By 1970's Gooner
It was a disjointed performance in wet conditions with dreadful whether. Yet this is no excuse for a dreadful display by admittedly a Carling Cup side.
You would have at least expected a repeat of the fine display away at Sheffield United with a commitment to the passing game that all Arsenal sides under Wenger are well known for and the creation of some chances; even some half chances come to that.
But no nothing. Diaby was on the ball a lot but was not doing anything with it and he kept trying to use his body instead of adding to his game his undoubted skill.
Walcott reverted to running like a headless chicken and was largely ineffective and Denilson did not assert himself enough in the middle of the pitch. Up front Bendtner and Eduardo were largely anonymous and did not play as a pair.
The only one who can claim he had a good match was Almunia who made two excellent saves. In the first half he tipped the ball over the bar from a strong shot from outside the box but more significantly rushed out of his area to save what looked a certain goal after the Slavia forward escaped Gallas’s attention.
Lehmann's exclusion from the first eleven does tend to point to his departure in the january transfer window.
The result left both teams satisfied. Slavia avoided another humiliation and bagged a point; they did a lap of honour afterwards! And Arsenal got the draw that was needed to qualify.
Almunia; back to form 9
Clichy; his usual purposeful and energetic performance 8
Diarra; played as well as he did at Sheffield United but was not penetrative when going forward 7
Gallas; made one mistake which nearly cost us a goal 6
Song; strong and determined. Had a good game 7
Denilson; did not dictate play as well as he can 6
Gilberto; his usual strong and calm performance 7
Diaby; frivolous in possession and largely ineffective 5
Walcott; was not penetrative enough and did not pose any significant threat 5
Bendtner; below his best and did not connect well with his partner in attack 5
Eduardo; was largely anonymous 5