Arsenal 2-0 West Brom – player ratings (beer special)


Perhaps inspired by last night’s indulgences, Arseblog News takes a beery look at yesterday’s performances against West Brom and rates them accordingly.

Wojciech Szczesny: 8/10 – Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Bacary Sagna: 7/10 – Guinness

Per Mertesacker: 7/10 – Erdinger

Thomas Vermaelen: 7/10 –  Chimay

Kieran Gibbs: 7/10 – Leffe

Mikel Arteta: 8/10 – Estrella

Jack Wilshere: 8.5/10 – London Pride

Santi Cazorla: 7/10 – Tumbledown*

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7.5/10 – Goose Island

Gervinho: 5/10 – Coors lite

Olivier Giroud: 7/10 – Stella


Francis Coquelin: 6/10 – Galway Hooker

Tomas Rosicky: 6/10 – Staropramen

Lukas Podolski: 5/10 –Misselob*

* With thanks to @eastlower

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


  1. Well. Jack wilshere was superb. Can’t wait for cazorla to shift to the left and play rosicky in cam. Giroud needs to start scoring again. Fast

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    • on a completely unrelated note, what about the cuntchester derby eh? while i wanted a draw, and was saddened when united extended their lead (esp through the dutch skunk), gotta love that the chinless wonder showed his cowardice by hiding behind the wall and sticking his leg out to the free kick and deflecting it into his own net.

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      • If Gervinho could finish, he’d be lethal. His movement and positioning is better than Theo’s. You can’t fault his energy.

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      • Gervvy does add a lot and stresses the defense more than any other player we have. The team has a lot of confidence just letting him outrun the opponent and get the ball. great outlet. if he could ever finish, he would easily score 20 goals a year….alas that probably won’t ever happen. Maybe some visualization work might help him anticapte better. he just seems a bit late and really nervous when finishing. needs to pass more too…ball stopper he is.

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  2. I don’t think it’s fair to give Gervinho a 5 and Giroud a 7. Was the rating based on yesterday’s match in particular or the season in general?

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  3. I think Gervinho’s rating is waaay too harsh. Sure, he missed a ridiculously easy shot, but he was very active and energetic and much more composed than usual.

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  4. Hope they’ll keep their spirits up and continue with this sort of performance. Solid solid and solid. The flair will come with time. Glad to see crisp passing and shots on goal again.

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  5. The Boye’s are back in town,couple of party sevens bag of chips,and Arsen can have a LARGE Brandy.
    Fans Dive Dive Dive on down the Pub

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  6. I am not a massive Gervinho fan (not sure who is) but i think he is prob overly criticised. He will likely always makes a lot of mistakes but has potential to be involved a lot/ make things happen. At the end of the day he is there to create chances/chip in with a few and i think he can do this. prob not good enough to be a key player but could be a useful squad member and who knows with time-look how bad song was to begin with. Also i don’t think his miss was just as bad as i had heard described yesterday- on left foot/ ball at height/ keeper still to beat. Whilst very score-able better players will miss simpler.
    Glad to be back to winning way and see arteta stepping up to the mark- just the kind of player we need in this team. classy guy.
    Those beers mentioned in ratings making me thirsty here before watching manchester derby- need something to drink while watching those 22 utter cunts!!

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  7. Thought Little Mozart gave us an injection of pace and purpose 7.5 (Victory Porter)

    Gervinho is the most frustrating character I have seen in a long time, Coors Light too generous (Duff Light maybe?)

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  8. Giroud is excellent in the air and has good movement, but his touch and link up play are really mediocre.

    As much as I’m rooting for him, I don’t think he suits being in a technical side like Arsenal. Strange signing, all in all.

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    • Agreed. Giroud’s first touch is atrocious and that’s why many a times he tries to release the ball when he first gets it. He seldom connects his passes and as much as he tries to, he doesn’t quite fit our system. We’re all rooting for him but deep down we know that’s he does not suit our type football…………

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      • Did you not see the bit where the ball was hoofed in front of him and as it came over his head he brought it down dead still with one touch. Did you watch the match or just the MOTD highlights?

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  9. So how long do we think it’ll take Wenger to realize Gervinho ISN”T good enough for Arsenal? It took two years of shitty Arshavin/Almunia performances for him to drop them. Do we now how have to put up with Gervinho for two years?
    How does a manager, who has managed such amazing players like Bobby and Dennis carry on backing such a poor player. Should’ve called Gervinho “Up town Girl”, it’s a beer we have in Canada.

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  10. This is why Wenger can’t listen to fans….Cos most of you just have one thing on ur mind regardless of the game…..It’s either Ramsey is shit, or Gervinho….Gervinho was pretty good yesterday…..Much better than than Giroud and he was better than Ox. For me giving someone a 5 rating is, when a guy just jogs on the pitch and has no impact on the game whatsoever. So what ur saying is Giroud jogs all day in the game wins a couple o headers, gets himself booked is worthy of a 7. As opposed to Gervinho, who made Reid’s day a nightmare, constantly linked up with Gibbs, Cazorla and Jack. Had a good shot saved by the Brom keeper, set up a great cut back for Jack who missed a sitter and a few more good cut backs which we wasted is worth a 5? Wow, top analysis buddy

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    • Don’t think anyone can argue with your analysis! You made a very valid point!
      Gerv’s performance was at least on par with Giroud if not better!

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      • Everyone on the pitch looked insync except for Giroud. The lad looked like a fish out of water, did nothing of note and it’s no surprise Gervinho outshone him.

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      • Giroud took a knee to his back. He wasnt moving well at all after that. You could see from the way he was trying to run it off. I ve personally experienced what it feels like and believe me it isnt easy to run off. Good thing he is getting a week off.

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    • This is the problem… it isn’t that he is “shit”. He’s a GOOD player. But is he good enough for a team that supposedly wants to win the league? NO! He’s a GOOD player… but he ISN”T a great player. Arsenal used to have great players. He misses far too many chances in games that matter, and he is very much of the Valencia mould – no skill, but can beat a man for pace. I love the Arsenal, but if we all want title challenges and trophies then we need great players. Why does it have to be that he is SHIT or great – is there no inbetween????? why can’t we all just see/admit that although this is a good crop of players, there are far better out there. Fickle, we get a win and then there is a love-in for the players again, a couple of them need to be replaced with real top4 quality and you’ll see the difference.
      Imagine Pires in some of the positions Gervinho has been in this season! THAT is the difference, it’s a fine line!

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      • So we could stick with Walcott running the ball out play and Song being shit for how many seasons, so much that we are screaming sign da thing for walcott and berating Wenger for allowing Song to go, but Gervinho is a hopeless case?
        ps: Would Pires get in those positions that Gervinho gets to?

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  11. Is it possible to get a average position chart from this game compared to some earlier ones? Kinda felt that there we were more dynamic in central midfield, more like last year, opposed to what I’ probably would call a rather immobile trio cemented in there positions. Thought I saw Cazorla drop deeper than Arteta several times to gather the ball and make a play.

    Happy to see hints of the real Wilshere back in form!

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  12. gerv rating is a harsh.. he create some and got in some danagerous position.. he wasn’t the only one to miss a sitter.. if jack had finished then he would of had another assist to his name. Fair enough when hes played bad but at lest give him credit when he played alright.

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  13. Sarcastic jibes at our own player when he actually played well…you’re a bunch of cunts. Remember what it was like to properly support your team? Cause at the moment you’re doing it wrong.

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    • agreet. Arseblog lost some serious credibility in my eyes – sure he doesn’t give a fish’s tit what i think, but the rating of the gerv was very harsh.

      In other games even when what he tries doesn’t come off, at least he TRIES.

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      • arseblog lost its standard & credibility long time back when it started the ‘ holier than thou’ approach…I just read what fans has to say about the games rather than arseblog.

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  14. Gervinho can make the most fantastic movements off the ball, but he makes me scream at the telly throughout the whole game with his final balls….

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  15. Majority are against Arseblog’s rating of Gervinho in Saturday’s game. I believe should come out to defend himself or apologise. Don’t do a Wenger on us now Blogs. Say something.

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