arsene Wenger’s men from Lloyd the Gooner.

Theo Walcott

When all eleven start a game like they did here there have to beprofound reasons why. Arsenal are a collection of half decent constituent parts, not a team. You can make a case at times for the defence, the forward line and the creative potential. The shield in front of the defensive is always dodgy and this is not helped by our inability to get the ball from average opponents never mind the likes of Chelsea.

At the Bridge the midfield was porous in the first half. The manager has to look at himself as well as the players. You can’t blame Arsene for the lack of effort in that first half though. What a magnificent second half. I was proud of them after that. BUT we must start winning. Here are the ratings:

Szczesny 7. Hesitant on the first goal. The pen was one of those things that happen in games at least he stayed on. Watch out for this ref I think he is one of the very worst.

Sagna 4. Too advanced on the first goal, Chelsea exploited space. Unsure first half seemed to stop running at times and not just when he was injured. Maybe just an off day but he was poor.

Mertesacker 4. Too slow to have been selected in this game. Koscielny surely a better bet. Plays team mates into trouble as well. Cannot defend one on one just compare that aspect of his game to Tommy in this game.

Vermaelen 8. First half was fighting fires all over the place. In the second he held us together at the back again. His leadership qualities were there for all to see as well.

Gibbs 7. In the first half he was left exposed by Cazorla’s lack of effort. He played a big part in the revival. Has a big heart as well as talent.

Diaby 5. Poor for the second goal but given the total lack of meaningful movement in front of him not all his doing. A game too far in his comeback for me. Where is the cover, Arsene?

Coquelin 7. A rare positive in the first half. At least there was aggression. Without him in the first half we could have been sunk without trace. Deserves a chance now.

Wilshere 7. Early on part of the overwhelmed midfield. Played several decent balls to Walcott in particular though in the first half. In the second more himself. And another who played for the shirt.

Cazorla 6. Needs reminding that there is more to the game than the attacking part. Chased shadows early on. A transformed player after the break. There must be a temptation to use him off the bench for a while, then again that may mean Arshavin!

Walcott 8. Stay onside! Bizarrely, in that first half he could have scored several goals. In the second for long periods really looked a player. Fought as hard as he could. Another one who could do with some lessons in the ugly part of the game.

Giroud 6. Is he the answer? At least he was an outlet. What an enigma. One good touch , one bad.

Subs

Ramsey: Did ok as usual off the bench. Positioned himself well as we pushed forward.

Arshavin: Useless. Say no more.

What were your player ratings for the game? Get involved in the comments section below.

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12 Comments

  1. HB

    January 21, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Sagna has been poor for a few games, in fact ever since it became public that he happy with the lack of contractual advancement.
    As for the this ref I’d have him over prathead Mike Dean.

  2. Nigerian Gooner

    January 21, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    I disagree with ur comments on Arshavin. He had little time to make an impact

    • Nas

      January 21, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      i know right!!! If only he had the time ramsey gets

      • wisesageknowledge

        January 22, 2013 at 12:18 am

        If he played instead of Ramsey this season, you would be bottom of the table. He has no heart, you should sell him to the highest bidder.

  3. bob

    January 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Mate did you watch the game your ratings are shocking

    Szczesny 6.5 quite game first goal not his fault defending was shocking 2nd goal unlucky with the pen didn’t even touch but then again who is marking at the back….

    Sagna 2. Shocking first half easily the worst player out there both goals at fault does he know he needs to defend first before running forward to put in another shocking first defernder cross in, people might say he is carrying an injury if so jenk should have been on at half time and should be playing more games sagna has been very poor this season.
    Mertesacker 5. Postioning not the best, half at fault for the 1st goal other than that did alright still need another top CB need a young English tony adams to organise the back cause no one is going to do it with the back line we have atm.
    Vermaelen 5. I expect better from our captain but ever since he got the arm band he has been really poor this season simple mistakes school boy errors from our captain should not be happening at this level, torres skinned him twice and was lucky he had shit touches but you could see what he was going to do yet he just paused for a sec and let him skip past him. Only good thing he did was the block on the line.
    Gibbs 7. He wants to win you could see it in his face, he has been one of shining lights this season, had no support in the first half down the left but held his own, its good to see the lad filling his potential
    Diaby 4. Leading up to the pen gave away the ball cheaply, looked slow off the pace but what do you expect when you sell your CD and expect a injury prone guy to carry you through the season when he has never played more than 6 games in a row, wake up wenger
    Coquelin 6. Had a good first half wanted to win the ball get stuck in got potential but he isn’t ready yet loan spell would be good for him we need players ready to step up now
    Wilshere 7. Captain jack his 21 same ages as tony adams was when he took the arm band, he should be made captain he wants to win games for arsenal you can see it in his face, there where plenty of times in the first half when he was looking over to the bench asking what are we going to change we getting killed out here yet wenger with his brilliant tactics did nothing. I didn’t see our captain do anything like that. Jack played some good through balls to walcot in the first half didn’t see much of the ball much better in the 2nd half when he was playing deeper could dictate the game much better.
    Cazorla 6. Started out on the left couldn’t get into the game should always be playing down the middle where he can dictate the game hardly touch the ball in the 1st half , 2nd half much better, great ball through to Walcott for the goal.
    Walcott 7.5. Alright game from our new signing, he was the only one that looked like scoring for us to be honest great ball through to giroud in the first half, yes he was off side a few times, but when he got it right what a great finish, always looked like he gave the Chelsea back line something to think about all game unlike someone.
    Giroud 3. Im just going to say it, he puts that chance away we be looking at a difference result ran around the whole game with out a clue, he is not good enough for arsenal lets face it he isn’t rvp material at all another waste of money player.
    Ramsey: Did well when he came on should have been on earlier.
    Arshavin: not on long enough to comment

    • Goonerboyo

      January 22, 2013 at 11:32 pm

      You are ridiculous. Hardly any variation.
      Do you get into a lot of fights?
      You aren’t half provocative.
      Lloyd is spot on and your opinion is close.
      Take it easy matey.

  4. geoffreid

    January 21, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    its wegner that is useless.

  5. Arinze

    January 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Arsenal did their best! Somedays are lyk dat.

  6. Awyzo

    January 21, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Wenger should go and buy a DM.

  7. Goonerboyo

    January 21, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Ho hum.
    You can’t win games I you only play for half of them.
    Useless manager could put a Lego building together let alone build a team.
    Individuals some hot some old some hot and cold and some plain lukewarm.
    Where is the cover indeed?
    There isn’t any because we don’t have a plan or a template for them to fit into so AW makes random non strategic forays into the transfer market to get people off his backs and to try to stall a mass resignation of the better players.
    Where’s Jenkinson by the way?

  8. Manamongst

    January 21, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Biggest problem is players have no pursose and are NOT dialed in to what will help us win. For example: there’s no wat in HELL, Sagna should have more touches, passes and time on the ball than Cazorla….but since we’re too dumb to realize that nothing good was coming down the right. As for Diaby, ive seen players playing better taken off before half.

  9. Freddy

    January 22, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Bt all in all asenal fans and ur problems is dat CHELSEA is de BEST . Bt quality defender vermalen should appreciate such quality should not be in arsenal

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