[Player Ratings] Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool: Wilshere Excellent, Santos A Predictable Nightmare

By on January 31, 2013

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Another typical Arsenal performance again last night. Awful defending, sluggish first half performance and some exciting bursts of forward play. We’re never going to get anywhere until we cut-out the basic errors at the back. Fans, myself included, have been calling for a striker to be signed this month but I think it’s safe to say the defence needs addressing asap. Here are my ratings from the game.

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Szczesny – 5 – Slightly unlucky with the opener as he made a decent save from Sturridge before the ball fell to Suarez, but he was generally all over the place, especially in the first half. Lucky not to concede a second when he came charging out and was left in no-mans land but Henderson sent the ball over with the goal gaping. Completely missed a corner and watched Agger’s header cleared off the line and lucky to get away with one of his infamous Cryuff turns in the six yard box. Although he did make a decent last minute save to deny Suarez a winner.

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Sagna – 5.5 – Slipped for the opener and crossing and passing was generally very poor. How often does he hit the first man with his crosses?!

Vermaelen – 6 – Very poor defending lead to the opener as he completely missed the cross in the build-up. But settled into the game and did his best to play alongside a very suspect Mertesacker and Santos.

Mertesacker – 4 – Extremely poor attempt of blocking Suarez’s shot, very poor attempt of a tackle on Henderson for the second. Sloppy passes were also on show. No idea why he was chosen ahead of Koscielny for this game. Stoke away, yes. Liverpool at home, no!

Gibbs – 6 –  Did ok before going off injured in the first half. Will be a HUGE miss over the next three weeks.

Wilshere – 8.5 – The only shining light in the first half and was the driving force, once again, in the second as we came back from 2-down. Where would we be without him?

Ramsey – 6 – Played his part in the shambolic opener as he should have just put his laces through the ball and cleared in his area, but decided to try a fancy turn and lost the ball allowing Suarez to put the visitors ahead. Otherwise had a steady game and while he’s improved a lot in the middle, I’m still not convinced he’s the answer to our rather obvious need for a powerful ball-winner.

Cazorla – 7 – Below par in the first half but came alive, like many of his team mates, in the second.

Walcott – 8 – Missed a great chance to immediately equalise when he saw his effort saved by Reina early on, but there is no denying Theo is a real threat. Scored his 18th of the season and what a goal it was. Superb strike! Went close to grabbing a winner as well.

Podolski – 6.5 – Clearing Aggers header off the line was his only real contribution in the first half but was far more involved in the second, and almost bagged another assist when setting up Giroud with a late chance to win it.

Giroud – 7.5 – The big man is a real handful and scored another goal with a well-taken header. Missed a few chances as well though, especially a late free header and one from 5 yards out when he couldn’t get the ball out his feet. But improving in every game.

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Santos – 2 – Was I the only one who held his head in his hands and prayed to the heavens when Gibbs pulled up with his thigh injury? Why on earth didn’t Arsene move Vermaelen to left back and bring Koscielny on?! Santos was a predictable nightmare. He looks well short of fitness and should be nowhere near the first team. I’m hearing Gibbs is out for at least 3 weeks and if Santos starts in his absence, we’re in big trouble.

In the end we should have won the game but it’s always a big ask when you gift the opposition simple goals. Until we cut out the school-boy errors at the back we’re going nowhere fast. Arsene has hours to sort this out.

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

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9 Comments

  1. smokey

    January 31, 2013 at 11:06 am

    my ratings would be 2 2 2 2 get rid been saying all season defence is dreadful. dont need strikers get some defenders

  2. Vico

    January 31, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Keep CARL incase of sagna injuire

  3. mike

    January 31, 2013 at 11:30 am

    BUY DEFENDERS!

  4. behrang

    January 31, 2013 at 11:55 am

    mertesacker couldn’t do anything about the first goal..it was a deflection which happens all the time. same with ramsey, nobody could have cleared that ball, there was no time, it just bounced of him.

  5. Amaka

    January 31, 2013 at 11:59 am

    This is not to wenger bt to the management. Get us new defenders and pay for the players appointed by mr. Wenger. Stop letting others clubs to grab them from you just because you value money more than trophies. I blame the management for the trophyless not wenger. If it is wenger’s fault, i think u should sack him. Belive me, clubs like chelsea, man city are waiting to hear that he has been sacked so that they will grab him and if he go there, any player he points at, they will buy the player because they believe he knows quality players.GONNERS BELIEVE ME, I BLAME THE MANAGEMENT NOT WENGER

  6. Amaka

    January 31, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    This is not to wenger bt to the management. Get us new defenders and pay for the players appointed by mr. Wenger. Stop letting others clubs to grab them from you just because you value money more than trophies. I blame the management for the trophyless not wenger. If it is wenger’s fault, i think u should sack him. Belive me, clubs like chelsea, man city are waiting to hear that he has been sacked so that they will grab him and if he go there, any player he points at, they will buy the player because they believe he knows quality players.GONNERS BELIEVE ME, I BLAME THE MANAGEMENT NOT WENGER. Nice fightback boys.

  7. danthearsenalfan

    January 31, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Santos is an absolute joke.
    I’d rather see us play 3 at the back 5 in the middle and 2 up front than sit through another minute of his piss poor attempt to play football.

    The whole defense needs some lessons from the championship sides. They cant do the fancy stuff but they can do the basics, and well!

    Wenger needs to sign a new left back and a new coach (or sort out the coaches he has)!

  8. lawrence

    January 31, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    our full backs are completely letting us down.sagna is so bad that he can neither defend nor attack no decent cross from him. ithink he should be off loaded togeether with santos immediately otherwise we are doomed. but big u to the strikers they are bringing us in the thing

  9. taiwo101

    January 31, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I feel with some hours to go at transfer market,arsenal won’t be buying because the management feels since Top 4 is not certain,WHY BUY?…….

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