RATINGS: My Ratings From Arsenal’s 2-2 Draw With Southampton

By on January 28, 2014

The worst 45 minutes of the season were followed by 10 crazy minutes that saw three goals scored in quick succession. Overall, we were pretty lucky to come away from St Marys’s with a point after being totally dominated in the first half and were fortunate to only be 1-down at the break. A Mesut Ozil inspired second half saw us improve but it wasn’t enough to claim all three points.

Here are my ratings:

Szczesny 7.5/10 – Was suspect for the opener but otherwise he did well. Made some excellent stops over the course of the game and did well to deny Rodriguez when he was through on goal.

Sagna 7/10 – Lovely cross found Giroud for the equaliser but he played his part in Southampton’s second as he failed to cut out the long ball.

Mertesacker 7/10 – Was never a free kick against him in the build up to the opening goal but Per put a shaky opening 30 minutes behind him and improved as the game went on.

Koscielny 7/10 – Made a superb block to deny a goal-bound effort from Gallagher in the first half and almost got himself on the scoresheet with a close range effort.

Monreal 5/10 – I thought he was poor tonight, particularly in the first half. He was caught in possession in his own box, was culpable for the opener and a poor clearance should have led to a second goal.

Arteta 6.5/10 – Took a while to find his feet and you could tell he’s been out a while, but improved later on in the game and did well to set Monreal up with a chance.

Cazorla 7/10 – Lovely finish for the second goal but I was disappointed he didn’t offer more help to Nacho at the back.

Flamini 5/10 – Sent off for a reckless, needless two footed challenge which ended our hopes of pushing for a late winner. Very poor from the experienced Frenchman.

Gnabry 6.5/10 – Lively early on but faded as the game wore on and was eventually subbed. He’s played a lot of football so looked a little tired.

Ozil 8/10 – Sensational second half display. Was unplayable at times and he was easily our biggest attacking threat. A stunning run ended with his deflected shot hitting the bar – what a goal that would have been! More of this please Mesut.

Giroud 6.5/10 – Didn’t do a great deal other than score his goal, which was a fine finish from a Sagna cross.


Chamberlain 6/10 – On for 20 minutes and didn’t do much.

Gibbs N/A – Only on for a matter of minutes.

Podolski N/A – Felt sorry for him as he only saw the last 3 minutes.

A disappointing night made even more frustrating with the news that Aaron Ramsey is set to miss the next 4-6 weeks after a set back in training. However, we’re still top and hopefully the boss brings us a surprise before the deadline.



  1. Colin

    January 29, 2014 at 12:40 am

    I totally agree with you about Ozil.. For all the negatives from the game he was the one shining positive.

  2. Nizam

    January 29, 2014 at 12:46 am

    I had a sneaky feeling the gunners were due a draw/defeat after winning 7 matches in a row.I believe MC are due a draw/defeat in the next series of matches.This ind of winning run can’t b sustaine.Maybe in Spain /Germany /Holland.
    Arsenal still like to thread the ball in a congested area. It has been said time and again it’s recipe for a disaster.So when the ball broke loos,it aint surprising Saints scored with minimum passing and artistry.
    Btw,I expect the gunners to lose if they play against the top sides who will play anti football.
    Wenger likes to score beautiful goals. Watch how Sterling scored Liverpools 4th goal.It will be interesting tio see how Arsenal fare against Pool in the league and up.

  3. Sam

    January 29, 2014 at 1:00 am

    I just don’t understand why Podolski doesn’t get more time on the pitch. If you have 2 cams on the pitch at a time and push one to the left, then someone is playing out of position (and poorly usually). Why wouldn’t you play someone who scores goals and gives assists religiously from the left some real game time, not a couple of minutes. For FUCS sake Wenger play Podolski.

  4. enwelim samuel

    January 29, 2014 at 11:41 am

    thank god we drew.arsenal fanz should please ask wenger why bench podolski.what is giroud got dat podolski cant give.i believe dat was d reason we drew.lack of attack.wenger please play podolski.please play podolski or i will decamp

  5. kris

    January 29, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Why play monreal when gibbs is available
    Feel so sorry for Aaron ramsey

  6. Stein Wiener Roth Complaints

    January 30, 2014 at 3:46 am

    Great article! Do you know where I can find similar posts?
    I’m mainly interested in those dealing with the positives & negatives,
    ratings, etc. Appreciate it!

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