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Is Wilshere right that Arsenal controlled the game against Chelsea?

There have been many posts and comments rueing Arsenal’s performance against Chelsea at the weekend, but the Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere feels that we were on top for a lot of the game, but just didn’t take advantage of our chances when they appeared during the match.

“At times we controlled the game,” said Wilshere. “…and that is the difference, at this level when you are playing against a top-class team, when you are on top you have to really make it count,”

“We created a few half chances, but we never really made it count.

Stats suggest Wenger was RIGHT and Arsenal WERE unlucky

Arsene Wenger was clearly frustrated after Arsenal succumbed to another away defeat at the hands of one our big rivals. But the Frenchman also claimed after the match that the Gunners were unlucky, as an report shows. His main example was the penalty claim on 63 minutes when Wilshere’s shot was blocked by the hand of Cesc Fabregas. But the Frenchman also felt that the game was decided on small details that just did not go our way and that the referee’s leniency allowed Chelsea to repeatedly break up our attacks with fouls. So was Wenger right?

Arsenal may have the best philosophy, but Chelsea get RESULTS

The Question of Monsieur Wenger By D.E. Nwatarali

They win because the players know what their manager wants them to do on the field. Our manager just tells our players, go out and enjoy your game, that’s the difference.

This quote sums up the difference between many modern managers and Wenger’s approach to important games. Today I watched a Chelsea side, whom were focused, motivated and intent on proving a point against their title rivals, not play to their best and still win a high-tension game comfortably. Although I have my reservations about Chelsea’s football style, and I believe Mourinho will never have the class, the patience and the mental fortitude to build a club from the stadium, to the training facilities to the philosophy of the club, his managerial tactical nous was the foundation for that victory.

Chelsea v Arsenal Review – Creators v Predators

Creators Vs Predators: The Arsenal Dilemma by ElusiveArsenal

When writing an article after an Arsenal match. I find staying off Twitter and taking an hour off to cool down absolutely necessary. Without that, most of this would be filled with curses and rants directed at everyone from the manager to the players to the irritating fans.

I think it’s a sign of the times when a loss to Chelsea is seen as an ‘improvement’ over last season’s match. Sure, we started well, passed well and all that… but that was it. We passed well. Once again, we were caught in the same trap of passing in front of the opposition’s defence with no purpose or cut. It says it all when Podolski’s late cross was more or less the first time we put a decent ball in from wide positions.

KJ’s Arsenal player ratings for Chelsea loss – Wilshere MOTM

Chelsea 2 – 0 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 6
He was sloppy with some of his kicks out. Could’ve done better for the penalty I felt. It was struck without any real pace and he was done by Hazard’s eyes.

Chambers – 5
Struggled massively against one of the best wingers in the world. Completely understandable but showed his lack of experience time and time again.

Mertesacker – 7
Was our best defender today but was unfortunately let down by those around him.

Arsenal need to play with the handbrake OFF!

10 Shots and NONE on Target! by NikkoGunners

Arsenal outscored Chelsea on shots, but none of our shots were on target. Chelsea had three on target and got two goals. What does such a statistics tell us? Arsenal’s game has been very patient this term and we spend long spells in the game planning the perfect shot. It is what Wenger likes to call playing with the handbrake on. It could be that Chelsea’s Invincibles are in the making and so we faced an impenetrable quality defense. However, for Arsenal, with 7 games gone, there is necessity to go back to the drawing board.

Chelsea v Arsenal review – Much better but Gunners still lose

Arsene Wenger did react to the away day troubles that Arsenal had against our big rivals last season, mas he needed to. But without Aaron Ramsey or Mikel Arteta available to play due to injury, it was Santi Cazorla who dropped back alongside Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Flamini to make our midfield more compact.

And it helped, as did the better determination showed by the whole Gunners side. But sometimes there is nothing you can do about a bit of brilliance and it was Eden Hazard’s dazzling run into the box that broke the Arsenal resistance, winning a penalty that he also converted after 27 minutes. Maybe the little Belgian left his leg a bit but you always see them given and Koscielny was perhaps lucky not to see red.

Chambers – Arsenal attacked together AND defended together

The new Arsenal defender Calum Chambers has settled into the Arsenal starting XI very quickly and has become an integral part of the squad. He particularly enjoyed his first Champions League game at the Emirates and thinks that the team spirit held together well. The whole Arsenal team destroyed Galatasary in the first half even though we had to go into defensive mode after Wojciech Szczesny was sent off against the Turks.

Chambers said: “I think we showed a great work ethic together,”

“We went down to 10 men and we still held on.

Arsenal HAVE the quality – If Wenger uses it correctly….


Watching Arsenal run riot yesterday night against an experienced but stunned Galatasaray side reminded me of how much quality we have in this team. Frankly, if we fail to do well this season, I wouldn’t blame it on our failure to sign William Carvalho or some super star defensive midfielder. It will be solely because the boss got his selection wrong because he has got some serious talent at his disposal. We played this game without the services of the crocked Walcot, Ramsey, Giroud, Arteta, Debuchy, Monreal, Gnabry and Diaby (who lacks fitness), and yet we did this well. That is some serious quality absent in our line up. And then of course Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell didn’t even get off the bench while Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky only came on when the show was basically over.

Arsenal v Galatasary Player Ratings – Welbeck easily MOTM

Arsenal 4 – 1 Galatasaray Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 4
His red card completely ruined what was a good performance. We had to spend 30 minutes defending with 10 men and will be more tired now for the crucial game on Sunday against Chelsea. Extremely irresponsible stuff by him and he needs to fix up otherwise, he’ll be benched for Ospina.

Chambers – 5
He struggled tonight. He started off the season well but has slowly been regressing. I think he’s just rushing and overthinking his contribution.

Arsenal v Galatasaray review – Welbeck hat-trick steals the show

Arsenal needed to get off to a fast start against Galatasaray, especially as Arsene Wenger had picked a pretty attacking line-up with Cazorla, Chamberlain, Ozil and Alexis backing up Danny Welbeck. And we certainly did that.

The Gunners quickly exposed the Turkish side and dominated possession but with a real purpose. Ozil may have looked a bit laboured to start with but he soon got into the game, but it was Alexis who looked the most dangerous and it was the Chilean’s slide role ball that Welbeck raced on to for the opening goal after 22 minutes.

Tottenham are time-wasters says Arsenal boss

Arsene Wenger was happy with the Arsenal players performance against Tottenham yesterday, despite their failure to turn dominance of possession into three points on the day. He admitted that it was defensive errors that gifted the Spuds the lead, but he seemed most upset about Tottenham’s time-wasting tactics all the way through the 90 minutes.