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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Wenger’s “rotation” backfires against Villa. Player Analysis and Ratings

By 1970’s Gooner

Arsene Wenger’s changes in the starting line up meant that the team lacked rhythm and understanding between the players. Add the wet conditions and a resolute young Villa side and you could have predicted the stalemate.

Wenger’s decision to play Ramsey in the middle and the Ox on the wing created anxiety inside me.

Ramsey is not a penetrative nor is he a defensively minded midfielder. When he is played in a middle three which includes Cazorla and Arteta then he gets lost in two minds. Does he play in a more restrained manner staying back to help Arteta or does he move forward with the ball but risk crowding out Cazorla in the process.

He did neither against Villa and that meant that we gave the opportunity to Villa’s midfield to press us successfully in the middle and often steal the ball from Ramsey putting us under pressure. Coquelin should have started the game if Wilshere was not available.

Wilshere can play both roles to perfection but alas Wenger decided to rest him ready for the Everton game midweek. Wrong decision in my opinion.

The Ox I like but he has been off form in the last few games. That was very obvious to me. And true to form he did not inject pace nor real penetration on the wing. Walcott was not injured he was rested. Wenger should have played Walcott who is sizzling hot at the moment. Wrong decision again.

If Wilshere and Walcott had played tonight the team would have been traveling to the Everton game with a win under their belt and their confidence sky high.

Szczesny : Coming back to form. Brilliant save tipping the ball on to the bar from a well struck shot from outside the box. Has to improve his kicking though. 7

Jenkinson: Solid even if he was out for the last few games. Failed to put in the crosses for Giroud though as Sagna has been doing recently. 6

Gibbs: A much needed return to the team. He is more solid at the back and much more dangerous going forward than Vermaelen. 6

Mertersacker: A very robust and effective all round display both in the air and on the ground. He is a much improved defender this season and a player that the team can rely on. 8

Koscienly: A solid and workman like display. Did very well in the air and in bringing the ball forward from defence. Arsenal now have three equally good central defenders. 7

Arteta: Performed his defensive duties effectively and without too much fuss. A very reliable professional. 7

Ramsey: See above. 5

Cazorla: Was not at his effervescent best tonight. He tends to struggle a little bit when he is closed down. This happened with Chelsea and at Manchester United and we lost those games. He will learn to deal with this I am sure. 6

The Ox: See above. 5

Podolski: A performance that did not create anything of note I am afraid. Rarely got beyond his man nor did he come inside to threaten. 5

Giroud: Did not get the service he deserved as both wingers or their respective fullbacks did not get any quality crosses in for him. 6

Subs: Gervinho 4, Arshavin 4, Coquelin 5.


Anonymous said...

Should have played an injured player. Think before.

Anonymous said...

Walcott is injured - you should know this.

Anonymous said...

So, play Jack excessively after such a long lay-off, great logic.

Anonymous said...

Walcott's injured ya numpty.

Anonymous said...

Haha u call yourself an analyis get your facts

Anonymous said...

"Rabish" to borrow a word from my mates! Ramsey worked his sox off... But can't not play with Arteta (too similar in terms of pace and strength) Ramsey does not complement Cozorla either, because Cazorla expects higher degree of drive, pace and thinking then Ramsey possesses now. Besides Cazorla needed to rest (Could have started Arshavin in the middle) manager must know more than we do:).

Anonymous said...

What game did you watch - Ramsay did not lose the ball once in this game. Is this just a record of spewing out the same rubbish every game. At least he tried to score - more so than some of the others and at least he can trap the ball! Give the guy chance - if he goes he will no doubt go to ManU who were and are keen on him as he is better than they have at present.

Anonymous said...

Walcott is injured, we need a well rested Wilshere and Sagna against Everton.

Ramsey was not shit. He never lost the ball and when you look at stats he had was our best performing midfielder for this game.

Anonymous said...

don't you guys get it.. he is not shit but he is the one who is messing the team up... he is too slow in terms of thinking.. he hesitates to pass.. dribbles too much and rarely wins the ball back... he is supposed to play the song role in the team... arteta plays as the def mid cazorla the attacking mid and ramsay the Box to box mid... his job is to link up the defence and the attack win back possession and supply it to the forwards and wingers.. he is too slow when he does that and rather opts of a side ways pass... arteta can afford to do that(pass sid ways) ramsay cant... he has to be very alert look for his team mates runs and makes timely runs into the box himself to assist in attack...he dosent do any of this coz he is a mid made for the 442 formation.. as some one said Man U wanted him well he is made for the Man U style of play.

hubert said...

Ramsey had a great game,he just lacks confidence,starting at villa will boost his confidence,pliz stop criticising the lad,him coqeulin and wilshere are our future midfield

Anonymous said...

Ramsey never lost the ball once in the entire match. (Arseblog stats) & of course as you have been told Walcott was injured. Poor game poor post

Adiiii83 said...

Before the game I saw Ramsey on the starting sheet and thought "oh shit, we're fucked". But honestly, he had a good game, got forward, got stuck in, don't know what else you want. The problem in games like this where oppositions crowd the midfield, Wenger has to utilize Cazorla better. Villa did a number on him by crowding the spaces where he is most effective. He could've done so much more. Why wait for 70th minute in a dull game to make changes? I remember Mourinho for Chelsea making 3 subs in the first half because Chelsea were poor. Yeah he's a prick of a manager, but if you want respect from your players, they have to know that their career is on the line every game. Plus if Cazorla is getting double teamed in the middle, why not move him out wide? He's very comfortable there, that's where he played for Villareal and Malaga. Another thing that's really bothering me, why is Arshavin still on the bench, if he has no intention giving him a start? Surely he has earned a chance to start a game, he has worked hard off the bench and made impacts. So, if you don't intend on ever giving him a start, then don't have him in the squad. Give Gnabry or Eisfeld cameo sub appearances. Really pissed off now, and the players shouldn't be blamed for this. Wenger has shown me this season that he has lost his confidence in his squad and is just hoping for a miracle.

Anonymous said...

wenger had no option but to rotate game 3 in 8 days and everton to follow,many rubbish comments here and on other blogs

Anonymous said...




Anonymous said...

Wow, you are gonna get stick if you don't know the state of the injuries before you post .... There was no shape to the team, there was a gap between defence and midfield and one between midfield and the lone striker. Certainly up front, someone should be running into that space and creating something. We relied too much on going down the middle at the start of the season, to no avail and now we are relying on "wingers" to put crap balls into the middle where we have one player, as there is no emphasis for others to get into the box ....It's like one or the other, without mixing it up .... get a grip Arsene !!

Anonymous said...

Think Wenger got it spot on, you have had three games in a week, Wilshere and Sagna are just back from injury over use will result in further injury to these players and ramsey did not have bad game. problem is depth of squad take away giroud poldolski wilshere diaby who is there for back up we need three to four players in either this transfer window or definitely next season. I would probably go for a striker a left back and a winger and finally a decent keeper to challenge Szcesney. On a positive note another clean sheet and only city stoke and west ham have better goals conceded than us. we are only four points behind chelsea and six behind west brom who we play in a couple of weeks we play everton on wednesday who are a point in front of us they have been going good recently and are a hard team but we have edged them in recent encounters.

Unknown said...

Yes ramsey is rebist but is good 4 man utd game or to be man utd player 4 ever fuck ramsey with his husban arsene wenger.

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