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[Player Ratings] Besiktas 0-0 Arsenal: Giroud Poor But Chambers Superb

Arsenal drew 0-0 with Besiktas in the first leg of their Champions League play off on Tuesday night. Here are Gooner Mac’s player ratings from the game.

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Arsenal drew 0-0 with Besiktas in the first leg of their Champions League play off on Tuesday night. Here are Gooner Mac’s ratings from the game.

It was a game lacking in quality or clear cut chances but both sides will still leave a little disappointed they didn’t nick a winner. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench to smash the post late on while Aaron Ramsey was given his marching orders for two soft bookings.

Let’s hope for better next week, but we should be confident of progressing to the group stages. Here are my player ratings:

Szczesny 6.5/10 – Almost caught out in the opening seconds but made a couple of decent stops to deny Ba.

Debuchy 7/10 – Another impressive performance from the Frenchman. Was probably our most potent attacking threat in the second half.

Monreal 6.5/10 – Worked his socks off and got himself forward on occasion, particularly in the first half. Lacked a little bit of quality in his delivery though.

Koscielny 7/10 – Very good display from Kos as he made some important blocks, but looked like he may have been limping late on.

Chambers 8/10 – Hugely impressive from the youngster. A performance beyond his years. Just one slip in the first half in an otherwise faultless display.

Arteta 6/10 – Kept things ticking over before he was forced off with an ankle injury. Hopefully it isn’t serious but it didn’t look good as he left the field.

Wilshere 6.5/10 – Was showing some signs of his old self in the first half, playing some neat one-two’s, but was less impressive after the break.

Ramsey 5/10 – Very disappointing from Rambo. Wasn’t at his best for most of the game before he got himself stupidly sent off for two soft bookings.

Cazorla 5/10 – Another who was well below his best. Just couldn’t get in the game.

Alexis 7/10 – The Chilean was lively in the opening exchanges and created some dangerous opportunities. Was less involved in the second half as we struggled to create anything of note.

Giroud 5/10 – Well off the pace. His touch and control was poor all night, although he was unlucky not to open the scoring in the first half when his attempt was cleared in a goal mouth scramble.


Flamini 5/10 – On for Arteta but did little other than get booked.

Oxlade-Chamberlain 7/10 – Unlucky not to grab a late winner when his shot was tipped on to the post. Should have started, or at least come on earlier.

On to the Emirates next Wednesday where we should have more than enough to see off a very average Besiktas side.



  1. chenjera

    August 19, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    wenger 2/10,,,the gaffer z too old for morden tactics

  2. Ed

    August 20, 2014 at 6:17 am

    I’m not sure what game you guys watched… but Arteta is bloody useless. Does nothing for the defence, and is completely useless in attack.

  3. Abraham Okokon

    August 20, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Wenger seems to be the problem of Arsenal with his sentimental attitude. What are Giroud, Flamini and Sanogo doing in Arsenal? Why is he not playing joel Cambel. Why should Ox always come in from 80 something minutes? Why did he sale Bentner?

  4. Jacobs

    August 20, 2014 at 7:24 am

    If we (Arsenal) doesn’t take time, Wenger will still end up in number four or three and not winning the league. Giroud was woeful. Sanogo far better than Giroud. Cant dribble, lack strength, cant struggle with opponent, his shooting was lackadaisical. Do i blame him? Why was he still on the pitch? Why didnt Wenger use Campbell who have experience in champions league and can shoot.

    Wenger tried (Arteta, Ramsey, Wilshare and Carzola)with Crystal Palace and the fluency wasnt there, why did he do same?

    He need to buy player, Arteta is too sluggish and old. Kudos to Chamber.

  5. Yasinu muhd bello

    August 20, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Wenger was stupid & too selfish,wat Giroud & sonogo are playing in a club like arsenal. He better buy complete striker & def. Midfielder otherwise arsenal will end off at the buttom of the table

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