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Arsenal Player Ratings For The Debacle In Bradford

Arsenal crashed out the Capital One Cup after a shock penalty shoot-out defeat to Bradford City after the game ended 1-1. Here are player ratings from the game

Arsenal crashed out the Capital One Cup after a shock penalty shoot-out defeat to Bradford City after the game ended 1-1. Here are player ratings from the game by Lloyd the Gooner.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain

The feckless and the useless! Remember where Bradford City are in the league. You cannot say the players didn’t try. That is the most worrying thing. The away support was absolutely amazing. They never wavered in their support and were even louder in the darkest moments. The midfield, as ever, was the big problem. Who was the no 10 coming deep? Who was the man who could take the ball no matter the circumstances? Where were the leaders? We have gone from Adams, Bergkamp and Vieira in those roles to the straw men we saw last night. Anger is justified. I saw plenty of leaders in Bradford City shirts.

Arsenal Ratings

Szczesny 6. Needs to learn to me come off his line. Apart from that he was not the issue in this game.

Sagna 5. Decent on a night when that couldn’t be said to often. Always gives his all. His crossing was poor as with so many others.

Mertesacker 4. Part of a troubled defence. Uncertain when it mattered.

Vermaelen 3. An international Premier League defender; Captain of the club. He looked hesitant and under pressure throughout the game. That said he showed some heart at the hardest thing of all getting a goal. Needs to rediscover his form, quickly.

Gibbs 5. Steady. Also showed some moments of class. Like every other Arsenal player rarely found an accurate cross.

Coquelin 4. Always tries but lacked the ability to dominate in this game.

Cazorla 6. Never hides. Hopefully some sensible buys to play with him will make him into a better player for the Gunners.

Wilshere 6. Played like a spoiled child early on in the game. Then showed more of his talent. As with Santi and Rosicky needs some power alongside him to function properly. When we were really at it he was at the heart of it.

Ramsey 1. A useless liability throughout. Why play him with Rosicky on the bench?

Gervinho 5. He troubled their defence occasionally but a very frustrating player at the moment. Even his own team don’t know what he is going to do.

Podolski 2. Needs a complete makeover as Arsenal player. Lacks the courage to play and to lead. He has over a hundred caps for Germany for goodness sake! It must be time to give him his chance down the middle.


Chamakh. He is useless most of the time. Needs to leave, surely.

Oxlade-Chamberlain. His youth lets him off the hook really. Didn’t do much. Couldn’t cross, why?

Rosicky. An Arsenal standard player at least. The best player on the night.

What were your ratings from the game? Let me know in the comments section.



  1. pistolpete

    December 12, 2012 at 9:42 am

    I think you are near the right marks there except i would have given Gervino 1, he is an idiot and the team don’t what he is going to do but the bigger problem is i don’t HE knows either.

    • Goonerboyo

      December 12, 2012 at 11:44 pm

      Lloyd you are usually bang on the mark but you are somewhat generous here.
      This display was profligate.
      We have a team that have no sense of unity because they have no sense of belonging and no sense of purpose.
      This team has totally lost it’s way.
      The club is in crisis.
      I always thought Wenger was evasive but not dishonest. He has lost the plot.
      We need root and branch change. Change of philosophy, ethos and style.
      Sell, sell, sell!
      Make do and buy in the summer. This season is over.

  2. Naz

    December 12, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I think the OX deserves a higher rating purely for his outburst at Chamakh

  3. Andreas

    December 12, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I mostly agree on your ratings. I believe that besides Cazorla and Rosicky no one else is a top class player and that Arsenal needs total reconstruction.Unfortunately Arsenal is far behind Man Utd and top European clubs in quality, mentality and coaching.

  4. adegbola adeniyi

    December 12, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Visit is glooming!

  5. Sikiki

    December 12, 2012 at 10:10 am

    Georvinho 1: useless Player with no brains to learn from past mistakes. Carzolla needs another top quality play maker so that they compliment one another

  6. Stephen

    December 12, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Dear Gooners,it is high time we need to stop Celebrating Arsene Wenger’s success so far,He is a very good Manager,no doubt about that,but lack understanding.Arsene Wenger,Gervinho,Ramsey,Vamalean,Charmak, and sum useless players,called themselves french players,they are all failure to Arsenal as a Club,I need to talk about Wenger,he’s very very Stuborn and lack poeple’s opinion,he believe so much in imself,but forgotten that there are sum other poeple that has a better ideas on how ARSENAL as aclub would grow,but he’s believes,cos he makes money for the so called stupid and nonsence management,that has money,but dosn’t know how to spend it,and criticising other premier league side of Lavish spending,with there lavish spending sum of them still win sum silverware for there clubside,Like Chelsea and Man City,see where they were now? But it’s high time we need to put arsene Wenger’s Job on Hot seat now,he’s good but bias about players to play,why pairing Ramsey with wilshere and Carzola? That boy is not mature yet,even so called Gervinho………to me he’s not a striker,he’s a winger,why converting him as a striker,he’s good but not on regular basis,Podolsky playing him outside position,Vamealean lacks leadership control,he doesn’t deserve to be a Arsenal Captain,give the captain band to sumone who deserves it,like Arteta.Arsenal defense line is porous and too weak.wenger is like a father to this players,but doesn’t blame them for there mistakes,onlike Jose Morinho.We need a change and Actions in the team,not pampering of sum Idiots in the team,pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeee other arsenal fans out there,tell Wenger to buy Natural 4,he should stop using Arteta as a natural 4,he makes blunders atimes he gets tired,kindly huge to buy sumone Like Yanga Mbiwa,Gustavo,Huntalar and any other good striker from Spain that has good positioning,not all this so called french connections,am not saying they are not good,but we need actions,not football fashion on the field of play.If wenger refuses to buy good quality player in January transfer window,he’sa failure,all his glory days in Arsenal for over 16 to 17 years is a total failure…………..Please we need a change,fans are converting,bloods are shed in viewing centers,brother kills brother over Arsenal issues,landlord shoot ternant bcos of Arsenal,fans pushes fans from upstairs just because of this so called Arsenal,father shoot son,cos of this unreliable,lack leadership,stingy,money manager,unmanaging success football club of our.Please do sumthing we need a Change,we need a change,this humiliations by small small team is too much for us fans,its unbearable Wenger do sumthing.Don’t be surprise Walcot is going buy January transfer,do doubt about that,cos you cannot keeps he’s quality,wenger discovers good player,but he cannot sign them,why? I said Why? Wenger…………….Honest if i have a gum,i will commit just because of this useless frenchman…………Please do sumthing before,sumone shoot you from head,this is not a treat,it a fact………………Gunners for now,but for life anymore.

  7. bunmi

    December 12, 2012 at 10:52 am

    this is pathetic n d most annoying thing is dat wenger will always have excuses after disappointing matches

  8. Oluwayomi Obadina

    December 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I just can’t rate any player in that team above 5. Playing against such an opposition and they could not test the goal keeper or put him under pressure for a huge 70 minutes.
    The problem still remain Arsene Wenger and the board, since they claim to have the money half of the players in the first team should be demoted because they are all bunch of average players. There is no point mentioning names.

  9. shegzy

    December 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Hi gunners, firstly we dont need ramsey, chamakh, gervinho, pls wenger buy stars stop making stars

  10. Andreas

    December 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

    If a team like Arsenal was so miserable for so many years in any other part of the world, Wenger and the Board would be a history a long long time ago.

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