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Honest Arsenal Player Ratings v Blackburn By Lloyd The Gooner

Arsenal slumped to a shock 1-0 loss to Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon. Here are player ratings from ‘Lloyd the Gooner’.

Arsenal slumped to a shock 1-0 loss to Championship side Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon. Here are player ratings from fan ‘Lloyd the Gooner’.

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Giroud – Not good enough

I would ask anybody criticising these ratings to answer two questions. Were you there? Did you pay? I can answer yes to both.

Szczesny 2. Had one major thing to do and fluffed it. Earlier on he flapped when he came out to punch. On this showing nowhere near the standard required.

Coquelin 4. Started in lively fashion then became embroiled in the general lethargy. Clearly not a right back. I suspect that if we as a club still want to dine at Europe’s top table this guy is not quite up to the level needed.

Vermaelen 4. Buchan, Hapgood, Mercer, Mclintock, Adams, Vieira – a club turns its lonely eyes to you!

Koscielny 5. Showed some urgency which was rare.

Monreal 5. Not the worst player on the day. Late on provided some danger for Blackburn but along with the other three defenders that wasn’t the main problem.

Arteta 3. No drive, no strength, no invention. Nobody could ever say this man doesn’t try but he was part of the problem not the solution on Saturday.

Rosicky 3. Why suddenly burst into action when the subs are about to come on? Is it the same player that plays out of his skin for a contract then disappears?

Diaby 3. Anonymous. Is he ever going to be the dynamic all action end to end player he promised to be? This was not the performance to give us hope.

Gervinho 3. Useless but I don’t buy into the ‘lets all blame Gervinho’ philosophy that some fans have. He was no worse than many. It’s time to leave the club though.

Oxlade Chamberlain 3. Ineffective throughout. Too young to be the butt of the fans ire and thank goodness he wasn’t.

Giroud 2. Poor in every department of the game. He is a magnet for the ball, sadly set at the same pole! Virtually every cross went where he wasn’t.


Wilshere. Bit too much of the double teapot. Just play Jack. That said he made a difference but that says much more about the lack of effort and urgency that went before.

Walcott. Should have buried the header.

Cazorla. Did ok when he came on which emphasised the thinness of the squad.

Manager. The deadwood is your fault. The lacklustre, lazy nonsense of the first hour is the players fault. Deal with it!

The board – Silence will not be an option soon so get your answers ready. Uzmanov looms.

What are your thoughts on Arsenal’s latest performance? Who’s to blame? Leave your opinions in the comments section below.



  1. Kevin Weaver

    February 17, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    I agree with everything you write.

    • Goonerboyo

      February 18, 2013 at 12:44 am

      Hear hear
      Just not good enough
      No excuse
      Who on earth has been telling these players they they are good?
      Need a total rebuild nota makeover, starting with a new manager.

  2. pistolpete

    February 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I blame Wenger for fielding the starting team that he did but even so the players that were on the field should have been able to win the game, 16 shots and no goals say’s very little for the squad, they should all take the blame.

  3. Guss Da Gooner

    February 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Bring in Da Russian lets try to remind
    the world who we are even if wenger
    has forgotten he needs reminding that
    fourth place is not a trophy for a great club
    Like ARSENAL
    We need to stop settling for crumbs and remember we were one of the bakers
    You feel me !

  4. Hugh Jardon

    February 17, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    what I struggle to get my head round is time after time teams lose cup games because they do not field the strongest team possible. Would we have lost with Wilshere, podolski, walcott, carzola, in the starting line up? probably not but because the depth of squad is very poor at the moment he saves them for champions league on Tues. if we get knocked out of that how much will we regret that performance on saturday?

    • Oz

      February 17, 2013 at 7:37 pm

      i agree with you but take it 1 step further by saying ultimately it`s Wengers fault or the boards fault for not buying in the summer. Year after year we go through the same trouble. Not buying then our best players wanna leave. It`s sickening.

    • carmelo pace

      February 17, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      my friend,i realy hope that we can win the euro cup,but thats all i can do,hope,so le prof should ( even if it’s to late now )have fielded the usual formation,in my opinion,first things,first,and saturday was the priority and not bayern

  5. pat

    February 17, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    well done that’s what many paying fans think

  6. mohd

    February 17, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    i dont think rosicky played badly this game but the player who should support him was dead and the change the wenger need to do is to play santi,podlski,walcot forward and wilshire rosicky arteta in midfeild so we can cope with bayren

  7. Mart

    February 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    You clearly don have a clue what your talking about. The rating are so biased its untrue, yes we wasn’t great. But we where hardly that poor. Wasteful in front of goal and eaten by a miss kick. If everyone was as bad as your rating how did we create so many chances and why was their keeper the man of the match?

    • trugun

      February 17, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      Mart,most of what you say just proves that the writer does have a clue! We were worse than poor the only reason we had so many chances was Blackburn parked the proverbial bus and hoped to get a lucky break. Their goalie couldn’t fail most of the shots were straight at him, and guess what he caught and held on to them unlike our so called keeper. Until we as fans demand a better standard of player we are going to see more and more of this mediocre play.

      • Goonerboyo

        February 18, 2013 at 12:54 am

        Thank you

      • Roy

        February 18, 2013 at 11:11 am

        Spot on!

  8. carmelo pace

    February 17, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    first and foremost i put the blame on wenger,he should have fielded a strong x1,but the real culprits were the players,,no team can win matches with the mentality that we can score whenever we choose to,and there was no urgency in their approach,still i would never have substituted rosiscky,another gaffe by le boss,3 subs at the same time,what if a player was injured than?,anyway we need a good shakeup,sterting with scesney,he is fu** rubbish

  9. g clarke

    February 17, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Kids stuff

  10. John

    February 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Honest rating of Lloyd the Gooner; Twat, sorry excuse for a supporter.

    • Goonerboyo

      February 18, 2013 at 12:55 am

      Go on bury your head in the sand
      You know nothing

  11. codge

    February 17, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    The players need motivating more some thing is stale at the club smelling for a few years now .

  12. bushman

    February 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Arsenal have notbeen good enough for years. Wenger has to go and the team must buy more players.

  13. alexx

    February 17, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I wasn’t there but I watched on TV where you are much more and up clo For large parts we were good, winning all the lose balls, driving forward and controlling the game.

    Where we lost out was in attack, not having a decent striker. Gervinho is

  14. BigErnie

    February 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    There are two problems, the first is that there is not enough quality in the team. We have one world class player and Jack can;t do it all on his own. Granted, there were 11 international players on the pitch, but most of them don’t play regularly for their countries, because the are not good enough. We created chances, but there was no one in the box to put them away. The second problem is that the teams who have better quality than us beat us, the ones that don’t have better quality get every man behind the ball and due to the lack of quality we cannot break them down. We need more quality players and a plan b when we don’t seem to have a clue. I don’t think AW is either willing to change, or knows how to …. the only way to get into Europe next season is to win the CL, don’t think that’s gonna happen !!

  15. Ime Essien

    February 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Why rest players when we know we can’t beat bayern

  16. Raymond

    February 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Wenger is not interestd wit arsenal anymore dats why he gambles wit our matches any hw. Pls prof we need trophies as much as u need ur gamble money Ok.

  17. Kenny

    February 17, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Strikers are 2 be blamed, Giroud was lazy nd Gervinho was an idiot who miss chances of securing victory! He did it in Capital one cup nd v’ done it again in Fa cup! Gervinho must learn or prepare 2 leave Emirate that’s all!!!

  18. musa

    February 17, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    We keep on hearin nxt season bt no changes cnt wenger splash out good money n buy good finisher? Our main problem is goal scoring then some errors schezsny does is bcos he has no rival @ post. I believe arsenal n wenger knws wat 2 do to bring bak arsenal to the class of trophy contenders.

  19. KinG

    February 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    how can gervinho sleep at night!!!????

    • Goonerboyo

      February 18, 2013 at 12:56 am

      A comfortable pile of very soft banknotes

  20. hobo

    February 17, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Couldnt agree more with you Lloyd. Also I think John needs to get real the twat, the team I support is called Arsenal FC & not Arsene FC & as a season ticket holder of many years I think perhaps you should get out of your armchair & smell the coffee mate….. Half our squad are not good enough & need to go as Im afraid does Wenger!!!!!!!!

  21. Gary the Red

    February 17, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    The last few years have been a disaster and Wenger to blame. He has to go and only players I would be sorry to lose are Wilshire Theo and Cazorla. The rest are all average to poor and wouldn’t miss any of them. Had enough get Wenger and his cronies on board and coaching team and medical team out NOW!!! Lets have Jose or Moyes plus a whole new back up and of course Usmanov in charge.

  22. robin banks

    February 17, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    My answer to Arsenal Football Club’s problems; KILL ARSENE WENGER.

  23. RobinDaFans

    February 18, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Ferguson said recently a manager needs to win things to gain control. Whilst Arsene has won trophies nothing has been won for 8 years and his power over present owners is non existant. There’s money to spend and a new stadium but a team that’s getting worse season upon season.

  24. Foolishgooner

    February 18, 2013 at 1:04 am

    Emotional rating! Can’t blame you though, no excuse to get knocked out by Lower leagues from both cups at home and away. Arsene fielded a team capable of trashing Blackburn… They all tried hard, worked hard… Giroud was working hard but Arsene needed to change things when it was clear that Giroud was the only target no good crosses and cutting edge. Space was limited and tempo slowed down by Arteta/Diaby through the middle. Rosicky didn’t touch the ball enough because he was a threat and should have had the ball closer to goal. Of course Woj made a huge mistake by clearing the ball to the middle. Francis didn’t win that header, highly likely Jenkins and Sagna would have won that. We r out.. Lets move on! Not entirely anyone’s particular fault.

  25. ken

    February 18, 2013 at 3:16 am

    i think we all know now arsenal are going to be without any silver ware once again
    wenger needs help but he is to stubborn to get it or even want help and with the poor tactical performances it does not leave the arsenal fans much hope week in and week out we are left unsure as to how our games are going to pan out its clear the players are not gelling warming to his coaching
    All this hasnt happend in just a couple of seasons wengers been stubborn and not wanting any help for a long time ,
    we all no he wants that fourth spot if he gets it he should bowe out gracefully
    but we all know if we dont and the other side do that will hurt more than anything else for all arsenal fans ,once again another season without silverware,
    we need our arsenal back ,

  26. jeff

    February 18, 2013 at 3:27 am

    i was shocked that rosicky was subbed,he was clearly our best player that night! should have subbed diaby instead..

  27. ina

    February 18, 2013 at 5:54 am

    i support you robin bank.Inorder for Wenger to leave arsenalfc pls. Someone should kill him and plead guilty.Else the board will not remove him from the that seat as head Coach.It seems he smokes weed and takes hard drinks that makes him feel no emotions about loosing or winning.

  28. Francis Angrey

    February 18, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I agree with you on those ratings. It was really sickening to watch those boys miss goal after goal. The keeper was so bad that the only ball that came his way was a goal. That’s not the Arsenal team we want.

  29. Mike

    February 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Utterly pathetic. A team creates about 30 goal scoring opportunities and are undone by one mishit shot. You idiot

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