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[Player Ratings] QPR 2-1 Arsenal: Vermaelen The Villain For Gunners

Thomas Vermaelen was at fault for both goals as Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by QPR to end a run of seven straight wins. Here are my player ratings for the game.

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Vermaelen - Poor show from the Verminator

That was painful to watch, wasn’t it? We were awful, we never got going, there was no urgency and all the good things we’ve witnessed in recent weeks were non-existent against QPR. 

Mark Hughes’s side have been poor in recent weeks, so it’s just our luck they played a blinder against us today but we weren’t capable of dealing with their superior work-rate and effort all over the park. They were first to everything, we just couldn’t get our game going on the tight Loftus Road pitch and the home side thoroughly deserved the win.

Here are my player ratings:

Player Ratings

Szczesny – 6.5 – Could do little about either goal and did make a couple of decent saves from Barton and Diakite.

Sagna – 6 – Solid enough but didn’t link up with Walcott down the right like we’ve seen in recent games.

Vermaelen – 4.5 – At fault for both goals. The first he got beaten far too easily by Taraabt, the second he was a little unfortunate as his slip was punished to the fullest, but he should still have done better.

Koscielny – 6 – Gave away a few silly fouls and struggled to cope with the imposing Zamora at times, but still made some important blocks and interceptions.

Gibbs – 5.5 – Crossing was below par but got forward a lot, especially in the second half. Subbed late on.

Song – 6 – Passing was poor today by his standards, with many of his through-balls off the mark. But he was at least trying to make things happen, unlike many of his team mates.

Arteta – 5.5 – Didn’t really get in the game. Struggled to control the midfield as QPR out-faught us in the middle of the park. Subbed late on.

Rosicky -5 – Way below his recent level of performance. Couldn’t get in the game enough to make things happen but when he did see the ball, his passing and shooting were poor.

Walcott – 5 – Took his goal well and put one cross in the box in the first half, but apart from that i really can’t remember Theo doing anything else of note. Hardly got in the game.

Ramsey – 4.5 – I’m not purposely picking Rambo out for special treatment here, but he really does seem to slow down our play. Wenger started him on the left which is of course not Ramsey’s natural position and predictably he kept coming inside to get on the ball, which crowded the midfield.

Van Persie – 5 – Had an off-day, and although he didn’t get the service, he did have a golden chance at 1-1 to put us ahead but failed to finish when 1-v-1 with the keeper. Kenny did make a great save, but you’d think the Van Persie of 6 weeks ago would have buried it.


Gervinho – 4.5 – No impact.

Chamakh & AOC – N/A -On too late.

So a very poor performance from Arsenal and a disappointing result. Still, the run was always going to end and we’re still in the driving seat for third. City up next.

For those who watched the game, what are your player ratings? Get involved in the comments section…



  1. Akinsiku Oloruntoba

    April 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    It is a bad luck for us as an Arsenal fan to have Ramsey as one of our players. Whenever he start a match is either we loose or draw the game, here in Nigeria d common saying was that wenger is having an affair with Ramsey mother or may be Ramsey is sharing part of his weekly allowances with Wenger. Because he has not contributed positiuely to the team.

  2. okethi richard

    April 1, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    wenger should bring ramsey as asub bse he slows arsenal pace secondly playing him as aleft winger cant work for him if he cant compete with arteta,song rosicky at centre leave on the bench very disappointing result bt we have to forget and think of the next game

  3. Errin

    April 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    The only players who are worthy of a rating vs QPR are: Sagna Koscielny and Walcott for his goal the Ox also deserves a rating just for the heart he shows although not enough playing time to get a full rating impact the rest get not good enough no heart/compassion simply put Trash!

  4. Errin

    April 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    I suspected Rosicky was playing for a renewed contract and got it now its back to the same old Rosicky wayward passing and all I hope I am wrong and Rosicky proves me wrong

    • Bergkamp

      April 2, 2012 at 10:36 am

      That was his first suspect game in a long time. And to be fair, Ramsey drifting into the middle far too often definitely affects how Rosicky plays.

  5. Arsenal Norway

    April 1, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I think ramsey will be a key player for arsenal, but at the moment he is not performing well enough to deserve a starting position. And when we have two good wing players on the bench, why not start one of them instead of starting an out of form central midfielder on the wing? I just dont see any logic in that decision. Second of all i think ramsey has been good every time he has come off the bench lately so why not start him on the bench right now? Arteta you have been great for us, but you go down to easily and when you do go down, get up as fast as you can and track back, dont start moaning and leave your team-mates out-numbered by opponent players! If we are going to get 3rd, we need 100% from every single players in every single second of the matches!

  6. the_insyder

    April 2, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Ramsey is our achilles heel this season.

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