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. .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here
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! .......Read the full article here
Norwich 0 – 2 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 1 v 0 West Bromwich Albion Match Report Infographic by allArsenal.com
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… .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 1 – 0 West Brom Player Ratings by KJ .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here
For many Arsenal fans, Laurent Koscielny should have been voted as the Man of the Match against Newcastle last night. Not only did he score the opening goal, with a determined run and finish to Santi Cazorla’s well taken free kick, but he put in his usual commanding performance at the back that gives the Gunners a solid foundation to make their pretty passing patterns on.
But according to Koscielny, what really made the Arsenal team tick were the two players in the middle of the pitch who have been missing with injury problems. Aaron Ramsey has not taken long to remind the fans and football pundits just why he won five Arsenal player of the moth awards in a row before picking up that thigh problem on Boxing Day. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal 3 v 0 Newcastle Match Report Infographic by allArsenal.com
Happy St Totteringham’s Day Gooners! For the 19th consecutive season Arsenal finish above rivals Spurs and can secure entry into next season’s Champions League qualification play-offs with a win next weekend.
Arsenal cruised to a relatively straight forward win over Newcastle with two second half goals from Laurent Koscielny and Mesut Ozil, before Olivier Giroud completed the 3-0 scoreline midway through the second half. .......Read the full article here