Arsenal 2-0 Reading – player ratings

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Arsenal 2-0 Reading - player ratings

A tidy enough win tonight with enough flashes of vim and wizardry from some of the young players to keep it quite interesting.

The two goals for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were enough for the 2-0 win, and here’s how the players rated.

Full report and goal clips here.

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Scott
Scott

Bit harsh giving Lucas a 0, blogs

FREDDO
FREDDO

Perez tried to create some combinations but the kids around him were more intent on dribbling through the defence and having a shot at goal.

JustAGooner
JustAGooner

Chu Yong Park should get 10, for being permanently there for the youngsters.

Hard_Coq
Hard_Coq

‘0’ zero for rating
Harsh
Min rating should be 1 for being involved in the match ?

Getso gunner
Getso gunner

Chamberbalain deserves a 9

Shank

What about Chamberlain?

Mesut
Mesut

You mean it’s not Magaggie’s birthday?

Wenger has a large Coq
Wenger has a large Coq

I know Perez fluffed that square past but not sure it merits a 0.

😉

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

This was my first game at the Emirates this season and it was really noticeable what a buzz went round the stadium every time the Ox got the ball. I hope he never loses that slightly bustling, busy and unpredictable quality that I think is his main strength. I

Also, I not that it matters in itself but when Willock came on I think the Englishmen playing for us outnumbered the foreigners – surely for the first time in a long while. Interesting that a lot of our young talent is English.

Alex Partridge
Alex Partridge

Giroud banging in 6 goals was the highlight for me.

Dale Cooper
Dale Cooper

Same, they were all shit goals though, hence the zero rating.

Hadvar
Hadvar

The bloke comes on as a sub, hits 6, but the Ox is still man of the match? Even the scoreboard operator only recognized the goals from the Ox. Why? Cos he’s English, and Giroud is clearly not. This is xenophobia, pure and simple. It’s not his fault he’s french. It’s a disgrace.

zilhad
zilhad

I don’t that being French is that much of a disgrace.

zilhad
zilhad

Think*

Rectum Spectrum
Rectum Spectrum

Ah for fuck sake. That’ll teach me to switch the laptop off when the credits are rolling, they put a wee extra bit in there at the end? I love it when the do that.

Arsenalfanman
Arsenalfanman

Perez and Giroud have 0 ratings and the latter has 6 goals next to his name. I think this might be a glitch.

Ox in the Box
Ox in the Box

That is obviously not the case, I hated how he declined to pass to his teammates and selfishly proceeded to smash six of them in the net. Greedy bastard.

TeeCee
TeeCee

Yeah, playing like that never did Arjen Robben any good either.

bournegooner
bournegooner

Why does Giroud have 6 goals for him?

And could you please for the love of god, get rid of that “speck” under Gabriel’s name.

Don
Don

Kind of harsh on Giroud after his 6 goals

BM
BM

Bit harsh on Giroud that, 0 rating after banging in 6

Bid
Bid

6 goals and still a zero for Giroud? That’s a bit harsh.

LemmeTakeASzczelfie
LemmeTakeASzczelfie

Just goes to show how much we missed Giroud against Middlesbrough, 6 goals in that tight game would’ve helped us massively.

Yakoloya
Yakoloya

Another drunk hangover night for blogs I suppose.

Gideon Tightbutt
Gideon Tightbutt

Giroud’s six goals were a poor return on the chances he had. A proper World Class striker would have got nine. Come on Wenger spend the Wonga!

Dawn
Dawn

He’ll have 6 soon enough! ?

Lord Bendtner
Lord Bendtner

One does not simply not put a bonus rating
:'(

Chicagooner
Chicagooner

Bonus Rating

10/10 Blogs for assisting all 6 of Giroud’s goals.

Mark
Mark

Was great to see Corporal Jenks back in the squad. Love his effort and attitude. Almost got on the board early.

Perez wasn’t as impressive as the last full match he played as he tried to do too much combination play instead of holding the ball and trying to create himself now and then which is what I’d like to see from our strikers more (like Sanchez does). Not a bad display by any means, but was hoping he would do more to push Wenger to get him into matches more often.

fourstar
fourstar

On the flip-side, those combinations are what works for Ozil, Iwobi, Bellerin etc so it’s clearly what they work on in training – perhaps the ‘kids’ weren’t quite on the same wavelength. Liked his determination though, deceptively quick too.

Trez
Trez

If Zelalem can bulk up and improve the defensive side of his game, he’ll be one hell of a player. His passing is so crisp. Potential Santi replacement with the right mentality.

Max
Max

I thought Jenko was actually quite poor (understandably so though). He still has the tendency to try and keep on running when he isn’t sure what to do and lost possession doing it a couple of times. I also thought he looked weak on the ball so not sure if we watched the same game!

Leah's Left Foot
Leah's Left Foot

We all love The Jeff but no way was he 7.5 tonight. Too many times he could have released the ball and kept the momentum of the attack going but ended up slowing right down or getting trapped in tight corners. Not always helped by his team mates, but mostly his own doing.
That said he gave his all…. and he’s The Jeff so he can be forgiven an off night.

Xxxrob
Xxxrob

One thing I’ll say about ox at this present moment in his development is he is just as capable of scoring two goals as he is at over hitting 2 passes and killing the chances. If he can get out of his own head and calm down when it comes to those split second moments where it can go either way he can be a real weapon for us.
A good win and some useful minutes for the lads

ChrisGoona
ChrisGoona

He is kind of unpredictable and erratic, which are good traits because defenders can’t read what he will do. Even if they do, his power and pace will always win. He just needs to be calmer when playing that final ball and when finishing. It is great to see his confidence return but he does need to work on his delivery and composure in order to force Wenger into dropping Theo or Iwobi.

FrankTheTank
FrankTheTank

Giroud is on fire, Your defense is terrified.

Good win, on to the next one.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Holding was Flawless, liking his development and his run and link up with Giroud was class.
Elneny was quietly excellent continuously swept up after the kids who played well but showed that habit of wanting to dribble too much or do a final ball too early. This is where Iwobi has become the frontrunner of the kids and some first teamers..He has the abilty to dribble but has far better decision making and passing ability.
I thought Lucas didn’t have a great game, BUT you can see what he will bring once he settles and gets used to the team..His movement (similar to Walcott’s but smarter) and touch is good..Reminds me a little of Eduardo.
Ox was excellent except for his delivery but he is not the only one on this team that cannot cross. So i don’t see why he gets ALL the criticism.

Just want to highlight Captain Gibbs who like Elneny played with great experience and seems to be clawing Nacho back so it is not so cut and dry as to who should be starting between them.

anteneh
anteneh

Wenger must make these players practice shooting.

Pedant
Pedant

I think we have our next Arsenal manager here. Seeing things that Wenger has missed is very impressive.

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

He plays where he wants
He plays where waaaaanntts
Ainsley Maitland-Niles
He plays where he wants

MIke
MIke

Is the ox finally finding some consistency ?? Let’s hope so !

samielson
samielson

I was excited when willock came on. i think he has a henry-esque swagger in him. His touch and dribbling, less so.

Andre mallina
Andre mallina

Gibbs deserves a better rating. A guy who captains the side and smashes in a double deserves no less

clockendjim
clockendjim

Although the Ox was our match winner, he still disappointed me with his waste of good opportunities he created himself by his powerful running. It was the Walcott Syndrome all over again; completely shred a defence and then deliver a hopeless cross. I would have thought both of them could have learnt this not too difficult skill by now

clockendjim
clockendjim

Another comment I meant to make was what an encouraging return by Jenkinson. I believe he is actually better defensively than Bellerin. If Bellerin is tempted away by more money to Man City, what about a swap deal with Aguero who seems to be unhappy at the Etihad right now – then we would be potential Champions

SuchAnArse
SuchAnArse

Are you okay?

Shaka Zulu
Shaka Zulu

Bet on us to hit 3 we scored 8 but lost the bet. Giroud’s goals did not count

Perez-Giroud Fan
Perez-Giroud Fan

I liked how Perez played, his movements were excellent, he created chances but no one took them. he didnt get any balls from other players to scored. From the match yesterday Perez will have good games if he is combined with Giroud (he is a chancer and a good striker, any silly mistakes he scores). Giroud as a striker usually creates good chances, Perez will compliment Giroud well just like the Giroud- Griezman combination at the Euros 2016. Problem with this combination is that there will be no room for Alexis and Walcot who also like to score, they will disturb the rhythm, hence they will have to adjust their game. Ozil, Elnely, Coquelin, Carzola and Xhaka will compliment this due quite well. Wenger should try the Giroud-Perez Combination against Sunderland and lets see what is going to yield. Thats my opinion.

The goooch
The goooch

I’d take Holding over Stones all day long,think he’s going to be a top player

Chilli
Chilli

Really good game and I kinda feel like our B-team is emulating the A-team, as it has always done I guess, hence a solid performance trying to play the “new” Arsenal free flowing footy. It didn’t always work out admittedly and although Ox scored two, he stil is not at his best yet. That’s encouraging and syptomatic for our season so far: Not at 100% yet and still vulnerable at the back sometimes, but a hell of a midfield and so dangerous on the attack. Fast, taking on players, passes into the danger area and shots aplenty. Most importantly, we don’t self destruct at the mo and we can grind out results.
Emi and Holding impressed me the most, though. The first being so cool, that Szcessa looks like a trashy Quater Back ruffing up kids on the playground. I always believed a tiny bit that goalies have to be a but mad, but I am a changed man. Sczessa can go and smoke a fag on his own if he wants to, I’m going to class with Emi.
And Holding? He looks like one of the kids in the playground Sczessa would kick the shit out of, but looks can hide a books true cover. Damn the boy is skilled. Play him as a CF I say. Or an oversized winger with no pace. Seriously though, he looks a gem and I just love the way he looks so average, even his facial expression and then goes to town with some of the big guys. He is obviously error prone sometimes, as the rest of the youngsters and indeed the Arsenal, the difference so far being that there is somebody else there mopping up the pieces, whether a hard working Wally or a just returned Jenks.

Shit, Emi is waiting downstairs. He’s so cool. We are doing this assignment together… anyways, gotta go.

Karl M
Karl M

So Ox on course for best season, as is Walcott and Ozil too. I’m the last one to be optimistic but things are shaping up nicely. Some big tests in Nov though.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

A bit over generous with the appraisal of Maitland-Niles I think. He played quite a few poor passes and generally looked a bit off-step. I thought he played much better in the previous round, so I think he had an off day, but maybe it’s just me.

Wild eFX
Wild eFX

I wish there was a way to like some sentences in a particular comment…

santori
santori

The Ox.

I mentioned before that he has been doing a lot of good things. When he comes on to the pitch, he brings something different.

This is the reason why I don’t tend to get carried away with all these fans who think the world of Elneny. He did alright but does he add anything different like say Granit’s passing from deep or Santi’s ball control? No.

Not saying Elneny isn’t improving but people have a warp perspective based on their own prejudice.

They like to go on about Flamini when he was with Ramsey key to us holding through a difficult period and weighed in with goals to boot (and we know how difficult too it was to play next to Ramsey)

With Ox, there was again the same criticism from the same people who likely got on Theo’s back, Ramsey’s back. The same people who said Le Coq should get out while he could, the same who never saw Bellerin as quality enough at Rback to move into the first team, the same who did not even see Iwobi coming up the ranks.

Many of these same critics (including in the press) need to have a bit of humility.

They say Wenger doesn’t know what he is doing and they claim to know better but they have been wrong time and time again.

The Ox as I mentioned only lacks application in final ball. Otherwise he gives us a different dynamic in his powerful runs and shooting ability.

Again its not an apple to apple comparison like Giroud to Alexis or say Granit to Coquelin. Fact is we need all the options because the strength in depth is illusionary if injury strikes.

I’ve said it before that 23yrs is a bout the age that players either come good or not at all.

Both Walcott, Ramsey came good at 23yrs. Ditto Coquelin and Campbell. Ox is now finding his maturity in the game and can make a massive impact this season.

Before people minimise a player’s potential at 23yrs, they have got to remember this. It also helps to recognise as mentioned that many of these critics have been wrong time and time again. A bit of humility may go a long way.

santori
santori

A bit generous with Jenkinson and Elneny. They did well but clearly some people have their favorites which cloud judgement.

I thought Jenko did OK. For me he lacks the technicality and tends to rush things some times.

I think Wenger has him developing in squad this season and Calum (hopefully) out on loan. The situation is swapped this season for the two but I believe we will take stock end of season and see who will eventually come up to compete for the surrogate position behind Bellerin.

With regards the youngsters yesterday, I thought Iwobi was better than some suggest. Some excellent through balls from the middle (granted he did look a bit tired)

Also Maitland Niles caught the eye although I have to agree it was a bit of a mix bag. BUt he looks an interesting player indeed. Ditto Zelalem and his passing.

The Jeff tried a bit too hard for me but still it shows we are better developing our youth and bedding them into the first team this time round.

We have to remember that both Iwobi and Bellerin have come through along with Coquelin successfully.

I’m not sure why some people prattle on about how we have not brought in players who are ‘clinical’ enough.

These players have all bedded in better in due part because the team now has experience in all positions (unlike during the Denilson generation) and we also have role models in premium buys like Alexis who examplify hard work along with footballing gifts.

Also thought both Holding and Gabriel did well which is great to see.