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Now is the time for Arsenal to start collecting points

Following their victory over Sunderland, can Arsenal now go on a run of victories? by SE

Arsenal went into the game against Sunderland on Saturday, having picked up a single point in their last two Premier League games. However, the Gunners had a relatively easy time of it at the Stadium of Light, as an Alexis Sanchez’s brace gave the North Londoners all three points and pushed them up to 5th place in the Premier League table.

Wenger just happy with three points for Arsenal

Arsenal made very hard work of beating Sunderland yesterday and the relief of scoring the second goal to secure the points didn’t arrive until the 93rd minute due to another defensive error from the woeful Sunderland side that were beaten 8-0 in the preceding week.

Arsene Wenger must have been very relieved himself and was just happy to get the three points in the bag. After the game he was asked on Arsenal.com if he was pleased with Arsenal’s far-from-fluent performance: “Yeah of course.” he replied. “We had a different game on Wednesday. Sunderland had a big defeat last week and before the game what we wanted was the three points and we got them.

Did Arsenal boss miss a trick with Walcott and Ramsey?

It seems a little bit churlish to complain about things that Arsene Wenger has done after Arsenal won an away game 2-0, but just as I look for positives after a disappointing result, I do feel that there were a few strange decisions from the Frenchman at Sunderland today.

I can understand why Wenger was a bit cautious after the Gunners’ por start to the season and our habit of conceding poor goals. But this was Sunderland at a low ebb and once we were ahead, I do not understand why the boss only gave Aaron Ramsey about five minutes on the pitch at the end.

KJ’s Arsenal player ratings from Sunderland – Arteta MOTM

Sunderland 0 – 2 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 6
He made a few easy saves and was commanding but almost got caught out when he headed the ball away and was caught acres away from his 6 yard box.

Chambers – 6
Again, he was very rigid and Sunderland looked to exploit our right hand side when they could. Not sure Chambers can play the RB position in the long run. And I’m very surprised by that considering I was an advocate of dropping Debuchy for Chambers when we got that 4th CB in.

Sunderland v Arsenal review – Alexis seals another lucky win

I don’t think it is too harsh on Arsenal and Arsene Wenger to say that the win away to Sunderland was a bit on the lucky side. The Gunners did score twice and keep a rare clean sheet, but that was mostly down to the poor performance of the home side rather than any real quality on our part.

Wenger’s team selection and tactics were, for me, a little negative and suggested that the manager and the players are fairly low on confidence. With Sunderland having been handed a proper pasting at Southampton, a confident Gunners team would have ripped into them straight away and would probably have put the game to bed by halftime.

What Arsenal SHOULD have learned from the Anderlecht game…

As I see it by WC

Last year Arsene Wenger took the Arsenal team to Stamford Bridge hoping to make a landmark celebration. What followed were many sleepless nights of anguish and misery. The Bridge had indeed confirmed its status as a theatre of horrors for him.. On Wednesday he took his team to Anderlecht full of hope and, one might add, some measure of complacency, to make another celebration. For the greater part of the game, history seemed destined to repeat itself.

Anderlecht v Arsenal Player Ratings – Sanchez MOTM Again

Anderlecht 1 – 2 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Martinez – 5
He didn’t have much to do but when he was tested, he looked shaky.

Chambers – 4
He was sloppy all night and just looks very rigid with the way he plays at RB. He doesn’t take his man on and was defensively suspect. Great cross for the goal however but he had a rank night.

Mertesacker – 5
Didn’t really impose a calming influence over the defence. I guess it’s difficult with a LB as your partner and a 19 year old RB who isn’t really comfortable in that position.

Anderlecht v Arsenal review – Podolski pinches Gunners win

Arsenal needed to get off to a good start, with our Belgian opponents Anderlecht having their own problems with injuries, form and recent results. This game offered the Gunners a great chance to claim a morale boosting win and keep the hopes of winning the group alive.

But we started porly, giving the ball away and not playing with enough tempo. So that encouraged the home side and they started giving us problems at the other end, which did not help our nerves. Arsenal still created chances, of course, with Alexis Sanchez looking the most likely to find a way through a hard working defence.

Arsenal v Hull – Analysis and stats discussed

Arsenal vs Hull City – Analysis and looking ahead to the future by SE

Just when it seemed things couldn’t get any worse for Arsenal, who have been severely hit by injuries to the fulcrum of their team and made a totally unacceptable start to their season, Wenger’s wizards failed to harness home advantage and pick up 3 points against a resurgent Hull City. It’s been over two months since Ramsey conjured up a home win in the Premier League for Arsenal against Crystal Palace, on the opening weekend of the season. Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City have since visited the Emirates, and succeeded in pocketing an indispensable away point. As things stand, 11 points from 8 games surely is an abominable start to Arsenal’s season, but can they make a comeback from this position?

Arsenal v Hull Player Ratings

Arsenal 2 – 2 Hull City Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 5
Didn’t have anything to do aside from pick the ball out of the net for the two times Hull scored.

Bellerin – 7
One of the only real positives out of today. He struggled at times but showed a lot of drive when we went down and was consistently making good tackles to win possession back.

Mertesacker – 4
He had an absolute shocker today and should’ve never been beaten for the second goal. He is the tallest player on the pitch and is well regarded for how good his positioning is, so to be beaten like that is embarrassing for him.

Arsenal youngsters give some positives in Hull draw

Bellerin and Campbell look good for Gunners by Sam P

Well how frustrating was that Arsenal fans? After the way we started against Hull today it looked like we were going to blow Steve Bruce and his team away, just as we had in both of the Premier League games last season. And once we got an early goal through the excellent Alexis Sanchez, nobody would have expected what happened next.

Arsenal v Hull review – Crisis averted but victory DENIED

With Arsenal having to cope with the usual injury crisis, especially in defence, Arsene Wenger had to go with the relatively untried young Spaniard Hector Bellerin at right back and the left back Nacho Monreal in an unfamiliar central role.

But a game against Hull City at the Emirates gave the Gunners the chance to spend most of the game as far away from our own goal as possible, and that is certainly how is started. We came flying out of the blocks and were causing them all sorts of problems.