QPR 0-1 Arsenal: player ratings

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It was as tight as a camel’s arse in a sandstorm, but Theo Walcott’s early goal was enough to take three points. Here’s how the player rated.

Wojciech Szczesny: 8/10 – Continued his good form since being dropped, excellent save late on from Remy to keep us ahead, and looked solid throughout.

Bacary Sagna: 6/10 – Much improved on last week but still lacks something in the final third. Again, not helped by the player in front of him being absent a lot of the time, and that his highest pass combination was with Ramsey highlights that further.

Per Mertesacker: 7/10 – In Mert we trust. Ashford and Simpson should write a song about him.

Laurent Koscielny: 7/10 – No nonsense, no fuss, clever, efficient defending. In great form now.

Nacho Monreal: 6/10 – Seems to be preferred in away games to Kieran Gibbs, and found Townsend a handful yesterday. Got into some good positions higher up the pitch but our overall lethargy up there made it difficult to have an impact.

Mikel Arteta: 6/10 – On the end of another nasty challenge early on (surely it’s just coincidence, right), which left him a bit inhibited. Still provides assurance at the base of midfield, which is important for the back four.

Aaron Ramsey: 6/10 – All energy again, working hard and trying to make things happen (without much happening). Proving a good squad player, especially in games we win through hard work above all else.

Tomas Rosicky: 6/10 – Not as influential as we might have hoped, sent Walcott clear in the 2nd half but the England man’s first touch let him down. Other than that a bit off the pace.

Santi Cazorla: 6/10 –: Some of his touch and close control is still a marvel, but not having as much of an impact as he did. Perhaps it’s tiredness, he has played more Premier League football than anyone else this season, but lack of options ahead of him makes it hard to be creative.

Theo Walcott: 5/10 – Scored a vital goal but peripheral throughout. Maybe he can be excused as an ‘impact’ player but at this point in his career it’s not unreasonable to expect him to be more involved.

Lukas Podolski: 5/10 – Again had a hard time up front, won more headers than I thought he would, but found it tough going. Even if he’s not scheduled for surgery this summer, it might be a good idea to have an engine fitted anyway.

Subs:

Jack Wilshere – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Thomas Vermaelen – No ratings.

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A visitor

Ridiculous stats for Walcott who scored a goal hit the post andd forced Green into an excellent save. T

maddo

He should be doing more than that for 90 minutes.
He was continually going into the middle, leaving Sagna exposed alone. (again)
Also at this stage on his career he should be “bossing” games taking it to the next level
( And yes I know he has scored 20 goals, same as TH14 as his age)

Tommy Gunner

If you watch Theo’s movement off the ball, it is absolutely non-existent. As soon as Rosicky/Cazorla get the ball, he just makes a completely token/aimless run. He doesn’t peel off, he doesn’t hold back, he doesn’t act as a decoy, he just…runs. Into the middle. Every time.

Stillmatic

I don’t agree at all, I think Theo’s movement is good, I saw many times yesterday when he could have been put in but the pass never came. We would have won more easily with an intelligent passer like Fabregas.

balezzzzzz

chelsea will purposely lose to spurs HAHA

no point of arsenal going into CL, their board won’t spend anyway. it’s better for spurs to go in, and they will spend to quality players.

Giroud's perfectly chiseled face
Giroud's perfectly chiseled face

Could that be because someone has to be in the box? I didn’t see podolski ever making runs there. Better theo than no one, in my opinion.

Dick Swiveller

True, but the intelligent runs are into wherever there is space, running into the middle does no good if it further congests the place when there’s an acre of space out wide that could create chances in the middle.

Stillmatic

Wenger about Theo at the weekend, “he makes good runs and he’s calm now in front of goal. Now you see every time he hits the target. He forces the keeper into a save. That’s why his numbers are so much better”.

So for the people who gave me a thumbs down when I said he makes good runs, it means you’re also giving Wenger a thumbs down.

NonchalantRepartee

Very unfair on Walcott. How Podolski received a higher rating than him is a wonder.

Johnnnycakes

He didn’t

NonchalantRepartee

Oh yeah.

Con Fucius

Walcott had what, 4 strikes? All of them decent and one goal scored. Wasn’t caught offside much either, which is either down to improved positioning or poor QPR defence, but he did the job. In my book, that deserves more than 5/10, especially when compared to Poldi who was pretty much invisible for whatever reasons. Also, as for accusing him of leaving Bac exposed, how much of that is down to Theo veering off course because he just feels like it and how much is down to tactics is unknown. His scoring (and our defence) won us 4/6 points so give the lad a pat on the back.

neutral

The assertion that Walcott leaves Sagna exposed as he runs around doing his own thing makes Wenger seem a bumbling idiot that cannot control his players. Its a nice story that fits into Blogs preconceptions, but I don’t believe its true. Ramsey probably connected more with Sagna because that was what he was told to do, Walcott drifts inside because that’s what Wenger wants him to do.

Attasmani

I actually think Walcott defended really well yesterday, I remember him always trying to help out Sagna and being unusually defensive during the whole game, which seemed to be a reason for him being less dangerous offensively. I also think that there weren’t too many attacks from their left side where Walcott was covering, we were more open on our left side. He could have still been more involved offensively though.
But I was pretty tired when i watched it, my memory might serve me wrong..

Stillmatic

How Podolski got the same score as Theo is a wonder…

Podolski has now played 3 games upfront in the league this season, zero goals.

Stillmatic

You say Theo should be doing more than that for 90 minutes but what was the rest of the team providing in attack??? Theo provided the biggest attacking threat, fact!

You complain about Theo going into the middle but obviously Wenger has given him permission to do so otherwise he would have been dropped by now. So if you don’t like it take it up with the manager, Theo goes central more now and that’s why he has 20 goals!

every mans arsenal

Go fuck yourself maddo. Walcott will never do enough in your eyes and all other haters in here. Pissed with you lot.

every mans arsenal

thumbing this down makes you a cock aswell. Thanks cock.

Jon

I would personally like to see The Ox being handed a start in front of Theo. Although he scored a goal today and hit the post, much of our bluntness in attack recently has been due to Theo being almost non-existent. I grant you that he has come up with some crucial goals in recent weeks, but as is so often the case, it seems to be his one and only contribution to a game. In 90 minutes of football, I think a little bit more should be expected of him. He looks very very short of form.

Aqeel

I think it’s obvious blogger’s got it in for Walcott!!

Harish

Walcott played as a striker when he was on as a winger/wide man to be fair.

I think he’s a great player in the making, but if I were judging him for what he should have been doing out wide, he didn’t achieve enough.

This time last season, to me he was the best right winger hands down. I’m confident he would be top 3 for most Premier League watchers. Now he seems to keep trying to make statements by staying in the middle. He’s skipping his duties. Ask people if he’s up there as a winger or a striker and I’d almost guarantee no defined answer by the majority. He was good in the middle, but not so good in his duties out wide. 6/10 might be fair, but 5/10 works too.

Tommy Gunner

If Koscielny neglected his duties at the back and played up front, I’m sure he would score more than a few too. But he doesn’t, because he knows he has a job to do. People defending Theo’s lack of positional discipline are missing the point – yes he got a goal yesterday, but anyone could if they played for their own ego rather than for the benefit of the team.

Yawe

He’s a right winger and for a right winger he’s not there to support Sagna.

Bould's Eyeliner

I think people are thinking the majority of us are saying that Theo should never drift inside, or make runs. That is obviously not the case, particularly with the Arsenal system. Too many times though Theo drifts in when he should not, running nowhere that makes him unavailable to active play in the final third, disappearing after he turns over a ball, etc. His movement is not strategic or efficient – THIS is why we have a problem with Walcott. We have no problem with him scoring. From any position.

godonner

Blogger is telling the truth yes he scored yes he won the match yes he hit the post but he still goes missing im theo im brilliant get fuckin over yourself

AGunner

Agree, 5 is a little harsh, should be least a 6!

Matt

He made 3 passes in the second half… even a non-proffesional could do better

every mans arsenal

all yall ganging up on walcott, yet poldi i’d say was worse. Really worse. Walcott may make 3 passes but gets the goals that matter. If you neglect all that only to point the ‘passes’ he made you really are a tosser!!!!!!!!!!

Belgooner

Message to Arseblog: Please stop giving Theo these low ratings and stop hyping the mantra “Theo should do better and does not deserve his place and his contract etc…

No player in the current squad is perfect and everyone has it’s flaws to work on, but Theo is by far the best winger in the country and we’re lucky to have him. Compare his performances with the wingers from other teams and realize he’s miles ahead!

Parisian Weetabix

No chance. When we played Man U, they gave us a lesson on wing play. How to cross, how to dribble, how to STAY WIDE. Theo is very good at very few things. He is not an all round winger and he is not the best in the country. Blogs is right; he’s good, but he should be doing so much more.

Double Canister

fergie obsesses with wingers. I thought Nani and Valencia were utterly shit against us last week.
Arsenal don’t play with real wingers, Theo and Poldi are more inside right and inside left players respectively.
Theo has a limited skill set and anywhere from 15 degrees to 55 degrees to the right of centre of the opponents goal box, he is deadly. Other than that…………..

every mans arsenal

“he should be doing so much more” what more can you ask from a winger who scores 20 goals and counting. What more is there???? Crossing the ball?, how many assists has he? Right. Walcott is doing fine. Blog and i bet his entire lineage have a thing against theo. It’s kinda sad.

Harsh

Walcott has got a very limited skill set…. He can run, he has got good composure and he can finish well. But that’s about it…. His passing is wayward at best, for a wingers or even as a striker, his dribbling should be a lot better, and crossing is alright but not world-class…… So by no means he is the best winger even in the team, least the country…….. And the reason he has been performing so good because wenger is aware of these things and has given him the exact specific role for that…. At the expense of higher work load on our right back….. Against qpr, arsenal seem to be playing half the time with ten men….

Sz

I should probably comment this on the by the numbers page but:

2: number of games left until we totally phase out Gervinho 🙂

Btw Ramsey and Koscielny have become monsters and really influential players, who would of thought that at the start if the season? Koscielny in particular certainly merits those “$25mil offer to Bayern”

Up the Arsenal ! 6 more points !!!

Edu's Braces

There was talk of lansbury being the new parlour. I think Rambo has really taken on that mantle in recent matches. Long may it continue.

GunnerJake

I thought maybe Arteta deserved a higher rating. Incredibly solid as a holding midfielder (just check the stats), and got a clever assist. my man of the match

Hardeep

Theo Theo
He himself doesn’t know what he is doing. So how can anyone of his team mate .
The way i see it . If he scores in a match I don’t mind carrying him for 90+ mins . But if he doesn’t then I think everyone should kick the shit out of him. Plain and simple he is the thickes player around . He admits he cannot read the game . I just hope Ox and gnabry I ready next season . No more theo on the wing . Just a 20 min player to bring on if we need a bit more pace .

OzGooner

Bloggs, I really don’t get how every single one of our midfielders gets a 6/10 yet the Midfield as a whole gets a 74% in the overview. Same goes for the forwards. Makes no sense. Plus 4/5 stars for this performance is a bit generous in my opinion. Maybe I’m just a spoilt Arsanal/Arseblog fan that expects that little bit of extra quality.

goontang

I dont care if he gets rated a 5, if he keeps scoring winning goals and gets us 3 points to take us above Sp*rs then he can play as shit as he likes for the remaining 89 minutes.

SickOfThisPuffyCoat

I agree, it’s a bit harsh for Walcott. Scored the winner, granted he didn’t make

SickOfThisPuffyCoat

*Sorry, I got posted before I was donet.* Anyway, not a lot of passes from Walcott but intersting shots in the second half. He was our most agile and reactive striker today

Harish

While I don’t feel the rating was ridiculous, I’d like him to start in the middle in the next game (keeping in mind Poldi’s ankle situation) and offer Ox a start on the wing. He would be awesome for his drive forward.

I’d like to see Rosicky swap with Cazorla, who i feel works best in the middle, while Rosicky’s runs would work just as well on the wings in my opinion.

maddo

Arsene: Pilates stretch …6/10

Gary Kick-Arse

Come on, that pilates was all he did for the whole game! And we needed the right flank covered for Sagna not him stretching through the middle. 😛

Oli

Harsh on Theo. His movement was great and got into three really good positions to score. He also did a number of times and was not found.

Note that he tested the keeper on four occasions, not sure the rest of the team mustered more than 2 or 3 shots on goal between them.

I’d have given him a 6.5/10

Fight 4 The Cannon

They seem just about spot on. Going forward I thought we were terrible last night. So much time and space against that defence and we played at a snails pace. If you attack effectively you take pressure off the defence and second half they looked the more likely to score. Onwards and upwards though. 3 points I’d happily have taken before the match.

Aaron Wakelin

If Szczesny gets an 8/10 for saving three points then surely Walcott should have got higher than 5/10 for scoring the only goal of the game. From memory, he forced three good saves from Green as well.

Monreal struggled with Townsend all day. Maybe Gibbs would have been a better match with his pace.

Tenacious Defence

Wasn’t Gibbs injured though?

Harish

Yeah, commentator said something about his thigh. Though, strangely I don’t remember reading about that in the press conferences, unless it happened on the day.

_

Szczesny got 8 for making 3 out of 3 saves that needed to be done, Theo was in 3 chances, scored 1. For me, he’s almost there, just needs to score also the other 2.

Rad Carrot

I think the Theo rating is justified. His goal was the least we should expect from him, and his passing rate and movement in the second half were absolutely dire. It was like we were playing with 10 men for the last 45 minutes.

rossi88

Andros Townsend was on it yesterday. I had a feeling the the spud would ruin it for us. Rosicky Cazorla and Podolski didnt click yday. Id give Ox and jack a run out in the maybe even getvinho on right and give theo a go through centre. He was the only one shooting. And worked the keeper with every one. They must be raring to go?

Arsene Wenger

I think we should try Walcao (no, that’s not a typo) in the middle with Fivehead/AOC on the right. Walcao scores most of his goals from central runs anyway plus the fact that a true winger would add more width to our attack so that Sagna doesn’t have to keep passing it back to the middle. If Podolski is fit enough, he could play on the left flank as Monreal was left exposed again and again by Cazorla, who could also possibly start in the middle.

We need to up our game for Wigan.

Tenacious Defence

Wigan’s win was just the result we didn’t need… now they’ll have confidence and a real sniff of survival.

Arsenes Nose

I thought Arteta played better than a 6.. 7.5 maybe.. Made interceptions and several tackles.plus an assist.
As of walcott.. He might have made good runs playing out of position but he gives sagna too much work to do..

Mike

Actually Walcott had a good game, scored one goal and hit the post, he did drop deep yesterday to get some interception, found that Arseblog sometimes too mean to Walcott while if Walcott deserve a 5/10 then Podolski should get lower ratings.

Harish

At best, Walcott deserves six. Ecerything he did yesterday was moatly ok… For a STRIKER. He was taking his wide role so seriously. We’re lucky that Sagna was on it defensively.

Walcott as a right midfielder/winger made one defensive move throughout the game. That is subpar for what he should be actually doing. Even attacking from the wing, I didn’t notice a single cross from wide (to be fair I did get distracted for around 15 mins in the second half.

Harish

Apologies on spelling etc. I accidently pressed submit while scrolling on the phone.

Blogs: can we get an edit button or Disqus in the comments section, please?

Harish

Why?

Cyril Washbrook

You could add an “edit comment” feature fairly easily using a plugin: e.g. http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-ajax-edit-comments/

London

bad language…

Harish

@Blogs: fair enough, I disagree about Disqus, but I’ve only been a user and not had to add it to website, so maybe there’s things I don’t understand on that side.

Please put an edit button in though.

jedi

Defo give Rosicky a 7. Brilliant work for the first goal, started getting better in the second half. Dropped back a LOT to defend and made some important clearances in our box. Hard working game, if not influential. Did play the pass to theo which hit the post too.

Also, he was bursting through them with that flying run when Jenas made that tackle. Oldest player at the club still the fastest burst of pace. Love him!

lee

Some obvious bias against Theo that we have seen before on here. Walcott was our only threat, end of story!

rezatron

Sheer dislike for Walcott has influenced this rating. He took his goal well and forced more saves than any other player on the pitch. If anyone was absent for me it was Podolski, a striker primarily needs to threaten goal not pass the ball about.

Theo deserves at least 6.5

Clockendrider

It’s not dislike. It’s just making the effort to write what we see rather than what we want to see.

the chosen one

People dont see walcott for what he really is, a brilliant athlete, not a brilliant footballer. Im sorry but if you cant see that you should be watching cricket

Stillmatic

It doesn’t matter what you call him, he gets lots of GOALS and lots of ASSISTS! Simple enough for you? Do you understand?

mmiki

There’s a reason poachers have all but disappeared from the game. Scoring one goal when you have the chance is below what’s expected for the highest level of football. He didn’t create anything, his off the ball movement was poor, and beside scoring that one goal he was absent from the game.

A visitor

Mark him down for what he did badly but mark him up for what he did well. 6.5 I’d say

Tenzo

Okay, I understand why you’d give Theo that rating, however he’s scored two games in a row, being the difference between a loss and a draw respectively. Props should (and will) go to the defence and Woj, but come on, it feels as though you have a predisposed bias or dislike towards Theo. I’m ridiculously biased towards him, and would probably give him head if he asked me to, but I can still be objective with regards to him. He’s our top scorer, but all people hang on are his wages. He scored his 20th fucking goal of the season, yet he’s still an immature, opportunistic punk who forced the club to pay him an undeserved salary. 20 goals, and a number of assists from a fucking winger is something we should be praising. We diss him for not delivering, but he’s delivered 20 goals himself. Who knows how many he’ll score and assist next season? I’m not saying get on his dick, I’m just saying get off his back.

jack jack jack

You can’t argue with his stats. There’s no doubt he’s become a very fine finisher, but he is still hugely lacking as a footballer. I think that’s what’s so frustrating – I expect him to be better by now, to be more intelligent in his movement and team play, to be more mature and hardworking, to be more selfless.

Theo does take his chances now, which is to be commended, but I feel like in other ways he’s regressed since he first arrived. He used to take players on and actually use skill to go past them (rather than just trying to run through them) and make dangerous runs. I don’t know what happened but the general feeling I get is that he’s obsessed with scoring. Players who work hard for the team and do their job are generally well-loved by fans (see the return of Ramsey), but Theo goes missing in games and often appears to make decisions as if he were the only player.

If you compare him to a player like Bergkamp (stay with me here), Dennis always made decisions from the standpoint of the team – whether that meant he should pass, shoot or try out some trickery or whatever. He was a purely selfless player, no ego bollocks at all. I don’t know, I think if I saw Theo really getting his head down to do his job as a winger for the team, I would be far more forgiving. I honestly couldn’t give a shit about the contract stuff.

Tenzo

Yeah, I hear that. But then, he’s still developing. Fuck, Rosicky is still developing because footballers never stop developing or learning new skills. His pace is an athletic attribute, but his crossing, finishing, forward play etc are all football skills that can still improve. Think to last season, when van Persie was the golden boot winner, Theo provided a shit load of assists, and people still gave him stick. Robin then left, and Theo, who was a striker learning to sky his trade on the wing understandably wanted a shot down the middle because the main striker left. Has he been more of a selfish prick this season? Yes. But he’s trying to show that he has what it takes to be a talisman, and our man forward. He has scored 2 hattricks in the process, and gotten a number of assists. He went from a large provider last season, to the largest scorer this. When (if) he combines the two, and contributes 40 goals, both scoring and providing, people will still get on case. My question is, will you? If Theo delivers what you’ve listed, will you look for something else?

jack jack jack

I’ll still get on his case about those bloody books if that’s what you’re asking. But honestly, I like Theo. He’s definitely not my favourite player (my one true love Rosicky) but he seems like a good lad, and regardless he’s an Arsenal player so as long as I feel he’s trying his best (which I think he does) I’m right behind him. As I said, his stats are good, which is great. What you pointed out though, this trying to prove himself as the talisman, is what I’m finding a bit trying. My frustration comes from the fact that it appears to be at the detriment of the team – we are often left with no width on the right as Theo has drifted inside to stand next to Giroud, and Sagna is often left greatly exposed. It also irks me that by playing his proper wing position he actually gets plenty of chances to scores goals (as he has done) and show off his finishing ability, as well as provide assists.

I just feel he should stop trying to be Henry for now and work hard on being the best he can in the position he’s picked. When Ramsey was picked at right back or right wing he did the job he was asked; it would have helped no one if he had just drifted into central midfield because that’s where he wanted to play.

If Theo matures into the player we all thought he would, I will be nothing but delighted, I have defended him in the past and am only lightly (and constructively) criticising him now.

Umbria

Everything jack jack jack has said and a bag of potato chips. Spot on. For me personally I like Theo, but his play lately has been about him and not the team, and for that I get peeved. He scored two goals in the past two games after a long drought, but by no means should he consider himself the second coming of Christ as he exuded during his post match interview. He needs to make himself more available as an outlet during the game, even AFTER scoring. First half performance alone I’d have given him a 7, but his second half was nothing short of dire. I think overall maybe 5 is a bit harsh, but a 6 will definitely do.

Stillmatic

Theo can’t be that selfish if he has most assists!

joblow

Gervinho scores 2 games in a row, gives some assist, holds the line, takes on players, gives us width, forces the defense to play at least 2 players on him and yet still the very next game he does not score/assist he gets a 5/10 even though he does more than Walcott would do in an entire game. So why can’t Theo get a hard earned 5/10?

A visitor

The liveblog suffers from antiwalcott bile too.

Glory Hunter

Terrible rating as usual!
Your Theo bashing is getting boring.
If that was Giroud who scored, yet did nothing else for the rest of the game, you will never give him a 5 & you know it.
The worst part is he actually had a few shots on target.
But it’s your blog & you can choose to be bias if it makes u happy.

_

yeah, but somehow that never happens to giroud, as he usually creates many chances and a lot of space for the team, wins headers, drags defenders…

Glory hunter

So you’re basically confirming the bias!
Giroud has been AWOL in all the big games(apart from Spurs at home) even missing presentable chances but never got a rating of 5.
It’s ridiculous.

Glory hunter

But if he scored in had scored in any of those games would you have given him a 5?
We all know the answer to that question 🙂

_

Perhaps there’s perceived bias because Giroud _is_ contributing more? Giroud’s finishing is a bit disapointing to me, not because he is missing those chances, but because from his last season’s highlights (ehm) it seems there an amazing finisher hidden somewhere in him. If he’s getting into 3 more chances per game than Theo, then I’m fine with him missing one or two of them (as long as he scores a fair share), because beyond that, he will also make those three stupid flicks – yes, stupid, but for other players. Theo has created roughly the same number of chances as he has assists, despite taking corners and free kicks…

A visitor

Gervinho is the man I’d like to have seen yesterday, replacing a sadly ineffective Poldi and ahead of the Ox.

Alistair

Walcott isn’t the finished article,its obvious he is naturally an athlete not a footballer.Unlike Henry, Wallcot hasn’t got a Berkamp 2look 2to help his game out on the field of battle or in training.We need Dennis Berkamp the best ever Arsenal player to be part of the coaching staff to eventuality replace Wenger as manager,as eight years of nothing cost the club 48 million pounds & I’d of done that 4 half the money.

Arsene's bottle of water
Arsene's bottle of water

Theo had more shots on target than the whole rest of the team combined.
Him and Cazorla were the only ones trying that.
For a team that flicks the ball around far too much, actual shots on target are important, you know.

A

We know that you don’t like Theo much Blogs, but this was too harsh.

No matter how poor everyone may think his all round play might be, he has been decisive on many occasions for us this season, and in the last two weeks as well. The point is that no one else even tends to drift into scoring positions for us. Podolski is clearly not used to the position enough because he rarely makes any runs into the box, and keeps dropping deep far too often.

Theo at least gets into those positions and, more importantly, finishes well. If he doesn’t track back as often as someone else is a direct consequence of the freedom given to him by Wenger to drift inwards to look to score.

5/10 is way too harsh for the only Arsenal player who threatened the QPR goal yesterday.

pete

noone likes theo, sorry but hes a cun*. Have you ever seen him post match, you can see the arrogance in the air. I would love to see the back off him.

Top Gunner

Wow! I’m speechless, you would luv to see the back of him, so we can buy more Gervinho’s & Girouds?!?
I think the lack of recent success is affecting your mental health!

pete

both players you mentioned are better lol

davonewzealand

6 /10 sums up Arsenal for the whole season. Every summer we sign a couple of players touted as world beaters . Everyone makes vague references to Premierships and making deep runs in the Champions league and domestic cups. Now, Borussia Dortmund play Bayern Munich in the Champions league final. Manchester United won the Premiership a long time ago. Chelsea play Benfica in the Europa league final. Man City will probably win the FA cup trophy. But we here in 6 /10 Arsenal land are deep in thrawl of Arsenal’s ninth successive, tilt, at winning the Wenger trophy. The way out 6 /10 battlers are playing I reckon will be in the running for the Wenger again next season.

dutchkid

Europa League is not a trophy. I’d much rather we finish 2nd in our group & get knocked out on away goals by Bayern than finish 3rd and win the Europa league against teams like Basel and Benfica.

Good-Bloke

I would’ve given Theo a 3/10, just for the fact that the little cunt insists on taking the majority of freekicks and corners. Virtually every other player on the team would produce better deliveries. Fucking Cazorla could do better with his wrong foot and his eyes closed!!

I know he scored and am grateful for the 3 points, but Theo’s ego is almost unbearable.

Theo, if you had only average pace, you’d be playing in the championship or lower!

A

Well it’s more than evident that you haven’t watched Cazorla deliver corners recently.

Arsene Wenger

Also he forgets to mention that Cazorla does not have a ‘weaker foot.’

every mans arsenal

also that cazorla did not score yesterday nor did he against united. Walcott maybe not good enough for the prem according to you but if he gets those 20 goals that other supposed “premier league players” aren’t getting i’d say he’s doing just fine even more than fine!!!!! Now shut up thanks.

GoonarDJ

C’mon blogs, Walcott’s gets the same as Podolski? Really? The german was completely ineffective on the ball and lost it countless times, Walcott mostly got the ball at the touchline and ran yo Goal. He even controlled a High ball in the penalty box and forced a save from their GK. 5 is too harsh, he had the most shots and those are that win you games, Barca had about 4 times the number of passes bayern, still fucking lost 7-0

Frank

Despite his goal,he ws very poor.even if he ws havin shots on goal.he ws missin althrough the game.to me he ws not even a treat to them.

Glory Hunter

But he scored the winning goal!
we wouldn’t have won if he didn’t score.
Or am I missing something?
To give him a 5 for 2 consecutive games that he scored in is unacceptable.
If Podolski gets a 5, then Theo deserves higher & from the responses to this article, it seems majority agree.

Santhosh Gopal

I think its already mentioned here, but a 5 rating for Walcott after he had a good game, looking like the only person who was going to score, is unbelievable. Did he steal something from you?
Also Ramsey worked hard but played some extremely poor passes in the final third, still accept his 6 rating. Walcott for 5 is just ridiculous, also the live blog just highlights whenever he does something not great. Have you seen Valencia or Young play, if they had a game like Walcott’s yesterday they would be MOTM.

Ronnie7

Look at Ramsey’s stats and get back to me, he didn’t have his best game by any means but he did not play “extremely poor passes in the final third” – he led both teams on chances created in fact (tied with some other players).

Also blogs’ live coverage wasn’t only focused on Theo’s negatives – but I will say that his lack of presence in the final 45 minutes of the game was rather telling. Its simple: 6/10 for the first 45, 5/10 for the second 45, = 5/10. Makes sense to me.

Ronnie7

* That should be 4/10 for the second 45.

eleanor

Walcott scored the goal, hit the post with another effort that on a different day would also have gone in, and had an excellent (on target) attempt in the second half.

Rosicky still provided much-needed tempo.

And Arteta was pretty-much everywhere. Really good stuff from him.

Overall, it’s easy to be critical. It was a horrid game to watch at times. But these aren’t normal times. And these aren’t normal games. This is about sucking the oxygen out of the gobs of the neighbours. What we have to do is keep winning. That’s all that matters. Because the alternative simply doesn’t bear contemplating.

And let’s see where we are in ten days’ time. Because we might just be a lot closer to where we need to be, and that should put yesterday’s performance into a better perspective.

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E-Van

The irrational anti Walcott bias on this blog is getting pretty annoying. Theo is our player, he’s helping us scrape games and we need to back him. Blogs wrote him off before the new contract was signed and it has just been a steady Theo bashing since.

It’s pretty clear Theo is never going to have a superior technique or be a cerebral space-finder, but he is a tremendous weapon with great pace and the ability to finish and create goals. The stats do not lie. 41 games (12 as sub), 20 goals, 16 assists. Until we improve our squad or the Ox develops, he is a starter.

Every moans about him cutting inside to the CF/inside right position and when he takes free kicks/corners but I think this for the most part is the managers choice. With our current formation, one of the front three often plays a second striker type. Also, while all instincts say that Santi or Arteta or someone other than Theo should take the corners, I think you’ll find all of them are pretty ineffective. Also, he can put a good delivery in, look at Merts goal vs Fulham.

A major problem we have had over the last couple of months (ironically, as we’ve been picking up points left, right and centre), is that as a whole we are often toothless in attack. Rosicky, maybe, is the exception. Podolski, when he plays, has been non-existent, Giroud like Walcott has limitations, Cazorla is probably shattered as he is in his first prem season. Ramsey and Arteta are doing a solid job in the middle but offer very little goal scoring chances.

Blogs – football does come down to opinion, but get some perspective! You have staunchly and correctly defended Ramsey from the boo boys, but are doing worse to Walcott, our top scorer from the right wing!!!!

3po

re: your second last paragraph, see that’s what’s the problem, isn’t it? ramsey and arteta are not meant to be outlets for goals, if they find themselves in goal scoring positions (ramsey especially) then they should go for it (and its an aspect of ramsey’s game that he’ll need to work on), but apart from that the two of them are charged with protecting the back four and recycling possession which both have done exceptionally well with.

my main problem is with our CAM, our wingers and our forward. rosicky has been amazing in dictating tempo, and has netted twice himself but we need more than that game in and game out, and his potential replacement is jack, who as much as i love him, just isn’t a goal scoring threat with 1 goal to his name this season.

santi has done well, and while he fades in and out of stretches of games he cannot be expected to carry the team’s goal tally.

theo has done well in goal tally this season but if you look at the distribution of goals they are highly concentrated around a few games, and his contributions in his off the ball movement are close to nil.

giroud also has done well but also has been lacking form in his finish and also has goals in clusters of games. that said we really do miss him and his contribution to the defense of set pieces and his presence in front of goal, despite his sometimes frustrating finish.

poldi and gervinho up front, well, that’s that (i’ll never forget gervinho’s miss at bradford).

this is all to say that we need an out and out striker next year, we have the base of our midfield and our defense sorted, so we need our attacking options beefed up.

viera

what we need is a player like townsend some who can drive at tge opposition. walcott foes nothing for me. his movement is brutal. for ling spells ge was nowhere to be seen. not good enough. well just about do a team trying to squeeze fourth spot. podoski brutal too tell me its an injury cause that was woeful. five my hole. monreal get a six tut tut. destroyed i thought. lets raise the bar bloggs

big black clock

Don’t see why everyone’s getting all titsy. Blogs has already given a perfectly reasonable explanation of Walcott’s criticism.

Anyone that regularly reads this blog knows that Blogs is more rational than to hold petty bias.

Topgunner

So u agree that Theo’s performance rating of 5(same as Podolski) is fair?

big black clock

*perfectly reasonable explanation on today’s blog post.

I’m looking at his rating independently. Like Blogs said, Theo only made 4 passes in the second half. So basically he was non existent offensively and defensively in the second half. For a game of one half from Theo, 5 is pretty fair.

Anyway it’s all about opinions.

big black clock

Honestly I’d rather give stick to Blogs for giving Podolski a 5 rather than for giving Theo that score. He was dismal.

every mans arsenal

shhhhhhhh!!!!!!!@bbc. Indeed poldi was infact more terrible than walcott practically invisibe but we’re not allowed to talk about that here. We only concertrate on walcott and overexxagerrate his flaws. (ARSEBLOG RULES)

Mohd Isa

The next game is vs Wigan, The latter my have have in the final prior to meeting the gunners.
The gunners have a habit of slipping in the big games and this game and the one against NU could be the game changers.
The gunners must win both games to have a realistic chance of cl soccer. Even 4 points may notbe enough.If the gunners continue to dither in the middle,don’t be surprised Wigan play smash and grab to get a draw or win.

ONEILLIO

His name is Theo and we hope he develops late.
Right now he’s a winger that Arseblog just doesn’t rate.

How did Duran Duran not think of that?

A visitor

Yeah fair enough -and appreciate you coming on the blog to respond

I think you express your exasperation with Walcot quicker than with other players. On the blog you are recognising some of the good things he’s done. If he’s occasionally tracking back well, holding the ball up well, scoring goal hitting the post or forcing a save out of Green then he’s not peripheral and doesn’t deserve a five.

Nordin

I think the two CB, Mer & Laurent, should get higher!! Hey its another cleansheet right? So they should get more credit for their overall efforts.

Max

Scrape into the CL, next season play for 4th place get trounced in CL when we play a decent team in the knockout stages, tedious, I’m falling asleep here.

dutchkid

Don’t know why everyone’s complaining about 5/10 for Theo – he was crap. Yes he scored a goal but that was put on a plate for him by Arteta and it was a pretty poor finish anyway, and he barely touched the ball for the rest of the game. The only difference between him and others is that he shot when he got the ball, and most of the time Green saved easily. Any player is capable of getting a shot on target.

Podolski rating is a bit high though – I’d say 3 or 4. Also would like to have seen the Ox a bit sooner.

Lord theo

I just cant understand the hate for walcott,he scored the only goal, hit the post and was even shooting 4rm distance and gets that rating.Walcott will neva be the winger that we want him to be bcos he is a finisher and he damn at scoring.20 goals and 14 assists and u still bash and he scored against man u,chealsea,totenham,liverpool and everton and very few of his goals came in bunches but then again keep hating on your own player just bcos his not a workhorse or doenst have a rocket shot but the fact remains that is our most productive player this season and his goals against the big teams are proof of that.

A visitor

I think Theo misses the Dutch Skunk more than others -his whole style of play needed to change.

Let’s hope the untrustworthy former Feyemoord chappy scores a couple of goals today before dissolving into a puddle of slime thus making him unable to get his fingers on the cup that he betrayed Arsenal for, or to spend any of the oodles of Euros he was paid.

Voldermort

This Walcott bashing is getting embarrassing and a bit rediculas to be honest.
Blogs we get you don’t like the bloke but it does the credibility of this site no good In my opinion.

TH

Not much point coming on arseblog to discuss Walcott to be fair.

Was clearly our best player going forward yesterday (not to claim he was that good), he was the only one who caused QPR problems all game and but for a couple of terrible passes when he’s run away from his man in the last two games, he’s probably have had 4 goals in 2. Certainly made more happen in the final third than anyone else on either side yesterday and outside of our CBs, was our best player.

Think it was telling when both Theo and Podolski got in behind first half, both played very similar balls across, both cut out because we had nobody in the box attacking it. Podolski’s was described as a good ball iirc, Theo’s bafflingly as a ‘lazy ball’. It’s tiresome, but just let him whine and be disappointed whenever Theo scores. It’s his way.

SR819

I don’t understand the issue with Walcott’s rating. After the goal he did nothing, and hid for the majority of the match. He just doesn’t do enough to justify the 100K that we’re paying him. Technically he’s probably no better than most first division wingers, he shirks the defensive side of the game and his attitude stinks (his interview after the QPR match was so arrogant).

Blogs is absolutely right to highlight how Walcott is one of the main reasons why our performances are poor offensively this season. He’s a selfish player who plays only for himself, to the detriment of the team.

A

20 goals and 10+ assists isn’t worth 100K a week for you, and then in the summer you’ll crib about our wage structure, saying we’re too stingy.

Perhaps Walcott’s deal signals a slight change in Arsenal’s wage policy from here on. Also, he’s worth more than your average player to Arsenal commercially, which is why they might have gone the extra yard as well.

RC Motors

Alot of people saying walcott was poor on the right wing. And from what I saw podolski didn’t offer much through middle. Surely we should just play walcott through the middle and put the ox on the right at least he will stick to his orders and cover sagna if he needs it.

AW

People are being too harsh on the style of play. How can you just ask for them to play a way that they clearly cannot, both technically and tactically? Apart from Rosicky and Cazorla, in my opinion, no other player in our squad yesterday would make it into another world class quick passing, technically brilliant team. Ramsey is very energetic but his technical ability and decision making in the final third is awful. Podolski is clearly off the pace and Walcott is as one-dimensional as it gets. Last year if you remember, we conceded plenty of goals, but we could because we had a set attacking midfield which could bang in lots of goals. Rosicky, Skunk, and Song were all used to playing that way, Arteta had more freedom and Benayoun did a very decent job. This year and especially against QPR, we clearly lacked that technically brilliant focal player on the tip of the attack, like it or not Skunk complemented our passing game very well, in a way Giroud and Podolski either cannot or haven’t learned to yet. Arteta has much more responsibility on his shoulders and clearly cannot play the way he would like. Imagine if we had pushed forward incessantly and QPR had managed to score. How would we have managed to get back on track? We don’t have enough players to pass it around quickly enough to fashion clear cut chances that way, so we would have had to hope for and individual piece of brilliance. Would you have preferred to be losing and hopefully score in the last few minutes, or protect a lead which you already have and try and hit them on the counter? We are playing this way out of sheer necessity….

Voldermort

Yep il second that its 12 o’clock and a pint or glass if wine doesn’t seem so bad now it’s midday.

serv

As soon as Theo scored Wenger should have taken him off. Theo seems to consider his day done as soon as the ball hits the net.

Goon

Walcott is useless. If people judge players based only on goals and assists. Then he is our best player. I’m sure even the most ardent supporters of Theo will agree with me when I say: Hell no. He should be sold. He is an impact player, and that’s all he’ll be good at. Gnabry is 17 and he’s a better player already. Our attack is better with Gerv and Ox. Wenger needs to drop Theo. He seems like a nice, honest guy. He tries hard but he deserves to be benched. A win is win, but if we play like that against Wigan then we will lose, Newcastle will be tricky too. A draw and win is all we can afford — maybe.

Top Gunner

Nobody agrees with you sorry!!!

Goon

You do; you just don’t know it yet.

every mans arsenal

You start with “walcott is useless” and that makes that whole drivel you just wrote down there useless aswell.

lulu

Off the topic of Walcott, I think the pitch really affected our mid fielders yesterday. The ball was bobbling, passes were not hitting the target as all pace was taken off the ball or they were overhitting it to make up for the pitch. I think Ros and Arteta were a bit frustrated by it. If we had Giroud up front, we could have played long ball a bit more affectively than with the Pod.

On Theo, I agree with Blogs. Theo and Sagna had one of the best partnerships in the team last year. This year, Theo has left Bac out to dry. There is no partnership on the left as the positions change every game. Gibbs and Pod were coming to an understanding but don’t play together enough.

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