Player-By-Player Guide To Arsenal’s 2011/12 Squad

By on August 23, 2011

Manuel Almunia: Only reason he’s still in the squad is because nobody wants to buy him! The fans are still wondering why he’s there, can make a team lose a game single-handedly. Ok shot-stopper, terrible anticipation, horrendous communication skills, bound to leave and if he doesn’t he won’t play a game unless the three other keepers are all injured.

Vito Mannone: The only unbeaten goalkeeper in the squad! Weird, Right? Well, that’s because he only made nine appearances since he came to the club in 2005, set to play this season in Carling Cup games and be the third choice keeper. Inexperienced, has a bright future but not at Arsenal.

Lukasz Fabianski: More injury-Prone than Owen Hargreaves, No.1 goalkeeper last term before he got injured and replaced by Szczesny, Kind of experienced with 56 appearances for arsenal and a couple for Poland.

Wojciech Szczesny: At the beginning of last season, Szczesny claimed that he wants to be Arsenal’s no.1 goalkeeper, not even able to pronounce his name, fans laughed at his statement, but anything is possible at the Emirates (apparently), by the end of the season with help from slippery hands Almunia and always on the treatment table Fabianski, Szczesny was no.1 goalkeeper, helping his claim with stellar performances. With great reflexes and jumping ability, the 21-year Polish is set to guard the posts this season.

Thomas Vermaelen: Recently appointed vice –captain, the only solid centre half, had an amazing first season followed by a disappointing season where he was injured for the 99% of it. Can slot in at left back, will have to carry Arsenal’s defence on his shoulder this season.

Bacary Sagna: The best right back in the Premier League, one of Wenger’s findings , only a matter of time before the ”I want to win trophies” banner comes out. Ever-consistent.

Laurent Koscieleny: Signed from Lorient last season,making 43 appearances, the French-Polish man didn’t except to play this many games on his first season, but Arsenal’s defence would accommodate anyone at the moment, even a return of Pascal Cygan. Has the pace of a centre forward with the anticipation of Roy Carroll.

Sebastein Squillaci: Was one of wenger’s bargain buys, had a good start to the season, then turned out to be worse than Silvestre, slow as a turtle and fans will always remember his terrible performances against West Brom last season.

Johan Djourou: The tallest player in arsenal’s squad, that’s about it, specialized in scoring own goals and confusing goalkeepers. The Swiss international (somehow) scored one goal in 117 appearances, so it’s fair to say that Djourou likes to score in his own goal only.

Carl Jenkinson: Lanky 19-year old signed from Chartlon (League One side) this season, played only 9 times for Chartlon, looks to be Eboue’s replacement as a cover for Sagna, can also play in the centre of defence, had a good pre-season besides that wonderful own goal against Koln.

Kieran Gibbs: He makes Clichy look good, fans will never forget his slip against Man Utd. Wenger seems to be convinced that he’s finally ready for first-team football, but he faces the epic battle with his knee, the attacking fullback usually plays one game and misses five.

Armand Traore: Arsenal keep sending him on loan, but he doesn’t seem to learn anything, he makes Gibbs look good, has pace but cannot tackle to save his life, looks to add needed backup for Gibbs.

Tomas Rosicky: has fallen in love with the treatment table, forgot how to shoot since arriving in London, passes the ball sideways more than Denilson, no where near the player he used to be or was supposed to be.

Abou Diaby: Most irritating player on the ball, was supposed to be the next Vieira, but will never live up to that tag. Good with the ball in his feet, and the verdict still out if he’s an attacking or a defensive midfielder.

Samir Nasri: It’s obvious that Nasri used Arsenal as a stepping stone, set to join Man City; he will have a villain status at the Emirates. He’ll be more hated than Adebayor.

Alex Song: The defensive midfielder was one of the most consistent players last season, strong, neat with possession but lacks pace. The Cameroonian get lots of yellow cards but that’s his job really.

Aaron Ramsey: Wales Captain! Showcross is responsible for delaying his rise to stardom, with a good pre-season under his belt, he’s destined to feature regularly this season.

Jack Wilshere: Voted Best Arsenal Player and PFA Young Player of the year last season, the young England man is burdened with the midfield responsibility early on, a star already, can fit in Barcelona midfield comfortably. Wilshere is a player known for his movement, aggression, dribbling, vision, passing and combination play.

Emmanuel Frimpong: “He’ quick, he’s strong, his *ick is rather long, Frimpong, Frimpong” the chant set to echo through the Emirates this season, The defensive midfielder is Song’s back-up, like the other players his injury prevented him from featuring in more games last season. Has a good understanding with Wilshere.

Henri Lansbury: His best accomplishment so far is dating a model! Helped Norwich to promotion, if he’s not loaned out this season, the U-21 England midfielder would make rare appearances.

Andrey Arshavin: The lazy Russian had a great six months, but seem to have forgotten how to play football ever since, forever not fit to finish a game, doesn’t cover or pressure his shadow, should’ve left and signed for Anzhi  and make some money before retiring.

Craig Eastmond: Another young English player, third choice defensive midfielder, set to play in Carling Cup, not even close to being good enough for Premier League.

Van Persie: Might be the only big name left at arsenal, seem to have solved his injury problems, great technique and a left foot. He needs back-up, carried the team on his own towards the end of last season, the Dutchman has been recently appointed captain upon Fabregas’s departure.

Theo Walcott: Has the pace of a sprinter with the footballing mind of a chicken, 4 years and Walcott is still running balls out of play,  has terrible control even worse at crossing, overrated, when marked seems to not exist, but has improved his finishing.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Most expensive player to be signed from the Championship at £12 Million looks as if he’s the same as Walcott but Walcott 4 years ago, better at shooting.

Gervinho: Gervinho completed a transfer from Lille to Arsenal for a fee believed to be around £10.5 million, the Ivorian scored 28 goals and has 14 assists in two seasons for Lille and looks to be a good signing. He can play centre forward but prefers the right flank, has pace, loves dribbling, needs to work on his final ball.

Marouane Chamakh: Brought to Arsenal on a free transfer to provide aerial threat, only managed to score 7 Premier League goals and most of them are not headers. Usually fades out of games, terrible control and awful passing skills.

Ryo Miyachi: Rumoured to be faster than Walcott, so with that said he’s got to have a better final ball, the young Japanese forward is a real prospect and impressed during pre-season, Arsene secured a work permit for him after he spent 6 months on loan at Feynoord last season.

Nicklas Bendnter: Some fans love him some fans hate him, the powerful forward struck a couple of crucial last-gasp goals to keep his side in the title race in 2010. Gone as soon as a club meet his value which is set to be around £8 Million.

Joell Campbell: Another teenager brought by Wenger, the Costa-Rican is rated highly after the Copa America, has an eye for goal, energetic and a strong left foot.

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  2. Akira333

    August 23, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Most of the stuff I agree with- but youve been extremely harsh…But I can understand the frustrations…Rather then criticise youve insulted 3/4 of the team….Not a sensible piece of writing

  3. Le Mans

    August 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    How sad can you get, honestly mate get a life. your an Arsenal fun as much as I’m a spurs fan!

  4. Mike

    August 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I enjoyed this. I agree with the comment above that this is a tad too harsh. I guess you are just the ‘glass is half empty’ type of person. I do think you’ve extremely overrated Song and given Ramsey too much credit. He is a good player, but not good enough to be the creative hub at Arsenal. He slows play down too often and it usually takes him a few moments to play the pass that Fabregas would have played before the ball even reached his feet. I do find it weird how Arsene Wenger is the only manager in the league to play players like Chamakh and Squillaci after they only continue to let him down

  5. Jordan Kounelis

    August 23, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Biggest dickhead to ever write an article. Maybe, instead of negatively scrutinising and insulting more than half the squad, give us the optimism of these players and tell us what we need in terms if new signings and what we can improve on.

    You won’t be going anywhere with that rubbish article.

    • mark

      August 24, 2011 at 12:12 am

      this isn’t rubbish article.
      it might be harsh but its true.

  6. Giles De Berg

    August 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    we have signed kaka on loan, bought m’villa (12) and cahill (14.2) coming by weekend – good news

    • Carl Gilbert

      August 24, 2011 at 9:11 am

      Im sorry to say if you believe everything you read then for your information Arsenal have signed Cahill, Samba, Edgar Davids, Dann, Trezeguet, Buffon, Frey, Hangeland, Van Der Vaart to name but a few, the press dont have much to write about so they make things up to get people interested, if you checked Wiki at 1 point Arsenal had signed Mata only for him to go to Chelsea today.

  7. Jimbo

    August 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    we need more africans – english players are weak and just like the monies – bring back eboue too + frimpong for captain – Jimbo – Nigeria – AFC expert

    • Giles De Berg

      August 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      wise words Jimbo – I hope we sign an essien like player

  8. Kaden

    August 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I actually found this really funny and half of it is true but not as harsh as you put it. We need to stop treating these footballers like they are gems and Eggs that we are worried about breaking… Nasri Gone and Frimpong will be a star just needs a few years thats what annoys me they need time time time time fuck me

  9. Carl Gilbert

    August 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    We will finish 6th this year and in Europa Cup so lets just hope we keep Wenger and not lose even more of Arsenal.

    • Ice Cruel

      August 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      Good Shout, 2 Manchester sides for the title, Chelsea 3rd Liverpool 4th and the sickning bit is Scum THFC will be 5th. Im affraid to say it but Arsenal are the new Everton.

      • Jimbo

        August 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

        5th not 6th – Jimbo – Nigeria – AFC expert

      • Carl Gilbert

        August 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm

        I agree, i just hope that after we lose to Udinese and Manchester United that we still have Wenger at the helm as otherwise we are in real trouble. Arsenal through and through just a realist not an optimist. Our Glory days will come again once the big wigs of Chelsea, Manchester and Liverpool get bored

    • Jimbo

      August 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      Carl you are wrong we will finish 5th – thanks friend – Jimbo – Nigeria – AFC expert

      • Carl Gilbert

        August 23, 2011 at 2:50 pm

        Jimbo ill make you a deal, if we make the top 5 ill send you a paypal payment at the end of the season for a pint, if we are in 6th – 10th you can drop me a message and say Carl you was right 🙂

        • Jimbo

          August 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm

          deal friend

          I win Carl

          Jimbo – Nigeria – AFC expert

        • Femi

          August 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm

          You can’t be too sure of our position yet mates(carl&jimbo) our fate depends on the outcome of Udinese vs Arsenal. Qualifying for d champions league might attract  signings

          • Carl Gilbert

            August 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm

            Femi – I have already forseen the future and what happens is we go to Italy and we lose 1 – 0 meaning extra time and then they score to knock us out on the day. Mean while the press then put more pressue on Wenger and with a depleated squad he goes to united to get thumped 4 – 0. Resulting in Deluded Arsenal fans asking for Wengers head where as the true Arsenal fans like myself will say, you tried your best with what you have got but you left it too late to get your purchases. Wenger we stand by your side, through Thick and Thin. Do comment after the champions league or even after the united game to say i was wrong 🙂 i have more faith in us beating Udinese than United.

            • Julius

              August 23, 2011 at 10:54 pm

              You will still be supporting Wenger rather than Arsenal when we are relegated to the Championship.

              Thankfully, the deluded AKBs are rapidly becoming the minority as people are waking up to the reality that is Wenger’s tippy tappy football, one dimensional tactics and stubborn refusal to strengthen the team, preferring instead to gamble with untested kids.

              Arsenal first!

              Arsenal must come before Arsene regardless of his previous successes.

              • Carl G

                August 24, 2011 at 8:05 am

                Wenger found success due to already having 80 percent of the team in place, back 5 was set up and the front 2 worked great so he bought in the middle men, when the strikers went he replaced them with even more quality. But once we lost seaman he never got replaced, adams known Dixon winterburn went and cole sagna and the big Belgium are the only defenders out of a big list who performed to there standard. Up front is the same story Henry anelka and rvp the rest and there have been alot are poor. I support Arsenal not Arsene but I’m not stupid enough to think that we have time to sack Arsene get a great manager in and make the signings needed before end of transfer. Better to live with the devil u know than the devil you don’t.

          • Cathy S

            August 23, 2011 at 4:46 pm

            Femi-dom

            you is wrong

            your pits pong

            you dong

  10. Carl Gilbert

    August 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Also Jimbo the African approach wont work when the new rules come into play next year, thats why Liverpool have gone out and bought loads of Englishmen and so have Man City they have prepared for the new rules you wait and see my friend

  11. Jay

    August 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    Great write-up, is it appearing in the match programme tomorrow night? Only changes I’d make is that Ramsey hasn’t recovered from the Shawcross foul and that Song is overrated.

    • Jimbo

      August 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      Jay – you are very rude young lady – please return to your spurs boys site – ha ha – Jimbo – Nigeria – AFC expert

    • Giles De Berg

      August 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      silly comment jay – back to lessons for you boy

    • Cathy S

      August 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm

      Jay is gay

  12. Sami

    August 23, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    How could you say Chamakh has terrible ball control? Are you crazy?

  13. neil

    August 23, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    hey m nt an arsenal fan bt hey w gt 2 face th truth here, u cnt criticise 9/10 o th team, cmon t myb nt gud bt ths z js way 2 much, prove em wrong gunners…………….nt ur fan though

  14. Ubermensch, Nigeria

    August 24, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Kudos Mark, that’s an axiom. This is nothing but the bitter truth.

    • Jimbo

      August 24, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      you are sill friend – Jimbo – Nigeria – AFC expert

  15. Ali Dia

    August 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I had a call from Mr. Wenger last night….he wants to sign me ASAP

  16. alex

    August 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    THIS IS SO SO TRUE

  17. George Weah

    August 24, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Mr. Wenger…you NEED Ali Dia in your squad…he is available for a good price. lets negotiate….

  18. Arsene Wenger

    August 24, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    How much?????

    • George Weah

      August 24, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      How much have you got? BTW Western Union only.

      • Arsene Wenger

        August 24, 2011 at 4:33 pm

        Lets us agree on £4.59 if only Ali passes his Medical.
        See you at Western Union – AW

  19. George Weah

    August 24, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Excellent – Me and Ali will meet you at the Emirates when you get back tomorrow. Bring Pat Rice….

    • Arsene Wenger

      August 25, 2011 at 10:13 am

      George….let Ali know we don’t need his services any more. Thanks

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