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RATINGS From Arsenal’s 0-0 Draw With Man Utd: No Ambition From Wenger
Well that was a huge anti-climax. A game where both teams had to win somehow ended in a bore 0-0 draw.
A draw isn’t the worse result in the world for us but given how vulnerable United have been this season, to only take one point from our two games against them is hugely disappointing.
They were there for the taking tonight and we simply didn’t give it our all to get the win, because Arsene Wenger was too scared to lose the game. He showed no ambition to go and win the game. Where were the attacking subs Arsene?!
Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere were having poor games and we had Lukas Podolski and Nicklas Bendtner sitting on the bench, and the boss fails to bring them on. He didn’t change things up or give them anything to think about, he just kept things as they were and hoped for a chance to come our way.
Anyway, at least we kept a clean sheet which was important following Saturday’s debacle. Here are my ratings:
Szczesny – 8/10 – Another superb display. Made a great stop to deny RVP early on then made a stunning save to once again deny the Dutchman late on.
Sagna – 6.5/10 – Not at his most adventurous tonight. He did put in one excellent cross which Giroud failed to convert.
Mertesacker – 7/10 – Solid display from the Frenchman. United were unadventurous but he kept the danger of RVP and Rooney pretty quiet.
Koscielny – 7/10 – Like Per, he was solid enough and made some important tackles. Saw a header cleared off the line.
Gibbs – 7/10 – Good to see him back in the team and he slotted in well. Maybe didn’t offer as much in attack as he could have but his pace was important down the left.
Arteta – 6.5/10 – Recovered from a nightmare start when he lost possession to Van Persie on the edge of his own box. Was tidy in the middle of the park and battled well.
Wilshere – 4/10 – Very poor performance from Jack. He lost possession countless times and was off the pace. Clearly not 100% fit.
Rosicky – 5.5/10 – Plenty of energy but some stray passes and he lacked any real cutting edge.
Cazorla – 6.5/10 – Grew into the game and went closest to opening the scoring for us with a couple of decent late shots.
Ozil – 8/10 – Was easily our best outfield player and was always trying to get things going. Unfortunately, he didn’t have a ‘proper’ striker to work off….
Giroud – 4/10 - Not good enough again in a big game. Missed a great chance when he put an early free header wide then failed to get on the end of Sagna’s cross with the goal waiting for him to tuck home. His touch was largely off all game as well. He really needs to step up when we need him in these kind of games. He was unlucky not to win a penalty though when Vidic shoved him over in the box.
Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6/10 – Added a bit of pace down the right but failed to help us make the break-through.
A disappointing result but we’re still only one point off top and another big game out the way. Sadly we look tired and lacking ideas in the final third, which isn’t what we need with Liverpool and Bayern Munich to come in the next week.
What were your ratings from the game?