Saturday, February 23, 2008
Player analysis and ratings Vs Birmingham. Get well Eduardo
By 1970’s Gooner
This game reminded me of the home game draw against Birmingham. We had total domination but we got too complacent and started playing in a casual manner as though the game had been won.
And as happened in the home game we gave away a stupid goal and the two points.
In another way it reminded me of an away game at Spurs where Wenger made a substitution in the last minute of the game. Due to the obligatory additional 30 seconds that the referee put on we let a stupid goal in.
I think the same thing happened here where the game only warranted two at the most three minutes injury time. But the referee added another extra minute for the two substitutions the Wenger made in the 88th minute!
The other thing that annoyed me is that everyone was trying to set up Adebayor to get a goal. This is downright stupid at any time during a game but especially when you are only 2-1 up.
Adebayor himself was very guilty of being more interested to get on the scoresheet than pass the ball to a better positioned colleague.
Certainly if he had passed the ball square to Bendtner when he would only have tapped it in the goal we would have been celebrating being eight points ahead in the race for the title.
And I would have been watching the Manchester United game against Newcastle tonight in a far more relaxed manner and with a glass of wine in my hand. Alas it’s not to be.
I think he was at fault for the Birmingham goal. He reached the ball and to my mind he should have been able to push it out. Maybe if he had used his other hand he would have had a better chance to save it. 6
The most productive and best Arsenal player until the 93rd minute when a lapse of concentration resulted in the penalty.
Which was not a penalty in a million years since he first got the ball cleanly and then the Birmingham player fell over.
He is however guilty of allowing himself to get into that situation. This is difficult to mark because other than the penalty I would have given him 8 but now a 5.
Very consistent and strong. His outburst at the end is understandable to me. 7
He is getting better and better with more games under his belt. He was good in the air and on the ground but you have to take into account that he only had to face one man in attack. Nevertheless he is improving very well and hopefully he will deputise for Toure well. 7
Considering that he lost his father a few days ago this lad has shown tremendous character. He was very good today both defending and going forward. 7
His usual box to box performance. Very energetic and powerful. But he does tend to sometimes to give away a few rush fouls like the one outside the area which led to their first goal. 7
Was below his best in the first half probably affected by Eduardo’s injury. But he improved in the second half dictating play as only he knows how. Still overall is not at the high level he has been before his injury. Let’s hope he continues improving. 6
If only he would shoot instead of passing then his game will improve by at least 30%. There was one occasion when he was clean on goal with Taylor to beat but he elected to set up Adebayor instead! Stupid. Like many others he improved in the second half. 6
What a game Theo had. He showed us in the few minutes he came on against Milan on Wednesday night that he was getting back to form.
The two goals he got today especially the second one look like they will give him the confidence to go on from here. His crosses especially in the first half were off target and overhit. He has to improve on this. 8
I expected more from the young Dane but his control was off today and he found ot difficult to connect with those around him. I do not recollect many passes between him and Adebayor and this was not due to their well publicized spat but more to the fact that they have not played a lot of games together. 5
I was disappointed with Ade. He spent the game too much bent on getting a goal rather than being more of a team player. However he did set up Walcott for his first Premiership goal but other than that he was way below his best. 6
Man of the Match: Theo Walcott
Any chance of Manchester United slipping up tonight?
The images of Eduardo’s injury were sickening and Arsene Wenger has said that the player will be out for a long, long time.
“His injury is very bad. It is more than his season over.”
Let us pray that Eduardo recovers and is well again.