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[Player Ratings] Bradford 1-1 Arsenal (3-2 On Pens): Gutless. Clueless. Toothless.

A near full-strength Arsenal side lost to Bradford 3-2 on penalties after the game ended 1-1 after 120 minutes. Here are my ratings for the Arsenal players.


A new low for Arsenal fans tonight. A Cup defeat to a lower division side in nothing new in football. It’s what makes the Cup’s so enthralling. But the least fans demand is effort from their team. Unfortunately, we Gooners didn’t get that tonight. 

A near full-strength Arsenal side put in a painfully gutless performance against a spirited and well-organised Bradford side who deservedly progressed to the Semi Final’s of the Capital One Cup after a 3-2 penalty shoot-out win. The game ended 1-1 in normal time after Bradford took the lead early in the first half and despite dominating possession it took until midway through the second half for us to have our first shot on target.

We finally got the equaliser in the 88th minute through Vermaelen but it was barely deserved. We controlled extra-time but created little and it went to a shoot-out. Cazorla set the tone by missing the first followed by Chamakh to leave us 2-0 down. Szczesny saved and Chamberlain scored to give us hope. The hosts made it 3-1 before Wilshere tucked his away for 3-2, and Szczesny kept us in it again with another stop. Vermaelen stepped up needing to score to send it to sudden death but hit the post and we were out.

Nothing more than we deserved. Gutless. Clueless. Toothless. A truly pathetic display. A real opportunity to end our trophy drought wasted. I have no idea how the boss is going to pick the team up from this but at least he’s got till Monday to do it. There is little point calling for Wenger to go, because he won’t quite and the board wont sack him, so we’ll just have to see how the season goes and pray he brings in at least 3 or 4 players in January.

Here are my ratings, and not for the first time this season, the attacking players are in for some low marks!

Arsenal Ratings

Szczesny – 6 – Could do little about the goal and made a few routine saves before doing his best in the shoot-out, saving two penalties. Let down by those in front of him.

Sagna – 5 – Was sucked in for the free kick leaving Thomson free at the far post to score. Got forward often but his crossing was largely poor, like many others.

Vermaelen – 4 – Captains contribution when he got the all-importnat equaliser 2 minutes from time. Unfortunately his night ended with him missing the vital last spot-kick. Was beaten on several occasions by the tricky Wells in the first half and gave away the free-kick that lead to their goal. Disappointing.

Mertesacker – 5 – Was beaten in the air all night by the powerful Hanson, but was one of the better performers in the team. Says it all.

Gibbs – 5 – Beaten in the air for the flick-on that lead to the goal. Went close with a rasping drive but like Sagna, crossing was poor when in advanced positions.

Coquelin – 6 – Probably Arsenal’s best player in the first half. Saw plenty of the ball and was trying to make things happen. Hit the post with a decent left footed effort but was subbed when players like Gervinho stayed on. Go figure!

Wilshere – 7.5 – The only outfield player who can walk away with any real credit. Was poor in the first half but dragged us from the mire on his own in the second period and was the only one who truly looked like he cared. Let down badly by his team.

Cazorla – 6.5 – Came alive when Rosicky came on. Lovely cross for Vermaelen’s goal. Went close with a few long-range efforts, including one that smashed the bar, but missed important first penalty.

Ramsey – 2 – Awful again. Passing was sloppy, pondered on the ball for to long, and shooting was poor. He’s not a winger and shouldn’t be played there but still doesn’t explain why his general game in so bad.

Podolski – 3 – Anonymous once again on the left side. Is it time Arsene admits Lukas isn’t working on the wing? Is completely wasted out there. He’s a decent finisher and with out lack of strikers, he should be playing through the middle more often.

Gervinho – 2 – Should be sold in January. No question. He simply doesn’t have the quality to play for Arsenal. General play was poor all night and missed an open goal from 2 yards out in the first half. Perhaps a generous mark but can’t bring myself to give an Arsenal player a 1.


Chamakh – 2 – Awful. Simply awful. But we knew he was awful before he came on, it just shows where we are as a squad that we had to rely on him. Couldn’t find a team-mate from 2 yards, and couldn’t find the net from 12 yards. MUST go in January and replaced by a proper striker.

Rosicky – 6.5 – Sparked life into the team when we needed it most. Linked well with Cazorla in particular. Why did he not take a spot kick over Chamakh??!!

Chamberlain – 4 – Slotted home his penalty nicely but his crossing was abysmal all night. So, so poor from the lad. Has to improve these parts of his game quickly, but at least he was getting into decent positions and trying to make things happen.

So the usual suspects were poor once again and the lack of quality in the final third is really hurting us this season. We were only really missing Giroud and Walcott in the front positions and we struggled to create clear-cut chances against a League 2 side. A January overhaul is badly needed, but will the club respond?

If you want to put yourself through it you can watch video highlights from the game here.

What were your ratings from the game? Leave your opinions below.



  1. Danish Gooner

    December 11, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Wenger can not be trusted to spend the money properly.

    • John

      December 12, 2012 at 4:22 am

      I thought Stephanovs was Arsenal’s worst ever player, now I know that’s not true, step forward Gervinho you have now taken over that mantle.

  2. pat

    December 12, 2012 at 12:12 am

    when players like ramsey and gervinio are playing for us it just shows how we have fallen so far behind
    chamak 60 grand a week djourou 50plus a week yet will let theo go for an extra 5 shows how badly we are run nowadays
    its sad but if they dont care why should we

  3. anthony walters

    December 12, 2012 at 12:13 am

    when i saw the line up i was happy .when i saw how they lined up i was angry ,frustrated and worried gervinho aste centre forward ,ramsey on the wing .he should have changed things mide of the first half .pathetic not a decet shot be fore he changed it.he,s ot to go.

  4. pat

    December 12, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Ramsey not a winger
    well what is he?
    the truth is we all appreciate he gives 100% and have sympathy for his injury but its time realise he just is not top class.
    would he get in any other top 4 side?
    definitely no

  5. Sajo Manase

    December 12, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Wenger,wenger why you don’t like to resign?

  6. Steve of Chiang Mai

    December 12, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Some players make everyone look better…some make everyone look worse. Podolski is made worse by Gervinho. He runs all over the place without purpose – headless chickenis very apt – and nobody knows what he is doing, not even him.
    Possibly Arsene’s worst indictment tonight was that he left Gervinho on the field. I find it hard to believe anyone could miss a tap in on their good foot from 3 yards. The man struggles to put one foot in front of the other.

  7. TC

    December 12, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Coquelin substituted and Gervinio stays on….

  8. bagudu

    December 12, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Arsenal created little? Which match do you watch? Despite he stats of Arsenal’s more than 10 on target to Bradford’s 3 and Arsenal’s more than 10 corners?

  9. sube

    December 12, 2012 at 1:41 am

    It had been coming. I don’t understand the reactions from the fans though. We were playing some very poor football. You cannot beat any team with that kind of football. I am not surprised really with the result. Infact, I had predicted a loss for Arsenal!

    • OMGArsenal

      December 12, 2012 at 2:11 am

      Well good for you Sube you plastic fanboy….lets hope they lose every remaining game this season so you can predict that and sound like a real expert…you’re not a supporter!

      • withwengerwerust

        December 12, 2012 at 3:14 am

        In reply to omgASSenal
        Oh yes he must be a plastic fanboy bceause a real fan (like you)
        – must not show his opinion
        – must become a liar like the damn manager and say he has a great team even when losing and are gutless.
        – stay dumb when he sees the board enjoying large profits and not investing in the team (money obtained from sales = money spent)
        – must remain silent when he sees the damn prof continually use players out of position
        – must be happy when he sees our best players leaving every year
        – must hail wenger for not replacing our defensive midfield and take lots of gamble on injury prone players and shisha lovers (60k a week)
        – must stuck his head in his ass whatever happens and come out with a large smile.
        Thats how you are youself a great fan . We sure aren’t good fans even if we have been loving AFC for more than forty five years.

      • Where-is-arsenal

        December 12, 2012 at 3:24 am

        Im a arsenal fan and i think they are playing very very poor. I cant remember the last great game they played and won.So every year i support them (the menager and the players) less but i will always be a fan of the club and only the club.

  10. BergkampKNVB

    December 12, 2012 at 4:14 am

    Does anyone have the stats that tell us how many games we’ve lost/drawn when Ramsey starts as compared to matches we’ve won?! I’m tired of him and Gervinho taking playing time from others.

    I know Santi has been our playmaker this year but I’d like to see him out on the left wing (plays on the wing for Spain) so we can utilize his creativity and crossing ability and put Rosicky back as CAM where he excelled last season.

    My starting 11: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen (though he needs to step it up), Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshire, Rosicky, Walcott, Santi, Giroud/Podolski.

    • Paul

      December 12, 2012 at 7:23 am

      Agree completely……Rosicky must play as CAM.

    • zaco

      December 12, 2012 at 9:21 am

      i agree with you,, we should reser the central striker’s postion for piodolski and giroud to fight it out…..while santi should play on the left with theo on the right……giroud has no competition as it stands now which is bad and gervinho deserve to be a ball boy rather than footballer…..ramsey should be our team bus driver instead on playing for us…..while chamkh should be working as hair dresser for arsenal ladies instead of playing for the men’s team…what do you guys think?

  11. FoolishgoonerFoolishgooner

    December 12, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Well besides Gervinho’s in aptitude and Ramsey’s lack lots things, we did ok. Lots of shots little of production. Even the miss PK’s weren’t bad takes! Par the Cazorla take horrible lacked conviction… Rosicky, Wilshere, Per,OX, Cazorla.. Should have been the order… I am outta words.. Disappointed yes, could it happen to any team? Perhaps!

  12. Essien

    December 12, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Wenger should thank his stars that AFC isnt located anywhere near Nigeria or Africa. They would do worst to Him, Ramsey and Gervinho than was done to Rio by mancity fans. U guys in England are Just a brainwashed lot! Wenger has spent 16 years at arsenal. First 8 years were trophy laden. These recent 8 have by trophyless. What does that tell u? Wenger should have left arsenal 6 YEARS AGO! Its fast becoming a proverb ”ARSENAL WIL NEVER LIFT ANYMORE TROPHY WITH WENGER!” U can put that in a banner and let him see it. Maybe it will challenge him. I belive the fanz in london can force him to retire. See what chelsea fanz are doing to benitez. If any manager has CONSCIENCE, he wil consider it a crime to be the one who BOUGHT ‘players’ like ramsey and gervinho to d club! He subbed of d best player in dat game(Coquelin) and left those two and U Hipnotised and brainwashed fanz couldnt even chant ”U DONT KNOW WHAT U ARE DOING” At him. And who is RAMSEY to wenger? Its time someone wit ballz ask Wenger! GOD FORBID! What A CRAP MANAGER WHO JUST GOT LUCKY FOR HIS FIRST 8 YEARS AND NOW THINKS HE CAN MATCH SIR ALEX FERGUSON!

    • Naijarica

      December 12, 2012 at 8:34 am

      Not sure if you’re from Ghana or Nigeria but a more guided talk will portray you a civilized person. The world is talking about getting rid of violence in sports while you’re encouraging it, worse still to the detriment of the image of Africa, your motherland, a continent who’s footballers have most been victims of fans’ abuse for so long. Go on, tell readers that your people love to throw things at their coaches and players, then I’ll ask you howmany of such incidents you have witnessed. Think mahn. True Gooners know quite well the problem with their club and you can feel our pulse not only through comments on articles like this but also from the stadium… Hey, does the black scarf sound familiar to you? Those definitely aren’t a group of brainwashed people.

  13. Hilary ogodo

    December 12, 2012 at 7:26 am

    The attitude of the board, winger & some players can make one begin to feel there are forces of darkness eating their inteligence. We really needs prayers at d emirate. Infact, a powerful crusade at emirate stadium b/4 d 2nd legs of EPL start.

  14. Maaruf

    December 12, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Gervinho pls leav us

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