Arsenal 1-0 Sp*rs: player ratings

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They spent a fortune. We, like an old man with bladder problems, haven’t been able to spend a penny. Yet the derby ended up with a classic 1-0 Arsenal win.

Here’s how the players rated.

Wojciech Szczesny: 8/10 – Definitely not the busiest of the two keepers but pulled off an outstanding save in the second half to keep Arsenal ahead. Another very good performance, repaying the manager’s faith in him.

Carl Jenkinson: 7/10 – Struggled a bit with Chadli at first, but then the tables turned and he grew into the game.

Per Mertesacker: 8/10 – My favourite footballing ent. Look at this and tell me you don’t love him.

Laurent Koscielny: 8/10 – Quick, aggressive, snapped into tackles, made Soldado look about £25m too expensive.

Kieran Gibbs: 7/10 – Townsend was Sp*rs most effective attacking player, and a handful, but Gibbsy did well and got forward well. Needs to watch that sideways pass into danger though.

Jack Wilshere: 7/10 – Played through a stomach problem, had to go off to have a poo. When nature calls …

Aaron Ramsey: 8/10 – Passing was a little bit off today but without this man our start to the season would have been more difficult. He’d run through walls for the shirt and worked his hole off all day.

Santi Cazorla: 7/10 – Unlucky not to score with either of his free kicks and a little careless in possession at times, but good stuff as always.

Tomas Rosicky: 7/10 – Chased them all over the pitch, got a yellow card for nothing because fouling Spuds should get you a medal not a yellow card.

Theo Walcott: 7/10 – Fine assist for the Giroud goal, could have been a bit more involved defensively but that was a vital assist.

Olivier Giroud: 9/10 – A quite brilliant finish for the goal, making it 4 in 5 games, but the guy was colossal all day long. Won headers, held it up well, and put in a magnificent defensive shift. Man of the match by some margin.

Subs:

Mathieu Flamini: 7/10 – Welcome home! His signing might have been convenient but it was also very handy. Replaced Wilshere, came on and bashed one of their players with his first touch, winning us a free kick in the process. Organised, shouted, Flaminied.

Nacho Monreal: 7/10 – Came on to shore things up. Shored things up.

Bacary Sagna: 7/10 – Not really on long enough to rate but we’re giving him a 7 anyway because we love him and because Sp*rs are shitbiscuits.

Bonus rating: Sp*rs 10/10 – their misery is so delicious.

Feel free to debate and discuss in the comments, but please read the comment policy first and don’t get angry with each other, or me, about imaginary points.

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bowie
bowie

COYG !!! No player get below 7.

Serotonin
Serotonin
WhereIsAmaury?
WhereIsAmaury?

Giroud was fantastic. I know we need another striker for back-up, but I also don’t think Giroud deserves to be on the bench.

jimmyjames
jimmyjames

I love Giroud’s effort but he just isn’t world class. We need a world class striker!

He is still a brilliant striker to have in the squad still

shuggietodd
shuggietodd

Yeah, a world class striker, like Soldado.

Jay
Jay

You mean Solar Panel? Could have seen Levys face.

rangooner
rangooner

just spat my water out reading solar panel, great derby day and nothing like browsing arseblog comments for a nightcap

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix

*cough*

A world class striker is a striker who can play in a completely even game and produce the one moment of sheer, magical class that brings the 3 points home with his team. Who puts in a man of the match performance in the biggest game. Who bullies defenders, holds up play, beats his man to set his teammate up, plays defensive mid when everyone else has sold themselves, heads dangerous balls out of his own box, clears the ball off the fucking line to preserve the lead he gave his team.

Giroud was unplayable today. Give him some fucking credit.

jimmyjames
jimmyjames

Giroud was awesome today, definitely his best performance in an Arsenal shirt.

So it’s probably not the best time to make this point but if you’re being honest with yourself, do you really see Giroud as a long-term Arsenal striker?

Since Wenger, one thing we have been consistent with is World Class strikers.

Wright,Bergkamp,Henry,Van Persie…

Giroud? Sorry but I don’t think so

Red Cannon
Red Cannon

@jimmyjames: I don’t think we can judge that after a single season. From what I’ve seen at the beginning of this season, I wouldn’t bet against him becoming a world class striker. He’s been composed, efficient, dangerous to defend against, & extraordinarily hard-working for a striker.

Dr Baptiste
Dr Baptiste

It’s strange but I remember a time when Henry and van Persie weren’t world class strikers but Wenger coached them into that bracket…..

jimmyjames
jimmyjames

@Red Cannon:

Fair enough.

But I would not want us to risk another season just to find out how Giroud really is.

We have the money, we have 26 hours, please Arsene buy us a top top striker

GunnerJake
GunnerJake

One thing is; that the surrounding players could be better at picking up the knock downs from the balls giroud wins in the air. too many of them ended up with sp*rs today after total aerial domination by the handsome frenchman.

Stephen
Stephen

I for one do actually see Giroud as a long term hero. He shouldered a heavy burden last season considering expectations and got the job done. This year he’s consistently showing skills that we saw flashes of last year. He is the real deal and will only improve.

Troy
Troy

I gotta say, I’m so happy to see we have some players now with a bit of mean streak (Koscielny, Wilshere, Ramsey, Vermaelen when healthy and now Giroud). So far this year, I don’t see anybody pushing us around.

Lol me
Lol me

Fuk you sp*rs

Bishop
Bishop

What an amazing Chicken Festival. Happy Chicken Festival to you all…

Me So Hornsey
Me So Hornsey

FOYS!!!!!!!!!!!

Gunnerama
Gunnerama

Good to see Ches with a string of great performances under his belt. Should most certainly get bonus points for this: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=162893030580419

Tiger Tadgh
Tiger Tadgh

This is why Wenger wanted Suarrez n not Higuain because he wants a dynamic striker that will not disrupt Giroud n play behind or wide! I can see NOW

ayooye
ayooye

I have always thought Higuain is just another Giroud but less powerful. We need a striker with another style. I still wonder why no one has looked at Kiessling. He is Bundesliga’s highest goal scorer last season. This guy scored 27 goals in 43 app last season and 4 out of 5 already this season.

emob
emob

Kießling is 30 already. And he isn’t all that, although he’s a great team player, lots of effort but technically not very good and he’s only suited for counter attacking teams which is why he has no chance with the national team.

Goontang
Goontang

I would have to disagree with you…. Kiesling was also had the most successful tackles in the bundesliga last year. For a forward, who also won the golden boot, or cannon or whatever the fuck they give over there, that is hugely impressive.

Prince
Prince

Chicarito could do a job. little pea could fit and how i’d love to see an ex manure player sticking em in for the cannon at old toilet.

Aros
Aros

Isn’t he very Walcott like? (i could do with another Theo as his form has been very good (and a little undervalued IMO), but do we need more of the same?)

Cody

I don’t think we need Chicharito but he is far from Walcott like. He’s a cold-blooded finisher, that’s it. Doesn’t really run with the ball much, doesn’t excel at hold up play, isn’t a great passer. He just scores goals, he’d be a lovely third option off the bench but I think we need a more well rounded player.

Red Cannon
Red Cannon

I couldn’t agree with you more on this point.

jimmyjames
jimmyjames

Mesut Ozil 10/10?

deano

Sky sources mate spent most of transfer window driving me crackers over Cesc to manure bollocks. Must admit I hope there right on this one because that boy is top top top quality.

deano

Hope big Per is putting a good word in being former team mates and all that.

with the left and the right
with the left and the right

if Mertesacker ever gets a statue it should be modeled after that half second after he tackles the ball and with his leg still outstretched surveys the field like a fucking admiral!

Casual Gooner
Casual Gooner

This team could be something special.

Hopefully Le Prof pulls a rabbit out of his raincoat and surprises us all tomorrow.

After backing our boys through the tough times, we deserve the euphoria that comes with an NLD victory!

Up the fucking Gunners!

Bonjour
Bonjour

Fair play to the team. We supporters (myself included) threw a lot of frustration these couple of weeks esp after the loss to Villa, in which we didn’t play too bad but Anthony Taylor demonstrated incompetence and corruption (he had a very bad refereeing performance this week too). The players could have suffered collateral damage but picked themselves up magnificiently.

I think more than anything, the players deserve some amazing signings to bolster their confidence. This was one of the most spirited team performances I’ve seen for a while, and it wouldn’t be fair if Wenger expected them to perform at this level all season long. So although I’m saying this happily and not angrily, please, SPEND SOME FUCKING MONEY!!!

xxxrob
xxxrob

I agree mate. The team really look like a unit these days. The man-hugging going on amongst the players was so great to see. I really want us to do well this season. I’ve softened my stance a little, before I was of the opinion that a couple of world class players would take us to the next level. I feel after the performances we’ve had since Villa that a couple of like for likes would probably do it. We need numbers

Having said that, if we sign Ozil tomorrow/today (I’m in Australia) I would be over the moon and happily take my thoughts back to the drawing board.

Great game.. I took a day off work to enjoy this live from 1-3am

And I’ll do it again

Deadline day goose bumps
Deadline day goose bumps

Giroud’s link up play has become central to our attacking style.
love how the team plays to his strengths.

Ramsey is something else too,his tackling and dribbling–wooh!!!

I must reserve some praise for lloris,magnificent.

every time I watch that giroud goal on slow motion I get an orgasm.the way it just spins beautifully in.

ah.moments of Joy

who thought I had forgotten flamini’s flying tackles:-)

COYG

ayooye
ayooye

Good job boys for putting smiles on our faces and noisy neighbour in misery. Now that Gareth has joined RM, no one will Bale Sp*rs out of their misery.

Jagger
Jagger

On the topic of Bale joining Madrid, a commentator (Frowny Face) astutely noted on BBC Sports website:

“Finally, all this monkey business is concluded.”

Just thought I’d share the joy.

AP
AP

I heard they are all going bananas there in Madrid 😉

Jagger
Jagger

Or perhaps going ape as they home Bale feel at home.

Jagger
Jagger

*make

Dillon
Dillon

Levy – 10.
For always making spurs just good enough to givr the spuds hope but keeping them shit enough so they never have a chance. He’s secretly a gooner.

TOGooner
TOGooner

Please confirm the Jack needed to poo part is true. Please?

ThisCharmingMan
ThisCharmingMan

Wenger clairified in the post-game interview that the confrontation of 11 utterly shitty players simply became too much for young Wilshere.

Charlie
Charlie

The Fans: 10/10

Swedish gooners are proud of you!

eclipse
eclipse

Can we please just get a few players, like those £20M players that Sp*rs have bought? There’s no denying that they would impove us. Perhaps even walk into our team.

eclipse
eclipse

My spelling leaves much to be desired today. Remember me, is there a “B” in “power shift in North London”?

Jagger
Jagger

I realise you were being ironic but in my euphoria filled ecstasy, I accidently gave you a thumbs down. I apologise.

killbot
killbot

I am taking this ironically. Thumbs up!

Kolololo
Kolololo

10/10 for Cazorla for taking down Capoue, who is 25 cm higher by the way, like a little bitch

Demostines
Demostines

Totally agree, didn’t know he had the Ankle Lock in his arsenal. This guy is amazeballs! COYG!!!

COYFG!!
COYFG!!

Looks like Capoue might have broken a leg which if true, no one should be celebrating, including us. We aren’t Stoke for fuck’s sake.

If its true and he has well and truly broken his leg, I wish Capoue well.

Bunburyist
Bunburyist

Look, Stoke players do it deliberately. We are nothing like Stoke, who celebrate intentional violence.

We can praise Cazorla’s bravery while still commiserating with Capoue.

Clock End Mike
Clock End Mike

Bacary Sagna: 7/10 … because we love him” So true, I approve!

Crispy
Crispy

……and ‘shitbiscuits’……..who could forget that little gem.

We have our problems but I’m just buzzing with this result. Interesting day ahead, so over to you Arsene………

AP
AP

I think the Rosicky one was the best…

Bee
Bee

flamini is definitely worth the £0 signing on fee, perhaps even a bit more

A Yank
A Yank

Seriously, if we had dropped £20M on a player who came in and started organizing everybody and taking control of things, we’d all be losing our shit over what a great signing it was.

Wenger has usually taken the high road with departing players so that there are rarely bitter feelings between parties. It just so happened that paid off and saved us from spending double-digit millions on a player that gives us depth and doesn’t need any stupid adjustment period.

Edu's fake passport

Between Flamini & Paulineho, on today’s performance, you would think The Frenchman was £17m & Pauline was the freebie.

bob
bob

HAHAA drown me in you sweet tears of envy!!!

Big O'Dread
Big O'Dread

He’s handsome, he’s French, He’s Giroud! FOYS! Spend all ya want, ya still Shite and always will be..

diaby
diaby

Szczcsezny’s kicking was pretty crap, he needs to practice. Giroud was immense, his effort was incredible, and his effectiveness holding the ball and winning headers suggests to me its be worth seeing how he performed with 2 up front

Tito
Tito

Wow – how could you find a negative?

WineArse
WineArse

You don’t think he practices that? I’m thinking they might make him take some kicks in training. His distribution issues are about decision-making and concentration, not lack of practice.

AP
AP

Which is why we had gone after Suarez and not Higuain…

TRob13
TRob13

Daddy was a gamblin’ man, and Momma a truck-stop whore…
One-Nil to the Arsenal Stan, now see your arse out the back-room door.

TRob13
TRob13

aww man – AngryAtArsene was my target, this post makes no sense w/o that brashness.

KristianDK
KristianDK

you sound like a fantastic person

KristianDK
KristianDK

this was irony for this FuryAtWenger-guy.

Daft Aider
Daft Aider

Welcome back Flamini, one of the few who left in “iffy” circumstances that I have been glad to see return, never mind your £20mil for Cabaye poor quality jokes

Santi cazorlas coming to town
Santi cazorlas coming to town

Can’t stop smiling!

Rejected
Rejected

That, in my eyes, is a contender for goal of the season. On another topic, my wife almost had an ogasm whe Olivier took his shirt off!!

KristianDK
KristianDK

Have to say Flamini looked the part today. Thought he was our suprise today. Are we gonna have one tomorrow? 😉

girouded
girouded

if the thumbs down is what you want your doing it right. get a life dude!

girouded
girouded

that was for furywenger something nobody

Lens
Lens

Giroud obvious MOTM today, but it was an immense collective effort by the lads today. Almost as if they had something to prove on behalf of their manager. Special kudos goes to Per, Kos, Rambo, Gibbs and Santi all of whom were absolute class today. Fuck I love this team!

Lens
Lens

Jesus and SZCZ too how could I forget him!

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix

I thought Jesus went to City.

Thin Gooner
Thin Gooner

Tottenham: where the players look as chavvy as the fans.

Greg91
Greg91

People talk about Giroud but I’m a bit scared about loosing my girlfriend to Ramsey, she was drooling all over him throughout the match and now is Googling him. Should I be worried??

(Regardless up the Arsenal great game from the boys today!)

Papas
Papas

You should be worried…very worried…

dgaj
dgaj

Kicked them right in their free spending holes!
Off now to read me some Spurs blogs. Ohhh the tears! Yummy.

Arzik
Arzik

Looks like Arseblog had a good mood while writing this piece. Well, who of us didn’t right?

Mayor of the Woolwich
Mayor of the Woolwich

Cazorla-9/10: He ripped a fucking spud apart, coupled with all the good work he did. He obviously understands everything about NLD!

Trez
Trez

Well i’ll be the first to admit that flamini surprised me….had be eating a humble pie. Still think the squad is thin and Giroud can do better.

Parisian Weetabix
Parisian Weetabix

Giroud can do better?

Explain one way in which Giroud could have done better today? Would you have him take a leaf out of Soldado’s £26m book? The commentators were saying today “Soldado’s the kind of striker you don’t see all game, until he puts the ball in the back of the net.” Well they were half right, weren’t they. I barely remember him playing. Whereas I couldn’t help but see Giroud. He was everywhere, winning headers, scoring goals, creating chances, linking up play, clearing goalbound shots off the fucking line! EXPLAIN HOW HE COULD DO BETTER.

Mezermisation of Madness
Mezermisation of Madness

Totally agree, Giroud was amazing today.
Some of his through passes for Theo was a bit sloppy, but the man absolutely terrorizes the Spuds today .. he was beautiful as well. *sigh*

Cody

You sir know very little about the game. Giroud was the best player on the pitch today.

Don
Don

Flamini should get an 8.5.When was the last time you saw an Arsenal player shake his fist.A real leader.Must start

Except for the assist Walcott was poor.And Cazorla again disappeared in a big game

Szczesny played well but i want an experienced keeper signed

Redondante
Redondante

Ahhh Cazorla disappeared – so that’s why Spurs played like they couldn’t see him.

Ozzy
Ozzy

What game were you watching? Arsenal made SEVEN key passes and guess who made the most: Surprise for you Cazorla. Arsenal important moments: on 7 minutes Cazorla long magical pass to Giroud; 23 minutes: Cazorla’s early vertical pass after few turns and twists finds Ramsey who passes to Rosicky to Walcott To Giroud’s goal; 33 minutes: inside from the left Cazorla put walcot on goal which would have been a goal if it was a better touch player, 62 minutes: Cazorla key pass through Giroud,
the only time we created a key pass without cazorla being involved was on 70 mins which involved Rosicky and Giroud who over hit the pass to Walcott.

I think you don’t appreciate players who produce meaningful passes to unlock defences but rather those who run all the time. Go back and re-watch the game with critical eye and then you see we only have one world class player which is Cazorla. the guy does amazing dribbles, passes and makes himself available for passes but usually he ends up not having a return pass because simply the others are not good enough.

1day
1day

so proud of the team
Ozil and Cabaye and we have the needed depth

Mikel Artekkers
Mikel Artekkers

Sir Chesney gets a 15/10 for this:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=162893030580419

eleanor
eleanor

Player ratings against Sp*rs always seem so academic when we win as a team.

Today we won as a team. And that includes the fans.

MOJO
MOJO

Eleanor great point about fans.
Arseblog should have a fan rating score to keep us on our toes.
Flamini was just the type of leader on the pitch we need.

Eiregun

Were in advance talks with Ozil, title contenders baby

Yankee Gooner
Yankee Gooner

I know LANS is worn out, but holy shit Arteta and Ox coming back into the squad makes me feel positively giddy.

OzGooner
OzGooner

You forgot about Lu-lu-lu-lu-Lukas Podolski! Bring on Ozil and Ba and who knows we might be challengers.

Z-Whiz
Z-Whiz

Per’s thoughts during that gif:

“Aaaand I’ll take that. Thanks bitch!”

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

Correction;
Jack Wilshere: 7/10 – Played through a stomach problem, had to go off as he could smell poo and thought he’d had an accident.. Forgetting that the smell was the 5pud2 …

Iceman
Iceman

Damn it blogs! I keep watching that interception by Mert over and over again. How fucking cool was that! Thats how you defend! And for all the pundits deriding him for his lack of pace. Piss off! He is better than any of England’s bloody Centrebacks!

deano

All the pundits are full of shit big Per is awesome and I also think he had a lot to do with Kos’s big improvement.

Div
Div

Giroud was monstrous in the air today. Best performance I’ve seen of him in an Arsenal shirt.

I'm Szczesny and I know it
I'm Szczesny and I know it

Wenger on Sagna’s and Wilshere’s stomach bug:

“Yes. What has happened to us, happened to Tottenham a few years ago.”
Love Wenger kicking them while they are down! Lasagne!

Goonerinexile
Goonerinexile

Kieran Gibbs, MOTM. Had a tough assignment and was always, always there. Never been my favorite, but his peformance was solid from stat to finish.

eddeeee
eddeeee

Money doesnt buy success…please read soccernomics….fed up of alll the low intelligence arsenal fans who want wenger out.. the guy is a genius….

griff
griff

I hope harry will be twitching tonight on motd. powershift my arse. only way spurs will get 4th is if moyes continues to fuck up at utd. a lovely day today.

Red Cannon
Red Cannon

I actually don’t think that Moyes is fucking up at United. He’s actually got them above mid-table, which is about where their mediocre team belongs. I just think Ferguscum kept them playing far above their abilities for the past two years. Either way, though, I’m quite happy for them to be struggling.

_
_

This. An injury to carrick and rvp and they are in the bottom half.

SDDutchGooner
SDDutchGooner

A lot of talk of playing two up front, but it seems like that’s effectively what’s happening with theo when Cazorla is on the wing. Santi tends to drift into the middle and theo pushes up. Don’t know if this is intentional But it seems to be working. COYG!

RobM
RobM

Long lonely walk back to the crap part of north london, was it then?