[Ratings] Same old Arsenal, Same old Almunia

Defence and GK mistakes yet again cost us, and Wenger says “This is the best squad I’ve ever had at Arsenal”….liar or just deluded??

Arsenal will never win anything with players like Denilson and Almunia starting in the team going into a title run in.. But don’t blame them.. Blame the manager for not spending in Jan when he had the chance to push us on.

TBH I am amazed that this team is 2nd in the league. Its sad that we really had a fantastic chance of winning something this season. If only Wenger showed some bollocks and went out and signed 2 players. I’m not talking about £50m players… I’m talking about £20m on two players to push us on and give the club that lift and push us on towards the title…

But at the end of the day Arsenal will finish in the top 4 and Wenger and the board will be happy..Champions league football on budget, Well done Arsene, I hope the board reward you yet again with a massive new contract.

Who gives a f**k about winning things anymore,put the season ticket prices up. Sell our best players and never invest any funds into the club…Arsene you only care about making a profit for the board and that sir is the only reason we have not won ANYTHING in 6 years.

In Arsene we RUST!

ARSENAL (4-5-1)

Almunia 2.0 (Started the season as our number 1, turns out he is not even good enuff as our number 3..What is he still doing at the club? Simple no other manager things he is good enuff, Wenger should of signed a keeper 3 years ago but has shown faith in this clown and its cost us time and time again. Horrible mistake for the 2nd goal. No reason to come rushing off his line and leave the goal empty)

Sagna 4.0 (Defensively very poor, Everything came down our right and Sagan was nowhere to be seen)
 

Koscielny 3.0 (All over the place, Booked for kicking out and looked a 2nd div player at best. Schoolboy defending)

Squillaci 2.5 (Wenger trusts him, what a joke. This guy is no better then Senderos, Cygan and Silvestre)

Clichy 7.5 (Very good game, Put in 4 fine balls into the balls and was unlucky not to score late on to win the game)

Nasri 5.0 (By his high standers very poor)
 

Denilson 2.5 (By his low standers he was just disgusting)

 

Wilshere 6.5 (Played well, fantastic when he runs at them into the box)

 

Ramsey 6.0 (Not an easy time of the season to make your comeback, Unlucky not to score and at fault for the first goal)
Arshavin 8.5 (Our best player, Scored a great goal and set up the 2nd with a great cross to the back post)

 

van Persie 7.0 (Scored the 2nd and hit the bar with a fine head, Looked better in a 4/4/2 with support)

Subs: Chamakh, Bendtner (N/A) (Bendtner did well to win the ball for the 2nd goal)

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79 Comments

  1. American

    March 19, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Yash, can’t say something without using fuck? please have some decency.

  2. Richard

    March 19, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    FOR GOD’S SAKE GO AND GO NOW.
    You have turned our great club into gutless wonders who are gaining a losing mentality. The players are not prepared correctly, we get injuries consitently and they start yet another game in third gear. Technically good players yes but where is the determination. WBA wanted it more than we did and even though we had possession we never looked like title contenders.
    I bet the OT dressing room gets redecorated after every home game they drop points. I bet at the Grove it has not seen paint since it was built. Some one needs to be throwing those players against the wall, if this passes for desire.
    Plenty of average players we all see that, plenty of opportunities to buy senior GK and CB but AW misses the bus AGAIN. I have had enough, you are yesterdays man the team is not learning and it keeps making the same mistakes year after year. Only the entry by Mike supports todays showing and all he states is go and support another team! How loyal is that? A true fan has to be serious mad about today. I have been a fan for 40 years and even in the seventies when we almost got relegated at least I saw poor players giving their all. This is the worse by far. Please save my club from more embarassing implosions at the end of every season. Great post by the author I can feel the passion. If I was manager I would give you a game.

  3. Kipmonster

    March 19, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Almunia is a disaster but Wenger has to take the blame for yet another debacle at the back today. We were stuck with Almunia like it or not so best thing is to try & boost his confidence but no Wenger undermines him by re-signing his nemesis Lehmann who previously made it clear of his contempt to Almunia. As crass dumb & stupid as his decision not to buy a Centre Back in January. I have lost all respect for a manger who I used to think was very clever but now is totally self absorbed with stubbornly proving critics wrong rather than pragmatically making managerial decisions to make Arsenal winners again.

  4. realist

    March 19, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    seaman dixon adams keown bould winterburn parlour viera petit overmars bergkamp wright anelka

    seaman lauren campell keown cole lundberg viera edu pires bergkamp kanu henry wiltord

    lehman lauren campell toure cole lundberg viera edu gilberto pires bergkamp henry wiltord reyes

    now look at the shite we have , not one of the players in our current squad would make it into the teams above. not only have we now players who are talentless. we also have players like arshavin who is average at best, but he thinks he is too good to play for arsenal, we had overmars and pires in the same position, they were legends they deserved all the praise, this little useless fat dwarf needs to be told to fuck off out of the club and to bring denilson diaby squillachi bendtner almunia etc with him. wenger has had the makings of a good team for the last few yrs but he just wont add the much needed players to take this team to the next level. its frustrating and baffling. football as a game is dead and buried but as a business it is on an alltime high

  5. goran

    March 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    stupid ratings! how did clichy get 7.5 or Arshavin 8.5 he was gone all game until he scored. and ramsey 6 you are joking right??? we all love this kid but his miss was as bad as almunia’s stupid rushing from the goal.and koscielny wasn’t that bad. bendtner should quit football and try some other sport, after this circus we lost the title and we deserve that.It’s not only Wenger’s fault, the board should be blamed too. It’s quite amazing Wenger reached this far with this players, but that’s it, they gave all they got.Our players are just not good. Also i am very annoyed with the way fans threat koscielny.do you know he is the best arsenal defender after vermaellen this season, although vermaellen is injured most of it. You just jump on his back and write hi off without gving him a fair chance. I see him much better than djourou.i would pick him over djourou any moment.

  6. marko

    March 19, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I Think we have a new number 1 now Jens is back and i hope he gets a 1 year contract after the season cause hes the keeper ws56 needs to teach him not the other 2 idiots in LEHMANN I TRUST The defence wont know whats hit them when he starts on them.

  7. Wolfgang

    March 19, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Wenger can dream on. I know there are ten games left but don’t think spurs willbe easy meat because of the cl.
    I believe the title is gone. I have no confidence in the team especially an eccentric gk and errorprone defence.I would be over the moon if the gunnerspull it off. Frankly it’s a big if.
    The gunners have become too predictable. There is no element of surprise when attacking.I think Wenger better go.

  8. Am

    March 20, 2011 at 1:00 am

    Denilson, Almunia, Diaby and Squillaci + Bendtner hopefully will all leave in the summer with hungrier players coming into the squad.

    A few defenders or goalkeepers who we should get in for next season:

    James Collins (Aston Villa)
    Gary Cahill
    Jack Rodwell (splash the cash Wenger, this guy will be a rock in midfield or centre back in the future)
    Roger Johnson

    Thomas Sorenson
    Hugo Lloris
    Shay Given

  9. Mohd

    March 20, 2011 at 3:13 am

    With the title so close,the gunners chiose this match to self destruct.SOA ie Same od Arsenal/Alumunia.
    How many time have we seen Alu rushing out and conceding?

  10. Jack Sparrow

    March 20, 2011 at 4:22 am

    I wonders why WENGER keeps starting denilson when he is such a cunt!!!!! He started three mathes and had to be subbed very early….i bet he will start the next match!! ‘IN WENGER WE TRUST’ What has most irritated me is that i heard an interview of Peter czeh on Canal Sports saying that Arsenal scouts didnt find him right for the premier league and then Chelsea snapped him!!! What the fuck!!!!! is Almunia worst for the premier league??????? If AFC main goal was to win cups, WENGER and staff should have been sacked by now.. So we will keep on with guys like lolmunia,denilcunt and followers suckquillaci….GUD LUCK gunners 🙁

  11. Max

    March 20, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Why is it the manager’s fault when your third choice goalkeeper and your fourth choice centre back play poorly? You say we should have spent in January to sign a good centre back and a good goalkeeper but do you have any idea how difficult that is? What are you going to say, come to Arsenal and play for awhile but when Vermaelen and Djourou come back from injury you can ride the bench for the rest of your career? Players don’t want to go to a club where they wouldn’t start regularly. That’s why we haven’t been able to buy anyone. Take this scenario, you have a decent job at your place of business but some guy at some other company wants to hire you to work for three months because one of his employees is out sick. You’re aren’t going to do it because you already have a secure job and you know you’ll only be important until the original bloke comes back. You seem to think that you can just go out and buy players and they have no say in it. By the way, you should be thrilled that we’re in second because I think you had us seventh or sixth when you did your pre-season predictions so we’re surpassing your expectations by miles.

  12. The BearMan

    March 20, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Mr. Wenger, we would like to help you: Tell us the players you aim to buy next season and we will tell you without any grudges if he/they have any quality and will be of benefit to Arsenal FC.

    Please do not hesitate in moving players on at the end of the season, sometimes that pruning process is necessary for both player and club. Players sometimes out-grow a club, you hang on to them and their personal development is hindered. By bringing in REAL quality players, you not only strengthens the squad, but causes the players we have with true potential to further improve.

    Bargain Bucket players will do only two things, shine for a short period then disappoint at crucial periods. I can assure you, they never fell into the bucket by accident. If you aim to maintain this system and all your players are lightweight, then you will need six good defenders, even four keepers. Reason for that is simple, most teams in the Premier ship will be physically stronger than us, our players will have to work twice as hard, and do more running on and off the ball. Perfect example: – the BiG and SmaLL wheel ratio.

  13. Gooner no1

    March 20, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I used to hate this blog but I owe you an apology because you were right

  14. The BearMan

    March 20, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Max, you like a number of fellow supporters have failed to recognise the obvious? Arsenal for the past 4 seasons have stumbled at the same position – {At The Close Of The Season}. Season, by season the same thing has occured. Our lads were great the first half of the season, then bearly hung-on at the close of the season. Now with that important bit of information, what would you do to get a different result?

    What the decision makers have opted to do at Arsenal is – GAMBLE – instead of making the RIGHT decision!

    Action 1:
    Now if it is a question of money: Then I say you sell players that has less quality and replace then with players that will give better balance to the team.

    Action 2:
    Start preparing the most promising Reserve players to filling in should their be a sink in the form of certain players or even injuries. What is the Arsenal method – send them off on loan.

    What have we learned over the past five seasons? Simply this: History has proved, that History has taught us ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!

    Some fans like to think it is a case of rotten luck, or a curse over Arsenal, but the fact is, it is neither. It is stubbornness and poor judgement. Even great men have been know to cock-up from time to time. But to repeat the same mistake over and over, and over, and over and over again. Indicates a major floor in the DNA.

  15. vavavoom

    March 20, 2011 at 10:16 am

    When Henry left ,I follow him and become fans of Barcelona. At that time,I know Arsenal is not going to win anything with players like Almunia, Senderos, Diaby, Denilson.After so many years, there is no improvement even though the team claim they have more experiences.

    I have a question for Wenger. Why should the fans spend so much money on tickets, Arsenal products,etc and the club is not willing to spend some money on a good goal keeper who has the ability and quality to play in the Premier League. Just take a look at MU, Van der Sar is key to their success. He just block everything from Arsenal in the FA Cup. Wenger is going to sell Almunia for sure for less than a pound.

    Three months ago,I’ve already predicted Arsenal is going to win nothing this season and I think Wenger is not going to buy any decent players until he sees a lot of empty seats at the Emirates.

  16. crusader

    March 20, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Why so many Arsenal fans get so annoyed is that they know success is so close, but we continue season after season to fluff it. Wenger’s fixation with French players also costs us dearly, plus being over loyal to certain players. I mean, when is he going to wake up about Denilson, Diaby, Eboue, Rosicky and Almunia? I personally don’t mind Bendtner because he never hides and I truly believe there is a good player there if only he was played in the right position.
    We are one of the world’s great clubs, but due to their obsession about not wanting any debt, we just go along season after season falling at the last and let’s be honest we could have walked the league this season. Trouble is we don’t seem to have any players like Scott Parker who run their socks off for their teams.

  17. GunnerPete

    March 20, 2011 at 11:18 am

    First ratings….Almunia & Denilson 1.5. ( Lehmann 2.0 ) even on the bench he was better.
    Sagna & Clichy 5.5
    Squillacci & Kossy 5.0
    Nasri & RVP 6.0
    Arsharvin 7.5
    Ramsey 6.0
    Wilshire 6.5

    Chamakh 5.5, Bentner 5.0

    Arsenes reply to reporters questions re; Almunia and Squillacci was ” I do not want to comment on individual players” Well with that Arsene has just confirmed all our fears about his judgement. He alone is responsible for buying and keeping Almunia, Denilson, Sqillaci,Diaby. He insists on giving them huge contracts even though 90% of Gunners rightly think they are no more than 1st div standard. Arsene has developed a stubborn almost arrogant attitude towards ordinary supporters and concentrates on keeping sharholders and corperates happy, and they are all happy if we keep in the top four.
    Well the wheels have come off at last…real Gunners have forecasted this would happen for over 4 years when we saw Arsenes attempts to replace the fab 6. He failed every year since.
    I also think he leaks potential buys to the press so he can sneak yet another average frenchman in like Squillaci. Well it was shown up for all to see and laugh at in the past 4 weeks. We have no squad strength past the initial 15. We have loaned out the very players who would have fought till the end unlike the crowd above. All of this emphasises Arsenes loss of grip and mismanagement. As a Wenger fan I find this very difficult to say but its time he admitted that he has lost that once great asset ‘The ability to find great players for pence and turn them into stars’. All we have now of star quality are Cesc, Jack ,Walcott, Song and RVP. Only one of which has played a full match for a month !! says it all!

  18. TonyS

    March 20, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Mate did you base the ratings on the game or the highlights? Arshavin 8.5???????

  19. Prof

    March 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    The only way AW will start bringing in the quality players that we need is when the board start making demands. The only way the board will make demands is when they start seeing empty seats at the Emirates. Money is VERY IMPORTANT to them( them=board members and club owners). The views of the average AFC supporter is not important. This is a fact, like it or not. If you want a change, find a way of influencing ‘them’.

  20. arsenal man

    March 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Can no one see that ramsey didn’t even deserve a 6, every blog is just rating him that because he’s just come back from injury. All our problems stem from the injuries imo
    Almunia I don’t know what to say after I was still supporting him
    Denilson and ramsey were as bad as eachother imo
    Its upsetting to be an arsenal fan

  21. itsup4grabsnow

    March 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    As a keeper myself, I try to defend goalies if there is a percieved error. On this occasion there is no excuse. Almunia should not have been 35 yards out from goal with Squillaci in complete control the situation. Even I wouldn’t be charging out of my goal right there and I do think he possibly should have saved the first shot but I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt here. Almunia’s main strength of sorts is his shot stopping as proved by games against Barca and MUFC in the Champions League, but ask him to do anything else and he becomes a liability. But we do not need to buy another keeper. Fabianski and Szczesny have proved they are more than capable of being Arsenal number 1, particularly the latter who I believe will be one of, if not the best keeper in the world.

    Now, I am not what would be branded a AKB, but for all the Wenger out brigade who do you bring in to replace him who is the same calibre and would be available? You can list of names like Mourinho and Guardiola etc but I doubt they would come. I know we say this every year but I genuinely feel that we will have a clear out this summer. Denilson being subbed is the beginning of the end for his time here and I have a feeling Diaby Rosicky and Bendtner maybe let go as well. If they have a good pre-season, I can see Lansbury and Frimpong stepping up to the first team with maybe another couple of signings in as well to suppliment the squad.

    For me, when you look at Man Utd and you see Giggs and Scholes I wonder whether we would still be potless if we had kept Campbell, Vieira, Pires and Henry. Four players who had been there, done that bought the t-shirt and won the trophies. OK, so they wouldn’t be first teamers obviously but neither are Scholes or Giggs, but if we had kept the spine of our invincibles team I think we would have some silverware by now. With our injuries, 3 of those 4 would have played, so theoretically if we could have yesterday started with Almunia; Sagna, Campbell, Koscielny, Clichy;Vieira; Wilshere,Nasri; RVP,Arshavin,Henry, don’t tell me we wouldn’t have got three points yesterday regardless of Almunia’s lunacy or not.

  22. goona

    March 20, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Now will all the Arshavin knockers get off his back? as i’ve always said that guy can turn a game as he did yesterday and to be honest i’d rather him in the side instead of Fabragas at least he isn’t always injured or come to that chooses his games.
    Yesterday he proved his value to the side and we sell him at our periil. Gooners you have been warned!!!!

  23. GunZ

    March 20, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Chelsea brought in a quality centre back for 20m. Your telling me we could not do that? Chelsea were very poor compared to us so we could have convinced luiz to come to us. Fucksake we need proven premier league quality, not some crap ligue 1 or la liga players who never bother making tackles. Gary cahill and sell denilson and diaby while bringing in melo, at least he can anchor the midfield. Why can’t we spend to improve? Someone needs to kick wenger in the balls.

  24. cameo

    March 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    If you want to get rid of players now, better not start with arshavin, infact he should be one of the last players to get rid of. i like his direct style, he goes at opponents and shoots on goal anytime he can which is more than i can say for a lot of our players. but more importantly, wnger needs to go. i fell for arsenal because of the brand of football he got the great players to play but now its just painful, the club can do without his pride and stubborness. i bet he cant look himself in the mirror, he is so insincere with the fans, lies after lies.

  25. Olumide

    March 20, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Does anyone think alex ferguson will tolerate unperforming cunts to that extent? Wenger has a fixed team. He’s too predictable. I think his system is no more working. The problem with some arsenal fans is that they don’t want change, they’re afraid,they don’t want to leave their comfort zones. They said we don’t have a replacement for wenger but will wenger be there in the next 20years? No. Manutd doesn’t have a replacement for ferguson yet he’ll soon leave Manutd. So lets replace wenger now!

  26. Canadian Gunner

    March 21, 2011 at 6:02 am

    I have to say after seeing the appalling performance from Arsenal, the tittle chances are fade.

    Almunia – I just don’t have words for this circus clown. Even a granpa can do better goalkeeping then him. He should be sold, if no one buys, then Arsenal should pay to buy this clown.

    Squllaci – Sorry about the spelling but I don’t care about this guy. He is old, slow and short. Reads the game very poorly and totally ineffective in PL. He should be shown the door.

    Denilson – His A** should be kicked off. What a waste of money, time and space (in dressing room).

    Mr Wenger – Mr stubborn a**hole. He has totally lost his game plan. All he can do is whine and giv excuse. He has rarely taken blame on himself. We need a new coach. I know this sounds harsh but we should bring the special one aka Jose. He will motivate the players, tell the crappy players to perform or get the F**K out of Arsenal.

    If changes are not made soon, then I can see Liverpool and Newcastle thing happening to Arsenal soon. Big fan base but mid table team.

    May god have mercy on us (Arsenal Fans). A good article admin

  27. WillyG

    March 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Had Denilson scored a goal, would he also get an 8.5 like Arshavin?

  28. chelt goon

    March 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Sell the little russian bugger. in the meantime, send denilson, diaby, almunia, squilacci, rosicky, kozzer to france and tell wenger he can be their escort.

    wenger, you have fucked this club enough.

  29. Massimo

    March 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    are you kidding?!?! Squillaci play quit well and he save the result in the end with a great block Kos was man of the match and how you cant see that Wislhere was so bad last saturday?

    Very poor article… I’m so sorry

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