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[PLAYER RATINGS] Arsenal 3-1 Stoke: How The Gunners Got On…

Arsenal beat Stoke 3-1 at the Emirates thanks to sub Robin van Persie who, not for the first time this season, rescued the Gunners when they were struggling to break down a stubborn defence. Stoke set their stall out with the predictable game plan of defending in numbers and relying on set pieces.

Gervinho took his goal well, then the referee awarded Stoke a very generous free kick which lead to the equaliser as Arsenal conceded from a set piece once again. But with Chamakh leading the line and van Persie warming the bench, Arsenal were devoid of ideas and were struggling to get the second. Only when our main-man came on did we look dangerous, and the Dutchman bagged a double to lead Arsenal across the line. Here are my ratings:

Szczesny – 6.5 – Could do little for the goal and in all honesty didn’t have much else to do. Took a big chance when over-playing with the ball outside of his area, but got away with it.

Djourou – 6 – Did better than expected at right back, making a few good runs forward but his crossing was disappointing. Failed to cut out the header that lead to the Stoke goal.

Mertesacker – 7.5 – Assured performance from the German, dealing with most of what Stoke could throw at us. Looking more comfortable with every performance.

Koscielny – 7 – Like Per, did ok in dealing with the ariel threat of Stoke and gaining in confidence with every display. Lost out to Walters for the equaliser though.

Santos – 6 – Did ok, nothing special. Didn’t get forward as much as usual.

Song – 7 – Decent performance from the stand-in captain. Broke up play well and set up some attacks but nothing spectacular from Song.

Ramsey – 7.5 – Superb ball for the opener and had a couple of decent efforts on goal. Set the tempo well alongside Arteta.

Arteta – 7 – Kept things ticking over in midfield but once again wasn’t the creative force in midfield we all hoped he’d be.

Walcott – 5.5 – Didn’t get in the game enough and only got behind his full back on one occasion. Not surprisingly subbed off. Needs to do a lot better.

Gervinho – 8 – Took his goal very well and was a lot more involved than in previous games. Set up both of Van Persie’s goals as well.

Chamakh – 5 – Useless. Totally ineffectual and never found his man with his attempted lay-offs. Missed two great chances to get on the scoresheet before being subbed off RVP.


Van Persie – 9 – Bagged a double and without him Arsenal would be a mid-table side. Thank god he’s fit and scoring goals.

Arshavin – 6 – Tried hard to make things happen and did ok for the limited time he was on the pitch.

Fimpong – N/A – Only for for a matter of minutes.

Watch the highlights from Arsenal 3-1 Stoke

What do you think of these ratings? How would you rate the players?



  1. Kidd

    October 23, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    without him we wud b a mid table tean Dont post things u shld be tellin yr self wn looking in the mirror ,keep them to yr abt without song wat we wud b? How many times secczny has baild us out? Gervinho had 2 assist and a goal and acc 2 u its no contribution.yr article is a disgrace i suggest u go and watch the game again b4 u can rate players rather comn up with random figures from yr head

    • RVP10

      October 23, 2011 at 10:11 pm

      You lot need to relax. My ‘mid table team’ line was very much a tongue-in-cheek comment meant to highlight the importance of RVP to the team. 25 goals in 26 games also highlights this point.

      But wake up people, Arsenal look very average when he’s not on the pitch, which was highlighted again today.

      Created nothing with chamakh up top. If anything, it shows the need for another top class striker to ease the pressure on Van P.

    • Will03

      October 24, 2011 at 2:16 am

      Hey dude I think you forgot to ask yourself: Without RVP’s goals where would we be? He has turned losses into wins with goals whereas the other players could only do damage limitation until he scores. No doubt Song and Szczesny are great but they don’t win games. If RVP weren’t playing it would only be a case of these two reducing the losing scoreline from 10-0 to 1-0. However I felt Gervinho was the MOTM, do’t really agree with the ratings.

      • Jay

        October 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm

        Kidd is acting like a kid, no knowledge of football, if RVP didnt play against Stoke and Sunderland then we wouldve scored 4 goals less which equates to a 1-0 loss to Sunderland and a 1-1 draw with Stoke which would leave us below mid table.

        We have lost to Spurs, Liverpool, Man Utd, Blackburn and even with RVP we will still get beat by Chelsea

        Therefore we have to be realistic and say we are currently the 6th best team in the league…only RVP, TV and Jack are top quality outfield players.

        The rest have at least 5 who are excellent and who would walk into our team:
        MAN U- Vidic, Nani, Young, Chicha, Rooney
        MAN C- Nasri, Silva, Balotelli, Dzeko, Tevez, Aguero, Toure
        CHELSEA- Mata, Drogba, Torres, Terry, Cole
        TOTNAM- VDVaart, Modric, Bale, Ade, King, Sandro, Parker
        LIVPOOL- Suarez, Carra, Gerrard ok 5 is debatable but they beat us at the emirates so have to be above us at the moment.

        We have to get real and realise we arent good enough and by arguing we dont need RVP and the other players are efficient enough we are acting deluded.

  2. Kwena

    October 23, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I personally agree with the ratings for once. Go go Arsenal

  3. Dattijo Aliyu

    October 23, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I think is highly time wenger should understand that chamberlain as of now is more effective than walcot, this is walcot third match he played and he has not been impressive. I think he should be used now more as a substitute and please arsene should use park instead of chamak, he has been giving every opportunity but he is yet to take it. Finally, i agree with kidd, we should stop undermining contribution of other players, everybody played his part and we should commend the whole team for the victory. Wenger please allow santos playing time Gibbs is vulnerable.

  4. feygooner

    October 23, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    ” without him Arsenal would be a mid-table side”

    Riiight. Gervinho, Wilshere, Vermaelen, Walcott, Arshavin, Arteta, Ramsey, Song, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Sagna and Szczesny are all players the likes of whom you regularly find in mid table sides. Clubs like Fulham, Aston Villa and Stoke are chok full of players like them.

  5. okunade charles

    October 23, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    they all play well but the only thing wenger should take note at which theo strike/.it is not effective. Good luck wenger

  6. Essien isaac

    October 23, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    And yet again! Another rating guttfully and sloppily carried out by a non-arsenal fan! ‘mid-table team?’ Its easy. Why not support spurs? Im tired of anti arsenal owning arsenal blogs!

  7. Arsenal Norway

    October 23, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    1 goal and 2 assist for Gervinho and you only give him an 8?

  8. AcGooner

    October 23, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Walcott was even worse than Chamakh. I wold say he was 5. And Arshavin deserves at least 7.5. Once on the pitch he’s added vital energy to Gervinho’s top performance. Gervinho deserves 8.5. That was a critical mass which allowed Van Persie to shine. RVP was more like 8.5 as well. And Song did not have his best day. Still very reliable though. Most likely 6.5. And Santos deserves at least 6.5 as well. He is on par with Cli$hy already.

  9. Donald

    October 23, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    i was expecting maybe the media to jump on the ‘Arsenal would be a midlevel team but for RVP’ bandwagon, but from an Arsenal fan? Admittedly we are over-reliant on him largely because he is our genuine worldclass player.
    But guys like Verm when fit, Sagna when fit, Mertesacker, Wilshere, Arshavin, Song Gervinho, possibly Arteta Ramsey on his day especially these are quality players.
    As for the ratings, Walcott deserved lower than 5.5, Chamakh lower than 5 he was abysmal. Arshavin deserved atleast a 7.5 he was excellent and Gervinho around a 9, 1 goal 2 assists and a threat everytime he touched the ball. Instead of focusing on needing rvp to win, lets just be happy we beat a very tough Stoke team, look at chelsea losing to QPR…we did very well today.

  10. Tundex

    October 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Pls Mr AW y can’t u use park instead of using chamark pls let park playing time at arsenal

  11. Maze

    October 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I quite agree that without RVP we will be a mid-table team.he has rescued us severally with his individual brilliance from messy situatns.gevinho only had good game today.let him play like that more consistently,then we can he is important for the squad

  12. sagir Ringim

    October 23, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    park can not play at first eleven until he graduate from advanced french lesson.

  13. AusGooner

    October 24, 2011 at 12:01 am

    I don’t think Chamakh did too badly.. He dropped in and layed off to the midfielders quite well today and his touch was unusually good. He wasn’t helped with the service from the likes of Walcott. I think Chamakh was a 6 and Walcott a 5. Walcott was abysmal.
    Gervinho deserves more credit as well, without his runs RvP would not have scored his two goals. Also, I believe Mertesacker and Arteta are growing in stature for the club, whilst Ramsey is playing out of his skin!

  14. meaner

    October 24, 2011 at 4:17 am

    RVP share MOTM with Gerv. Worst player is walcott, not Cham.

  15. Sandman

    October 24, 2011 at 6:21 am

    agree with all except for alex song. He’s losing it this year. WAY too many give a ways this game and last two

  16. Mike kanvi

    October 24, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Chamak,dis guy has gone frm bad2worse,his 1st touch(which strangely is bakwards)is appalling,anytime i c him on d field i c error,error,error,error

  17. Patrick Ssekatawa

    October 24, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Guys, lets not be the architects of our own downfall. Chamakh is an Arsenal player and therefore needs our support, not abuse. He was phenomenal for us, winning penalties and scoring goals before he got fatigued due to the intensity of the EPL which he had not been used to, having played in France all his career.
    He was not helped by the return of Van Persie, probably the hottest striker in Europe for club and country. Chamakh had his first start in the the league only yesterday. Why dont we encourage him other than abusing him and labelling him “useless”! Remember, “A friend in need is a friend indeed” Chamakh needs our support more than ever, doesn’t he?

  18. GunnerPete

    October 24, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Well you have been hammered for your RVP comment. I understood your meaning even though it was tongue in cheek.

    I also thought that you fall into the trap of thinking all Gunners think Sagna is great…I do not. In fact I would say that he is the worst crosser we have and this year he has been defensively crap. Jenkinson & Djourou have defended better and Jenks is a much beter crosser. Jenks has also asssited twice…Sagna nil!

    Ratings OK except for Theo..max 5…Gevihno 9…RVP 8…Ramsey 7.5..Santos 6.5…Song 7.5.

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