[Ratings] Arsenal “Panic” and drop points

Sunderland 1 – 1 Arsenal

Bent (94)----------Cesc (13)

Not happy at all, tossed 2 pts away against a very average team and didnt even look up for it today.

Cant remember the Sunderland keeper having a save to make in 90mins? No doubt people will moan that Sunderland scored in the 4th min of time adding on but in the end it was a far result.


Almunia : 6/10 (Nothing he could do with the goal, Hardly had anything to do)
Sagna : 6.5/10 (Solid but wasteful with his passing)
Koscielny : 7.5/10 (Decent game)
Squillaci :8/10 (Looked very good and solid)
Clichy : 2/10 (Mr Panic, How many times did he lose the ball in his own box. And in the last min his miskick gifted the goal)
Fabregas : 6/10 (Scored a very lucky goal and went off injuryed before H/T)
Nasri : 8/10 ( Our best player, Hardly gave the ball way and won the pen that should of won the game) MOTM
A Song : 3/10 ( Slow and clumsy, the problem with Song is that he gives away pointless fouls. Sent off for 2 bookings)
Wilshere :5/10 (Didnt have a great game)
Arshavin : 5/10 ( See above)
Chamakh : 6.5/10 (Worked hard but never looked like getting a goal)

Rosicky : 3/10 (What was he doing with the pen?)
Denilosn : 4/10 (Came on and gave the ball away countless times)

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  1. amaan

    September 18, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    which match were u watching……..Denilson gave the ball easily he came and steadied things after song went off…….n they scored in the 95th min…..wait but the added time was just 4 mins,…….

  2. Ben

    September 18, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    God you do talk some tripe. If we hadn’t conceded that goal everyone would be heralding how dogged a display that was. How you can say they didn’t look up for it is beyond me when Nasri, Chamakh and Rosicky were closing down and making vital interceptions.

    Song was our best player before he got (unfairly) sent off and Denilson didn’t give the ball away once. You obviously watched a different game to most Arsenal fans.

  3. Jose Reyes

    September 18, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    the goal was always coming. it should have been worse we didnt deserve a point let alone 3. koscienly is too weak at the back,chamakh was average and squillaci is just another silvestre. rosicky was weak in midfield and his poor performance was summed up by that shambles of a penalty.we have to be winning these sort of games if we are to win anything this year!

  4. Danish Gooner

    September 18, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Amaan that is pointless as long as the whistle hadnt been blown you keep playing.As i predicted we would win at a canter at home against Bolton and Braga and struggle at Sunderland.But deary me it was a different performance from the Braga game.Trophies,forget about it.

  5. Akshay

    September 18, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Haha, what were you watching mate?

    Almunia had nothing to do? You have to be shitting me. Denilson gave the ball away too many times?

    And Clichy was unfortunate to find another Arsenal player with his kick, stop finding someone to blame.

    Not the best overall performance, but I thought defensively we were solid. We need to get our passing together though, can’t give the ball away with the style of football we play.

    And why did Rosicky take the Pen.?

  6. Ben

    September 18, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    ..the doom mongers are out in full force tonight.

  7. lou

    September 18, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    they scored in the 95th min…..wait but the added time was just 4 mins,…….


    Sorry amaan,

    It is actually a minnium of 4 minutes.

    The players should know this, make me feel like they have not learned anything from last season.

  8. goonergerry

    September 18, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I think your comments are pretty accurate except for those about Nasri and Denilson-Nasri lost possession on numerous occaisons in the first half and Denilson looked to be one of the few players who could withstand a challenge and keep possession when he came on.
    Song and Arshavin look off form-we could have done with a holding midfielder in this game.
    Incidentally the ref just let Sunderland players commit foul challenges-especially in midfield and get away with it all game.

  9. Sam-gooner

    September 18, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Were u snorting while watching the game,just because we drew does not mean a player deserves 2.here’s my ratings after modifying yours.

    Almunia : 7.5/10 faultless,hardly did a mistake
    Sagna : 6.5/10 (Solid but wasteful with his passing)
    Koscielny : 8/10 great
    Squillaci :8/10 (Looked very good and solid)
    Clichy : 6/10 (Mr Panic, How many times did he lose the ball in his own box. And in the last min his miskick gifted the goal)should be dropped immediately!!!
    Fabregas : 6/10 (Scored a very lucky goal and went off injuryed before H/T)
    Nasri : 7/10 Needs to be more strong and commited
    A Song : 5/10 ( Slow and clumsy, the problem with Song is that he gives away pointless fouls. Sent off for 2 bookings)very unlucky 2nd card
    Wilshere :7/10 worked his socks off
    Arshavin : 5/10 should be dropped immediately!!!
    Chamakh : 6.5/10 (Worked hard but never looked like getting a goal)

    Rosicky : 6/10 (What was he doing with the pen?)Looked composed except the penalty
    Denilosn : 8/10 best player after he came on…remeber only time arsenal dominated was after going down to 10 men and denilson replacing arshavin

  10. RedandDread

    September 18, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Yeah which fucking match were u watching! Worst of the reviews I have read to date!!

  11. Nick

    September 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    The mistake was not resting anyone, IMHO. I can see it would be hard, after 6-0 Braga, to not do so, but…fatigue showed. After the fact, it is hard to be fresh-minded about it, but Arsene had Eboue, Gibbs, Vela, Denilson, Rosicky at the very least. Now I hope they all play against Spurs.

    I think the importance of the mid-week has grown — don’t want two bad results in a row, and, no, had you asked me before the game if a point would be OK, I would have said NoFWay!

  12. The New Invincibles

    September 18, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Not sure why some of you fans think we have a God given right to win every game, home & away!

    It was a very tough match and we fought right to the last kick WITH TEN MEN. Shame about Clichy’s clearance but Sunderland deserved a point once we didn’t take our chances. Arshavin had another average game but apart from him everyone else did very well after a shaky start.

    I’m fed up reading blogs like this… seems like u just want to vent your frustration by throwing toys out of the pram! we’ve had a good start to the season lads, just get behind the team!

  13. clash

    September 18, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    this is utter tosh this man has been smoking somethin weird. We lost this match coz of the inept refereeing,nothin short. Except clichy,i feel the team played their hearts. The central defense was superb,almunia a lot more confident and did see quite a lot ball all of which he handled superbly unlike what yo have pointed out. Denilson came and infact steadied the ship with some excellent interceptions around the box and even was part of some forward forays. Cant understand what you were looking at.
    Rosciky was a bad choice for the penalty and a player with exp should have folded it for us. Do they blast penalties with the outer foot in czech rep? That was pathetic indeed. Song b’for his sending was lion hearted.

  14. Jake

    September 18, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    What were you watching ? Clichy was good going forward down the left and was unlucky with the goal. He also had a very physical challenge for 90 mins and he did well in my opinion, mistakes were bound to happen. Song’s first booking was a joke but admittedly the second was a yellow, but he’s our rock in the middle. Denilson came on and steadied the fort for 35 mins and Rosicky was good except the penalty. You need to base ratings on the whole 90 mins and not just one incident in a match next time.

  15. Max

    September 18, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Eventually he will play TV at left back.

  16. FinnishGooner

    September 18, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    @ Jose Reyes: How can you say that Squillaci is another silvestre???? Squillaci was absolutely rock at the back…! If someone from back4 should be dropped its clichy withc is sad cos I’m a clichy fan.. Gibbs can’t do any worse..

    I was absolutely disappointed with our performance.. hardly any fluency and creativity.. not many changes.. i would have expected us to take the game to sunderland but no.. we allowed them to exposure our weaknesses..

  17. amaan

    September 18, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    @ Jose Reyes : our 2 center back were our best players tonight……u say Kos is weak……I cant remember bent winning a single header in the match…….he might have won the odd one,
    one things is for sure this Blog is only for DOOM MONGERS………..pathetic views which are not at all rational………….

  18. Goons_with_Guns

    September 18, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Dowd may be a gay wanker but why Wenger thinks he can still slot Denilson in place of Song, or Rosicky/Nasri/Ramsey in place of Fab God only knows. Denilson was responsible for that goal, no one else. Like the last two seasons, without Fab and Song on the field at the same time, we will go nowhere–AGAIN, ffs!

  19. ive

    September 18, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    we should have won , we could have won , we didn`t but the 10 men played well. Though the had more of the ball we created more clear cut chances and had more shots on target. Am i disappointed yes but if the team can put in that determination every week the future will look red in May. I though our CB`s were immense today.
    Arsenal for life

  20. keith

    September 18, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    some times getting 3 pts may not be all you need to know your team is doing good, today’s match is one to prove that,
    –squillaci $ koscielny, that pair looks fine.
    –the grit after the red card.
    –panic?? no not at all, had there been any it would have been a different story, may be 3-1 sunderland.
    –chamak can play alone in the front, you should have noticed.
    –wilshire can stand with the physical game while maitaining his brain

    a late equaliser shall always be sobering but hey, 5 games…

  21. Kosova Gunner

    September 18, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I think Denilson was very good today, ball possession was dramatically increased following his inclusion (paradoxically following reduction in 10 man team!). If it was not that Clichy panic moment I would consider the most memorable Arsenal game of the season. Today were introduced several qualities that were lacking in previous few seasons and that is the grit and aggressiveness. Our CB’s vere almost perfect, Chamakh perfectly held the ball to deny opponents having the ball. That was a a bad moment but no reason to panic, I feel Arsenal can win it.

  22. Goons_with_Guns

    September 18, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Oops meant Kos not Denilson, as Bent was behind Kos for that goal.


    September 18, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    so wen wil arsenal lift d barcsays league again?arsene wenger must stop buyn young players nd buy quality players

  24. Innosky

    September 18, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    The whole Arsenal performance was well below par.They seemed confused and mesmerized especially in the first half.Missing a penalty when it was easier to score it than miss is unexplainable.The referee did not help the situation with a very soft second yellow card for Song and adding more seconds at the end of the game just to accommodate Sunderland’s equalizer. In all fairness Alumnia had a good game.Are we still lacking maturity by these signs of inconsistances? We play so well on Wednesday in the Champions league and come Saturday,3 days later we play as if we have a big hang over.If things do not change then the chances of getting a silver ware are zero.

  25. ive

    September 18, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Innosky keep the faith. Look at last season we lost. Last year our defence was the problem , given the numbers of players out injured I though we did well. How many saves did Alumina make in the whole match . We dealt with the highballs well. I am however worried about Clichy he seem to have gone backwards.

  26. eve

    September 18, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    this was only the 4th pl match of the season go steady on our guys, they worked hard in defence, i dont think the ref had all his brains with him 2day, one thing, there is a long way to go till end of season so dont panic and write them off just yet, there will be enough of non arsenal fans and of course the press slagging our team we dont have to join them, so they didnt win, so what, get over this game and focus on the next, hope our captain is ok.

  27. M. from HK

    September 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    1. Not finding someone to blame, but Clichy did make a number of mistakes and performed poor in this game. If you compare him with Sagna, our right side back is much reliable.
    2. Yes, I also did watch Denilson giving the ball away many times and that made me jump and crazy. If he was mature enough, he should know whether he should shoot or keep the possession in the 92th minute. Someone was unmarked in the right but he choose to shoot unwisely. He deservedly came after Wilshere, Song, and Diaby in the pecking order.
    3. Our 2 CBs did a fantastic job in this game.
    4. I wonder why Mr. Wenger started the game with the eleven same as the last game just three days ago. Overall, we looked heavy-legged. At least, we should give Gibbs more chances (remember our boss said he was not scared of playing youngsters?) Maybe he was overwhelmed by the 6-0 results we played Braga.

  28. smudger

    September 18, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    really thought things would be different this season..we have fallen where we would have fallen in previous seasons…we haven’t jumped up another level which means looking at getting draws and even loosing at places like Stoke, Birmingham and Everton(although we had a cracking win at everton last season)…….we are looking at 2nd or 3rd this season(which i am more than happy with)…………….funny thing is if you had come from another planet and didn’t know a thing about the EPL and then seen how sunderland,stoke and Birmingham etc play against us ,you would think they would be up there fighting for champions league or at least Europa league places by the end of the season.But they hardly ever get there which means playing us,liverpool,man u and chelsea is there cup finals and all they can manage to raise their games for and basicaly,avoiding relagation apart,all they have to play for.Surely this is bad management from bruce,pullis etc. For instance you will see teams near the bottom of the table going to Sunderland,birmingham etc and winning!

  29. am

    September 18, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    forget the ref,

    Sunderland played good, they made our players play bad. (although it seems all to common with Clichy)

    Thiis is one point more than we got last year so leets be happy.

  30. alex

    September 18, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Dont’t agree with all the rates. Arshavin deserves 2 at most, he ran less than Almunia did and lost the ball EVERY time he got it. Poor finishing and i didnt’ see him pass more than 2 times. Denilson didn’t do much wrong, good tackles and helped at the back. He did waste a great counter opportunity. Rosicky was mess too. Should never take PKs again in his life. Clichy was poor, not that he had to much help from Arshavin. The russian should spend a good month or so on the bench and used as a super-sub when it’s 15 minutes left on the game. The rest of his time is better spent in the gym training stamina, strengt and balance

  31. realist

    September 18, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    a draw wasnt a bad result when you take into consideration that it wasnt one of arsenals better performances and the fact that they played a majority of the 2nd half with 10 men and without fabregas. clichy has been making a few mistakes of late, but to be fair to him his mishit clearance had a lot to do with gyan commiting a foul on him. if you watch the replays you can see that gyan has taken clichys back foot as he attempts to make the clearance .

  32. Arsenal-Man 10

    September 19, 2010 at 1:19 am

    @Jose Reyes please dont say “we” when refering to arsenal as you are a disgrace to arsenal fans, and i dont understand how can you can fault kos and squillaci when they were both solid today!
    seriously although we lost i take a lot of positives out of this game, shocking so called fans like this make the rest of us arsenal fans look bad, we drew a game which we lost last year!

  33. Mubbs

    September 19, 2010 at 7:24 am

    i thought that was the best defending as a team i have ever seen from arsenal! the tw new cb were amazing esspicall kos. chamck had a hard game after the fans started jeering him for falling over and he didnt get over it. im dissapointed with the result but we shouldn’t blame anyone, except roiscky.

  34. Steve

    September 19, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Fair Dinkum some of you gooners need to get over yourselves…Clichy came up against the games man of the match who would have been a handful for almost any left back in the comp especially with so little help on the left. Against taller teams AW may need to rethink Wilshere who one must say looked very aerially challenged out there. The last seconds scramble caught everyone with their pants down and it was an unfortunate comedy of errors. Arshavin does need a kick up the bum tho’ and Rosisky wont be taking any more penalties I should imagine – surprised Almunia wasnt captain but I guess the entire defence had their hands full last night. Disappointing but that is football.

  35. adiiii83

    September 19, 2010 at 8:15 am

    You surely can’t be an Arsenal fan with that report. If u are, then ur just a dickhead person. We fought for the entire match against 12 ppl. Phil Dowd hammered us in the first half. Kept giving them fouls for any little niggle. We couldn’t buy a free kick until Song got sent off. Koscielny was so good that I thought we wouldn’t concede a goal in 3 days. I know we rave on about Vermaellen, but Koscielny will be our best defender for a long time. Sometimes getting a red is a blessing for a team cos ur forced to make subs that u hadn’t planned. Denilson came on and the along with Rosicky and Nasri, absolutely toyed with Sunderland. I also see that everyone’s finger was pointed at Clichy. Yes, he made a few errors in the game that could’ve cost us, but the goal was not his fault. The only place he could kick the ball out when it landed to him was where he tried to kick it. Unfortunately Kos was standing there and the tosser behind him. Performance overall was brilliant from everyone. Unlucky not to get the 3 points from this one, but I wouldn’t dwell on it, just keep doing what we’re doing.

  36. MikeSA

    September 19, 2010 at 8:51 am

    “Saw Denilson give the ball away several times”?!?!?!?!

    Do you know what Denilson looks like?

    Are you sure you’re actually talking about the same person the rest of us were watching?

    Honestly, I doubt some of these tossers actually watch the games. Articles like this just give the impression that a 12 year old kid has been reading the sun and daily fail and recreated the game in his head.

    If you don’t really know anything about football, just keep out of it.

  37. Wenger

    September 19, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Rosicky shit to miss that penalty. Song was stupid to be sent off for nothing. Denilson will always make us lose, so selfish to shoot when a teammate is on his right waiting for a pass.

  38. frankie frankie

    September 19, 2010 at 11:05 am

    some of your scorings are rubbish. However, 6f 2in def Djourou on 85th min wilshire 5f 7in mid off, game whould have been won. Simple. Not a lot you can when Refs are useless.

  39. cannonbury 49er

    September 19, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Your ratings are a joke. You must have been watching a different game…….
    At least Clash above watched the Arsenal v Sunderland match yesterday.
    We battled from start to finish as you have to against teams like Sunderland.
    We are at last showing some resilience and steel in defence. That muppet ref has a lot
    to answer for.

  40. james

    September 19, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Song has to be the most overated Arsenal player He only plays well against the shit teams at home, When its up against the real pysical sides in the leauge he shows his real shit donkey self.

  41. Fubu

    September 19, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Last min Clichy’s attempted clearance was soo weak and school boy defending. Even if it hadn’t been deflected on to Koscielny, it would have fallen perfectly for bent to score.

    He is so nervous for such an experienced defender. Please bring on Gibbs. He is way better.
    Even though we don’t deserve the 3 points, we have dropped 2 points which would have gone a long way in convincing players they can grab points even during a bad game.

  42. anon

    September 19, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    there is only one man to blame for the result and that is grinning fool who missed the penalty. to not even hit the target is unforgivable. wenger shamed himself and the once good name of arsenal again with his pointless moan about the time added on. it’s a minimum of 4 minutes and that is a fact.

    another groundhog day…

    i have revised my expectations since the start of the season. we are no longer playing for third place. we can now go for second place because manure are now a sitting duck.

  43. Galatyali Gooner

    September 19, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Weird game. I listened to it on Talksport. Heard Arshavin’s name once in the 1st half. He didn’t seem to be involved at all. Our goal was very lucky indeed. Sunderland is quite a tough place to go and win. Bottom line is if we put the penalty away it would have been heralded as an excellent win with just 10-men. The penalty was awful – it always gets me how someone, anyone paid so many tens of thousands of pounds can’t score, or even hit the target from the penalty spot. Why didn’t Nasri take it?

    Sunderland did put us under massive pressure and admittedly Manu didn’t have much to do but that was down to their finishing. A draw was a fair result.

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