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Match Ratings v. Hull City

Match Ratings v. Hull City

1.Manuel ALMUNIA- Was helpless for both goals, which were expertly placed finishes. Manuel has had a solid season thus far and is consistently let down by a completely mismatched centre half pairing. 7

3.Bacary SAGNA- Unspectacular, but largely ineffective. Particularly when Walcott went off and he became isolated on the right. 6

4.Francesc FABREGAS- Clearly still suffering physically, the fact that we do not have somebody anybody in the team who specialises in regaining possession means we are doomed to play in basketball style games. When he is slightly below par, we do not have anybody who can step up and take responsibility. 6

5.Kolo TOURE- Again beaten in the air from a corner as he was against Blackburn several times and against Bolton. Battled manfully, but the deficiencies in our team are affecting him badly. 6

10.William GALLAS(c)- Needs to be dropped now, yet more apathy and an inability to jump is hampering our season badly. One of the players assured his place in the side, hence the constant lethargy. 4

11.Robin van PERSIE- Does not play for Arsenal, plays for Robin van Persie. I struggle to appreciate his function in a ninety minute game. He offered no service or support to Adebayor or Walcott. He looks to be a luxury player to me and therefore bench fodder, who should be bought on in desperate situations. Or more likely when we're winning comfortably and fancy seeing some fancy tricks and flicks. 4

14.Theo WALCOTT- Looked out of sorts on the right, but was still effective, creating our goal and making runs that at least worried Hull. We lost balance when he came off, van Persie should have made way for Bendtner instead. 6

15.DENILSON- Geovanni was allowed twice to shoot from range unchallenged and one must ask why either Denilson or Fabregas were not closing him down. Denilson passed the ball well and looked threatening going forward, which is his natural game. Unfortunately, he is a square peg being rammed unceremoniously into a round hole by his manager. 6

22.Gael CLICHY- Did not look as mobile coming forward, which may be down to the consequences of the heavy knock he received last week. Probably should have been rested, but once again Wenger obviously does not trust anybody else to come in and do the job. 6

25.Emmnauel ADEBAYOR- Starved of service and support from his strike partner which limited his effectiveness. Hull squeezed out our wide players, forcing us to hit long balls to Adebayor. With van Persie unwilling to link with Ade, we played right into Hull's hands. His lack of effectiveness was not just down to his own team isolating him, but also down to the simple fact that Hull defended excellently. 6

27.Emmnauel EBOUE- Hull did not allow him to drift all over the pitch as he has been doing so effectively this season. The constant pressure applied to him by Hull's midfielders forced him into erratic passing amd probably his worst performance this season. 5


26.Nicklas Bendtner- Very willing to get involved and try to rescue the game, but bafflingly deployed on the right wing. Why our most gifted header of the ball was the one throwing crosses into the box is a mystery. I defer to the manager on that one. 6

12.Carlos Vela- Looked lively and nearly scored a late equaliser simply by being in the right place. But the fact that he was deployed on the right and the left in his short cameo demonstarted what an excellent job Hull did closing down our wings. 6

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Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Sunday September 28 2008
Time: 1:15PM

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So bad ratings for van Persie.....Does he deserved it? I did'n watch the match
28/09/2008 13:28:00
Well don't argue with it then. The only incorrect comments are for Gallas. He wasn't that bad for god sake. Scapegoat? Witch hunt? That seems to be the case. Otherwise spot on. Denilson and Fabregas? Never again unless Denilson is told to be a DM, not to roam forward.
28/09/2008 14:04:00
I agree with Tom14. Gallas didn't play bad he was just beaten for the goal. Who else do u think on arsenal wud have got that? Fabregas was by far the best player on the pitch (for Arsenal), Walcott was decent and a threat. Hull didn't outplay us, they outplayed themselves while Arsenal just were too relaxed it seemed.
arsenal column
28/09/2008 15:25:00
I am amazed the Ade is rated with a 6 the same as Clichy. Clichy was our best player on the field even though he seemed to be carrying the Davies challenge fllowed by Cesc and Toure. I cant remember how many times Ade was off side yesterday and if you take the Blackburn game out, he really has not been worth all the hype that went about in the summer. Arsenal were so apathetic yesterday I could not believe what I was seeing. There was no desire, Hull won more tackles than us, they were first to all the 50/50 balls and I tell you what, their defense kept its shape. Phil Brown has done a fantastic job there. We gave up another goal to a corner and "we let Senderos leave?". I am so annoyed at the moment, the wife has gone out for the day. The tragic thing about all of this is, I am watching the Wigan/City game and by the way they are playing, we are in real trouble of finishing in the top four if we contiune with our current mind set. What I cant understand is that this is the same team that went to the Reebok, hed the sh*T kicked out of us yet there was 20 minutes in that game we were unstoppable. The difference is that Nic started and Eboue seemed to have a point to prove. Yesterday, he was back to his whiny self. Why Wenger left him on for so long, beats me. When we were 2-1 down, I could not believe that we were still walking around with no sense of urgency. This is a fundermental issue that Wenger needs to address. Plain an simple and I think the entire team should go on Arsenal TV and apologise for their shocking performance yesterday.
28/09/2008 17:32:00
The more I reflect on this defeat, the more I feel it could be a watershed for the season. Whether that's for the positive in that we really learn a lesson and push on or whether we'll just have a season where we'll struggle for the top 4 I don't know. Even more than the 3 points lost is the damage that we weren't able to find the resources to beat Hull at home will do for the confidence and belief of the players and fans. That's no disrespect to Hull but I don't see Chelsea or Man Utd ever losing at home to them. Lets hope it was a freak result,
28/09/2008 18:02:00
correct me if im wrong, wenger lacks dat ruthless streak seen in maureen-hoe and ferguson. they arent afraid to drop u on the bench or sub u if u are not performing. rooney startd on d bench. why didnt vela replace rvp early enuf? cnt ade be subbed? is wenger afraid of his plaxers?
28/09/2008 18:31:00
So after 12 years we have just discovered that Wenger lacks a ruthless streak? Ask Henry that question. After any defeat there is a natural tendency to over analyse the reasons. The reasons for this defeat are not any great flaws in the team, the squad, our tactics or the manager. Just two individual mistakes one each from Walcott and Gallas and perhaps a lack of guile down the flanks. It's that simple.
28/09/2008 19:04:00
I am so worried about Van Persie. Someone really needs to come into the coaching staff and teach him how to play for the team - but in the style of Robin Van Persie. He can keep his style and his flair, but it needs to be integrated into the Arsenal way. It's such a shame. We have one of the most talented footballers in the world but he's just not producing. If only Dennis was here to teach him a thing or two.
28/09/2008 19:05:00
no, he has belief in them, and so we should to, wenger's not dumb, and stop talking like all of you know football, if you know football, why dont you subimt an application to be the gaffer then? its time like these we have to stick together, believe in wenger, and in our players, as a fan, the best thing we could do is just breathe and be behind our team 100%, no matter where we finish this season, no matter what the critics say, we have to say loudly " WE LOVE YOU ARSENAL, WE DO"
28/09/2008 19:05:00
I agree, Wenger is incedibly ruthless as he's demonstrated time and again. The problem is he doesn't have the squad. Like I said, the three away games at the beginning of the month we used only 13 players. Hull played very well and we are not giving them due credit. BUT, it was still a listless performance and I believe we'll see more whilst there is a lack of competition for places in the squad.
Little Dutch
28/09/2008 19:16:00
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