Arsenal 7-3 Newcastle – player ratings (normal opinion special)

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Time to take out our ratings stick to beat our players with after a 7-3 mauling of Newcastle.

Wojciech Szczesny: 6/10 – Let in 3.

Bacary Sagna: 6/10 – Not his best day.

Laurent Koscielny: 6/10 – Grand.

Thomas Vermaelen: 6/10 – All right.

Kieran Gibbs: 6.5/10 – Good going forward, bit shaky defensively at times.

Mikel Arteta: 6/10 – He played.

Jack Wilshere: 6/10 – Made one, won’t be happy with his defensive work

Santi Cazorla: 6/10 – Quiet.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7/10 – Off the mark

Lukas Podolski: 7/10 – Solid

Theo Walcott: 8.5/10 – Scintillating at times, not so much at others

Subs:

Francis Coquelin: 6/10 – Yes

Aaron Ramsey: 6/10 – See above

Olivier Giroud: 8/10 – Storming cameo, got 2, could have had a hat-trick

Feel free to discuss and post your own ratings, but normal comment policy applies. If you’re not familiar with it, please read.

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Zeddington
Zeddington

Theo too low, Sagna too high. He may have messed up a couple of times, but you can’t really argue with 3 goals and 2 assists. Sagna was somewhat responsible for the first 2 goals – gave away a free kick in a poor area, didn’t stop the cross for the 2nd. Other than that, fair.

Stuzz
Stuzz

I find it interesting to see how players celebrate their goals. I’d look at Theo as he wheels away, arms spread wide and he jogs around the place looking incredibly pleased with himself. I’d almost say smug. Compare this with Giroud, Podolski, Wilshere after Poldi’s goal, Arteta the last couple of weeks…they all went mental, seemed to show loads more passion than Walcott did. I can’t quite explain what I feel about this, I know Henry in his day did the whole casual celebration thing but he wasn’t above a crazy shouty sprint around the place once in a while, like after his goal against Leeds there a couple of years ago.

Basically, if Theo stays (and I hope he does) then I hope it’s actually out of some feeling for the club. The only time he seemed to get properly excited was when he scored the amazing goal at the end, i.e. something purely for himself and of very little importance to the team by that stage. Much as I think he’s brilliant at the moment and deserves a 9 for this match, I still feel uneasy at what he actually feels about the club. The less emotion he displays the more I fear the lure of money elsewhere.

AFC
AFC

I think Koscielny should have has more, he won every single header, great performance by him !

JB
JB

Nike: 2/10 – needs to work on those zippers, too many gaps

Fever Pitch

i think that AW was thinking about ADIDAS deal at the moment!!!!

JonnyTechno
JonnyTechno

The was outstanding last night and imho it was a statement to Wenger those behind him & those interested.

Theo’s lap at the end of the match says it all for me ….

Frog
Frog

I hate that fucking coat.

Nate
Nate

I would definitely give Podolski an 8.0 or 8.5. Probably his best game in an Arsenal shirt.

I live in the USA and it would be fantastic if the home or away fans started singing this for Podolski.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3Juhm54IkI

Will
Will

We sang it a few times at Schalke away, but it seems like it has never really caught on. A shame though, it’s an awesome song

Stone
Stone

I would have voted Podolski MOM before Theo’s contribution to the last three goals. Poldi started quietly but was immense overall. His work ethic and hussle is superb and he delivered. Despite some shaky defensive moments from Gibbs as of late, I’m loving how well they link up offensively.

Sharp
Sharp

The Arsenal 11/10 – Awesome

*Smokin'Gunner*
*Smokin'Gunner*

The rating do not seem to make much sense this week

Comedian
Comedian

Why does theo fall while on the run with the ball so he can get up and score again.
Nice trick theo.now we know where the batman was.

Neutral
Neutral

It his trademark move, fall over, get up, score.

Last night he was clattered by the defender and had it not been 6-3 it would have been a “stonewall” penalty. Don’t know what the ref was thinking, maybe he just let play carry on since Walcott squirmed through.

Goon Goon Goon
Goon Goon Goon

I to am surprised by the ratings. Concentrating on the frailties as supposed to the positives. Santi was quiet but some of the skills he pulled out the bag were sublime and Wilshere was a class apart as well.

I suppose it’s all down to opinion though.

Neutral
Neutral

I was impressed to see Wilshere, Podolski, and Theo all rob players of the ball and remain strong to wrestle possession away, triggering some good opportunities.

Much better than the usual standing off and watching the other team knock it about

Harish
Harish

I wouldn’t say contrating on it, when he looked at both good and bad.

I think a key issue here is… We let three goals in! We did exceedingly well to take the lead and own in the end, but mistakes were made that, if fixed, would turn us from 7-3 to a 9-0 kinda team for that game.

We were in a spot of bother defensively… And it’s not simply due to Newcastle’s good work.

That said, i’m still buzzing after that scintilating game.

William
William

Frankly, I’m not. To be truthful, I felt that Arsenal’s overall attacking play was a little disappointing outside of the goals. Their passing wasn’t great, and they didn’t create that many chances…aside from the goals.
Meanwhile, the defending was pretty good…aside from the goals.
The fact that we scored 7 lends a lot of gloss to the victory, but we didn’t create all that many chances, outside of the last 20 minutes. We did take our changes at a ridiculously good rate, though.
TL;DR Thoughts of an ungrateful bastard after a victory in which we scored 7

nahAllow
nahAllow

Why does Gibbs get the highest rating of the back five after being at fault for two goals?

matt senior

Because he was a beast going forward and dserved a goal. Sort of evened it up. If Newcastle can pop 3 past united and we (fans) want the guy who scored 2 against us… can we really be that harsh?

Harish
Harish

He was extraordinary up front.

You can’t have seen the game to not have notoced this.

Samir Nasri
Samir Nasri

I want to come back to Emirates. Bench will be fine.

matt senior

Fuck off and buy a season ticket you can afford 20

Tenzo
Tenzo

Get a chin while you’re at it.

Samir Nasri
Samir Nasri

But i have chin! Look, there it is, just under nose.

Arshavin's Moobs
Arshavin's Moobs

Even though the boys looked sloppy on two and Jack was terribly unlucky to have Ba’s free kick go in off his head, I give Arsenal as a team a solid 9. That match was fucking epic and was an absolute pleasure to watch.

P.S. Na$ri saw red! Haha.

One Arsenal
One Arsenal

You sound very subdued, blogs. I guess its the whole Walcott thing

Wenger Burger
Wenger Burger

Sign Theo….Signnn ffs….

Harish
Harish

In good times and bad, you are my Arsenal and i love you 🙂

Arseman

We beat Newcastle 7-3 yet most players got a 6/10 rating… what would have happened had they all played at 7/10…

Der Springer
Der Springer

It wasn’t until the Arsenal’s fifth goal eighty odd minutes into the game that I (and I am guessing most of us) had any real confidence that we were on our way to a win. I think the topsy-turvy inconsistency of the the majority of the game lends credence to lower ratings. If we just look at the scoreline, then 8 or 9 out of 10 across the board seems reasonable – but based on 95 minutes…

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PaulB
PaulB

Gibbs was awful, he had a shocker of a game, our defence was once again caught with their pants down, do this against the Chavs and the oil rags and we will be thrashed, Wenger’s failure to address the defensive problems is the reason we will win nothing under the madman

Dobromir
Dobromir

Get a life

Okponesip004
Okponesip004

Cheer up mate,we won,Walcott is signing de ting!

Footballallday
Footballallday

So where was your defending midfielder during the build up to Newcastles goal?

deano

Bit harsh on some of the marks. Both fullbacks were poor in defence but outstanding going forward. Gibbs and Podolski combination getting better all the time really need gibbs to stay injury free. Poldi put a great shift in outsanding. Offer theo his 100 thousand then if he dont sign we cant be blamed. Giroud what a performance great in the air and makes fantastic runs. Again three points lets keep the run going.

Matt Jarvis' Uncle
Matt Jarvis' Uncle

Arsene said he didn’t want to talk about issues around Walcotts contract including the attitude of his agent. Which is funny because none of the journos asked about the agent. A bit obvious I know but I think it’s a clear acknowledgement from Wenger that Theo’s agent is being a right cunt in all of this.

Mills N7
Mills N7

If you listen to the version of the press conference on Arsenal.com, you can hear a question about Theo’s agent and his performance, because Wenger says that his own “intensity” hasn’t changed, and someone counters that maybe Theo’s agent might have changes as a result of the performance (i.e. asking for even more…)

subeye
subeye

Arseblog news , on your rating system , has anyone ever got 10/10? If so please tell me when and who via Australia mate

big black clock
big black clock

Sagna: 5/5 for attacking + 1/5 for defending.
Gibbs: 6/5 for attacking + 0.5/5 for defending.

Only way I could justify their ratings.

Mills
Mills

Pretty sure both of those are greater than one, 5/5 = 10/10 = 1 … But other than that, probably the rational I would have gone with

big black clock
big black clock

I absolutely LOVE Arteta but for the past few games I’ve seen myself screaming at him to press more. He always backs off midfield players who dribble into our half with him just continuously backing off.

Idk how many people have noticed this but unless we get a top notch DM there’s no way we can beat Bayern.

Neutral
Neutral

He committed a bunch of fouls earlier in the season, maybe he got a little shy of getting stuck in and giving away free kicks.

A really good DM would improve this side, in my opinion

Gombeen

agree with all ratings except Wilshere. I thought he worked his knackers off. His assist started with an aggressive winning of the ball. I don’t think Walcott had a clue what he was doing for his third. He’s at his best when not thinking.

goonerbynature
goonerbynature

+1
Admitted he was heavily responsible for their first equalizer, but he was alright otherwise, and some of that tight footwork for Poldi’s goal was, for lack of a better word, Spanish.

Xanthias
Xanthias

It’s kinda alarming very few got the irony behind the ratings

Matt Jarvis' Uncle
Matt Jarvis' Uncle

Maybe they should’ve been titled: “meh” special.

Van Persie

No! I forbade Arsenal to score without me! At least I can score after my team play some of the dullest football on earth.

Lol
Lol

Ramsey was far better than that

Gunsen gunner
Gunsen gunner

You can’t “forbade”anyone.You’re not Dennis

Bacary's right leg
Bacary's right leg

People keep saying offer theo the money but didn’t he say it wasn’t about the money? Hes playing central isn’t that what he wanted?
Anyhows said before Gibbs and Bacs worst games in terms of defending but going forward they were great. Put it down to an off day

uddeep
uddeep

Having a bit of an off day blogs? That rating is kinda harsh

Lol
Lol

Yep you got that right Walcott clearly a 9.5/10 Ramsey at least 7/10 for his cameo(and good to see him determined and confident again) while Sagna was lucky to get that high ratings. Well Jack is amazing but wasn’t as determined while defending and Arteta just made passes,I would really like Ramsey to play in that position after he gains confidence by making many sub appearances. As he has both the vision and the the defensive determination and as he showed previously that he can score goals before shitcross destroyed his legs 🙁

Lol
Lol

The last part was a bit out off topic,sorry for that 😛

mat
mat

To be fair,Szczesny and Poldi deserve better ratings.There’s nothing he can do about the deflected free kick.Perhaps he could wish his defends to do much better on the 2nd and 3rd ,otherwise,calm and reliable.

Best game for Poldi in the arsenal shirt in my view.Hardworking,very keen on attack but reliable in defensive part too.Hope he’ll be more consistent as he tend to blow hot and cold,but when he’s hot,he’s unplayable.

Assshavin
Assshavin

Am i the only one who notice how well Theo and Giroud play together?

wukong
wukong

hey, I was thinking exactly the same at the end of the game. Why not try to tweak a little bit our formation and have them played both up front? Like maybe a 4 1 3 2, or whatever. Giroud AND Walcott as a striking partnership would be lethal in my opinion. No need for Ba ( this also implied Walcott sign da ting !, I still hope he will )

mike
mike

4132 NEEDS a big strong smart defensive genius dm to hold it together

ETID
ETID

Christmas tree would suit us perfect now. 4321
szcesney
sagna mertesacker vermalen gibbs
wilshire arteta cazorla
walcott podolski
giroud

sell and replace fabianski djourou squillaci santos denilson arshavin park chamakh bendtner

Frog
Frog

Why does every football manager douche always feel the need to tell everyone reading the thread that we should “sell and replace squid, Deniison, park and arshavin”. No shit. Everybody knows that. Who do you guys get to buy these guys on your FM game? Because in the real world, there just aren’t any takers.

Cliff
Cliff

I’m starting to believe walcott gets up immediately from fouls in the box on purpose. Everyone freezes in the box for a split second cause they think penalty. A certain welsh monkey (who was booked AGAIN for diving) could learn a thing or two.

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Pingpong
Pingpong

Play Giroud behind Walcott, with Walcott being the number 9.

Or asymmetrical formation with Walcott running in from the right, being the most forward player.

Flamini

Hey! You want me back now eh?

GM
GM

Remember when Flamini cunted the spurs ast. manager and then said it was because he was still an Arsenal fan? Why not.

If we’re going to kiss Theo’s arse despite the fact he’ll be off on a free we may as well forgive Flamini

LJN
LJN

It was Gattuso that cunted the Sp*rs assistant manager wasn’t it, with a headbutt.

Flamini cunted Vedran Corluka, with a two footed tackle right in the cunt , and said he was fired up as an ex-gunner to play sp*rs.

martin
martin

I love player ratings because everybody has a different opinion, but how does a player get a 10 on your rating system

Lol
Lol

By giving a good performance duhh

Nordin
Nordin

Theo will not sign “the thing” of a contract. His body language after he scored the goals & at the end of the match showed very clearly that he is obviously not interested in “the thing” !!!
He will be gone & I wont be surprised by the first 2 weeks of Jan.

Frog
Frog

Agreed.

Slim
Slim

2 goals from giroud > theo hat trick….