Vital Football

Latest Arsenal FC News

Match Ratings v. Aston Villa

Match Ratings v. Aston Villa

1.Manuel ALMUNIA- Saved Young's poor penalty, might have saved Agbonlahor's goal in the second half. 6

2.Vassiriki Abou DIABY- Represented our most potent threat in the first half but was not rewarded with any sort of desire from his peers in the penalty area. Faded badly. 6

3.Bacary SAGNA- Looks half the player with Walcott in front of him, cannot burst forwards in the same way and does not enjoy any link up play. 6

4.Francesc FABREGAS- His body language suggests he realises just how badly he is playing, usually so economical with the ball he did not know what to do other than to lump it at Bendtner. This is a big test for him now, for the first time in his career he is not playing well but I would back him to recover all day long. Let's hope he does it soon, because yesterday elucidated that when he does not play well, neither do Arsenal. 5

8.Samir NASRI- Did not support his strikers in the devastating way he did last week, was anonymous for most of the game, swapping wings with Walcott looked like a desperate attempt to reinvigorate both players by the manager,it did not work. 5

10.William GALLAS(c)- One of the few players to emerge with credit, though Agbonlahor will beat most players for pace, it was disappointing that he was undone by a simple ball over the top. But he tried, which in this performance, made him stand out. 7

14.Theo WALCOTT- Denied space by Cuellar and Young, that pretty much neutralises Theo whilst he is stuck out on the wing. His ball retention is not good enough for a midfielder and his legs move quicker than his brain at times. He has to move upfront for his own good and for the good of the team. 5

15.DENILSON Pereira de Neves- As with Gallas, he tried which was a refreshing change from his team mates. He couldn't prevent Barry running the game and did not always pick up Sidwell's runs from deep, but Denilson does seem to be learning. 7

18.Mikael SILVESTRE- In the company of Ashley Young and Gabby Agbonlahor, looked like a pensioner at a bus stop. With Toure too fat to play, Djourou has to be on the manager's mind. 5

22.Gael CLICHY- Not a particularly effective game, Villa's midfield pressed us all over the pitch and that included pressing their wingers high up against our full backs. As a result, Clichy was unable to be a potent attacking threat. 6

26.Nicklas BENDTNER- His touch was horrible all afternoon, though he didn't have much to go on, you never felt he would be threatening. Did not deserve to be jeered off, I'm confused by this new definition of 'support' at our home games. If Bendtner gets a well deserved 5, those that booed him get zero. Credit to those in the Red Section who made themselves heard in a more positive manner when the game was clearly lost. 5

SUBSTITUTES

25.Emmanuel Adebayor- Looked to get involved and was unlucky with a header that hit the post. But the rot had already set in and he could do little to arrest it. 7

12.Carlos Vela- Looked busy, ran at the Villa defence and looked to play on the shoulder of the defender. Can't help but think he would have had more effect against Villa's physical defence. 7

5.Kolo Toure- No time to make an impact. N/A



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Sunday November 16 2008
Time: 12:55PM

Comments

0
I haven't seen any of the game due to my grandma being seriously ill in hospital. Sounds like it was Mr Hyde that showed his ugly face again yesterday!
Rocky7
16/11/2008 13:05:00
0
Very generous in my opinion! what an awful day yesterday was.
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
16/11/2008 14:28:00
0
Definately generous for Cesc. Unfortunately, I think his head is in Barcelona!
navydave
16/11/2008 14:44:00
0
I agree totally with the comments about Bendtner. I had a row with a guy who sits behind me after 15 minutes because he had made his mind up that he was gonna give him s**t all day. What does it achieve? If his not good enough (which I'm not sure is the case) then discuss it afterwards.
navydave
16/11/2008 14:47:00
0
Sorry to hear that Rocky7, hopefully she will get better soon.
JohnDoe
16/11/2008 18:52:00
0
Good ratings. If Theo moves upfront now, when is he ever going to learn how to play football ? Surely, he will be found out against top opposition in a few years, when all he will have is his pace. I've said it before - he doesnt have any football intelligence, and I'm wondering whether it can be taught. Perhaps, Cesc being suspended against Man City may be a blessing in disguise. Take a break for a week, and think about his game. The sooner he comes back to form, the better for arsenal.
prits
16/11/2008 19:16:00
0
Why do we have to play Theo whilst he learns how to play football? F**k him, play Vela up front, Theo does not have the ability to do so. As for Cesc, I will be very happy to see Ramsey against City.
Tom14
16/11/2008 19:26:00
0
navydave the passion, the desire, the love & care Cesc showed in his celebration of Nasri's second goal, showed me where his heart & mind is. he just needs a little bit more focus, concentration & his usual calmness back in his game & he'll run the show again. and i wouldn't be suprised if that starts at Stamford Bridge..
luckys_10
16/11/2008 19:42:00
0
Rocky7 - best wishes to your gran from all of us mate. Some things sort of put things in perspective don't they.
merlin
16/11/2008 19:45:00
0
Sorry to hear about your gran Rocky, all the best from your mates at Vital Villa.... bloody hell, if I'd realised I'd not have pestered you for the interview today, just shows what a top man and editor you are that you found time to do it for me! Click Here
The Fear
16/11/2008 20:20:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Arsenal Articles

Back To The Drawing Board After Vardy Snub

Gunners search for a striker continues

Six Clubs Set 2015/16 Premiership Records

Who were the six clubs to register a record breaking or equalling 2015/16 campaign?

Xhaka Likes To Beat Manchester United

Who doesn't?

A Faint Whiff of Premier League Action

The fixtures are here

Archived Vital Arsenal Articles

Vital Arsenal articles from

Site Journalists

Rocky7
Editor email
Profile
ClockEnd124
no email
Profile
Amos
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Player of the Year
Suggested By:
Petr Cech4%
Hector Bellerin7%
Mesut Ozil78%
Alexis Sanchez8%
Olivier Giroud3%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Leicester City 38 23 12 3 81 32
2 Arsenal 38 20 11 7 71 29
3 Spurs 38 19 13 6 70 34
4 Man City 38 19 9 10 66 30
5 Man Utd 38 19 9 10 66 14
6 Southampton 38 18 9 11 63 18
7 West Ham 38 16 14 8 62 14
8 Liverpool 38 16 12 10 60 13
9 Stoke 38 14 9 15 51 -14
10 Chelsea 38 12 14 12 50 6
11 Everton 38 11 14 13 47 4
12 Swansea 38 12 11 15 47 -10
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 45 -10
14 WBA 38 10 13 15 43 -14
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 42 -12
16 AFC Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 42 -22
17 Sunderland 38 9 12 17 39 -14
R Newcastle 38 9 10 19 37 -21
R Norwich 38 9 7 22 34 -28
R Aston Villa 38 3 8 27 17 -49
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Arsenal Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Naijagunner7
2.Mike2942
3.Joe_@**1
4.Louis9991
5.princeoflove9091