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NY Red Bulls v Arsenal – KJ´s Player ratings

Arsenal 0 – 1 New York Red Bulls Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 7
He made the saves he needed to make and was good with his distribution.

Jenkinson – 3
Awful performance by him. No composure and very clumsy. Was at fault for the goal.

Hayden – 7
Very composed display by him. Made some good tackles and his passing was calm and crisp.

Monreal – 4
He struggled massively but it’s understandable considering he’s playing completely out of position and doesn’t have the physicality of a CB.

Gibbs – 6
Decent overall performance by him. Nothing spectacular.

Arsenal depleted and defeated in New York! Don’t Panic!

Look, Arsenal fans, I know it is never nice to lose a game, especially to a team that you are expected to beat, like New York Red Bulls from the American MLS. But they did have the greatest striker in Arsenal’s history, Thierry Henry, on their side and are in the middle of their proper season.

Not only are the Arsenal players just limbering up for their own serious business of the Premier League and Champions League exploits, but we had so many of our first team players missing because of the World Cup finals in Brazil.

Borehamwood v Arsenal Player Ratings – Akpom MOTM!

Borehamwood 0 – 2 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

First half team

Szczesny – N/A
I don’t remember him even making a save in the first half.

Jenkinson – 6
He was decent on the right hand side but did really threaten offensively. Didn’t have to do anything defensively.

Hayden – 6
Defensively there wasn’t much to do. His distribution was good.

Ajayi – 6
Haven’t seen much of him at all but he looked solid on the ball.

Coquelin – 3
He looked really poor on the ball, his reactions and awareness was shocking. Seemed like he wasn’t bothered at all.

What Arsenal learnt from Pre-season game at Boreham Wood

I’m sure all the Arsenal fans know that you should not read too much into the pre-season games, especially the first one back after the summer break, but they are useful for building stamina, working towards full match sharpness and giving the youngsters and fringe players a run out alongside some of the first team stars.

Arsenal won the game 2-0, but struggled to break the Conference South team down. They worked hard and defended doggedly and that is something the Gunners are going to have to cope with all season. It was our ability to break these stubborn smaller sides down that got us so close to the Premier League title, so creativity and fire power are key factors.

Arsenal stars miss out as Germany edge France out of World Cup

It was a little odd to see the starting line-ups for this World Cup quarter-final, because I was expecting there to be a healthy Arsenal contingent between the two teams. Only Mesut Ozil started this crucial game between France and Germany, though, with all the others on the bench.

There was some good news for Arsenal fans there, though, because Lukas Podolski was among the German subs so his injury was obviously not too bad. At least the others had a rest and did not pick up knocks themselves, although Per Mertesacker will have been gutted to miss the first game of the tournament. Joachim Low brought Lahm back to right back and went for the extra pace of Boateng alongside Hummels. It remains to be seen if our BFG gets his place back for the semi-final.

KJs Player Ratings for Arsenal’s Cup Final win – Ramsey MOTM… Podolski?

Arsenal 3 – 2 Hull City FA cup final Player Ratings by KJ

Fabianski – 6
He was poor today. He wasn’t commanding during set pieces and that definitely unsettled the defence which allowed Hull to blow us away early on. He almost lost us the game in the final moments with a headless dash out of his box.

Sagna – 6.5
A similarly poor performance. He was diabolical in the first half but improved as Hull tired. I’m a massive fan of Sagna but he let the occasion get to him and he was troubled by Hull’s width.

Arsenal v Hull review – Nightmare start, Dream finish for Gunners

Well Arsenal fans, as nightmare starts go, that was a real belter. The Arsenal players might as well have been sitting in the stands watching, as we hardly had a kick before Hull took an early lead from a corner. And the Gunners were still sleepily yawning and rubbing sleep out of their eyes when we went two down.

Wenger’s decision to keep Fabianski as his FA cup was looking sentimental at best, as the older of our Poles should have just put the ball round the post instead of tapping it nicely into Curtis Davies’ path. But what a cracker from Santi Cazorla!

Norwich v Arsenal review – Rambo and Jenks end on a high

Arsene Wenger made five changes to the Arsenal starting line-up for the last Premier League game of the season. With one eye on the FA cup final and a few players needing a bit of game time, Fabianski, Gibbs, Ramsey, Rosicky and Jenkinson came in. Mertesacker and Cazorla were rested completely.

The changes did not affect the Arsenal style too much, but our passing in the first half was not quite as crisp as it needed to be, while Norwich were determined and worked hard to close us down. But we were playing some nice stuff and created a few opportunities, with Podolski, Giroud and Ramsey all denied by the keeper or last ditch tackles. Norwich had a good shot of their own which Fab had to palm around the post.

Detailed infograhic of Arsenal’s win over West Brom

Arsenal 1 v 0 West Bromwich Albion Match Report Infographic by

Arsenal, securing fourth spot thanks to Everton’s loss on Saturday, claimed all three points in a relatively straight forward win over the Baggies. West Brom had some half-chances but the Gunners should have finished them off well and truly beyond the match winner provided by Olivier Giroud.

The Gunners had a slim chance to gain third should Chelsea lose after their game on Sunday afternoon. The Blues dropped points and essentially are out of the title race with a draw, however the vast gulf in goal difference between the two London sides means Chelsea must lose and Arsenal win by 17-18 odd goals on the final day. Maybe in some distant parallel universe eh…

Arsenal v West Brom review – Giroud secures narrow win

Although Arsenal were already assured of finishing in fourth, with third place a mathematical possibility but needing a miracle collapse from Chelsea, the manager decided to go with a strong starting XI.

Aaron Ramsey had apparently picked up a slight knock and was rested, but apart from him and Kieran Gibbs, it was probably the side that will start the FA cup final against Hull City at Wembley. Flamini came in for Ramsey, with forgotten man Abou Diaby on the bench.