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[Player Ratings] Arsenal 3-1 Norwich: Wilshere & Gervinho Poor But Lino Saves The Day

Arsenal came from behind to beat Norwich 3-1 on Saturday thanks to three late goals and some controversial decisions. Here are player ratings from the game.


Old Gervinho was back on show

We never make life easy for ourselves do we?! Arsenal didn’t get out of first gear until the 85th minute and it took a controversial penalty to get us back in the game. But we showed great heart to go on and collect the three points and with it, move up to third in the table.

The first half was as poor as I’ve seen from us this season and the visitors took the lead early in the second period after Turner headed home unchallenged from a free kick. However, it’s worth noting that Kamara was lucky to be awarded the free kick in the first place as it looked like he tripped himself. But it was awful defending from our part to allow Turner the freedom of the penalty box to head home.

The big controversial moment arrived in the 85th minute when Kamara was adjudged to have pulled Giroud down in the area. The ref, who was 10 yards away, didn’t give it but his assistant on the touchline put his flag up much to the bemusement of the Norwich players. Replay’s showed there was a bit of shirt-pulling and it was probably the correct decision, but you don’t often see them given so we were slightly fortunate on this occasion. Mikel Arteta made no mistake from the spot to make it 1-1 before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain then put some urgency into the game with a lovely one-two with Giroud before his cross was turned into his own net by former Tottenham defender Bassong to make it 2-1.

We added a third in injury time when Podolski lashed home from the edge of the box but again we were lucky to see the goal given as Theo Walcott was offside in the build up, but again the same lino who gave the penalty failed to raise his flag.

It ended 3-1 and a vital three points were secured. Here are my player ratings from the game:

Arsenal ratings:

Fabianski – 7 – Could do nothing for the goal but made a great save just a minute after we got the second goal. Proved to be a vital moment in the game.

Sagna – 6 – Decent cross found Giroud who hit the bar in the first half but otherwise his attacking threat was minimal. Steady at the back but was booked for a silly foul in the first half. Subbed as we pushed for goals late on.

Vermaelen – 7 – Decent comeback from the captain. Made some timely interceptions but has to take part of the blame for the poor marking for their goal.

Koscielny – 7 – Very good in the first half but also has to take responsibility for Turner having a free header on the six yard line.

Gibbs – 6.5 – Terrible crossing today. Like Sagna, really needs to work on his delivery, but he was far more of a threat going forward and got in some promising positions.

Arteta – 6.5 – Steady and unspectacular. Didn’t really show any real urgency to get things moving in midfield.

Wilshere – 4.5 – Didn’t look fit at all. Was well below his usual standard of play. Have the feeling had Rosicky been fit Jack wouldn’t have started. Subbed early in the second half.

Ramsey – 7.5 – Arguably our best player. Very impressive first half and was one of the few who was really putting the effort in.

Gervinho – 4 – Old Gervinho was back. Soooo frustrating. Wasted a glorious opportunity to open the scoring in the first half when he was sent clear, rounded the keeper but took a heavy touch and the chance of a tap in was gone. Also wasted several other good opportunities where he did some good work only to ruin it with a poor final ball. Subbed early in the second half.

Cazorla – 7 – Best player in first half but faded a little in the second. Always eager to play a telling final ball but few came off today.

Giroud – 7 – Hit the bar with a header in 23rd min but his first half was hampered by poor hold-up play. Much better in the second period when he won the all-important penalty and forced Bassong into putting through his own net for the second.


Podolski – 7 – Unlucky to hit the bar with a fierce strike and sealed the win with a lovely late third.

Walcott – 6.5 – Made a positive impact with his pace and willingness to run behind causing the Norwich defence problem. Set up Poldi for the third.

Oxe – 7 – Vital impact from the bench as his excellent work lead to the second goal.

If you haen’t seen the goals or want to relive the action again, you can watch all the goals from the game here.

Special mention to Arsene Wenger. Great substitutions, especially the decision to move Ramsey to right back and bring the Oxe on. The three subs changed the game and ultimately won us the game. Although I would have liked to see Chambo brought on a little sooner.

So we’re up to third and have the chance to extend our lead to four points with a win over Everton on Tuesday. This was always going to be a vital week in the race for the top-four and we’ve got off to a great start….with a little help from a linesman.

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



  1. Mukesh

    April 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Spot on about ratings and observations. Compliments to you for the post. Arsene deserves lot of credit for the timely substitutions. Thought, Cazorla should have started in middle any ways. Would like to see bit more of urgency in next game. Happy 3 points.

  2. Domhuail

    April 13, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    A bit harsh on Cazorla and especially Gervinho but it is becoming evident that the entire team seems to be working harder,even when some players aren’t producing. We definitely play better away from the emirates but with 7 wins in our last 8 games, it is a great sign for the run-in. Maybe the fatigue factor is starting to show but I am so pleased to see what an impact our subs can have and how well Wenger is using them to win us games.

  3. Akande Taiwo Olushola

    April 13, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    We are keeping the faith. We shall get there. Up gunners!

  4. Leo

    April 13, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Good analysis and ratings. Agree with mukesh that cazorla should start in the centre as he thrives playing in the middle but he would nv be given a chance to play there if wilshere and ramsey starts. Really hope wenger would start with a front three of ox-podolski-walcott soon. They did play well tgt early this season. And credit to ramsey for the tremendous work rate today. So glad that he is getting back to his best.

  5. Tony

    April 13, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    What are you talking about? It was a blatent penalty. The fact that the assistant gave it shouldnt matter. They are there to assist. Thats is there job!

    • Hitul Thobhani

      April 14, 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Totally agree! What tosh by the MOTD pundits that it was dodgy. Walcott was blatantly offside though. Wenger needs to get the best out of Podolski. I’m starting to think Wenger is good at blooding young talent but weaker at getting the best out of established players. Podolski and others are capable of more and the manager could do better here. But credit to him and the boys for the fantastic run. IF ONLY we had shown more of that all season… UCL is not a trophy – ask Tony Adams or Titi if they think it is. There are winners and the rest. Oh well, onwards and upwards.

  6. Gunner boy

    April 13, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Its in wingers nature to alwayz mix things up….Santi is arsenal’s bast attackin midfielder wit d best eye for d final pass,buh wenger will alwayz mess dat up by playin him on d left….oxbo will do a better job dere….ramsey is decent,but its not a crime if he doesn’t alwayz start…Giroud will neva be a Super striker!!!


    April 13, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Big Ups to All Gunners across da Globe for 2dayz results.
    In My Opinion, i w’d luv to see Pod’/Giroud as Our centre for’d, Walcott on da right, Garvi/Ox on the left with Carzo’-Wilshire/Rosisky n Arteta in the Middle.
    I luv Pod’s sight on Goal.

  8. am gunner

    April 13, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    ohh please wenger please podo is a fantastic player he have a wining mental ,a perfect man for the guner he is not a bench warmer please please please Arsene I like you venger,

    • arsenalman

      April 13, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      Arsenal fans should notice that when Rosicky plays,Arsenal is different.They play with urgency and commitment.Today’s passing was sideways and very predictable.Norwich anticipated every move.If jack and Rosicky fit,I don’t want to see siky7 benched for any player.He should be starting.We saw it against Bayern and Swansea.

  9. cjb

    April 13, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    I just watched the highlights on BBc after seeing the full 90 mins. I have seen some sh*ty penalty decisions this season so in comparison that was definitely a penalty – usually all the pundits moan about shirt pulling and that is what happened in this instance !
    For me Arteta MOM and the BFG was missed today

  10. Cupsui

    April 13, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    I agree Ramsey was the best i would have given him at least an 8 probs an 8.5

    That was his best game in an arsenal shirt since his leg break. I have been critical of him at times as he has showed a lack of commitment in the tackle, sturggled positionally and slowed up the play.

    But today he was exceptional. He is finally slide tackling again (it only took 2.5 years, guess the leg break rattled his nerves), positionally he was perfect in this game and his movement spot on as well and he made much better decisions. great game rambo and MOTM!!

  11. Confidence Gibson

    April 14, 2013 at 12:33 am

    In my opinion wilshere and gervinho shud get 3.5 each…though giroud scores @tyms buh he’s ntot the kind of strike force we need to get a trophy..thumbs up to wenger for nice substitution….i believe with this winnin mentality of ourz we can beat everton though not wit d awful outin of 2day….COYG we can finish as d top london club

  12. Tim

    April 14, 2013 at 12:41 am

    RAMBO!!! storming game from the welshman. Best he has played for years. Fantastic. Wilshere was terrible, he just didn’t look like he cared.

  13. Simon

    April 14, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Was I watching a different game? No one’s ever questioned Ramsey’s heart – its his quality that isn’t up to standard – there was ample evidence of that again yesterday. Just not good enough for the midfield – best option is to turn him into a central defender.

    • Gunner86

      April 14, 2013 at 4:33 am

      Yeah you were watching a different game Ramsey was our best and was all class. He is still developing and I think he’ll be immense a season or two from now, he’s only 22.

  14. tail gunner

    April 14, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Regarding the penalty: The tug was from the front of Giroud’s shirt. The referee, though only 10 yards away, was behind the players and would not have seen it. The linesman on the otherhand had a clear unobstructed view. Thank god he intervened. As for those who bigoted lot who are foaming at their mouths over this, the referee was poor all night.
    There should have been a penalty earlier to the one that caused all the uproar. When Sagna cut inside and passed to Giroud, he goes down due to Turners tackle from behind. This time too, the referee was behind the players and had a clear view of the incident. Nothing given. It was the clearest goal coring opportunity.
    There was no foul really for the free kick that lead to Norwich’s goal. But lets give it anyway. that is the theme of the game after all.
    The Norwich players were going in studds up time after time… and no cards. That model piece of english thuggery snodgrass, comes charging in on Sagna and attempts to injure him. Sagna takes evasive action an tries to go around him, holding Snodgrass in the process and gets a yellow for it. Just a minute afterways… Cazorla gets upended with the ball no where in sight. No yellow card.

  15. Melberg

    April 14, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Mr simon I gues u ar watchng a black n white tv it was obvious rambo is our bst player a beastly prfmance expt mre frm hm evrtn d nxt victm COYG

  16. gbemy

    April 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Thank God we won the match.
    So if you are giving Ramsey that so much just because he was running up and down with no clue.. Who sent him all that, I remember Arsenal vs AC when Chambo plays through the middle are you blind like you can see the contribution he gave to the team..? When the clueless Ramsey was taking out of the center and some one who noes why he was on the pitch play that position he gave us an assist I mean Chambo, now tell me which Arsenal match have you watch which Ramsey was not there and after the match you open your mouth and said I miss Ramsey uhn..? He does too mush nobody sent him all dose stuff his doing. When he made a mistake you all we say is just 22 and if it was Garvin or Sagna u will start crucified them let me tell you something about sagna he may not good in going forward but by far our best and reliable Defender when it comes to defend, he put everything he got. And you are here saying Ateta did not move the ball is this and that, I no if you are the manager u will have put your stupid Ramsey and keep Ateta on the bench. Am even wondering like that penalty we had yesterday if there was no Ateta on the pitch who else would have step up for the kick that you yourself will give 60% of converting the penalty. Gervin miss a goal you making noise what happen to the emty post your ramsey miss against Westbrom last week..? I guess if it was Girvin u will have him kill. A little minute Chambo play on the pitch has meaning than all the 96minute your stupid Ramsey wasted on the pitch in the same position.

  17. John

    April 14, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Gervinho deserved a higher rating than Jack Wilshere, as hard as it is for me to say. People are accustomed to being harsh on the Ivorian so that explains a lot.

    • Bjohnson

      April 14, 2013 at 11:31 pm


  18. billyv

    April 16, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Rosicky surely adds a lot and seemd to work very well with Cazorla for the most effective offense of late. Wilshire and Ramsey have talent and energy but overall don’t seem to mesh as well. I,too, believe Podolski should be used a lot more. Gervinho has his flashes of brilliance and excitement but often goes quickly to an ineffective and wasteful extreme. Oxe seems to always bring positive energy and a lift.

  19. billyv

    April 16, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    And Cazorla belongs in the forward midfield as the hub of the offense with the freedom to roam the entire field and be creative

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