Boring Boring Arsenal – Marseille 0-1 Arsenal: Report & Player Ratings

By on October 19, 2011

As the minutes and seconds slowly ticked by, I was planning on summing up this game and there was only one explanation. What a bloody boring match?

And anyone who has watch Arsenal over the last few years knows that we are not usually a boring team. We attack attack and attack and our defence in frankly rubbish. I have to admit today though, that had I been a neutral I probably would have turned off. But after coming into the game, a game which would have benefited from his slick passing, Ramsey turned in an excellent finish in the last minute to give us a great win.

The main stories from the first half were two handball shouts, one for each side. The first one was on Jenkinson which could have easily been given as he let it hit him on the arm in the box. Jenkinson does try hard, and the ITV commentators were forever going on about his work-rate up and down the right flank. However, he just isn’t good enough. Time after time I see him as a fan who has won the chance to play for Arsenal for a year. Sure he tries his hardest, but there’s a reason he’s not a footballer. He can’t play football.

That is harsh on Jenkinson, who I am sure will develop into an excellent player and has achieved so much already during the past year, and is clearly a lot better than any other right back option we have. Hopefully he is not out for too long.

The other shout, or murmur considering the Arsenal players’ reaction was a clear handball by a Marseille player after a corner. Watching the replay and seeing his gloved hand punch the ball you cant help wondering why noone appealed for it. My only explanation for this is that all of our players shut their eyes and hope for the best at most set play situations, and this would go on to explain a lot of our problems at defending set pieces too.

On to the second half, which had less action than the first. Arsenal had all the ball and Marseille did nothing. Remy was isolated, and Valbuena did a lot of running, but on the whole not a lot happened. I was expecting the worst when Djourou came on for the injured Jenkinson, but Marseille didn’t even exploit this weakness once.

In fact, it was a good Djourou cross which, after being miscontrolled by Gervinho – another sub on for Walcott – was well turned in by the Welsh captain.

Overall it was a clam, composed performance, with very patient build up play which was well rewarded. In fact I can’t remember Szczesny making a save. Much of that is owed to Koscielny, who was excellent – he looks a different player in the Champion League – and was there to clear things up whenever this got passed the rest of our defence.

Alex Song had a good game as well, and did well to keep his tackles under control after an early booking. Arteta battled quite well too, but offered little on the ball as the attack looked very average. Walcott’s crossing was not at it’s best, and Van Persie just didn’t seem to have the classy touch that he did on Sunday. I’m sure we can forgive him though.

Here are the ratings: Szczesny 5.5 Jenkinson 6 Mertesacker 5.5 Koscielny 8 A.Santos 5.5 Song 7.5 Arteta 7 Rosicky 6.5 Walcott 6 Arshavin 5.5 Van Persie 6.5

Subs: Djourou 6.5 Gervinho 6 Ramsey 7.5

Watch the goal from the game here

The 3 points are very happily taken and put us in an excellent position to win the group at the halfway stage. It was gives us our 5th win in 6 games, which has gone under a lot of people noses, and hopefully will be furthered at the weekend. We are not passed any corners, and we are still in a shit position in the league. But things are not as bad as people are making out. Come on you Gunners.

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19 Comments

  1. SANCHEZ

    October 20, 2011 at 12:04 am

    YOU JUST KEEP SHOUTING….ARE YOU AN ARSENAL FAN ATALL? A WIN IS A WIN ,ACCEPT THAT GUY..EITHER BY GOOD PLAY OR NOT…THANK GOD WE DINT LOOSE,YOU WOULD HAVE KILL PROF FOR NOT USING AOC INSTEAD OF ARSH………

  2. reece

    October 20, 2011 at 12:05 am

    arteta 7? are you joking?! he was shocking and definitely worse than rosicky. Also you say we had all the possession in the first half, erm it was 54% in the first half, and most of it was around our defence!

  3. Gooner in NYC

    October 20, 2011 at 12:09 am

    surely you can take a break from negativity for just once. Your comments are very unsupportive. Maybe it’s time you tried Citey.

    Sure, Santos could not see a forward pass he did not refuse to make, and Arshavin, was, well … Arshavin, i think the team deserved credit for battling as hard as they did.

    How quickly we forget our pain, that we cannot even enjoy such a good victory and commend the team.

  4. Mr K

    October 20, 2011 at 12:14 am

    A boring win is better than an exciting loss! So shut it and celebrate! One nil to the Arsenal!

  5. ziggy

    October 20, 2011 at 12:53 am

    hypocrite is all i can say to whoever this so called fan is.

  6. SANCHEZ

    October 20, 2011 at 12:54 am

    these guys are just craps…i just dont understand why someone will not just enjoy a win………well AVB started coaching by 17 and sir ALEX is still there.so its not too early or too late to start coaching….so look for some boiz in ur area and start something…you may be the next arsenal coach when The Great one retires…ANTI ARSENAL….MAN U FAN

  7. Zayne Clarke

    October 20, 2011 at 1:39 am

    its amazing how BIASED the media can be against Arsenal…so much so that such a negative response to a win would be the 1st thing to show up when searching for Arsenal Marseille. Dont be fooled by their writing. Whoever wrote this is NOT a gooner, but someone pretending to be one to hurt the club, its players and us.

  8. simoz

    October 20, 2011 at 2:04 am

    ARSENAL NEEDS TO WIN, FORGET ABOUT BORING. wHAT A BORING ARTICLE INSTEAD.

  9. Steve of Chiang Mai

    October 20, 2011 at 2:11 am

    So Jenkinson “can’t play football” but you have no doubt that he “will develop into an excellent player”!

    That sums up your moronic comments regarding Jenkinson. But no worse than the ITV commentary team who seemed to be willing Marseilles to score. One particular quote I liked was suggesting “both teams were languishing at the bottom of the table” Arsenal is languishing at no.10….but with a bullet! Which is about all the ITV team deserve. By the way I am so glad that Jenkinson, that fan come lottery winner, somehow in all his ineptitude, managed to get back to cover Mert and get a foot into block Remy’s shot. IT WAS A MIRACLE RIGHT?

  10. meaner

    October 20, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Walcott a 6? Just because he is a English?

  11. Easterngooner

    October 20, 2011 at 5:03 am

    If it was Man Utd winning by 1-0, you would probably be in awe and admiration and profused with your praise about such a great disciplined performance by a team, who though not playing particularly well on the night, had nevertheless the sheer grit and determination to grind out a result when needed. And you would probably say that this is the quality and true hallmark of a champion.

  12. Rendie

    October 20, 2011 at 5:05 am

    I wonder which team the writer supports? Or maybe he is just pretendhng to have watched the game while he was listening on the car radio. We have won the game in Marseille, the team which won agaist all the other teams in our group. I would say maybe the writer made a bet against our win and he lost. The article is a joke and what we are doing as pure Arsenal supporters is celebrate, and we will do that even if we had two penalties awarded to us like MANU did which maybe was entertaining. There were lots of games to choose from, why dhjdnt you watch one.

  13. manusupporter

    October 20, 2011 at 7:00 am

    g#al.com rated mertesacker top of the match…

  14. goergie graham

    October 20, 2011 at 7:02 am

    BORING BORING ARSENAL. haha, back to the good old days eh

  15. Njovu

    October 20, 2011 at 7:09 am

    GUNNERS FOR LIFE

    leave us alone to celebrate a win if you dont mind

  16. Kwena

    October 20, 2011 at 7:33 am

    This article is crap. In fact, this guy should be sued. NEVER AGAIN post here your useless, comments again. Go support the devils or black cats if u wish. You are a complete IDIOT

  17. Trice

    October 20, 2011 at 8:51 am

    were you watching the game with your eyes closed? Pitty noone watchd the same game as you, you anti- arsenal, f**kin’ piece of s**t

  18. Tundex

    October 20, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Thank God 4 us 2 win the mach whether we play well or not we have won de mach to win away mach is not easy

  19. Nancy

    December 5, 2011 at 7:43 am

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