[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.
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:
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…
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