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Match Ratings v.Wigan Athletic

Ray Wilkins accused Arsenal of undermining the competition pre kick off. Well 60,000 supporters and a 3-0 win against Wigan suggest something different to me Mrs. Terry. Of course Keith Harris today has also come out and cast aspersions on Liverpool's January buying power, intimating they will have to sell their big players. What was Keith Harris' most significant piece of footballing business? Brokering the sale of Chelsea to Abramovich. Scolari may be a more likeable and suave personality than the obnoxious Moronho, but whilst Simon Greenberg is pulling the PR strings, Chelsea will never extricate themselves from this kind of classlessness.

21.Lukasz FABIANSKI(c)- Wenger likespositive keepers with swift distribution, so it's not difficult to see how he took a shine to Lukasz. His judgement needs a little work from crosses, but he has good hands and a great attitude. The final minute double save was a show stopping moment, at 23, he looks incredibly promising. 8

12.Carlos VELA- Whisper it quietly, but he actually had a fairly sinecurist game for large parts. His refusal to trust his right foot made him easy tonullify at times, but you cannot deny the quality of his assist or his goal. That it was strikers do, even in their most indifferent matches, they produce match changing moments. His sang froid in the penalty area is indeed Eduardoesque. 8

16.Aaron RAMSEY- One of the standout performers. Always wants the ball, even if he overplays in defensive areas at times. Seemed to want to genuflect Fabregas' role in the side, constantly receiving the balland immediately looking for the killer pass- often delivering it too. 8

17.Alexandre SONG Billong- Relished his role as senior statesman, defending with calm and insousiance which was especially valuable prior to the forst goal. 8

19.Jack WILSHERE- Such an easy, natural footballer. Decieves defenders with his effortless ducking and weaving, so natural it sometimes looks unintentional, as if that's the way he walks down the street. Doesn'tmind a hard challenge either and the vision he showed in the assist for the first goal as well as the intelligence he showed to pick up the position suggest we have a real player on our hands. Comfortable on both feet, it's hard to pick out a flaw right now. 8.5

20.Johan DJOUROU- Another who relished the role of elder statesman, has a midfielder's poise and distribution and at 6'4' has the aerial presence to dominate his striker. Won't have many sterner examinations than from an in form Amir Zaki. 8

40.Kieran GIBBS- Obviously targeted by Wigan from the off, but was entirely unpreturbed and dealt with the threat well. As with his young bretheren, ridiculously comfortable with the ball and got forward to get two good chances from Ramey passes. 7.5

41.Gavin HOYTE- A thoroughly solid and professional performance. What really summed his game up was an incident in the second half when he went into a 50-50 with Titus Bramble, got clattered by Bramble's sizeable frame, but got to his feet smiling. 7.5

43.Fran MERIDA Perez- Plenty to admire, adroit with the ball and adept with the pass. Even demonstrated he possesses a decent shot in his armoury. However, showed a lot of defensive naivety. 7

47.Mark RANDALL- A solid and unspectacular display, clearly deployed as the wrecking ball yin to Ramsey's architectural yang,another altruistic performance. Tried fancy flicks in the wrong places at times, but so too did Ramsey. 7

50.Jay SIMPSON- Like Vela, had a quiet evening at times, but scored two goals and hit a crossbar. Plenty of pace and power to offer, but I do wonder if he has the touch to be an Arsenal player. Having seen a fair bit of him last year, I would suspect not, but a great night for him nonetheless. 7.5


28.Amaury Bischoff- Not much time to make an impact, but showed some good touches and nice passing. 7

42.Henri Lansbury- See above. 7

39.Rui Fonte- His pace and tenacity looked to trouble a tired Wigna in the closing stages, but did not have time to make an impact. N/A

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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 12 2008

Time: 8:54PM

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I can't really argue too much with the ratings. However, I myself had Ramsey as the MOTM! I'm not gonna split hairs though.
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12/11/2008 21:28:00

This was perhaps the 2nd easiest ratings of the season so far eh :) (after the Sheffield United game) . From the starting 11, I only fear for Randall and Simpson on whether they will eventually have careers with Arsenal. Of the rest, I'm reasonably certain that all will make it here, such is their ease and poise on the ball which smacks of Arsenal quality even now.
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12/11/2008 22:06:00

Ray Wilkins was spouting garbage, wasnt he. Arsenal has done a lot of positives for a trophy in which everybody had lost interest, and now you have everyone tuning in. Not only that, Fergie & Rafa are falling over themselves in trying to replicate the Wenger model in the CC. ***** ! As I type out, the lotto chavs are drawing 1-1 with Championship opponents, struggling to put 2 goals past them.
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12/11/2008 22:11:00

Spurs seem to have it over Liverpool lately -- they just eliminated the scousers from the CC.
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12/11/2008 22:15:00

United were selling tickets on the door last night prits and Chelsea, despite playing the first team, have not sold out. Guess we all know whose fans really feel the competition is being devalued.
Little Dutch
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12/11/2008 22:21:00

HA HA HA HA! Whose devaluing the competition now Wilkins you plate headed ****?!
Little Dutch
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12/11/2008 22:31:00

And Chelski loose on penalties, who's the mug now uncle fester?
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12/11/2008 22:32:00

Unlucky fester!. Karma has rocked up early for this one, knocked out of the very same cup by the mighty Burnley lol. I think your overpaid prima donas undervalued the cup. F*** you very much Ray, you no neck half pint :)
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12/11/2008 22:34:00

Chelsea have lost to lower league opponents two years in a row!!!
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12/11/2008 22:38:00

The thing is Chelseas kids would have beaten Burnley. Bald f*@k has seen his team go out and alienated the young chelsea players all in the space of 2 days... next Chelsea coaching appointment to be Sarah Palin?
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12/11/2008 22:39:00

Haha, Ray ******** Wilkins, the tosser. Words come back to bite you in the arse, dick head !
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12/11/2008 22:39:00

Here'sthat quote in full to enjoy again, “It’s all about winning trophies when you’re a big club. (He does realise he's at Chelsea right?) "The fact we’ve won the Carling Cup twice in the last four years and Arsenal have won none justifies our policy, “You enter a competition to win the competition. Why go into it if you’re not concerned whether you win it? “Playing a young or weakened team undermines the value of the competition. “And we have not and will not do that. We want to win it, big time.”
Little Dutch
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12/11/2008 22:43:00

Sweet LD, sweet :). I had hoped that we would meet the chavs in the next round, coz Wenger's team talk was basically done for him. But this is much better.
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12/11/2008 22:45:00

I haven't seen Simpson other than last night, can someone tell me more about him? Is it that he doesn't look good enough to play for Arsenal or is it that he just plays differently than this Arsenal squad is set up for? Based on last night it would seem that he is a big, fast, more direct player than our current strikers and he certainly seems to have a nose for goal. Do we really not have room in the squad for someone like that?
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12/11/2008 22:45:00

I was impressed with Simpson, and from what I hear he did extremely well when on-loan to Millwall last season. But with so much quality competition it's always going to be difficult for him to get a run in the first team. As for Ray Wilkins, his comments are idiotic and publicity seeking. I don't think the Chelsea fans are impressed by his conduct so far. He seems to look and behave like Kenyon which won't help their popularity among fans of other clubs. I do quite like Scolari and their fans seem pretty level headed so I don't hate on the club too much.
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12/11/2008 22:56:00

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12/11/2008 22:59:00

Don't think anyone of us would argue with any of the markings. Great stuff! (Just trying to stay on topic, not that I'm not laughing my everything off at Ray Wilkins and the Chelsea result.)
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13/11/2008 06:17:00

I'll bet he feels like a right prat just about now! LOL What a mug, why concern yourself with others when we are not playing you or have even drawn you in the cup (difficult now I know lol) get your own house in order and then worry about others!
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13/11/2008 11:18:00

Smity, sadly I do not think Simpson has the class that Bendtner, Adebayor, Eduardo, Vela and RvP have. He tries his best and is full of running, but he would not suite our 10 men behind the ball games. You need a bit of guile to win in those circumstances. If he does gain a bit of skill and become more technically adept, I see no reason why he cannot make a decent career at Arsenal, but I cannot see him being played above what we have.
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13/11/2008 12:24:00

I agree with your ratings Tim, the players sure deserves them as they showed us how to play football.
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13/11/2008 14:36:00

Agree with Tom there. Simpson is a good player, with pace and strength and a solid basic technique, but that alone isn't enough to play in our first team and we have large pacey front men already. As good as he can be, I fear he may not be good enough to dislodge those ahead of him already. If he proves us wrong, then great. If not, let the lad go to a club that can make the most of his obvious strengths and wish him good luck on the way. Only time will tell i spose...
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13/11/2008 15:33:00

Funny to know that Stuart Pearce thought of becoming a paying Gooner after watching the kids:
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13/11/2008 17:48:00


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