RATINGS: Arsenal 1-1 Wigan: Poor Display But Got The Job Done. Just

By on April 13, 2014

Apologies for the late post but I’m still recovering from my day out at Wembley. It was a nervy afternoon that ended with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Wigan to book our place in the FA Cup final.

We were well below our best and some may say we once again froze on the big occasion, but we got the job done. Just about. Here are my ratings, from what I can remember about the game:

Fabianski: 8/10 – Made himself the hero with two excellent penalty saves. He really is going to be missed when he leaves this summer. Hopefully we send him off with an FA Cup winners medal.

Sagna: 7/10 – Not his most adventurous display and once again his crossing wasn’t up to scratch at times, but gave his all.

Mertesacker: 7/10 – Uncharacteristic mistake from the BFG as his poorly timed challenge almost cost us the game by handing them a penalty, but he made up for it with an excellent headed goal.

Vermaelen: 7.5/10 – I thought he looked assured at the back and didn’t really put a foot wrong.

Monreal: 6/10 – Another disappointing display from the Spaniard before he was stretchered off with another injury.

Arteta: 6/10 – Once again, he looked leggy and pedestrian in midfield and just couldn’t get anything going. Scored his penalty in the shoot-out but surely his days are numbered as a first choice regular next season.

Ramsey: 7/10 – Was great to see him back and his energy was important in midfield, but you can tell he’s short of match practice.

Podolski: 5/10 – Anonymous. Very poor effort from the German before his inevitable substitution.

Cazorla: 6/10 – This was the kind of game where we needed him to step up, but Santi was hugely disappointing. He didn’t have a lot of space to work in, but he simply couldn’t impose himself on the game.

The Ox: 8/10 – Our only shining light in attack, The Ox was basically a one-man show at times. The only player who really had a go at the Wigan defence and tried to make things happen. It was his mis-hit shot that lead to the equaliser and he rattled the bar with a great effort in extra-time.

Sanogo: 7/10 – Battled well up front and hit the post with a close range header, but just lacked a little quality at times.


Gibbs: 7/10 – Went close to getting on the scoresheet as Carson saved his goal-bound header. Defiantly improved the left-side when he replaced Monreal.

Giroud: 7/10 – Did okay in fairness when he came on. Scored his pen.

Kallstrom N/A – Only on for a matter of minutes but he tucked away his penalty expertly.

We might not have played at our best but we’re through to the final and that’s all that matters at the end of the day. Hopefully the players aren’t too knackered as we’ve got a huge game against West Ham on Tuesday where we need a win to regain fourth spot.

What were your ratings from the game?



  1. raul dmellow

    April 13, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Hey pal ,sanoga didn’t hit the post,it was sagna. They commentators said it themselves. Nd sanogo is given a 7. For what. As much as he tried to do he missed four guilt edged chances which poldi would hve scored easily on his off day. mac14 I don’t understand why u gave sanogo and cazorla 7 nd 6 respectively. Both were our worst players on pitch. Poldi was one of our better plaYers yesterday until he went off. I’m very very very happy that we won. But I’m struggling to see any positives from that match really except for fabianski. He is fantastic. He deserves a better contract as well as more playing time. Nd hw does that giroud poldi swap work for the team honestly. Wenger substituted our most clinical striker for a striker who barely can get a shot in. And rightfully so the arsenal booed that decision.

  2. raul dmellow

    April 13, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I hve been a wenger supporter all the way. But recenty his teams don’t play with the same flair as they used to. I mean the players r nt interested at all. Last night only 3-4 players were trying to make something happen. The rest of the team was dead. Sanogo has to go out on loan after the season ends. The boy has talent. But his finishing is worse than giroud. Seriously. We shud won the game by 3-1 minimum. We could hve scored a whole lot more.

  3. stokie joe

    April 13, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    How low have arsenal fallen. You celebrate a top four finishand a scrappy win against wigan.get used to it you are a top ten side that may win the odd cup . A bit like stoke really.ho ho ho

  4. oyewusi isaac remi

    April 13, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    i dont want us to loose fabianski@ the end of the season.

  5. melberg

    April 14, 2014 at 12:12 am

    mr stokie or wht do you call yourself well if you truly an arsenal fans you shoudnt be saying dt agreed dos guys aint playing well but can you evn kick a plstic ball i bet not wv been hit by serious injury to our key playerz i guess u should have a rethink nextym u wana post dou

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