Keep The Faith Arsenal Fans! (w/ Player Ratings)

Arsenal (0) – (2) Liverpool
The Emirates Stadium, London

Although Arsenal lost this afternoon, there are a lot of positives to take from the game.

First of all, I thought Frimpong was excellent. He bossed the midfield, passed the ball well and was everywhere on the pitch. The first booking was just inexperience and the second although rash, was deserved. Replays showed he raised his foot and you can’t do that in the modern game. But apart from that, he was was on our best players.

Defensively as well, we were solid on the whole. Vermaelen, the man I thought should have been made Arsenal captain, was immense. He was Man of the Match for me and was outstanding. He made important tackle after important tackle and kept the Liverpool attacking threat to a minimum. And considering he was playing alongside two inexperienced defenders – 19 year old Carl Jenkinson and 18 year old Ignasi Miquel – the performance is even more impressive.

The two young defenders were also fantastic as well. Carl Jenkinson played well at right-back, and was impressive on his debut. Miquel was also thrown into the action when Koscielny went off injured after 15 minutes, and he was assured throughout the game. He actually intercepted the ball on the Aaron Ramsey own goal and that was hugely unlucky as that could have deflected anywhere.

Also, Szczesny in goal was, again, excellent. Commanding, confident and decisive, he is hopefully the long-term solution to Arsenal’s goalkeeping problems. He couldn’t do anything about either goals and made some important saves throughout the game.

So despite losing Fabregas, Eboue and Clichy to transfers, have Vela and Denilson on loan, and are missing Song, Gibbs, Koscielny, Gervinho, Wilshere, Rosicky and Diaby through a combination of injury and suspension, we competed well with a Liverpool side that have invested huge amounts of money over the last two transfer windows.

In all honesty, a draw would have been a fair result on the balance of play. Both sides struggled to really create anything and Liverpool only really looked dangerous once Arsenal went down to 10 men.

Suarez and Meireles completely changed the game once they came on with their guile, intelligence and creativeness in front of goal. Something which Arsenal are in desperate need of at the moment.

The Arsenal line-up had the surprise inclusion of Samir Nasri, who we all believe to be off to Manchester City very soon. But it is not out of the realms of possibility that looking at the threadbare nature of the squad, Arsene decides to keep him for the year and risk losing him on a free next summer. Because he is the only player in the squad that has any creativity.

We have a far more important game coming up against Udinese which is the one we need to win out of our matches against Liverpool, Udinese and Manchester United.

It is only the start of the season and I am still optimistic! Keep the faith Gooners, things can’t get any worse from here on out!

Player Ratings:

Wojciech Szczesny: 8/10
Commanding and confident. Came well for crosses and corners and couldn’t do anything for the two goals.

Carl Jenkinson: 8/10
Impressed on his debut. Defended well and push forward at times with confidence.

Thomas Vermaelen: 9/10
Outstanding. Showed what we were missing last season. Man of the Match for me and the scoreline could have been a lot worse if we didn’t have Vermaelen in the side. Sadly, probably our most dangerous attacking threat as well.

Ignasi Miquel: 8/10
Without having played a senior game before he did excellently. Intercepted and tackled well and looked settled alongside Vermaelen. Unlucky on the own goal.

Bacary Sagna: 8/10
Did well considering he was playing on the other side of the pitch. Got up and down the pitch well and kept Downing and Henderson quiet when they were on his side.

Emmanuel Frimpong: 8/10
Big, strong and is very quick. Perhaps a little to eager at times, he played well and made some important interceptions. Clearly has an excellent engine and he really impressed me with his performance today.

Aaron Ramsey: 5/10
Wasn’t in the game at all. Struggled to make any kind of impact (except the wrong kind) and Frimpong was left to cope a lot with the defending in the middle.

Samir Nasri: 7/10
Played well, considering the circumstances. Will he stay? Who knows, but if he is leaving then his inclusion in the team today shows how desperate things currently are at Arsenal.

Andrei Arshavin: 4/10
I lost count how many times he lost the ball today. Where is his head at? Because it is clearly not on playing well for Arsenal. The amount of times he lost possession was shocking and he was more of a hindrance to the team today.

Robin van Persie: 6/10
Was isolated and couldn’t get into the game at all as a result. Sad really because he is an outstanding finisher but we can’t must the service he needs. Under the current circumstances he is wasted on the pitch. He did have one guilt-edged chance which he probably should have done better with and it may have changed the game.

Theo Walcott: 5/10
A lot has been said about “footballing intelligence” and Theo showed no signs of that today. Far to often he received the ball and then proceeded to run directly in a straight line. He doesn’t shift the ball, try some kind of skill to beat a defender, he is far to predictable and that’s why the Jose Enrique had him in his pocket for the entire match.


12 thoughts on “Keep The Faith Arsenal Fans! (w/ Player Ratings)

  1. At least we haven’t thrown away 60 million on dross like Adam, Henderson and Downing. Frimpong showed miles more quality than the three of them combined.

  2. I was wrong I predicted a score of 1-3, but there are lots of postive points in this game, Frimpong looks good, we forgive his youthfulness, and Miquel was surprisingly good, given the substuition at 17 mins I was surprised they looked so good. It was his first seniour game.

    A lose yes, but not a million miles away from being good.

    Come on you Gunners

  3. Fringpong has more quality but finished on the losing side. Last week Walcott played thru the centre. Today he was given no time and space on the wing. Wenger is deluded if he thinks his kids can bridge the gap to the epl.
    The omen aint good. I expect the red faced cunt to rub it in.Then what?
    Without the experienced and prove n players,the gunners will be on the down hill despite what Wenger says o r will say.If he aint that idealistic and pragmatic,things could be so different.
    The tw shuts in two weeks time. Don’t be surprised he doesn’t buy anyone. Then if the gunners go on a downward spiral,he will have to answer to the fans for mismanagement and deserves to be axed.

  4. Well said Paul, all we need to so is sign a decent center half with prem experience like Jagielka. I don’t think i can rely on Gibbs so a left back and there isn’t too many in the market but Wenger has to get the checkbook out and people WILL come which is what he doesn’t understand, i mean look at Man Shitty? We need ti re-invest with the Fabregas money and sign a creative central midfielder, and sign Hazard i can’t stand to see Arshavin give the ball away so many times! Change formation and play with 2 upfront V.Persie can’t do it all on his own we all know that! I’m becoming increasingly frustrated with Arsenal and i’m sure everyone is WE NEED CHANGE NOW, get the chequebook out!

  5. Well said Santa, he said with everyone else on the board ARSENAL WILL SIGN PLAYERS. Players? Joel Cambell? Carl Jenkinson? Alex Chamberlain? Gervinho the only DECENT one. We want big players! it hurts me to say it but, i really do doubt we will sign anybody else during the last two weeks..

  6. I am proud of the fight and passion Arsenal has! I have not seen this since 2004
    with the weakest squad for years we fought and were unlucky!
    Do not believe the media! Trust in Arsene ESP when we get the players!
    Everyone hates us but we will prevail!
    Keep the faith, we are Arsenal!!

  7. Billiant from The Verm today!

    The worst player today was on the off field today – Mr. Wenger, recklessness is the kindest word one can utter for his play in recent seasons. Should we continue in this vain we would be battling from the bottom of the Premiership before long.

    Mr. Wenger you have to build your team from the defensive positioning. Arsenal’s worst start in many seasons. This season managers will be exposed and punished for recklessness. Waiting until the end of the season to do serious business will prove costly especially if we have another poor performance in the week. We will be doing our shopping in the bargain bucket again. Wake up man!

  8. I don’t know what game you were watching but Arshavin created the best chance for Van Persie and I thought he at least tried. Ramsey was very poor and should have been substituted

  9. Agreed all of those rating and shared those positives. Szczesny and Vermaelen did perform excellent. Even Frimpong and Miquel did work so good that seems DM and CD are not the priority in new signing. Instead, attack line make me worry. Without Wilshere and Fab, no one can move the ball quick and make decent through pass. Ramsey is yet ready for the role. Walcott and Arshavin did move a lot and seldom cut in. Van Persie was isolated and lack of support. Hope another positive this game can bring is Wenger will bring a AM and striker.

  10. it wasnt a bad match considering the rookies on the team sheet,we just need two creative mids and a defender,he red cards are as a result of trying too much. its just a learning curve for both infield and bench warmers.wenger should play his cards with confidence.he looked drained today.i still trust his judgements. hope stars as promised are coming.good luck on wednesday.

  11. Brilliant post… Arsenal desperately need support from the fans… and this post is one of them… I am agree with all the points you made mate… Keep it up

  12. Keep the faith. You’re a fucking moron. Why should anyone keep the faith with 1 goal in 3 games? Anyone that has faith in this team are deluded and that will show end of season. Bookmark this, write it down, keep this post because you can ALL come back to it and I’ll be proven right.



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