[Ratings] Lehmann back as Arsenal close the gap


Arsenal kept up the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester United and maintained their title hopes with victory at Blackpool.

41-year-old keeper Jens Lehmann being thrust into his first start for the club in three years after Manuel Almunia was injured in the warm-up.

Lehmann had a relatively untroubled first half as Arsenal established firm control courtesy of two goals in three minutes through Abou Diaby and Emmanuel Eboue.

Wenger introduced Theo Walcott to give Arsenal extra pace and thrust, and the ploy worked when he raced clear to set up Robin van Persie for the crucial third 14 minutes from time.

Rating :

Jens Lehmann 7.0, [Great to see jens back in goal for us. Late call up but he didnt let us down. Made a decent late save.

Sebastien Squillaci 8.0, [For me his best game for Arsenal. Made a great tackle that lead to the move that finished the game off. Very good game]

Laurent Koscielny 6.0, [Lucky not to give away x2 pens. Looked very uneasy today and not for the first time this season]

Gael Clichy 7.5, [Solid for me, and got forward and supported Arshavin]

Emmanuel Eboue 8.0, [Gives us so much more going forward. Scored a wonderful goal]

Cesc Fabregas 7.5, [Good to see him back pulling the strings]

Jack Wilshere 7.0, [Got  stuck in and passed the ball well]

Abou Diaby 7.0, [Scored the first and then got involved in something and got booked and lost his head]

Robin van Persie 8.5, [Set up the 1st, scored the 3rd and overall was dangerous, could of scored more]

Andrey Arshavin 6.5, [Didnt have a great game] Replaced by Theo who set up RVP

Samir Nasri 7.0 [Hit the post and always looked dangerous]



  1. DN

    April 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Really a 7.5 for clichy? I tought he was teribble. Brings nothing but the jitters to the back four. Clichy side has been a problem all season with the opposite team always concentrating their attacks down that side.

  2. Don

    April 10, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Clichy 7.5 are you having a laugh? He had another shocker.At fault for the goal and fucked up later on with Lehmann making a great save.The day we get rid of he cant come quickly enough

    Agree with you on Kos.Two stone wall penalties.

    I would make Lehmann MOTM for his influence on the team and the fans.Almunia should never play for Arsenal again

  3. The BearMan

    April 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm


    We need to give the players room to play their game with freedom!

  4. 9jagun

    April 10, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Diaby for me was good forget hitting the ball once he was solid scoring and even working on his man to clear the ball that led to walcott dropping it for van persie to score the 3rd

  5. KeviN

    April 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Was nice to see Arsenal in winning ways again. Clichy still not solid at the back. He was 6.0 i think !!!
    Eboue needs to be used more in the starting eleven as he is the more fresh of all !!!
    You could see that teams do not fear Arsenal anymore !!! Arsenal needs more to be incisive in their approach towards goals but overall, it was a good game. Gunner 4 Life
    Where is Bendtner ? Want to see him playing

  6. Jay

    April 10, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Are you people mad or something?^
    Clichy had a good game he made one misstake and i believe he is way too underated…I was solid and it would be a massive blow if he leaves arsenal this season

  7. Jimbo

    April 10, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    jimbo…i think you overrated squillaci…
    Squillaci made a few good tackles such as the one that lead to the 3rd but he was at fault for their goal…completely missed the run! he missed what should have been an easy tackle before koscienly gave away the pen that never was (def only one was a pen, the other is 50-50 no probs). and he also just left their player all alone when it was 2-1 and they had that free header that was completely missed…how you give an 8 for that is crazy…6.5 or 7 at best

    clichy was really good today barring one late SHAMBOLIC error that definitely knocked some off his score…he defended really well in the box making a few crucial tackles, one last ditch in particular and he EVEN WON SOME HEADERS!! in attack he was flawless…ran the wings well…but he needs to step up that concentration at the end…prob 7 tho 7.5 was ok…
    koscienly played solid…made a lot of headers and a lot of tackles and a lot of interceptions…got very lucky with the pen…but did well…i give him a 7 same as squilla i guess…

    Diaby was MOTM for me…8.0 for him, same score and cesc and robin

    great game…great win…can we have just a little smile now? wins are meant to be enjoyed

  8. Savage

    April 10, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    “Scored the first and then got involved in something and got booked and lost his head”


    Agreed with the ratings. I thought that Diaby’s good outweighed his bad today, and his run from deep for the first goal was the kind of workrate Adebayor could only dream of.

    I also enjoyed that Lehmann was so proactive. We know he loves to come flying out of his goal, but whenever there was danger on, you knew he’d come hurtling in to save the day!

  9. arsenalred

    April 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    7.5 for clichey you obviously NEVER WATCHED THE GAME

  10. s j little

    April 10, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    The Highbury I Seen So Interesting Teams Enter is shamefully Closed Enter Now Some Overseas Raider Enjoying Division of late. Read between the lines?!

  11. AtlantaGoon

    April 11, 2011 at 1:32 am

    The read between the lines post is classic.

  12. Gordo

    April 11, 2011 at 3:08 am

    Did anyone else feel remarkably at ease with Jens in goal? His talking from GK to all the players was so evident and I’m sure he’s playing a huge role in the dressing room. Yeah he has those moments (ala Blackpool’s goal), but at least he has that winning mentality installed in his veins.

  13. scott

    April 11, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Eboue apart from his great goal gave the ball away far too much.
    I think your ratings are a bit generous.

  14. Emery Emeka

    April 11, 2011 at 8:17 am

    clichy is terrible, always jittery

  15. Scooch

    April 11, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Either i just had a mini stroke or S J little’s post made no sense at all!!!

  16. Fatgingergooner

    April 11, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Fabregas was outstanding yday, he was hitting through balls for fun. Think Blackpools woeful offside trap helped but was still a massive boost to have him back in the side. Not sure what Arshavin is bringing to the side at the moment. He may be capable of genius, but it’s few n far between, n certainly doesn’t warrant a starting place. He would be much more effective as an impact player behind the strikers in the last 20 minutes of games, ala Barcelona at home. Alsogreat to see Jens back n he looked pretty solid but wasn’t really tested and certainly didn’t deserve MOTM as mentioned by someone earlier!

  17. Seals

    April 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Scooch says: “Either i just had a mini stroke or S J little’s post made no sense at all!!!”

    lol… i totally agree with you!

  18. Fanagooner

    April 11, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    7.5 is a bit high for Gael.
    And Diaby should be at leat 8.0 in this game!
    He was the man of the match.

  19. Leon

    April 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Hi Scooch..

    I think he was speaking in code…have a lot

  20. Leon

    April 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Have a look* i mean

  21. Don Smith

    April 12, 2011 at 5:56 am

    S J little is the riddler! Like he said, read between the lines. Don’t know why he made that point though.

    As for the game, Clichy was a liability and I can’t understand why he continues to do these silly things when he has cost us points doing so before. Will he ever learn??? He gets a 5

    Kos must learn to stay on his feet. Poor defenders go to ground. After getting away with it in the first have, he shouldn’t be lunging for the ball in the area again. Another player who seems not to learn from past mistakes. Sendings off against liverpool and newcastle, plus the free kick that led to the 3rd goal against the scum should have been enough of a lesson. STAY ON YOUR FEET!!! – 5.5

    Diaby was good. I’d be interested to see him in that role song plays more often. He won a number of headers. Playing so deep, he won’t dwell on the ball as much. – 8

    Cesc was enormous. We really miss his passing range when he’s injured. When he plays, he stretches the game with his long passes. – 8.5

    Arshavin was quiet – 6

    Everyone else gets 7.

  22. B52 Barclays Banker

    April 12, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Clichy was a liability, likewise Eboue, Koz threatens to give away a penalty every game with his rash tackles. Lehmann should have been sent off even though the penalty was not given. The ref went back and booked Wilshere and by the same letter of the law should have shown Lehmann a red. Very lucky result, but we were due some luck.

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