Arsenal 2-0 Fulham: player ratings

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It wasn’t the most accomplished performance of all time, but all that matters is the three points which keep us top of the league.

Here’s how the players rated. And remember, with our brand new player ratings system you can add your own ratings and the aggregate of all reader scores is displayed alongside ours.

Note: We know it’s not showing properly in the apps/RSS feed, but we’re working on it.

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Made some great first half saves/interceptions, but just got a bit sloppy towards the end when he thought the game was won.

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Another solid, consistent performance from the best right back in the league.

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Caught out with a ball over the top at the end, but otherwise pretty much immaculate against a fairly non-threatening Fulham side.

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Tops again, tackles 4/4, clearances 11/11, and he was up Berbatov's arse like the star of Backdoor Sluts IV (so we're told).

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Another good display from the Spaniard who got up and down the line all day long and put in some great deliveries from the left hand side.

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I loved him today. He had a 98% pass completion rate, but he was brilliantly sly with some of his fouling/blocking which he got away with every time.

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Did well and was always looking to try and create something in the final third. It didn't always come off but gets a nice assist for Santi's opener.

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Not the kind of performance that will convince the doubters but was always available and looking to get involved. Relax folks, he'll come good. The fact he's playing poorly doesn't mean he's a poor player, and it's certainly not an excuse for people to go mental or start fights. Apart from for those people who want any excuse to go mental or start fights, but what can you do about them anyway?

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It's hard to remember sometimes this lad is just 18. It shows in some of his decision making, but he's always positive, looking for a chance to test the keeper. Had 4 shots from increasingly decent positions, but only one of them required a save.

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Even if his passing is still somewhat wayward, he stepped up when required today. Two goals, 2-0, three points. Gracias Santi!

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Worked hard, as always, didn't really get much in the way of service against two big centre-halves, and struggled to create anything clear cut for himself.

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Got on and showed the boss what he's about. Could have scored with practically his first touch but for a great block, and saw a blistering shot pushed onto the post.

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Not really on long enough to rate, had a half chance at the end from a Cazorla cross.

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Bonus rating: 10/10 - That bit when Flamini cracked his knee off Sidwell's then stood on his toe. Hilarious fun to watch a snide player like Sidwell get some back.

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Sajit

10/10 should have gone that ex spurs cunt missing an open goal

blogs is moist

Darren Bent is a gooner actually

Lee

If he’s pulled on their filthy shirt he’s NOT a gooner. He’s something Wenger stepped in.

jimmyjames

Is it just me or do these new player ratings page shows up all wrong on the android app?

Jammathon

Strangely enough, they show up fine when you want to make a comment on the app. Just not before.

Heroldgoon

All of Girouds efforts today landed in my backyard.

Heroldgoon

Even this gets redthumbs, don’t know if i could have made it any clearer that it’s a fucking joke.

Bendtner's hair band

Except all that landed in your backyard are the crickets you now hear chirping as homage to your excruciating plea and attempt at humour.

Swish

Now that’s a joke.

HG, the fact you’re getting red thumbed down is because your joke was at the expense of Giroud. The guy may not be as clinical as Messi, but he works his nuts off for the team. He is a lot, lot more important to our team than being the end result to our attack.

Swish

Admittedly, I wasn’t able to watch the game, so maybe they were a bit dire. Connection in Manaus is absolutely terrible at the best of times. Looking forward to my fibre optic back in Blighty…

Have you posted up any clips of the goals yet blogs? Santi’s goals sound like they were pretty awesome from the Live Blog.

Smudger

Maybe if you’d made it funny it would’ve been clearer that it was a joke.

Heroldgoon

This is a very common joke to express how far from the goal girouds efforts were, just making fun not tearing into Giroud as such.

if you didn’t like it suck a dick!

A Yank In King Arsene's West Stand
A Yank In King Arsene's West Stand

Well, that escalated quickly.

Heroldgoon

i swear the are some untouchable im this team so much so you can’t even make a joke without so much as a reprimand. fucking lighten up!

mastaofthegoonaverse

Is Heraldgoon the new Fat Gooner? where is he this week?

Android Gooner

I believe Arsene Wenger feels the same way.

On whether Poldi can play upfront he said:

“He can as well, because if he is in front of goal and you give him one chance, you score with him. He doesn’t hit it in the stand.”

Fabulous

Is it just me or does no one really realized this? Giroud’s pass to Wilshere for the first goal was absolute class. Again, fair enough his finishing needs a bit of work but what he makes up for is great work ethic and a good target man for our midfield players to lay the ball to and make runs etc. Apart from Cazorla continuing his run, I don’t think it would’ve been a goal had Giroud not find Wilshere in space. So yeah I really think it won’t hurt if he’s spared some slack.

jimmyjames

Is it just me or do these new style player ratings show up all wrong on the android app?

Android Gooner

It’s just you

A Yank in King Arsene's West Stand
A Yank in King Arsene's West Stand

Emirates Announcer: 10/10 for effort in pronouncing Kacaniklic
0/10 for execution in pronouncing Kacaniklic

There is something to be said for 60k home and away fans having a good chuckle together.

A Yank In King Arsene's West Stand
A Yank In King Arsene's West Stand

Just a handy reference update- You can watch the 2nd half on Arsenal Player, the substitution is at about 85:45. After Ozil takes a cheeky 15 minutes walking off the pitch 🙂

Giroud is good but not good enough
Giroud is good but not good enough

Sign a striker or Wenger Out

Tjasz

You need to get your head checked.

WengersNoseHair

Get a brain or shut up

tomARSE

Yeah! Silly wenger and his silly top of the table football team.

You cock.

Swish

Game, Set and Match.

My thought summed up nicely with this.

Fluffy

Go away Piers!

texelmore

As I’m often tempted to say to the arse that is Morgan – “Oh do fuck off!”

Arsepedant

You are a fool. That is all.

Petit's Handbag

How many games are we winning two nil this season!!? Ridiculous!

Non Rhetoric Frank

Six times. We have won six games with the result 2-0. Five at Emirates and one on the road.

14

These are the games which we previously would have drawn 1-1. The importance of the second goal is being realized.

Clock End Mike

It’s 10 if you include cup games: Fenerbahce (ECL), Naples (ECL), Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Southampton, Marseille (ECL), Hull, Cardiff, Spurs (FAC), Fulham

2-0 is the new 1-0 🙂

Bunburyist

It’s just not on.

I’m composing a sternly worded letter to Sir Chips.

CB

New song?

2 nil to the Arsenal, 2 nil to…

Think it might catch on…

smh

“Are you not entertained?!”

some dumb american

Dos a Cero. It’s a magical scoreline; ask any American. Glad it’s becoming popular with Arsenal as well.

Anselmus

Poldi clearly had something to prove when he came on. Unlucky not to get a goal.

Podolski

Wonder where Poldi will play against Coventry… LW or CF?

o2ba

Soo glad betbatosser had his usual shit game COYG

DoeEyes

A bit unnecessary.

non-flying dutchman

seriously, when does a naff player saying that they want to play for a club way too big for them then become a transfer rumour??

David

Giroud and our BFG goal celebrations, 10/10

Gooner3000

Ozil needs to step it up or get dropped when Ramsey Arteta Are back. Simple.

rochester

Just like we should have dropped Santi after his last performance. Oh, wait.

Clockendrider

That’ll be the Ozil that Ronaldo had in his Ballon d’Or top three.
You can please some of the people some of the time. The rest need lobotomies.

non-flying dutchman

who else in that midfield set-up gets dropped when our best player of the first half of the season (ramsey) and out de-facto captain (Arteta) are fit to play again??… all Gooner 3000 is saying is that the man needs to step up a gear, what right minded person disagrees with that?

rochester

Right you are Clockend, and it just occurred to me, Gooner3000 is obviously Tim Sherwood.

Dial Square

Problem with that, is that he doesn’t have Ronaldo playing in front of him anymore.

I can’t help feeling that if he had a world-class striker to feed, we’d see a lot more from him. HFB is great, and we all love him, but he’s far 25-goal-a-season striker. Very far.

Maniac

Podolski was, at least for me, outstanding today. Came on, nearly scored with his second touch of the ball, then had his glorious shot pushed onto the post. Could easily have scored at least one goal. Apart from that he was up and down the pitch rapidly, helping gain back possession and even blocking crosses down the left side. You could see he was fit, ready and hungry for a goal. Excellent performance as a sub and hopefully will be in the starting line up next time.

tomARSE

How Podolski doesn’t burst footballs when he hits them is beyond me, perhaps he see’s the dutch skunks face and not a football?

Szczesny's right glove
Szczesny's right glove

Quick question here: What if a ‘keeper gets injured/sent off during a match, but his team goes on to record a clean sheet. How does this figure in the race for the Golden Glove?

Virginia Goon

I talked to left glove yesterday, he told me he wanted it, hand off. All jokes aside, one fine save on that Sidwell attempt early on the first half. Brilliant stuff.

Smiley

Why the heck is this being thumbed down…

nik

Because plonkers

abcd

it will be difficult for wenger now to decide who to play wilshere or ramsey.

Jambo!

Ramsey is still solidly my first choice for his all round game, the lad can get forward and can defend as well which is a massive asset to the team. His stamina is something else. But Wilshere has improved upon his early season performances, agreed.

CB

Good problem to have.

AlaminIImam

Agreed..That’s my thought too.Love them all!

adiiii83

Gotta love the selection headaches…These days when a player gets injured, Wenger doesn’t have that “oh shit we’re fucked” look on his face. He knows he has a huge list to come in. It still pisses me off when the analysts pop up and talk about Arsenal’s lack of depth in the squad to be the downfall. Ummm: Ramsey, Ox, Podolski, Rosicky, Bendtner, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Jenkinson, Arteta and Diaby (is he alive). That’s a full team right there to come in. If we win the league, do you think there is a chance every analyst gets the sack?

Mick Mahoney

“It’s simple we want to win the league.”

Sif0x

The faith who put in Santi already paid off. Can’t wait for more from him!
P/S: Monreal’s and Sagna’s position was incorrect. Just a reminder.

AmericanGooner

Santi starting to come into true form is scary.

Let’s give Ozil a break. He needs some time to adapt to the Premier League like any new player. Inconsistency is natural with these kind of things.

Oblivion

Maybe you could do away with the little ok buttons for the user rating, and make it enough to click on the stars? I like the new system and its great as it is..Just a suggestion.

David

Top of the league!!!

I guess we want Man U over Chelsea because of the table? Or a tie with John Terry and Ivanovic colliding ending each other’s careers. Mourinho faints from the drama and a downward spiral ensues.

Cheesus

I hope Chelsea don’t go into a downward spiral as well considering how our own downward spiral proved to be.

Witoldo

I’d vote for something happening that’s so shocking that it makes Vincent Kompany, who is watching the game back in Manchester, pull a groin and forces him out to miss 6-8 weeks. He’s the linchpin to City’s title challenge.

mastaofthegoonaverse

A splendid post except for the one thing, we don’t really do “ties”, it@s a draw, sorry but had to say it……..

Hurensohn

Would of gave Kozza an 8.5 but he missed an open and saved a certain goal within 2 seconds. Shame too, love to see CB’s score.

stevey g87

Podolski looks hungry,time to give him a run down the left wing and do his cut ins

palace gunner

The game was fast, you see first half, gnabry nearly had a goal, good runs frm j10, & assists ozil been marked but see the movements frm team players, pers, coyg santi

Joolzy Bergkamp

LK6, could have had a goal just before Santi’s two–MOTM, totally obliterated that ex-Sp*rs twat and preserved the clean sheet … loved it! 10/10 moment!

Carry on beloved Goons!

Entre Dans La

people who politely point out that Sagna and Monreals positions are wrong, thinking they are the 1st to notice it.

need to shampoo my crotch

Strevs

Well said bloggs, regarding ozil. It’s not that he’s shit, or that he’s been shit, but he was shit/poor today. He’s not playing like one of the best midfielders in the world, which he is. All those that are too scared to even remotely accept a bit of critisism towards him need to grow up, it’s football, it’s opinions, no need to insult anybody over it. Maybe in a few months time you will realize how poor he was, when he really starts controlling games, in the interim he needs to get his head down and work hard to win the ball back when he loses it.

Dick Swiveller

Personally, my only issue is with the use of the word shit…that’s the kind of class you put John Walters in, and even Ozils worst performance of the season (at OT) was still more useful than anything Walters has ever done, ‘poor’ would be acceptable for that though.

I guess there’s always been a lack of nuance on the internet though, and complaining too hard about that would make me a bit dumb!

You think John Terry is bad, check out his toe rag brother
You think John Terry is bad, check out his toe rag brother

Absolutely. I don’t like people throwing around the word shit. ‘Sub-par’, ‘should do better’, ‘lousy’, ‘poor’, could describe Ozil at his worst, but he is not capable of ‘shit’. Jonathan Walters is a fine, superb example of shit.

AnonymousGun

if you dont want to get insulted, perhap consider NOT insulting the players in first place? Calling our player shit then going emo when you get called shit (or equivalent) back is hardly surprising

Dracula

Santi, much more effective while playing from the middle. Maybe ozil can start from d flanks. But most importantly, its Gunners on top!!!!

Du'aine

I watched Poldi today and he looked more threatening than everyone in his 10/15 minute cameo. AW has never really backed him to the extent he has certain other players like Giroud and Ramsey, even Per. The man has 111 caps for one of the best international teams in the world i just wish he’d get more reps. Statistically speaking he has our greatest chance conversion rate. I like Handsome Giroud a lot but in terms of chance conversion Poldi it far ahead. It seems to be a preference for hold up play over clinical finishing. I suppose that’s effective when midfielders score, as today. Gnabry has bags of potential but to play him consistently over the 111 cap international, at least to me, seems to indicate a lack of trust in Poldi going forward. I love that when teams defend extremely deep in the antichrist 5-5-0 formation Poldi can annihilate a long range shot to draw them out slightly as an alternative to the probing which either works well or exemplifies our major weakness, the counter attack.

Witoldo

Gnabry shouldn’t lose his place after two solid performances.

It’s also man management, I think, on Wenger’s part. By holding Podolski back and playing younger, ostensibly less refined players than him, Wenger is probably hoping to get a response next time he plays him. Remember the beginning of 2012-2013 when Walcott was held out behind Gervinho and others (partially because of the contract dispute, partially because of a preseason injury I think)? Then when Wenger put him on in the League Cup, he was like a rabid dog out there, scoring goals for fun and asserting himself as the alpha male on the team. It was the best goal scoring run of Theo’s career. Then he signed the contract and comfortably won his place, and his play dropped.

You’d think Podolski will get a start in the FA Cup against Coventry.

loose_cannon

Well, Walcott did get injured but I get your point. And I think its definitely having an effect on Podolski, especially as he is being kept out by someone also vying for a place in the German squad

Little Tripoli

Is it just me, or did Podolski look profoundly uninterested for a 15 minute section of the game? I assumed that he’d pulled something, such was has disinclination to make a run, and I half expected him to come off when Ozil was removed. Anyone know what’s up with that?

ANDR

Just you mate

alx96

Do you know which player that is Podolski? 😀

John reeve

I noticed it as well and said to my brother that I thought he was going to come off. I don’t think it was 15 mins – more like 4 or 5. I think he had a knock but ran it off. He certainly seemed OK after that and I don’t think you can fault his work. He tracked back to help Monreal as needed.

Little Tripoli

You’re right, it could’ve been less. Standard Arsenal fan angst time dilation.

SDDutchgooner

Just you, I think. He came one looking like he was hell-bent on proving something

ZeHammer

LittleTripoli is right, this definitely happened. I was at the game and we were all quite befuddled, thought he was going to go off. He was just walking around slowly and a little aimlessly, like a pensioner in the park. No runs, no tracking. Then suddenly he was bursting forward with the ball.

@arsenalise365

But there was also the time about 20 mins from end that JW did similar and he had control of the ball! About 30 years out he had ball and sort of stopped, like he was going in slow motion, within seconds the ball had been nicked and we were under pressure.

2013-2014 = 2003=2004
2013-2014 = 2003=2004

Ooooooooooh San-teeeeee Ca-zhoooooooo-laaa

Bob

Wouldn’t anyone else like to see in inverted wingers so podolski playing RW and would be able to let his hammer of a foot off more often

loose_cannon

Really impressed by Wilshere. He’s come in for some stick but his recent performances show he’s still got it. Agree with the comments on Ozil and how impressive was Podolski when he came on? Looked a man on a mission. Podolski, Ox and Gnabry are going to have to bring that firepower we lost with Walcott if we’re gonna keep the momentum. Looks like they’re up for it

texelmore

Agree with all of that – thumbs up!

Arsey

Agree totally Little Tripoli – there was a period where I thought Poldi had pulled up as he was strangely static..

thfrnchmn

You guys are a bit harsh, ain’t you. Everybody was pretty good. Ozil & Santi are flash players with constant play. A pleasure to watch.

Growler

Controversial maybe, but my man of the match was Szczesny. Quick reactions and a fingertip save in the first half were so important. Santi clearly brilliant though

some dumb american

Great to see two goals from Santi. He’s like an adorable cross between Alvin the Chipmunk and Adam Sandler.

@arsenalise365

Nightmarish vision for me that – nothing at all adorable about those two!

Dan D

Once again, as with the Villa game we did enough to win, so to be anything other than satisfied would seem a little bit churlish. I do however, feel that we need to play with a little more conviction and pace if we want to win the league, we are currentky doing enough to win games but still feel a step up is required to go all the way.

Davee

Tim Sherwood is a GOOOOONNNNEEEEERRRRR

mastaofthegoonaverse

That was funny 2 weeks ago, but the basteads won again today and he has even got Adebaywhore back from the dead…….

ace

I score ozil a 9 out of 10. he is the only arsenal who does not buckle under pressure.no matter the number of opposition players harrying him, he always finds a way to neutralize their threat without losing the ball.he is a wenger dream player.our passing game flourishes when he has the ball.

Ronnie

I thought Ozil was more involved today. He actually worked very hard and had one of those games were he was less anonymous. Movement in front of him not so great. He needs a pacier foward to tee up.

santori

Even when he isn’t “involved”, he has a massive influence on the game.

Ethan

While I know he’s still young and has heaps of time to improve, I don’t like how Gnabry drifts into the middle during games. It sort of creates too much of a jam in midfield, with Santi already given that responsibility. And due to his nature of finding space, it also seems to cause Ozil to drift outwards towards the wing, not allowing him to have the maximum impact from the middle of the park. Which could maybe correlate to his lack of form the past couple of games. I could be wrong, but that’s my two cents anyway.

Gooner4life

I agree with all that you mention. I had also posted something similar earlier today (around 8:30am)

Ethan

Nice to know someone shares a similar opinion!

raffers10

Another convincing win without getting out of second gear. Stuff of champions?!?!

santori

Unless you are some media pundit who pontificates for espn or the BBC.

Vezi

Ozil 6?

Ozil’s stats vs Fulham according to Squawka.

Created 3 chances ,more than any Arsenal Player.Completed 82 of his 94 passes. Mesut played as he always does. He makes everyone around play better!Thats his effect at Arsenal.Arsenal are top of the league in spite of having one of the most wasteful striker in the EPL! OG has had more clear cut chances than any .

Moby01

The important thing is that we are Winding many of the games we would have been a draw last season. Keep it up Arsenal and the title will be in our reach. 🙂

Moby01

*winning.

santori

Santi is a competitive little bugger.

I think he doesn’t want to be showed up by Ozil and you get the feeling he was frustrated but a couple months back because he wasn’t entirely clicking.

It’s a healthy environment at the moment in the squad with Santi and Ozil pushing each other, Koscielny and Per determine to keep as many clean sheets as possible, Monreal and Gibbs also look locked in a tight race to start, and of course Jack and Ramsey (not to mention Arteta and Flamini)

The one area which could do with a bit of positive competition us up top. Whilst Bentdner offers similar comparisons to Giroud, he isn’t quite there yet. Podolski coming on shows the depth we have despite the hoohaa about us otherwise. he isn’t exactly vying for a like for like with Giroud but I’m sure he will want to put in some goals from his wide position.

Then there is Gnabry who in Walcott’s abcsence is set (and looks like he will) give the Ox more than a run for his money.

22 games in and still up top says much about the strength of this current squad and one the media is of course happy to make facile judgements in favour of the impressive City who are still behind us.

Savage on the BBC is likening Negredo to the new Shearer when the Spaniards goal haul is the same as Giroud.

With 16 games left, if we keep at it with belief, we should be due a big win soon to make up the goal differential against City. We must bank maximum points against Southampton and Crystal Palace but there is also a big win to be had there somewhere if we continue our improvements currently, you just feel there is another gear we are threatening to go into shortly.

Alex

On the goal diff with City – if we match them until they come to the emirates then beat them 8-0 its sorted!

Stephen

Towards the end when we had a lot of slow possession nobody would pass to Giroud. Frustrating as he made quite a few good runs. I understand he put some wide, but you have to keep feeding strikers to get them going.

@arsenalise365

Slow – that’s what I thought of the game. One tempo. The one slowing it down the most – don’t all shout at me – was Ozil. And Ozil was poorer also because he kept ghosting to where he wanted to be and the player in possession couldn’t keep up (even though Ozil was still doing that slowly!). Hence a lot of misplaced passes that sort of looked like Ozil’s fault.

Maddog

I don’t understand how Poldi gets so much power in his shots. As a keen amatuer footballer and fellow left-footer, I think he must have gunpowder on his boots. Everytime he strikes the ball, it flies straight without much movement. Even his snapshots and stabbed shots with no backlift are like a cannon.

alex

I thought Gnabry was poor overall personally, although he improved in the second half. I mean, you can cut him some slack because of his age and I like him a lot as a prospect, but I think this performance showed why Podolski and Ox are still better options when they’re 100%.

kcdc

I think teams are now well aware of what Ozil is capable of and he’s being marked like crazy. I remember one point in particular when he received the ball just after the hallfway line with his back to goal, turned around and immediately got swarmed by 3 opposition players. He took one more touch then dispatched the ball to a teammate. Quick, efficient, and calm as hell.

And in addition to that marking, add the new aspect of the physical game, new teammates, new league, new environment, etc etc, and I think Ozil is doing a fantastic job. Can only imagine what he’ll do with time.

PS: anyone else notice how he made almost exactly the same play with Monreal again? Brilliant diagonal pass, just a shame the resulting cross didn’t reach anyone.

Dial Square

Happy with the all-round performance of the team.

I’m thinking we need to find another set-piece specialist. We had a couple of free kicks in excellent positions, but just couldn’t get it over the wall. I remember a certain number 14 that used to be quite handy with them.

@arsenalise365

In fairness those walls were all far closer than 10 yards, but I agree, we need to do something other than just hit ball at wall.

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