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[Player Ratings] Stoke 1-0 Arsenal: Gunners Unlucky But Poor In Attack

Arsenal slumped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat away at Stoke City this afternoon with Walters scoring the winner from the spot. Here are my ratings from the game

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain

Arsenal slumped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat away at Stoke today. The game was a feisty affair that lacked quality and was ultimately decided by a contentious penalty awarded against Laurent Koscielny when the ball struck his arm in the area. Johnathon Walters converted and Arsenal couldn’t find a way back.

Arsenal will also feel Charlie Adam and Glen Whelan should have been dismissed for stamps on Olivier Giroud with the score at 0-0, which would certainly have changed the result, but the Gunners were overall disappointing going forward. Here are my ratings:

Szczesny 7/10

Went the wrong way for the penalty but was otherwise solid. Made a couple of fine saves, one from Whelan in the first half was particularly impressive.

Sagna 6.5/10

A constant outlet down the right hand side but his distribution wasn’t always accurate.

Gibbs 6.5/10

Like Sagna, he was always bombing forward to join in the attacks but again lacked a final ball. Was given a tough time by Walters at times.

Mertesacker 7/10

Was an assured presence at the back once again and made some important interceptions, but was given a tough days work by Crouch. One of the few players in the league who can match him for height!

Koscielny 7/10

Was having a pretty comfortable afternoon until the penalty incident. Allowing the ball to bounce was his first mistake but was unfortunate when the referee pointed to the spot when the loose ball struck his arm at head height.

Arteta 8/10

Was excellent in midfield. Fought well against the physical Stoke side and protected the back-four when needed.

Wilshere 6/10

Disappointing afternoon for Wilshere. The flow of the game (or lack of it) didn’t suit his style and he found it difficult to get things going.

Podolski 6/10

Handed another start on the left side but didn’t do enough to convince Arsene Wenger he deserves a regular spot in the team. Wasted one good chance in the first half to test the keeper when he sliced wide.

Cazorla 6.5/10

The little Spaniard was a threat when he saw the ball but just couldn’t get himself in the game enough.

Rosicky 6.5/10

His pressing and energy was important, particularly in the first half, but couldn’t create anything of note.

Giroud 6/10

Was on the wrong end of two poor ‘challenges’ from Adam and Whelan, but also lost out in the physical battle with Shawcross. The service to him was lacking, but he simply didn’t do enough with it when he did see the ball.

Subs:

Ozil 6/10: Was inches wide from finding the bottom corner from a decent shot but did little else.

Oxlade-Chamberlain 8/10: Should certainly have started as we only really looked like scoring when he came on. Was a real threat down the right and set-up Sanogo for what should have been the equaliser.

Sanogo 5/10: Poor lad skied a great chance to make it 1-1 in the final minute.

What were your ratings from the game? Was a defeat a fair result? Share your views below.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. fran

    March 1, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Is anyone surprised? Im not we have a striker who is a good squad player but thats it and a young striker on the benxh who could possibly have coped better with shawcross and he got 9 minutes.

  2. Errin Butterfield

    March 1, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Please Wenger refuse to sign a new contract just like you refused to sign the right players in the January transfer window.

  3. Francis Angrey

    March 1, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    The Arsenal team today was generally poor. The attack was just useless.

  4. g clarke

    March 1, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Bunch of a a a replys plenty of games left arsenal were never gave but have good run in
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  5. MAHMOOD.ISMAHEEL

    March 1, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    I am a million times disappointed,how can a team of Arsenal’s status be without a proven goalscorer,no specialist set-piece taker,though many may be wondering or thinking I have been satirical at this stage of the season the question I always ask myself whenever Arsenal is to play game is “who will score” I am just tired of Arsen tatics whereas he is not a baby coach in the EPL he should have kwn what it take to be successful,I guess himself and the board are taking Arsenal fan for granted 10years no Europea or domestic success,Arsen,Asenal why,this is too disgusting I hope this post reaches the club website or possibly Arsen. Forgive Arsenal fan if we had offended you,because this team owns my love,Arsen pls turn things around or leave if you think you don’t anything to curb this embarrasment for us, pls I cann’t just stop talking.

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