[Player Ratings] Arsenal 0-1 Blackburn: Time To Go Arsene?

By on February 16, 2013

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If we thought Bradford was bad, this has got to be right up there. Arsenal turned up with the same lackluster attitude thinking they’d already won the game before it had kicked off. The players were quite clearly thinking of the Munich game already. There was no passion, no effort, no movement off the ball, no desire to make things happen, nothing.

Forget the team selection and moaning about Wenger rotating. He made the right call. With Bayern on Tuesday we didn’t need to risk the likes of Wilshere, Cazorla, etc. ‘Big’ clubs HAVE to rotate throughout the season. The eleven on the field were easily good enough to beat Blackburn. The problem is Wenger’s inability to motivate his squad anymore and his predictable tactics.

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The result shows a bang-average Championship side can turn up at the Emirates, defend for their lives for 90 minutes, work hard, be organised and hope for a bit of luck in the final third, and come away with a relatively comfortable win. We had no answer to their resolute defending and we didn’t even really create that many clear-cut opportunities.

Here are my rating’s from a truly embarrassing defeat:

Arsenal Ratings:

Szczesny – 4 – At fault for Blackburn’s goal with a poor parry straight back into the danger zone from Olsson’s shot. He should have done MUCH better and either caught the shot or pushed it round the post. Basic error.

Coquelin – 6 – Lively in the first half and was always eager to get forward but lacked quality in the final third. Missed his header in the build up to the goal but we should still have done better to keep it out.

Vermaelen – 6 – Went close to opening the scoring with a looping header in the first half and did his job at the back, but as captain he needs to help motivate the players on the pitch more.

Koscielny – 6 – Comfortable at the back and made a few surging runs forward to try and create something, but fell asleep for the goal.

Monreal – 6 – Made some excellent runs down the left but lacked a final ball into the box. He was at least showing the willingness to make things happen.

Arteta – 5 – Poor showing from Mikel. Missed a great chance in the final minute but sliced his shot wide of the target. A player with his experience and ability should certainly have done better.

Diaby – 4 – Went closest to scoring in the first half when he forced a fine save from a towering header on 25 minutes, but was generally very poor on the ball. Looked sluggish and took far too long to release the ball. Well short of his best.

Chamberlain – 5 – His corners were poor all afternoon but he was one of our more enthusiastic players when he was on the pitch. Lacked a decent final ball, like many of his team mates though. Subbed

Rosicky – 6 – Lovely through ball sent Gervinho clear in the final minute of the first half and was inches away from scoring when he smashed the bar with a thunderous effort from the edge of the box. Unlucky to be subbed when he was just getting in to the game.

Gervinho – 3 – Same old Gervinho I’m afraid. Missed a glorious chance to open the scoring but sent his shot wide when clean through just before the break. Proved to be a vital miss. Just doesn’t look comfortable on the ball and seems to rush things. Subbed

Giroud – 4 – Not at his best. His hold up play was poor with too many hopeful flicks instead of holding the ball up and playing a telling pass. Missed a couple of half chances in what was a frustrating performances from the Frenchman. Lack of service is certainly an excuse but his all-round play was below par.

Subs

Walcott – 5.5 – Made an impact after replacing Chamberlain on the right but missed our best chance to score when he headed straight at the keeper from close range late on. Should have won a penalty when tripped but not only did Dean not award it but he wrongly flagged Theo offside.

Cazorla – 5 – Made little impact.

Wilshere – 5.5 – A couple of nice passes but couldn’t rescue us from an embarrassing defeat.

Blackburn deserve their praise and Arsenal deserve all the criticism they will receive, but a word must also go to referee Mike Dean. He truly hates us. That much is clear. With him officiating we’ve won only one of our last 17 Premier League games, we’ve lost our last 3 cup ties and he hasn’t awarded us a penalty in five years. Something isn’t right here and it needs to be looked at. This isn’t an excuse for the loss but those stats are no coincidence.

So, time for Arsene to go? For me, there is no point sacking him right now and realistically, we know it’s not going to happen anyway. But come the end of the season his position at the club needs to be seriously considered, irrespective of a top four finish. Baring a miracle, it’s going to be eight years without a trophy which is disgraceful for a club like AFC. The squad is clearly lacking in all areas and Wenger’s decision to not make vital additions, particularly a centre-forward, in January has already bitten him in the ass. A change of philosophy in the summer is needed or it’s time to say adieu.

If you haven’t seen the game or goal yet and want to punish yourself, you can watch video highlights here.

What were your ratings from the game? Do you think it’s time for Wenger to go? Get involved in the comments section below.

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28 Comments

  1. Segun

    February 16, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    We all know that bayern match is mission impossible why not feed the best players finish it and make sub

    • Fletch

      February 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm

      What the hell are you on about…!? That doesn’t make the slightest bit of sense mate.

  2. Joker

    February 16, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    HAHHA! Bye bye to your season!

  3. Josh

    February 16, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Pathetic display. should we pass ourselves into the net? Diaby should’ve been subbed intsead of Rosicky. WHAT WAS THAT?!

    • BergkampKNVB

      February 16, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      Agreed! TR7 was the best player on the pitch by a mile! Diaby looked like Ramsey, sitting on the ball taking too many touches before he released.

    • cesc

      February 16, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      i agree.
      does wenger watch these games?
      everyone watching the game could see diaby wqas rubblish except wenger.
      what is this mans mission in lfe?
      it must be to destroy us completely before he walks away.

  4. chafchaouni

    February 16, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Yes ye lost the game and I am sorry for that. when I saw the performance of the team, I really feel that we can do something unbelievable against Bayern, why?
    Because, we will have a great defence with Kos and TV5 available with Per and Sagna.
    The team will be complete, we should move forward and keep working, we still have the champions league game and the Top4 race to do… we should still support our team.
    COYG from Morocco !

    • cesc

      February 16, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      do you watch our games?
      tossa and vermi are our worst defenders.
      i don’t know if you’ve noticed, but our defence i a joke.
      brayern will murder us.

      • T2T

        February 17, 2013 at 12:36 am

        Stop talking nonsense. If our defence is a joke, so is 17 more in PL. Only ManC and Chelsea have conceded fewer goals than Arsenal in the PL…

  5. suka

    February 16, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Arsene wenger should leave arsenal please,unless we wil go to relagation this season..

    • young_gunnerz

      February 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      WTF IS THIS DUMB ASS SMOKING?

  6. Samuel jackson

    February 16, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Arsene wenger must go before AFC can start winning again, I fear we will reach a decade without a trophie. He should have just remove diaby nd not rosicky nd bring in carzola

  7. Sam Alvin

    February 16, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Now i Said it in the begining. I cant explain
    What Kind of tacticts mr Wen’ger uses, we needed a typycal striker, but still a Manager
    But nö Way if he is still in Charge of Afc

  8. griffdaz

    February 16, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Wenger out. No. I’m no glory hunter but with 2 boys and myself, I see no return on the thousands of pounds I have given this club. Wenger is the premier leagues biggest scout. Mata just one in many. Why no bah? What he doesn’t realise is that to a genuine world class player wanting success in his career we have become the last club a player of that calibre would be interested in.he is ruining this club.I wanted him gone 4 years ago but anybody who thinks he deserves another season is blind. Highest paid manager/biggest under achiever in league. We become a joke. Club’s now see us as no threat

  9. peter

    February 16, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Giroud is d worst player on d pitch. Always out of positn wen d ball comes frm d flank. He cannot hold & guide d ball nor dribble or even make accurate passes. Absolute poor thruout d game, just a stand alone striker. Wenger choose not 2 buy a gud striker & dis is d result?

  10. richard

    February 16, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Well I can’t understand what your all on about. Mac interesing piece i agree with you that blackburn defended well but I only remember having two shots on goal and one they scored from. But the possession corners and shots at target we had were far superior their keeper had an outstanding match saving several shots. Yes it hurts to lose to Blackburn but its one of those games we had it go the other way against snderland last week. lastly I would rather take the loss today and finish season in top four than win today and finish outside the top four. Bayern was always a difficult team to play but they are beatable. those of you calling for wengers head are ridiculous he made an honest assessment of the game afterwards and how many games where such a dominant team will lose not many except chelsea against barcelona last year barca battered chelsea and still lost that occassionaly happens in cup games.

  11. Neggro chuks

    February 16, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I rather get blind dan 2 watch d match coz it’s embarasin, so painful… I’ve sen d gudness of d Board ad d manger, kep on makn d money whle fans died in angry(trophless).. I’ve n’t notin 2 say? Bt do rememba, wat goes around cums around! Fools.

  12. KALAG

    February 16, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Sometime ago, someone said some word like arrogancy abt our coach. as u all see it happen and am not saying his selection for d game is bad but doing tins at d right time he so much believe in france player rather than buying great ones, escuse upon escuse his mentality stop our guys from playing shot well i know one day wenger will be boo and stone by the fans am tired of this club 8yrs trophyless

  13. john

    February 16, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    this mad wenger has ruined us he should have mercy on arsenal either sign quality players or should go from arsenal and i dont think that v will be able to finish top four and about beating bayern i dont give them a shot

  14. Richard

    February 16, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    The Wenger legacy will take many years to recover from.

    He should have left 7/8 years ago but now we are so far behind the Top Top teams that it could take a decade to become competative again and even more if he stays as manager.

    Is Le prof short for Le Profitable

    Absolutly gutless today, What would Tony Adams /Patric Vierra have said to those statues that played for us today, and to the manager as well. Start waving goodbye to Wilshire/Walcott and any other player who want to play in a team that tries and at least competes, not what we have at the Arsenal now and unless there is a change for years to come. The world has moved on but Aw hasn’t. Shame.

  15. Squall

    February 16, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    I didn’t see the game but now I know the reason for this lost and all the game we are losing is simply (Gervinho) I don’t know why the hell is he playin for us his level is so much below arsenal

  16. lopez

    February 16, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Terrible,terrible,terrible !!!! abysmal performance from Arsenal

  17. griffdaz

    February 17, 2013 at 12:16 am

    @ Richard
    You talk so much rubbish. So basically your happy with no silverware as long as we finish in the top 4. What a statement. Please expand on your thinking? Now if you had said as long as we WIN the league I would accept it. Crazy talk. Don’t talk about the financial benefits of top 4 finish being in next seasons CL. You are satisfied with a manager who receives 7.5 mill a year the highest paid in league getting so long as he gets us 4th spot forever more. He is stubborn and is 10 years in the past. The players he has let slip through his fingers is crazy. He expects world class players for pennies. Unfortunately football has moved on now but I do admire the man for his ethics regarding greed and crazy transfer fees.he understands how hard it is for young players to break onto the scene and I totally agree with that but we need real world class players to nurture these kids. His salary goes up while our performances decline. Face the truth we are not one of the “top 4″ anymore. Although I respect everyone has a right to an opinion I just find it difficult to swallow whilst I travel week in week out, spend thousands for me and 2 sons to watch a bunch of lazy overpaid prima donnas (except for the few) We have become a joke.

  18. griffdaz

    February 17, 2013 at 12:17 am

    @ Richard
    You talk so much rubbish. So basically your happy with no silverware as long as we finish in the top 4. What a statement. Please expand on your thinking? Now if you had said as long as we WIN the league I would accept it. Crazy talk. Don’t talk about the financial benefits of top 4 finish being in next seasons CL. You are satisfied with a manager who receives 7.5 mill a year the highest paid in league getting so long as he gets us 4th spot forever more. He is stubborn and is 10 years in the past. The players he has let slip through his fingers is crazy. He expects world class players for pennies. Unfortunately football has moved on now but I do admire the man for his ethics regarding greed and crazy transfer fees.he understands how hard it is for young players to break onto the scene and I totally agree with that but we need real world class players to nurture these kids. His salary goes up while our performances decline. Face the truth we are not one of the “top 4″ anymore. Although I respect everyone has a right to an opinion I just find it difficult to swallow whilst I travel week in week out, spend thousands for me and 2 sons to watch a bunch of lazy overpaid prima donnas (except for the few)

  19. griffdaz

    February 17, 2013 at 12:21 am

    @ Richard
    You talk so much rubbish. So basically your happy with no silverware as long as we finish in the top 4. What a statement. Please expand on your thinking? Now if you had said as long as we WIN the league I would accept it. Crazy talk. Don’t talk about the financial benefits of top 4 finish being in next seasons CL. You are satisfied with a manager who receives 7.5 mill a year the highest paid in league getting so long as he gets us 4th spot forever more. He is stubborn and is 10 years in the past. The players he has let slip through his fingers is crazy. He expects world class players for pennies. Unfortunately football has moved on now but I do admire the man for his ethics regarding greed and crazy transfer fees.he understands how hard it is for young players to break onto the scene and I totally agree with that but we need real world class players to nurture these kids. His salary goes up while our performances decline. Face the truth we are not one of the “top 4″ anymore. Although I respect everyone has a right to an opinion I just find it difficult to swallow whilst I travel week in week out, spend thousands for me and 2 sons to watch a bunch of lazy overpaid prima donnas (except for the few) We have become a joke.

  20. mark

    February 17, 2013 at 12:26 am

    arteta and rosicky had very good games playing their roles. 7 for them.
    overall a good performance but we need a good striker and some natural wingers who can do more than just cross the ball.

  21. TAR

    February 17, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Giroud will NEVER be as good as RVP…his positioning was woste then a kindergarten child. He should have taken the free kick much better..he seems to think an effort on goal is enough….he needs to score, THATS WHAT STRIKERS DO?? But dont u know that? Diaby shudv been replaced and not TR7! But Wenger u of all people know, u dont make 3 changes when the teams are level…u couldv got the result and rested those players…food for thought.

  22. mr colly

    February 17, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    the big problem of arsenal management, they just sell qaulity pray an they buy the worst player.

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