Wenger has to improve this squad for the sake of the good players | Player Ratings and Review

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The view from my new cattle class seats. 

No chants for irresponsible spending rang out during or after the game but no mistake, everyone was thinking it, well those that decided to turn up (very empty last night). I was pleased the fans backed the players, yesterday was not the time for mutiny, it was the time for support. Our line up was fragile with youth and packed full of experience that was yet to cut it.

Theo opened his account early on in the evening, this was the catalyst for a calm night in the stands. He latched onto an Aaron Ramsey through ball and perfectly manoeuvred his body to bury his shot inside the keepers near post. Relief…

Back down our end, Udinese managed to hit the bar from a well struck freekick but we scrambled away. Di Natale looked dangerous and the Italian team was packed full of powerfully built pace machines.

This was exposed when their striker waltzed through the middle of our team with only Song chasing back, thankfully Chezzer was on hand to make a top drawer save followed by a great Song clearance.

Half time came and we’d played out an exciting half, though we struggled to convince in the midfield and up top, we might as well not have had a striker. Chamakh was awful, as my Arse mate said, unless he is relaying a backwards pass it’s hard to see what he offers.

The second half opened with a sub. Surprisingly it was Kieran Gibbs who had strained his calf strain. What can I say? I’m shocked it took this long. Arsene clearly not into judging squad depth by injury records. A massive oversight as usual.

JD came on, Tommy V slipped out wide on the left and within moments he’d slid in to deny Udinese a goal scoring chance. A great interception.

It was game over for JD shortly after that. His fragile 14 stoned frame was broken… again. If it wasn’t so comical, I’d have cried. Jenko came on and slipped in at left back.

Rambo slipped Theo in again, this time he fluffed his lines worse than King George in the nervous days.

Down the other end Chezzer kept out the freekick Ronaldo whizzed past Almunia in the champions league 3 years ago. What a crucial save!

Wenger knew the importance of a clean sheet out weighed another goal. He took off the mostly anonymous Rosicky and threw Frimpong on, by far the best thing that happened to the game.

He gave Arsenal some belief, he chased round the park like a pit bull that had been sprayed in the face with deep heat. He motivated the whole team and we started playing with more confidence and belief than we had in a long time.

Di Natale broke free of the defence and struck the post… From our view it looked like the main post, on replay it was the post that held up the net!

Gervinho looked to have another good penalty shout turned down… he should have a word with Eboue about working on that (watch out for those Turkish roaming charges though!).

The final role of the dice game when Theo was played in by some superb Gervinho trickery but was denied by a terrific save.

Conclusions…

We need to sign some players. At times we barely looked like a top 4 side. Confidence was lower than I’ve ever seen and we didn’t look like we believed in our game. Simply put, we don’t have the quality to make through a season and compete. We have lots of potential, but without the glue of quality experience, we’ll struggle.

Udinese weren’t a massive threat but we made them look so. We really look poor with Chamakh up top and when you have a team that doesn’t have the directness of Nasri or the vision of Cesc, you end up with a confused mess at times.

Wenger can’t keep on pretending we have team spirit and belief. The fans need to see intent to improve as do the players. The crowd were generous last night, they could see that it wasn’t the players fault and for once, they could see that they were all trying their best. Wenger has a short amount of time to turn this squad around. If he does, we can still launch a 4 pronged assault on this campaign. If he fails, we really could be in trouble because if you scratch below the surface of the squad… their really is nothing behind the layer you saw last night.

Take nothing away from yesterday though, that result was massive. Two clean sheets in a row and some very positive defensive displays. We’re still prone to the odd Rohan Rickett, but we’ve got top class talent in goal helping us out. We need a left back badly, that was a huge oversight by Wenger, that could cost us stability. We need a striker, possibly 2 centre backs, a left back a creative outlet and a striker.Not too much to ask in 15 days is it?

Next up… A revitalised Liverpool.

Ratings

Chezzer: Solid commanding performance littered with good saves. He oozes confidence and presence. 8

Vermaelen: Solid performance and little sign of rust from his sabbatical. He showed great battling spirit yesterday but he’s also calming influence. 7

Kozzer: Another encouraging game from a player who I think will prove people wrong this year. 7

Sagna: A beast of a player with an attitude that should form the baseline for any future purchase. He boasts speed, agression and superb awareness. 8

Gibbs: Has a tendency to not know where he’s standing. Floats wildly out of position and most importantly, never lasts more than 3 games. 6

Song: A lot of dopey passes that put the team under pressure but at the same time, some great tackles and interceptions. 6.5

Ramsey: A lot of debate around this performance. The outside eye looking at what he can bring to a challenge now, I’d say he disappointed at times. For a 19 year old being thrown in at the deepend I’d say he worked hard, never gave up and was by far our most creative outlet in a game that lacked that ingredient. 7

Rosicky: What is he good for? He keeps the ball moving, occasionally puts the boot in, other than that, he’s just a body that scrapes by. He should be taking the lead, not melting away into the background. 6

Theo: certainly has some swagger about him this year and he definitely looks motivated. Scored a great goal but also wasted some great chances. His final ball was also a little desperate as well. 6.5

Chamakh: One of the most ability retarded strikers to pull on an Arsnal shirt. How did he get the gig? Vik Akers long lost love child perhaps? He offers us nothing. His control is embarrassing, his movement telegraphed. He can’t play with his back to goal, he doesn’t shoot, he’s of no use from corners. We’ve been sold a dud and the better version is sitting on the bench with a ‘Made in Denmark and I’m the best’ stamp on his back. Very poor, very worrying… because you know at some point, we’re face with Chamakh being our only outlet. 4.5

Gervinho: After the dust had settled on the cheers of ‘Wenger’s unearthed another gem’ proclamations, it’s clear that what we have is a very rough diamond. He’s a hard worker, but I’m hard pressed to see how he greatly improves the team. His final ball is rusty and his decision making at times is terrible. For me, he’s like a slightly more cultured Eboue. I’m sure he’ll grow with the season, and my hope he is that he turns into the wing version of Adebayor in 2008. I like his work ethic and I like that he doesn’t let bad moves get him down… a bit like most middle-aged men on the dance floor. 6.5

Subs

Frimpong: I told you last year that people inside the camp said Frimpong was the real deal in terms of passion for football. He’s a fighter, he’s built like a tank and he seems to love Arsenal to the core. We’re starting to bring through players who genuinely have a passion for the club, not a passion for the dollar. He came on yesterday and changed the attitude of the team. He raised confidence and he pressed Udinese the same way Barcelona press teams. I really like him. He shouldn’t be overused this year, but he should be given playing time. He’s an important player for the future and a handy one now. 7.5

Jenkinson: Came on and did a good job filling in at an alien position. Can’t work him out yet, but he’s looking pretty good. 6.6

JD: Good tackle. Breaks down. 6

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955 Responses to “Wenger has to improve this squad for the sake of the good players | Player Ratings and Review”

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  1. Rohan

    We beat Barca at home 2-1. Fact!

    And with 30 minutes to go with 11 men, we were going through. FACTOMUNDO!

    Before the doomers come out, I know we weren’t great but we got that far.

    With our current team, we’ll probably lose 10-0 though.

  2. nishanth

    Forget the fact that mourinho paid a lot for these players.Look at their work rate and compare it to our team.

  3. Pasman

    2-1 Barca.

    We are a million light years away from being anywhere near as good as these two teams.

    Wenger’s had 17+ years to build a top side plus silly money from City for Adebayor, Toure and Clichy. Money from Barca and yet we are shit.
    =====================================================

    Have you seen PHW’s extra double chin lately? Cut it open up and watch the millions flow…There’s something Kroenke is hiding that toupe, tashe…

  4. nishanth

    Madrid are losing but i don’t think since pep became barca’s manager any team has dominated and created so many chances against them.Messi is on another planet though.Fucking impossible to stop him

  5. cph gooner

    Messi is out of this world, and some people are still saying Ronaldo is better!!! ARE YOU BLIND ??
    But I like Chamakh better though 🙂

  6. BacaryisGod

    BBC understands Nasir to Man City for 25 million quid. Really? With one season left on his contract? That would be the sale of the century considering how much he’s worth to us right now in his current mental condition.

    No matter what way you cut it, with Nasri, Clichy, Adebayor and Toure we’ve sold 4 good but not great players to them for just under 75 million. Considering they could have bought a much better combo of players for 75 million, I think we ate their lunch in these deals.

  7. Keyser

    “Forget the fact that mourinho paid a lot for these players.Look at their work rate and compare it to our team.”

    It’s a right miracle what he’s done, I mean at some point one of those players could get to be Player of the Year or something.

  8. Rohan

    I always wondered why we only built the Emirates to hold 60k people.
    Now I know. The Nou Camp would look a proper sight with 40 k people.

  9. MARK GOONER

    are we that desperate that we would be happy if nasri stays

    he has disrespected the club, fans and the move is totally money motivated

    he should be sold to highest bidder and we replace him with a player who wants to be here and someone hopefully who wont disappear in big games and only perform for 30% of the time

  10. Rohan

    Mourinho’s done nothing worth talking about at Madrid. I could have done as well as he has with the money as he has and the players he’s had at his disposal.

    He got proper raped by Barca last season. And probably will be next season as well.

  11. gambon

    Bacary

    Do you know how stupid that sounds?

    – We never replaced Toures ariel prescence
    – We never replaced Adebayor
    – We havent replaced Clichy
    – Oxlade Chamberlain & Ryo are embarassing replacements for Nasri

    It seems like Wenger you are obsessed with the money, rather than having quality on the pitch.

    I assume you would rather have £75m in the bank and a shit team on the pitch than a great team with no money?

  12. Rohan

    I’m not going to consider Mourinho a great unless/until he performs at a club which is not the richest in its respective league.

  13. willybilly

    Real don’t look that good considering the money they cost. Remember barca are just coming back from a break and their passing game hasn’t warmed up properly. Real are playing a high line and with a lot of intensity but I don’t see a massive improvement from last year creatively.

  14. Keyser

    He’s managed one thing, Madrid have managed to get the refs to be more lenient, Khedira nearly decapitated Abidal in the first leg, don’t even think he got a yellow.

  15. Rohan

    Yep, he hasn’t yet has he.

    I don’t consider Madrid or Barcelona any different in terms of resources for the record.

  16. gambon

    So Mourinho isnt a good manager cos he only won 1 trophy in his first season, against the best ever football team.

    Yet Wenger is a god, and he cant win anything in 6 years, in a league that was settled on 80 points.

  17. paul mc daid

    Bacary,while we were eating their lunch they were taking our champions league spot,lifting the FA cup and employing PV4.

  18. bennydevito

    Can WTL tell us what he does for a living that affords his lavish lifestyle? I’ve just been made redundant and wouldn’t mind tapping him up for a job.

  19. dansthemanz

    Lurch LeRouge says:
    August 17, 2011 at 22:57

    blame the fans sweeties, they don’t make enough noise.

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    What do you mean by this?

  20. kapslock

    These players really are bitches. I’d love to see them go against those cunts up in Stoke, it’d be hilarious.

  21. Pasman

    It’s weird to see them this getting bossed around by Real Rohan but I wish your wish comes true…hopefully, in my lifetime

  22. Lurch LeRouge

    lol they’d tear stoke to shreds, they wouldn’t see the ball at all.

    our lot hand the stoke’s the ball every 5 min…

  23. SUGA3

    now, who is going to do this kind of stuff for us, Diaby?

    I hate that wrinkly French twat, from the a team needing 3-4 players to be a superpower, he turned us into a non-entity…

  24. Squilvestre

    Fabregas looking totally at ease in the barca team, bet he wished he joined them last year instead of player with our shit lot.

    That marcelo cunt hacking cesc down, red card.

  25. frenchie

    what a sad sad state of afairs.

    thank god we still have squillaci. and diaby. and chamack. and rosicky…their mental strength is a trophy.

  26. yangkamp10

    i feel sick. Cesc giving it his all out there. Playing with passion. With good players who fight for each other.
    We have chamakh, passing backwards and falling on his ass since 1985.

  27. Squilvestre

    Fucking sickening how far behind barca and madrid we are. Absolutely light years away.

    Wenger is such a twat. Get some players in you old crow.

  28. WengersSweeties

    SUGA3 says:
    August 17, 2011 at 23:55
    zeus,

    I don’t hate Cesc, I hate Wenger, the cunt…

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    Exactly SUGA3,

    Anyone slagging off Cesc because of Wenger’s failings is just pure embarrassing.

  29. zeus

    Mustard.

    Have to agree with that. W/out Messi they would just pass the ball around endlessly in midfield with little cutting edge.

    How in the world could Wenger not take advantage of a talent like Wenger. Travesty to surround him with fucking Denilson Diaby and Song.

  30. paul mc daid

    CESC played the way he always played for us,its just that now he is playing with players as good as him,fair play to him,class player.

  31. Colonel Mustard

    WengersSweeties Suga – Cesc is gone mate…get a grip. support the f**kin club. why do you bother? the press are lovin us ripping ourselves apart.

  32. incesc

    we still have rvp and wilshere
    we still have rvp and wilshere
    we still have rvp and wilshere
    we still have rvp and wilshere
    we still have rvp and wilshere

    and breathe

  33. Colonel Mustard

    Its like you brother or family f**uking up. We now they F**ked up but you support them anyway. hate to have you two in the trench next to me. be running for the hills.

  34. arsenal harsh but true

    cesc gets his trophy???? hs only been there 5mins ff sake! can any real arenal fan hate on him, hs proved his point in his first flippin game

  35. SUGA3

    Colonel,

    do me a fucking favour dude, of course I am supporting the TEAM, not the club, because the latter is so poorly run it’s untrue…

    I love the badge, but I fundamentally disagree with the policies of the club, which are ineffective and are dragging us down, simple as…

  36. frenchie

    rohan-

    i sympathize with that feeling. a grown man should not feel this way.

    i hate wenger more today than i have ever hated anyone in my life. all he had to do was buy 3 quality players in the last 3 years to help cesc meet his potential, and cesc could have left arsenal as a legend and we supporters would have been staisfied. cunt. hope he gets anal herpes.

  37. arsenal harsh but true

    oh im sorry should introduce myself Arsenal HBT here new member, how pissed is everybody watching cesc smiling so so much!!

  38. cph gooner

    but noone is beside or above or beneath Messi. He was the difference yet again. Ronaldo is no better than Rooney.

    Rooney
    Ronaldo
    Iniesta
    Xavi
    Fabregas
    Tevez
    Torres
    Nasri
    Hazard
    all very good players

    but
    Messi
    is WORLD CLASS

  39. Pasman

    er, but when your relaitive is losing his marbles and becoming dangerous for himself and others, you have do what you have to do…
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    take him to a brothel??

  40. Pat

    I don’t know about you guys, but it hurt watching Cesc playing with those cunts. As much as I hate Barca, I want Cesc to do well and I ended up cheering for them.

    Can’t fucking stand Mourinho and his team. Never have I seen a more classless bunch

  41. Colonel Mustard

    Ok Suga but at some stage we are just have to get behind the team. I know all the shit. i agree with all Wegners weaknesses. but calling the man a ‘cunt’ or whtever else i see..beyond reckless. Say what you want about the man but he has Arsenals best interest at heart, whether he goes soon history will show he did what i think no manager could have done. till this year i believe he has had zero board backing.

  42. Pasman

    Rooney – world class
    Ronaldo – world class
    Iniesta – world class
    Xavi – world class
    Fabregas – world class
    Tevez- world class
    Torres, Nasri, Hazard
    all very good players

    but
    Messi
    is A SPIRIT

  43. Colonel Mustard

    Santos – Nasri cares as much about trophies as my missus does super sunday. he is a greedy little prick!

    Pat – jesus christ Barca are our f***kin mortal enemies….(among many – my fatwa on Bussaca still stands)

    what wtf is this blog drinking tonight!

  44. SUGA3

    Colonel,

    just for you:

    Na na na na na na na na na,
    Wenger is a cunt, Wenger is a cunt!

    the club is in fucking freefall, we have missed the chance of steering clear off the rocks by sacking Le Senile by mid-July…

    do you think we will challenge for the title this season with the squad as it is? or even for either of the cups?

    do you think we will be able to attract players of required quality?