Friday, March 28, 2014
Arsenal 2-0 Hull: player ratings

Arsenal 2-0 Hull: player ratings

We stay top with comprehensive 2-0 win over Hull. Even with all the changes, and that change, we should have scored more, but three points the most important.

Here’s how the players rated.

Wojciech Szczesny: 7/10 – Had little to do but was always alert to danger. Obviously got a bit bored and tried to create some himself late on, but got away with it. Better to do that tonight than in the next few weeks. Oh, and another clean sheet.

Carl Jenkinson: 7/10 – Great cross for Bendtner’s goal, looked a little rusty but that’s to be expected.

Per Mertesacker: 8/10 – Untroubled.

Laurent Koscielny: 8/10 – Untroubled II – The Early Bart Simpson years.

Nacho Monreal: 8/10 – Really very, very good indeed. His performance will give Arsene Wenger something to think about because as good as Gibbs is, Monreal just offers a little more in the final third.

Mathieu Flamini: 7/10 – All action, bombing around the pitch, trying to take Huddlestone’s shirt off him in their area, the usual.

Tomas Rosicky: 7/10 – Busy, lots of running as usual, but his passes in the final third didn’t quite come off.

Aaron Ramsey: 8/10 – Not unusual to report he might have scored, more unusual that he didn’t. His pass for Ozil’s goal was Cescmungous and the one for Jenkinson to set up Bendtner almost as good.

Santi Cazorla: 7/10 – Much more involved tonight than in previous games. Hints that he’s coming back to form, unlucky not to have scored.

Mesut Ozil: 8/10 – A fine goal and one of those games where he didn’t flit in and out as much. He flitted in at the start and stayed at the heart of Arsenal’s performance throughout.

Nicklas Bendtner: 8/10 – Under the circumstances – and let’s be honest, they were far from ideal from any point of view – a fine display. The early goal obviously helped but his all round play was very good and he created a fantastic chance from which Ozil should have scored. Fair play, we say.


Theo Walcott: 6/10 – Didn’t do an awful lot in the central striking position.

Jack Wilshere: 6/10 – Came on at a time when Arsenal were letting Hull have the ball for the most part.

Mikel Arteta: 6/10 – On to keep things settled down, did that.

Bonus rating

David Moyes: Bwa ha ha ha ha/10, you Moe Syzlak looking hypertwat.

Feel free to debate and discuss in the comments, but please read the comment policy first and don’t get angry with each other, or me, about imaginary points.


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  1. Bendtner 8….. WOW

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    • the only sam is nelson

      who *ever* doubted that he is TGSTEL?

      fair play to the lad. he’s got all the attributes – pace, ability on the ball, heading, etc – he’s just fucked in the head is all. if he can score goals that help us win a trophy then nobody will grudge him when he buggers off on a free this summer.

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      • While I agree with his talent (always have), we need him hungry to get performances, and the last thing we want to feed is his ego

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        • He needs to get some confidence back as well as having people talk about you the way people talk about him, cant do much for your confidence, despite what he tells the media. For a player that hasn’t started in two and a half years, he could’ve easily gotten a hat trick last night & almost made a goal for Ozil. You could see how important that goal was for him. Good on you mate.

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    • Fair play to bendtner. We could of, in fairness to him played a false 9 tonight instead of the big man. But there is no chance that Arsene wenger would of thrown him in tonight if he had not been working his ass off in training. Well done Bendtner, he is certainly a better option than keeping chamakh around.

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  2. Ummm … you mean Jack?

    *Sub, instead of Nacho.

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  3. How did Nacho & the Flamster both start AND come on as subs? Impressive stuff.

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  4. Santi is on his way back to form. Looked much sharper today and doesn’t often get credit for his engine. The goals will come.

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    • Also noticed that he’s been getting more than his fair share of kicking and off the ball shit from the opposition this year.

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  5. Disgusted United conceded. Don’t want them harbouring any notions of firing Moyes. Successive draws should keep things perched beautifully in the grey area.

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    • Having had to put up with over two decades of glory hunting Manchester United fans acting insufferably in London (do they not realise how pathetic they are?!) watching the evil empire crumble is very, very enjoyable. A nice little bonus to the joy of Arsenal this season.

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    • I have to thumb it down. forgive me.
      the red scum must loose every single fucking game from here to eternity and i don’t care if satan’s sister managers them.

      apart from that – point well made. thumbs up!

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  6. I’m so excited that we’re starting to get so many players back from injury to increase squad depth, and by the look of it, everyone’s quality at the time. When Poldi’s back, our squad is starting to look genuinely terrifying, even though we’ve had a rock solid squad all season.

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  7. Re: Bendtner, hate to say I told you so but…

    I said it this morning! Ah, that’s what being vindicated feels like

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  8. incorrect subs

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  9. Nacho Monreal was so good that the ref didn’t notice he also came off the bench xD

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  10. Nacho wasn’t a sub was he?

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  11. Hahaha moyes.

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  12. Monreal played that well he gets two marks

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  13. I love TGSTEL. He really is international football’s everyman.

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  14. Blogs is drunk! High on Arsenal.

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  15. I know Monreal was good, but he definitely didn’t start AND come off the bench blogs.

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  16. I’m not entirely sure about those substitutions…

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  17. Did Flamini and Monreal came in for themselves? Nice display!

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  18. Bravo, Rambo man of the match for me once again. What fatigue? Might have not scored for once but somehow his all around game only seems to be getting better… having said that, time to give him a bit of rest now Arsene.

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  19. If you’re still unsure about the subs – REFRESH!

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    • Subs did freshen things up tonight, agreed.

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      • Super fucking LOLS u guys are killing me with laughters.

        I love this blog, and blogs u shouldn’t mind all them drunk Arsenal fan, we are all high on Arsenal FC.


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  20. That’s two fingers from Mesut to Carlo.

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  21. Now let another long good run from now on and see who can catch up with us

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  22. Ramsey-Özil tonight: Face Off reloaded?

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  23. If this is the much heralded Wenger ball, then who cares about Tiki taka which is obviously a low quality imitation of Wengerball. Big Nick scoring today was great, was rooting for Theo to cap off his cameo with a goal.

    Great stuff goons #topoftheleague

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  24. …and staying with movie references: Nick B. having a Capra-esque night: It’s A Wonderful Life :•)

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  25. What a wonderful predicament Wenger finds himself in… So many on form and talented players to choose from. Honestly wouldn’t know what to do in his seat, especially when having to choose between Nacho and Gibbs… But that’s why he is in that seat… In Arsene we trust!!!

    Up the Arse

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    • True about the Monreal/Gibbs dilemma. They both perform admirably defensively. Gibbs gives the team more pace going up and down the wing. Monreal does not have the pace but he has the better
      ability to join in with the rest of the midfield in its mesmerizing close control, quick, short passing attack.
      There is probably a way that Wenger can use them tactically depending on the opposition. I would be interested in hearing an analysis of how Arsenal could take full advantage this.

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      • 2013-2014 = 2003-2004

        Before Poldi comes back and if Santi needs a rest, would love to see Gibbs at leftback and Nacho at left wing.

        I’d go as far as saying Nacho is the best crosser of the ball in the Premier League. He always manages to launch one with pace and it’s usually inch-perfect.

        Regarding purely the leftback position: if our opposition are dangerous down their right-hand side: Gibbs. If the opposition are parking the bus and we need the extra quality in the final-third to score, Nacho.

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        • Hasn’t that been the last 10-20 minutes of out recant games anyway?

          Not a dig about the possibility, in fact the opposite — already seems to work pretty well

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  26. 4 clean sheets in a row. Bloody brilliant.

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  27. Indeed, Ozil flit in quite well today. That’s what I want to see more of going forward. This is the kind of performance you want against mid to lower table clubs. A comfortable, assured victory and no points lost.

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  28. I expect Wenger to rotate again coming this weekend..not least because Everton are flying at the moment and then we have two or three tough games to come.

    All looking good for arsenal right now. So much talent on bench.. It’s almost unbelievable… Biggest plus point is bendtner. If he can step in for Giroud for few games and chip in with few goals then we are sorted.

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  29. I’m still not sure about Arsenal’s chances – Pundit

    Who gives a fuck what you’re sure of you ass.

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    • Loved Robbie Fowler sitting there and answering a straight question with a straight answer.

      The table doesn’t lie – unless you’re an ex-pro turned pundit with a bee in your bonnet and Arsenal are on top.

      In which case, off you may fuck.

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    • But who the fuck thumb down this? Must be Alan Hansen himself

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  30. The Artist formerly known as DangerMouse

    We now actually know how to do routine victories. The mark of champions dare I suggest?

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  31. ‘Are you watching Are you watching David Moyes’. Hahaha Everton fans made me laugh today.

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  32. Early goals I’ll learn to live with. And those juicy ‘warnings’ our next opponents keep dishing out.

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  33. I love how we not crash small teams any more just do the same for big and small, win win win. Next big thing, Everton, do it again.

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  34. I really like gibs but how good wasn’t nacho tonight – brilliant performance!

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  35. Thought Bendtner did well tonight, should have scored a second when his touch let him down but held it up well and played his part. I think Ramsey has had his respiratory system replaced with a machine, his fitness levels must be off the charts in tests!!

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  36. I think with the face swaps Ramseys face should have been superimposed into ozils.

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  37. Surely Flamini has to be docked a point at least for not managing to pick up his usual yellow. :)

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  38. No Hansen on MOTD, I wonder why

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  39. this team is just wow!

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  40. Dat ozil is shit. He dont do nothin an don run arand 2 much enuf. And we payed 42 millyon for dat??????????? Wagnar out.

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    • We all understand the sarcasm. The thumb-downs are for your spelling and general literary issues with your post.

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  41. HAHAHAAAAA all you needed to say was Wagnar!

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  42. i’m just loving arsenal match after match,Arsenal is an addiction i wont mind living with al my life

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  43. I was really impressed today with the combination play between Cazorla and Ozil. They really looked the part today. Also Rambo’s pass mmmmmm

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  44. Just got home from the game. Enjoyed that. Can’t beat a midweek game at the Emirates. I thought that nacho and Rosicky were outstanding..

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  45. Sheer dominance! Szczesny was not on screen for a good old 15 mins at the start!

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  46. Great atmosphere & performance tonight. Although can’t believe the fans who groaned on the occasions where Bendtner didn’t do something quite right. He looked sharp, and made the odd mistake, which every player does.

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  47. Happy that bendtner scored

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  48. This about ozil – “He flitted in at the start and stayed at the heart of Arsenal’s performance throughout”. #QUALITY PUNDITRY

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  49. come on! Blog
    with 2-0,great performance,clean sheet they deserve better ratings!
    all 8/10 and Ramsey and Ozil 9/10. no big change but…
    very team-WIN!
    hope good omen before very hard games in December.

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  50. Santi still hasn’t found his form and is playing below par when we consider what he can do o a football pitch but I was glad to see he didn’t stop trying. Worked hard, didn’t hide, tried different things. Hope he’s going to find his game asap.

    Ozil… Did you know that he wasn’t that good a couple days ago? At least according to same papers… Ridiculous. He’s like from a cartoon. Draw sth impossible on paper and he will do it. I still can’t believe he’s an Arsenal Player.

    Speaking about cartoons… Bart Simpson. We know his quality, we know he can be a beast but still he looks like he recently found another gear. Awesome defender.

    One more thing. Top of the league. One Arsene Wenger.

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  51. The Downward Spiral continue…

    Wagner Out!

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  52. Xavi and Iniesta?

    Yeah do one!

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  53. Higuain's Biological Father

    First we have Chamakh, then Bendtner, Park Chu-Yong you’re up next !!!

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  54. Cazorla got better and better. Played himself right into form hopefully.

    Rosicky was below par for me.

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  55. Waking up at 3:30am for every evening game is becoming more and more rewarding. COYG

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  56. Bonus rating made my day hahahahahaha :D

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  57. Bendtner, the maharishi has finally emerged from his meditation high up in the Himalayas and will lead us to the promise land.

    Monreal looks threatening in the final third. Not sure there’s much between him and Gibbs.

    Better from Jenkinson today and yes, another shut out. Not sure the media has picked that up yet though. Probably still harping about our defensive fragility, need for a DM, back up to Giroud, lack of depth etc etc.

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  58. It was strangely satisfying to see Bendtner on the score sheet today. Fair play he’s said some stupid things and let his ego get the better of him but I really felt this season particularly that he’d get his fairytale chance to revive his career. He’s looked far from his or anyone’s best but he looked a lot sharper and hungrier today and that can only bode well for us when Giroud takes his well deserved rest.

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  59. What would be the minimum number games a player needs to play before he can collect a Premier league medel? If we win the league and Bendtner collects his medel before his summer exit, he will acheive what Fabregas and van perise did not achieve during their lengthy Arsenal careers. Rather surprising for a player whose Arsenal career had been written off since some time.

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    • I guess he can get Medel at the next game against cardiff :)

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    • He can hang it with his Serie A champions medal from his time at Juventus!

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    • The rule is 10 apps of any kind (start or 92nd minute sub both count).

      You can get one with less if the club ask the pl nicely.

      I’d be tempted to make sure he got one if we win the league, just so he could wave it at RVP’s ‘little boy’ as he leaves.

      OK that last bit sounded sooo much better before i wrote it down.

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      • Thanks mate. He is getting there with 4 apperances already. Now all that is left is the small matter of us winning the league :D

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  60. Arsenal is get tunned to become 3point machine.

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  61. Let Giroud come back for the Everton game and rest him for Man City, playing again Bendtner in vs Napoli. Give the Verminator a chance resting one of the centre backs vs Napoli.

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  62. cardinal gunners4life

    A well deserve victory and complete performance from our boys. COYG

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  63. bentner is back

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