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[Player Ratings] Southampton 1-1 Arsenal: Poor Gunners Fail To Fire

Arsenal produced a severely below-par performance to draw 1-1 with Southampton at St Mary’s on New Years Day. Here are player ratings for Arsene Wenger’s men.


Gervinho – lacking confidence?

After the scintillating display against Newcastle, we saw the other side of this Arsenal team. No fight, no desire, no creativity and no urgency. We were well below par and this display has to be one of our worst of the season so far. 

The fact we could only muster one shot on target says it all. The dodgy Boruc in goal was hardly tested and we just didn’t get out of first gear. Very disappointing after some encouraging performances in recent weeks. Here are my ratings for the Arsenal boys.

Arsenal player ratings

Szczesny – 7 – Our best player, which says a lot about our performance. Was unsighted for the opener and made a few decent stops in the second half as Southampton pushed for the winner.

Sagna – 4 – His poor form continues. Terrible clearance led to Saints goal and he made several basic errors throughout the game. Passing and crossing was also poor. Needs to improve quickly or it’s time for Jenkinson to be given a go.

Koscielny – 5.5 – Steady at the back. His poor clearance lead to their goal and he was lucky to get a foul for a slight push by Ramirez before the Southampton player scored a second.

Vermaelen – 6 – Quietly got on with his job but couldn’t get his troops up for the game.

Gibbs – 6 – Wasted a great chance to either shoot or find a team mate late in the game when he was free inside the box. Defending was solid.

Arteta – 5.5 – Steady and unspectacular. The best of the midfield three that was outplayed by the home side at times.

Wilshere – 5 – Below his usual high standards. Looked tired as the game wore on, which is to be expected given the amount he’s played since returning from his injury. Should get a rest in the FA Cup clash with Swansea next week.

Cazorla – 5 – A rare off-day. His passing was disappointing and he just couldn’t get going. Eventually subbed for Ramsey.

Podolski – 4 – Barely touched the ball. Really needs to get himself on the ball more in games such as these. Subbed early in the second half.

Chamberlain – 5 – Put in some decent crosses in the first half but led to nothing as we only really had Walcott to aim at. Quiet in the second half and was subbed for Gervinho.

Walcott – 5 – Saw little of the ball as he lacked service or support. Grabbed an assist with a dangerous free-kick that led to the equaliser, but couldn’t recreate his recent goal-scoring heroics against his former side.


Giroud – 4 – Poor from the big man. Wasn’t given a lot of service or support but his touch was terrible, he didn’t hold the ball up and lost possession on several occasions.

Ramsey – 4.5 – Disappointing from Rambo. Wasted a great chance to create a goal-scoring opportunity on the break and his all-round play was poor.

Gervinho – 3 – Awful. Simply awful. Fell over a lot, wasted a good chance to score and looks totally lacking in confidence. African Cup of Nations can’t come soon enough. Hard to understand how the likes of Gervinho and Ramsey get playing time ahead of Arshavin and Rosicky.

The draw leaves us four points off fourth-placed Chelsea – who have a game in hand – and with games against the Blues and Man City coming up, the gap between us and the top-four could widen significantly if we put in another performance like we did today against those two teams.

With the January transfer window now open, lets hope Arsene Wenger makes some early moves as it’s painfully clear we need to strengthen.

What were your player ratings from the game? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. cesc

    January 1, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    i think we should incorporate a minus score for some of these chumps.
    sagna-2 -for turning up.
    kossa-4- can’t mark or read the game. vermi- 4 – can’t mark or read the game.
    gibbs- 6 – always tries his best.
    alex – 5- sagna offers no help to him.
    jack – 5- tries hard. no help.
    arteta-5- out of position. looks lost,
    carzola-5- system doesn’t suit him.
    poldoski- 5 – isloated.
    theo -5- no service.

    i have never seen an arsenal side as poor as this lot.
    no shape, no heart, no idea.
    the worst defence in arsenals history.
    if wenger couldn’t see sagna had a problem and carzola just wasn’t at the races he shouldn’t be managing a premiership team.
    overall we have a clueless bunch of no- hopers who will be lucky to finish in the top half of the table.

  2. Crispen

    January 1, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Jack was awful no excuses. If he is tired he should not play.
    Worst performance of the season for Arteta and Carzola.
    Gibbs has had two awful games in a row. .. Let’s not get rid of Santos. We will regret it.
    Sagan is obviously not interested. His mistakes are all intentional. We should sign him or sit him on the bench while we negotiate.
    Giroud is not of the required quality.
    Gervinho should be sold.
    Arsh should have played every game this season.
    We need Rosicky and Diaby like yesterday.
    The worst game I have ever seen an Arsenal team play. …. DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Crispen

    January 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Why on earth does a professional football player “need help” to make a 5 meter pass or a simple trap. You are excusing Ox and Jack .. they were rubbish. Should both have been subbed first half.

    Why does Jack think the solution to a bad pass is to foul the opponent. As for Ox he needs to play 20 minutes per game until he is good enough to play a full game.

  4. Crispen

    January 1, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    …..and trying your best means f’all. We need quality performances .. Gibbs is not giving us that

  5. geoff reid

    January 1, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    ramsey and geronimo are wegners idea of world class players–so there is nobody out there who can replace them–and sagna had another howler and played the full 90 mins–what a manager we stand no chance.

  6. Goonerboyo

    January 1, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Cesc and Crispen, steady on. We all agree that we have an inconsistent unpredictable unbalanced team, leaderless on and off the pitch. Wenger has amassed a large number of average players who occasionally spark into life along with some totally useless mystifying purchases which have questioned his strategic ability and seriously undermined his hitherto divine-like status.
    No amount of January tinkering will solve the problems facing the club.
    Up to 10 players need to be cleared out , Bould should be given responsibility for a total re-build o the back 4 and Henry or another brought in as understudy to Wenger I his final year before handing over.
    A radical overhaul is needed.

  7. abeh@07068065071

    January 1, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Arsenal would’ve been d best team in epl if they’d formulated a policy that’ll prevent them selling their best players.Imagine that players like Fab, Nasri, RVP,Song,Clichy etc were still @ Arsenal FC.

  8. KEN

    January 1, 2013 at 11:01 pm


  9. arsenal george

    January 1, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    back to our new normal….mid table team….can’t sell off your best players every year and expect to remain competative….we need new direction

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