[Ratings] 2-1 Arsenal make hard work of Huddersfield

Sunday, 30 January 2011
The FA Cup

Arsenal 2-1 Huddersfield

P Clarke (og) 22         Lee 66
Fabregas (pen) 86

Just like the last FA Cup home tie vs Leeds Utd. A misfiring Arsenal scored a late pen to avoid embarrassment.

Again it was the captain Cesc Fabregas who came off the bench and converted the late spot kick, after Huddersfield pushed everything forward vs the 10men gunners.

Almunia : 6.5/10 (Not much he could do with the goal. But looked a broken man. Confidence very low)

Koscielny : 7.5/10 (Solid game, didn’t do much wrong, quick and good with the ball)

Squillaci : 3.5/10 (Welcome back, first game back and he looked rusty. Sent off for a rash tackle.Very poor)

Eboue : 7.5/10 (Bombed down the right wing and gave us loads going forward.Decent game )

Gibbs : 5.0/10 (VERY poor game, defensively all over the place and very poor going forward)

Diaby : 6.5/10 (Frustrating player, all the skill in the world and does the hard work and then gives the ball away, first game back and looked weak towards the end.. Subbed (Fabregas 69 yellow card)

Nasri : N/A (Picked up an early knock and was replaced by Rosicky, Lets hope it isn’t bad..(Rosicky 6.0/10 Pretty poor, wasteful with his passing)

Denilson : 3.5/10 (Disgustingly poor, weak on the ball, slow tracking back and his passing was off. Very poor game)

Arshavin : 6.5/10 (Worked hard, but you can see his head it not right. A few good runs but wasteful with his final ball. Made a great tackle in the 2nd half that stopped a certain goal)

Chamakh : 5.0/10 (Brings nothing to the team, RVP has shown what a good side we are with a decent striker) Subbed at half time by (A Song 6.5/10 : Came on and played CB and did well)

Bendtner : 6.5/10 ( Missed 2 great chances early, but he keeps going and had a hand in the first goal and worked hard in the 2nd)

Man of the Match : Koscielny

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  1. Ali

    January 30, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    3 for Denilson, i think you are being too generous there mate. Denilson was piss poor and deserves a 0 for that shocking performance. Wenger said in the post match interview that we are unlikely to sign anyone, wtf squillaci is not good enough.

  2. Gary

    January 30, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Why can’t you just accept that it wasn’t our strongest team out there and that each one of them put in an honest effort, unlike the referee. The sending off of Squillaci was unfair, just like Koscielny earlier in the season. At the other end, right in front of posts, their defender gets away with a yellow card. In stead of attacking our team, why don’t Arsenal blogger draw more attention to the performance of the referees who are going to win the league for manure this year, already worth about 12 points.

  3. Pete

    January 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Although I don’t think Almunia should be our first choice you should give credit where it’s due and he made an excellent one handed save in the second half to keep the score at 1-0.

  4. big ernie

    January 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    OK, it wasn’t great ….. but we are through – often wonder if people see a different game to me as I would have given Almunia only a 5, he made one great save, but if they had more of their chances on target we would have been in trouble. I appreciate that it’s his first game back, but on all the replays you would see the ball past the post and about a second later you would see his dive coming into shot. Also Gibbs, I would give him a 6.5 or 7, ok he made a couple of errors, but he looked solid and made some great interventions, he was also up and down the pitch all day, admittedly he looked a little rusty, but I really rate him ….

  5. Song is King

    January 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I’m getting tired of getting behind Denilson. I had enough. I will finally admit it today, he is a big pile of shit!! He was like intentionally did those mistakes so that we’ll lose. It’s shocking really. Perhaps the rumors was true after all that most of the players having problem with him. I wonder why Wenger insist to keep him in the squad. I’ve been patient enough with him but today, he proved to me that he’s a waste of time, money and dignity of Arsenal FC!

  6. JOEL

    January 30, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    It is plain as the nose on my face that Arsenal need another Centre-Back.Scillacci simply isn’t good enough and Song is needed in the centre of midfield-as neither Diaby nor Denilson (in particular) would be any use against a better opposition!
    The Manager is too pig obstinate to admit to this particular necessity.He aparently likes Cahill as a player but isn’t prepared to pay the going rate-which,although understandable,is a great shame.By the end of the Season I’m am sure that we will hear the usual excuses-“We are a young team”,”We were unlucky with injuries”,”Our medical staff assured me that xxxx would be fit in time for that game unfortunately we had a set-back in his recovery”,”the opposition were very lucky to win”!Yes we keep hearing this same nonsense.The bottom line is that we only bring in players where a “mainstay of the team” leaves or where a teenage prospect becomes available.Where obvious frailties lie within both the team and squad the cracks are simply papered over.Our rivals are all prepared to invest where necessary and I’m sure that Cahill will not be playing for Bolton next Season!Unfortunately I am just as sure that he won’t be fighting for a place in the team line-up with the likes of Vermaelen,Djourou or Koscielny either!!!

  7. Sam

    January 30, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Sorry but we can’t argue with the sending-off, it was a clear red card, the Huddersfield player would have been through and clean on goal.
    Also, Fabregas’ penalty should have been re-taken, as you’re not allowed to stop your run.
    Anyway, piss poor performance and piss poor support from the home crowd yet again.
    I just don’t understand why players like Denilson don’t work their socks off in a game like this to show they deserve a place in the starting eleven.
    On the plus side I thought Arshavin looked better than in his last few games.
    Finally, you say Chamakh doesn’t offer anything up front, but you seem to have forgotten how important he was for us in the first months of the season. He’s tired and seems to have lost confidence, but he’ll be an important player nonetheless before the end of the season.

  8. ewo

    January 30, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    we are the only team playing 4 tournaments and it’s putting a big strain on the first team as they have to keep stepping in to rescue our mediocre fringe players. the following players are dead weights: scillaci – at 30 he is not getting better,a back up defender for france and has fear written all over his face.EPL is biiger than him.Denilson – for a brazilian this kid is braindead.He plays in slow motion and maybe AW should take the blame for keeping this shadow around.He has not improved over the years.Ash-…is trash.his cup is empty.confidence is back in moscow..the sooner we sell him the better.We need a reliable CB and DM to back up song

  9. Manolo

    January 30, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    l absolutely hate it when Almunia hurriedly kicks the ball out for no reason, (he did it a couple times last season and we conceded a few important goals because of it) there was no need for him to kick it out so hurriedly when when Nasri got injured, we’re one nil up, things are going o.k, we’re not frantically chasing the game, but no! take your time let all the players re-group, l know it would be harsh to blame Nasri’s injury on him, but am just saying….

  10. aj

    January 30, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Gary – “Why can’t you just accept that it wasn’t our strongest team out there”.

    Because Arsene said in the programme notes that we have 25 players all at the same level and that rotating does not weaken the team in any way.

    I don’t like to disagree with the great man but, frankly, that is bullshit!

    Denilson is getting worse; he was embarrassing today.

    Huddersfield were the better side and redally deserved to win.

  11. Bobshinery

    January 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Well said aj

  12. cameo

    January 30, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Its really pathetic anyone would even try to hint that Almunia could even be remotely responsible for nasris injury. thats daft really. You arsenal guys just really have it out for this Almunia fella no matter what he does. Even with shots going wide, you still end up speculating about whether they would have gone in had they been on target, thats just extreme criticism.
    Chamakh isn’t a dynamic forward, cant expect anything out of the ordinary from him.
    You all have to agree that the referee did arsenal a favour today with the dive from bendtner, i dont see anyone mentioning that. Also the red card was clearly a correct decision, dont be bias.

  13. Gary

    January 31, 2011 at 6:27 am

    Denilson completed 98 out of 102 passes today. That’s official. So much for all you experts who thought he was rubbish. I bet most of you did not even watch the game, just follow the media.

  14. Gary

    January 31, 2011 at 6:28 am

    I’m beginning to think that most commentators on Arsenal blogs are not real Arsenal fans but trolls. How else do we account for all the anti-arsenal sentiment on so-called Arsenal blogs.

  15. yh

    February 1, 2011 at 1:40 am

    just 1 question-

    how shit is denilson?

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