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[Player Ratings] AC Milan 4-0 Arsenal: No Guts, No Ideas & No Character

AC Milan beat Arsenal 4-0 at the San Siro to all but secure their passage to the quarter finals of the Champions League. Here are my player ratings from the game

AC Milan ran out 4-0 winners tonight despite Arsenal having more possession and having a superior pass completion rate. The Italians had 5 shots on goal and scored 4 times. But forget stats. The reality is Milan were by far the better side and deserved their win. They were far more clinical in the final third and dealt with our toothless attack with relative ease.

You could break the goals down and make it sound like we were a little unlucky; the first was a worldy, Ibrahimovic was offside for the second, Vermaelen slipped at a vital moment for the third, and the fourth was a dodgy penalty. But in really, Milan were at least three goals better than us. They toyed with us, let us have the ball and broke to deadly effect.

The Arsenal display was everything that is wrong with the club. No character, no guts, no ideas and no leadership. This was the worst display since the debacle at Old Trafford. Here are my player ratings:

Player Ratings

Szczesny – 5.5 – Poor kick lead to the first goal, but could do nothing about the finish or the second goal. Got nowhere near the third, but may have felt he could have done better with the penalty after getting a hand on it. Milan’s first 4 shots on target resulted in goals. Not good stats.

Sagna – 5 – Caught out of position on several occasions. At fault for the second when he didn’t play to the whistle and let Ibrahimovic run clear to set up Robinho.

Koscielny – 6.5 – The best of Arsenal’s back line until going off injured. Fingers crossed it’s not serious, because we need him!

Vermaelen – 4.5 – Didn’t look at his best back in central defence. Gave Boateng too much room for the opener and slipped for the third. Failed to contain Ibrahimovic and Robinho.

Gibbs – 5 – Like Sagna, caught out of position as Robinho and Ibrahimovic ran riot down the channels. Tough return for the kid. Subbed.

Song – 4 – Defensive midfielder? He was non-existent tonight. Gave absolutely zero protection to the back line. Over-ran by the Milan midfield.

Arteta – 4 – Like Song, Arteta gave no protection to his defence and was unusually subdued throughout the game. Sloppy passes and lack of ideas.

Ramsey – 4 – Barely touched the ball and looked completely lost out there. Did nothing in the first half behind RVP, and did even less when moved to right side of midfield in the second half.

Rosicky – 4 – Picked over Oxe due to his ‘experience’ and the fact he was meant to give protection to Gibbs. Terrible managerial decision. Saw a bit of the ball but did nothing more than pass sideways, and gave little help to Gibbs.

Walcott – 4 – Looked terrified to take on the Milan defence. Made no impact and was subbed at half time.

Van Persie – 6.5 – Completely isolated in the first half but came alive when Henry was introduced in the second period. Went close with two volley’s and a header. Considering the lack of service, RVP had a very good game and was our only threat on goal.


Djourou – 5.5 – Clumsy challenge gave away the penalty for the fourth, although i personally think it was a harsh penalty, there was no need to make any contact with the striker. Always worried when he went near the ball.

Henry – 6 – Tried his best to motivate and organise the team on his last outing for the club, but it wasn’t to be. Lovely flick set up RVP and he at least made some runs behind to stretch the AC Milan defence. Goodbye Thierry, thanks for the memories.

Chamberlain – 6.5 – Arsene’s decision to drop the in-form youngster backfired and he did more in the final 20 minutes than Ramsey or Rosicky did in the entire game. Everyone knows AC Milan are susceptible to PACE, so Wenger drops the Oxe. Go figure. Nice cross set up an RVP header, and looked dangerous when he was on the ball.

So, time to concentrate on the FA Cup. A win this Saturday is vital not only to keep our hopes of a trophy alive this season, but to keep this fragile team from capitulating like we did last year. Time to earn your substantial wages Arsene and pick this team up.

If you haven’t seen the goals, and you want to put yourself through the pain, you can watch video highlights here.

Those are my player ratings, feel free to leave your opinions in the comments section below… 



  1. s j little

    February 15, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    Tactics.. Wenger hasnt got any!

  2. Vic

    February 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    This is the reason why Robin will leave us.

  3. Danish Gooner

    February 15, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Wenger will probably rest them all come saturday so the are ripe for a pasting by The Spuds.

  4. Gooner4life

    February 16, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Just cant believe what I saw. Why is Ramsey still in first squad he is a sub at best. The same goes for arteta I think his good but these are the kind of people that need to subs m. We haven’t replaced fab and as per usual the transfer window boring. We are a business and the people who own it are laughing themselves silly as we spend the minimal. We need world class. The only world class we have are van p and the oxe. Ditch wallcott while we can make money on him and put oxe on right. Buy 2 attacking midfielders…. I repeat ATTACKING midfielders players that actually shoot at goal and know how to put it away. My mouth is watering at the thought of Jose m taking over

  5. Gervais Cangy

    February 16, 2012 at 12:44 am

    THREE WORDS:PPP I.e. Poor Piss Performance!

  6. Fenny Martin

    February 16, 2012 at 12:51 am

    When we won 7-1 against blackburn, I said : “It’s just luck and the opponent is poor! Wait until we meet AC Milan and they will demolished us if we keep playing like this!” after that all Wenger supporter bombard me with abuse and saying im spurs fan!

    And now I want to hear ya, hey Wenger faithful? What did I say??

  7. Zak

    February 16, 2012 at 1:12 am

    The whole axis Gibbs, Ramsey and Walcott is extremely poor and clearly is not worth playing PL let alone CL football…. This team should be built now around the Ox…

  8. wongok

    February 16, 2012 at 3:36 am

    A 4 for Ramsey and Walcott! Thats generous!!
    With Ramsey back from his rest and Koshielny out and Djourou our season is pretty much over.

    Ive always been in the pro wenger camp but to play walcot over chamberlain is absolutely deludedly optimistic when Chamberlain is clearly better and Walcott has only ever proven himself as a world class player as a substitute.
    Also our team was such a bunch of pussies it shameful, never put their foot in for any challenge nor had any hunger for the game.

  9. scarecrow

    February 16, 2012 at 5:41 am

    4 for Ramsey ??????????? Are you kidding me?

    I’d give Rosicky a 6. He was the ONLY one trying to do something along with VP. Not his fault that he was played on the wings instead of the center where Ramsey was horrendous.

  10. nice

    February 16, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Expected. Blame on Arsene and the Arsenal Board! Not on the players. half of the players are really not up to it and not consistent. If Arsenal Board have opened up the wallet and spend abit, not only raise the morales of the players also it helps raise the quality. Compare to last time, it get from bad to worst. The passing styles are so inconsistent. I expect Arsenal will not qualify for CPL. And a total chaos in Arsenal, should Van Persie leaves.

  11. meaner

    February 16, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Anyone still gonna blast me for labelling those junks as Ramilson and Walcock? We don deserve RVP, he shouldnt be ruined.

  12. kale

    February 16, 2012 at 7:38 am

    the 4-0 lose wasnt the worst thing about that game for me losing kos is the worst thing that happened because lets be honest we were always going to lose against milan

  13. tat

    February 16, 2012 at 7:48 am

    if you give Rosicky a 4, you need to give Ramsey and Walcott a 1.
    should’ve started Arshavin instead.

  14. Andrew

    February 16, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Arsene should have put Oxlade Chamberlain in the starting line-up istead of Rosicky.

  15. zdzis

    February 16, 2012 at 8:12 am

    First of all, I’ll say I feel lucky now for being forced to travel when the game happened. I only learned of the whole horror via a text transmission, which is far less painful than to have to watch it.
    But still, some issues are clear even for someone who only knows how the game progressed.
    1) The fact that half of the goals Milan shipped us were referee’s failed progeny (Ibrahimovic offside for Robinho’s 1st goal, Ibrahimovic faking in the box and getting the spot kick) shows that Milan should have been perfectly beatable. Even if Arsenal have no chance of leveling the deficit, I’d really want to see them teach Milan a lesson. Because these Italians deserve to lose.
    2) It seems that the team’s frailties were once again in deep relief yesterday. With Gervinho still not back from AFCON, Wenger had to use a replacement winger. Why didn’t he use Arshavin? I really don’t know. Perhaps he feared the little Russian might not be up to it in defence. He’s known to be rather poor at the back. This seems even more likely when you know that it was Gibbs who played at LB, and Gibbs is also a player that may not be too consistent at the back. My main misgiving is: why didn’t he use Coquelin again? I’m almost sure the Frenchman would have done better.
    3) According basically to all and sundry, Vermaelen was an almost total flop at centre-back. This is something I find hard to understand. If he wasn’t in shape before the game, this would probably show. But then, of course, Djourou would have to play the whole game, and Wenger clearly feared he might not be up to it. But he could use Song out back and play Coquelin as DM – or dispense with a clear DM and play Arteta in the spot, using Benayoun as the creative outlet. Contrary to some perceptions, there were several options other than collapse and fail.
    4) The Walcott and Ramsey issue: the comments belittling them as players in general ar far-fetched. Obviously, neither played up to their own standard. There must be some reason for it. Of course, you can always say: “all Arsenal players are sh*te,” but by the same token, a lot of the players you see as future transfers to Arsenal are also “sh*te” – they failed as well in their time, and more than once. Sh*te happens.
    I don’t know if the Usmanov takeover rumour is true, but it now seems more and more likely that we will see a whole bunch of changes at Arsenal during the summer. Let’s hope they are for the better. At least most of them.

  16. loose_cannon

    February 16, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Rosicky deserved more than a 4, at least he tried, and was Walcott really that bad? It seems his only crime was not being CR7

    • mo gun

      February 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

      wake up you dipstick he gave the ball away for 2 of the goals.

  17. Uk

    February 16, 2012 at 10:13 am

    I laugh when fans blame bad decisions for the loss, frankly if milan were a team like barca or madrid we could have lost by 7 or 8 goals.
    The only poor decision against us was probably rvp not getting a penalty after being wrestled 2the ground in the box.
    Zlatan was offside for the second goal,but just by a whisker,that was always going to be a 50/50 chance of it being spotted,&d reason why it resulted in a goal was the fact that zlatan outran &outthought sagna, while vermaelen went to sleep wit robinho lurking. The goal tells more of our defensiv play than anything else. If u want to play the offside trap then play if not mark the man properly, no need being of two minds &doin neither.
    The penalty was a stonewall penalty, djourou was beaten &resorted to the dark arts.
    Milan at least 5more chances wher you would hav bet on a better attackin scoring, pato being the worst culprit, boateng to shooting wide 4rm a good angle when better shootin or a pass would hav done it.
    Yesterday what was exposed was a severe lack of quality especially in the creative midfield department. A pass is nothing if it doesn’t free you from a tight position or free up your attacking players, our players pride themselves ön playing the passing game which frankly is boring if u only pass sideways no risk, no penetration

  18. muammar

    February 16, 2012 at 11:02 am

    i personaly think we’v gne from englands barcelona to wanabee man citys. Arteta looked like he was thinking about tha apple pie in his fridge. Ramsey ran around alot bt mostly without tha ball. The decision to start with rosicky wasnt a bad one bu after 10mins he should have taken off arteta 4 AOC and muvd tr7 to tha creative midfielda spot with ramsey muvin back. The less said about verms perfomance the beta. Al in al, lets just hope koscielny is ok n regroup in time 4 sundaland.

  19. con-kamp

    February 16, 2012 at 11:05 am

    For the life of me, I simply can’t understand why the board doesn’t hold wenger accountable for his actions. How do you repeatedly start a player like walcott when the whole world can see just how useless a player he is. I think its a disgrace for a great club like arsenal to have such a disinterested player who wants a pay rise. Look at the second goal, a ball is floated in for him and he makes no effort whatsoever to jump and get the ball(which he never does btw) allowing T.silva to jump unchallenged and direct the ball forward leading to the second goal..what nonsense is this..why the hell is he at the club if he doesn’t want to fight for the club? Ramsey was poor as has been the case over the past months but I shall give him one thing..he makes an effort..yes,he is not good enough for arsenal..but he fights..walcott on the other hand is not only poor but unperturbed..someone please explain to me why he starts ahead of the OX! please…

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