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Arsenal player ratings for Besiktas draw – Chambers MOTM

Besiktas 0 – 0 Arsenal – Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 7
Only had to make a few select saves but made them as required and wasn’t at fault for any chances. A solid performance.

Debuchy – 6
He was again a bit iffy for me. Easily caught out of position when high up and doesn’t seem to cope well one on one.

Chambers – 8 (MOTM)
He was great again today. He did make a slip up in the first half but was solid throughout and was the only calming influence in a hectic performance.

Wenger pleased with hard-won three points despite unfitness

It was a nerve-wracking first 90 minutes of League football for Arsene Wenger, never mind the long-suffering Arsenal fans that hadn’t seen an opening day win for five years.

But the fans stayed behind the team even when the Gunners went behind to Hangeland’s opening goal, and their support was repain with an added time winner by Aaron Ransey.

Wenger was asked after the match if his plan was to wear Palace down: “It was not the plan,” Wenger replied. “the plan was to win the game, but because of the physicality and organisation level of Crystal Palace, it was very difficult for us. Why? Because we conceded a goal on the first corner they had. We lacked a bit of pace in the final third to change what we built up into dangerous situations.

Arsenal’s match winner says it’s the result that matters..

There was a great swell of relief around the Emirates when Aaron Ramsey bundled the ball in the back of the net to give Arsenal there first opening day win since 2009. But according to last year’s Player Of The Year, it is only the result that matters.

“It was very difficult,” Ramsey told Sky Sports. “They lost their manager but you’d never have known the way they played. They defended really well and it was tough to break down.

“But that’s irrelevant now – the result was what we were looking for and we got the three points.

A frustrating evening but Arsenal pull through

Arsenal made very hard work of the first half, and with Palace playing it very tight at the back it was looking difficult to get the ball to lone striker Yaya Sanogo. All the same it was a bit of a shock when the long-mooted Arsenal target Brede Hangerland flew above the Gunners defence to open the scoring in the 34th minute.

Arsenal fought back and just managed to nab the equaliser before the half-time whistle through a similar goal from Laurent Koscielny at the other end, except this one came from an excellent free-kick from Alexis.

Official Arsenal videos from Man City match – Goals and extras

JustArsenal are being provided with official FA videos from this season, so we can happily pass these on to our readers without breaking any copyright laws! It will be great to have this post available to look back at our brilliant start to the season, especially Girouds stunning goal, not that Ramsey’s and Cazorla’s were any less satisfying!

And although most of us saw the game live or on TV, these videos show you previously unseen footage from the heart of Wembley. Wellworth a look!

So lets start off with the video in the tunnel before the game – see if you can name all the players as they arrive…..

In depth review of Arsenal v Man City – Gunners warn their rivals

FA Community Shield Review – Manchester City FC vs Arsenal FC by SE

For the first time in 12 years, this season’s FA Community Shield took place without one of Manchester United or Chelsea being a part of the momentous occasion. However, Manchester City FC and Arsenal FC took to Wembley for the annual curtain raiser, as the FA Community Shield is prominently called, having won the Premier League and FA Cup from the preceding season respectively.

Wenger’s reaction to a brilliant Arsenal win!

Arsene Wenger had a big smile on his face after Arsenal’s impressive performance in today’s Charity Shield, but he is well aware that the serious business starts next week against Crystal Palace. He was at least happy with our first half performance….

Wenger said on Arsenal.com: “I felt we had a complete performance in the first half as long as we had the legs to sustain what we wanted to do. In the second half our togetherness and the third goal got us through. We defended well, we lost a bit more of the ball than in the first half and our movements were less fluent but we kept the spirit and organisation. The first half was very exciting.

Arsenal v Man City Player Ratings – Chambers impresses again

Arsenal 3 – 0 Manchester City; Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 8
A very commanding performance by him with only one real mistake very late on where he misjudged a corner and left the goal wide open – fortunately City didn’t capitalise.

Debuchy – 5.5
Felt he was very poor today but he’s probably unfit. Played a lot for Newcastle and France last season and probably needs another week of training to really get back into the swing of things.

Arsenal make Man City look ordinary!!

I hope Sami Nasri feels like a right twat now after writing off Arsenal’s chances of winning trophies this season! Arsenal dominated from the kick off and it was no surprise when Cazorla put the Gunners 1-0 up after 21 minutes.

Suddenly City woke up and started putting some serious attacks on Szczesny’s goal but that just left the way clear for Sanogo to hold the ball up to feed Aaron Ramsey, who shot past Caballero to double Arsenal’s lead on the counter-attack, and the Gunners went into half-time on Cloud Nine.

Lets get real – Arsenal (including Giroud) only played a friendly!

Come on let’s stop with the slagging off of our players. So Giroud, Sanchez and every other player didn’t score today. So why pick on Giroud when he is nowhere near peak fitness, just like the rest of the Arsenal squad.

You have to remember that this was simply a warm up game for all the players to regain a little bit of fitness ahead of the serious business, which doesn’t even start next week in the Community Shield. It actually starts a week later when we have to begin to grind out results every single week against Premiership opposition that wouldn’t have the same high pressure build-up that we are experiencing.

Arsenal v Monaco – KJ’s Player Ratings – Debuchy or Chambers the best?

Arsenal 0 – 1 Monaco: Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 7
Did his job for the most part. Made a few comfortable saves and was reasonably commanding in his box.

Debuchy – 8 (MOTM)
Was very impressive to watch. Defended intelligently and was very threatening in attacking position. Seems far more comfortable on the ball in comparison to Sagna and wasn’t shy from playing it direct. Wenger might teach him to lose that directness as it doesn’t really benefit our game but it was nice to see.

Shocking decision costs Arsenal Emirates Cup again!!

Some things never change for Arsenal it seems. It looked like a different team today as we struggled against a fitter and stronger Monaco team. But Arsenal still should have won the Emirates Cup with a late penalty won by the impressive Chuba Akpom. Up to then, Alexis Sanchez had been the best of the bunch.