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[PLAYER RATINGS] Spurs 2-1 Arsenal: Not Pretty Reading For Gooners…

Another devastating result for the Gunners and once again poor refereeing decisions and poor defending/goalkeeping has cost us. Tottenham weren’t great but teams don’t have to be great to beat Arsenal these days. Thinking back over the game, i’m struggling to think of many positives. Unlike some people, i didn’t feel we played particularly well and we struggled to create. How many times did we test Friedel? Then compare that to the number of saves Szczesny made.

Arsenal may have had some decent possession, but not for the first time, we passed sideways too much and didn’t penetrate enough. And with a defence like ours, we’re always going to give the opposition a chance.

Here are my ratings:

Szczesny – 7 – Probably the most difficult rating to figure out. He made several superb saves including a one-on-one with our mate Adebayor, but then ruined it all by letting Walker’s effort squeeze past him. No doubt the kid’s shot was well hit and swerving, but the Pole will know he should have kept it out. But Chezza doesn’t deserve worse than a 7 as he was still one of our better performers.

Sagna – 6 – Caught out of position a few times in the first half, but was being left exposed by the midfield/attack. Possibly at fault for the opener as he didn’t follow VDV’s run. Went off early in the second half from what looks like a serious injury. Triffic.

Mertesacker – 5.5 – Lack of pace was exposed a few times and he and Song let in Bale late on with some schoolboy defending. Also possibly at fault for the first after not dropping off to mark VDV.

Song – 6 – See above but made a few good blocks.

Gibbs – 6 – Like Sagna, was exposed by those in front of him and Spurs got in a few times down his flank. Offered little in attack.

Coquelin – 8 – Best Arsenal player on the pitch. Faded slightly in the second half but for most of the game he was carrying the midfield.

Ramsey – 4 – Awful, simply awful. Never seen him give the ball away so much before, i hope it was a one-off. Nice run for his goal though but way off his best.

Arteta – 5 – For someone who’s meant to be our main creative midfielder, he did very little. Doesn’t get in the game enough and didn’t do enough with it when he did have the ball. Must do better in the big games.

Walcott – 5 – Hardly got in the game. Touched the ball about 2 times, although on both occasions he got a left footed shot off and went close. Just didn’t seem to get himself in the match, was subbed off in second half….as usual.

Gervinho – 5 – Like Walcott, hardly got in the game and did very little. Missed a sitter with the scores at 0-0, not even hitting the target from 6 yards. Unforgivable.

RVP – 6 – Felt sorry for him, not for the first time this season. Got very little service, and when he did have the ball you could see he was trying to force things to make something happen. Let down by his team mates, again. Great run to set up Gervinho in the first half


Jenkinson – 5 – Left for dead a few times by Bale and is clearly not ready for the big games yet. Not his fault, it’s Wenger’s for killing his confidence by throwing him in at the deep end when he’s not ready.

Arshavin – 4 – Did nothing in his 15 minutes on the pitch.

Benayoun – 5 – Like Arshavin, did very little although deserves an extra .5 for at least TRYING.




  1. michael

    October 3, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Felt sorry for arsenal after pulling a goal back.u would expect the momemtum to be with the gunners but that’s what they get for not taking their chances in the first half(gervinho and walcot).for me don’t know what the hype about aaron ramsey_the worst player on the pitch and forget that he scored,his not impressing @all.he shrinks when it comes to the big games(liverpool)never been a big fan of him,he slows down our movement,aint got good vision,gives away the ball to easily.for me his a bench player not a starter for now.hope jack gets better on time cause we sinking and sinking fast.

    • Davi

      October 3, 2011 at 9:41 am

      On ramsey: he’s not always poor in the big games – he tends to play well against Utd, for example. He’s just extremely inconsistent, and for that reason he should not be starting so many games for arsenal. Imo frimpong should have started the game alongside coquelin. Both play with passion and neither would have accepted playing poorly in such a big game.

  2. spurson

    October 3, 2011 at 9:23 am

    The funny things is- spurs had a below par performance & Arsenal had a better game than usual & still you lost. I would hate to see Whinger go, but I do feel Arsenal need a dose of realism, just as Liverpool fans realise at present winning League is out of their grasp. Times are a changing & I commend Wenger’s stance on not paying exhorbitant prices for wages/players. Give him time- he’s good manager & good for PL, but not sure if he’s good for you, but who cares 2-1!

    • Davi

      October 3, 2011 at 9:35 am

      Disagree with this. Spurs played pretty well, and we played pretty well. The reason they didn’t play better is because we competed well, and the reason we didn’t play better is that they competed well. Neither side was at it’s best and overall a draw would have been fair enough, particularly given that their first goal was handball. Our problem is that our defensive weaknesses mean that we too often don’t get what we deserve from games.
      In the past, we had the defensive strength to cope, and players like pires and henry meant that we could get more than we deserved at times.
      Agree on wenger.

      • Afro Gunner

        October 3, 2011 at 10:12 am

        I guess you were watching a different game. Arsenal had more possession. Spurs were in their own half most of the time. It took a hand of god goal to get them into the game. Did England beat Argentina after the hand of god goal. It was maradona who was blasted not england so why blast arsenal and not van der vaart

        • Davi

          October 3, 2011 at 1:21 pm

          They also had two or three 1-on-1’s which required the best of Szczesny to keep us in the game.
          We had our chances as well, but couldn’t take them either. As I said, it was quite even.
          I agree, VDV’s goal should have been disallowed. It was hard to spot in real time, so I don’t blame the officials too much, but that doesn’t make it right, and if it weren’t for that, we may have controlled the game better.
          However well we played in attack, though, we are always open at the back, and that’s why we don’t always get what we deserve – particularly against the big teams.

          • yido

            October 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm

            No matter how good going forward if your open at the back then you do deserve to concede

  3. Prince

    October 3, 2011 at 9:30 am

    Arsenal had weak defence and couldn’t make good use of our opportunity.

  4. Davi

    October 3, 2011 at 9:32 am

    When are we going to switch back to 4-4-2? We have enough forwards to play this system now, and it seems to suit the squad much better. Most importantly, it should give better protection for the fullbacks.
    Arteta and gervinho should occupy the wing positions, and Frimpong and Coq should be starting in the middle, imo. When we have enough CBs, song should be in the middle instead of frimpong. When wilshere is back, he could either play in the centre or wide instead of either gerv or arteta. Theo can be tested up front; if he’s capable, great, if not, we have others. Arshavin can play off another striker, same as theo – if he can’t play well there, too bad.

  5. Gunner Nate

    October 3, 2011 at 9:33 am

    @ Michael – Couldn’t have worded it better myself mate. Worrying times I think. The only couple of positives I could see out of this game is 1, Coquelin – fantastic display for a young lad, and first London derby, hell it was only his second prem game.
    2, people may slate the pole for the second goal, but for me, if he wasn’t between those sticks, the game would’ve been done and dusted by half time, and I’m not being O.T.T either.

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  7. Horny Helen

    October 3, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Yes yes oh yes Oh Oh my God yeeeeesssss!

    • amith

      October 3, 2011 at 12:50 pm


  8. Afro Gunner

    October 3, 2011 at 10:19 am

    My solution sack Wenger because he is hated by the English or the board should rise up against biased officials. Spurs who not have had that goal against manu but arsenal are not human so get these goals against them just becos we did not buy Cahill who cannot defend against genuine goals let alone dubious ones

  9. Jeffry

    October 3, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Ramsey was very poor.. his passing & movement was way too predictable,as usual.. not accurate too! i thought we should give Arteta & Rosicky a chance.. just like the olympiakos game.. they combined better,in my opinion..

  10. Archie

    October 3, 2011 at 10:56 am

    wenger is doing a marvelous job long may it continue!!! Spurs never got out of 1st gear and still had too much for arsenal.

  11. amith

    October 3, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Being a big game, it was a well below par performance from TW,Gerv,Arteta and Ramsey.
    1. TW – should atleast got one of his shots in the net.(or atleast created a decent save)
    2. Gerv – Doesnt kno when to pass and wen to shoot.
    3. Ramsey – needs to get basics right.
    4. Arteta – unusual, but also guilty of stray passes.

  12. Gilberto

    October 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    For me if another player was there for Ramsey we would have been ok. Ahhh guy is not ready. I feel sorry for the rest of the team because we could have done well without Ramsey.

    I would make a video of all the mess up he has made this season so far but that wouldn’t help his career + arsenal’s fans confidence.

    He damaging the team! Please watch his performances closely, below par every single game.

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