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Crystal Palace v Arsenal review – Lucky, Clinical, Battling, Victorious

I don´t suppose we should be too surprised anymore, because Arsenal have started doing it a few times this season, but it is not the typr of game that we used to see from the Gunners. You could say that we were lucky, especially as the replays showed that the foul for the penalty that gave us our 7th minute lead was just outside the box.

But it was very close and Danny Welbeck did brilliantly to pounce on the ball and draw the foul. And Cazorla seems to be infallible from the spot these days. However, Crystal Palace gave us a real hard time after that and could have levelled if they had been a bit more clinical.

Wenger praises Gabriel’s debut – and Giroud was okay too!

Arsene Wenger had to give our new defender Gabriel Paulista his Arsenal debut sometime, despite his lack of English-speaking skills, and it was a very brave decision to introduce the Brazilian on a day when only Laurent Koscielny was the lone survivor from the back four that faced Leicester, but Le Prof was more than pleased with his opening performance.

Wenger said after the game: “It was interesting to observe Gabriel today because he played his first game in a cup game that we absolutely had to win. He has shown three important qualities – great concentration levels, great urgency to defend and good pace, especially on the recovery tackle he made in the box.

Arsenal v Middlesborough Player Ratings – Ozil MOTM

Arsenal 2 – 0 Middlesborough Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 6
Wasn’t challenged at all by the opposition. A very comfortable game thanks to our outfield players.

Chambers -7
Did well to get forward and made good passes and overlaps but never did anything spectacularly. It was comfortable for him and he’s clearly a more defensive full back than Gibbs.

Gabriel – 7
A good debut for the Brazilian. No real mistakes and made a couple of good last ditch tackles. His raw pace really aids his game.

Arsenal DOMINATED Middlesbrough completely!

Aito Karanka’s Middlesbrough team came to the Emirates on a brilliant run of form and with complete confidence that they could compete with Arsenal on equal terms, but straight from the kick-off the Gunners gave them a masterclass in passing and possession and poor Boro were brought down to earth with a bump.

Arsene Wenger made SEVEN changes to the team that faced Leicester last week, but the replacements were fresh and hungry to assert their readiness for a starting spot for the rest of the season. Wenger was understandably smug after the impressive showing from his players.

Wenger – It was a game of two halves

Arsenal were far from impressive against Leicester City on Tuesday night, despite looking comfortable at 2-0 at haf-time, and Arsene Wenger yet again believes that the game came too quickly after the intensity of the North London derby on Saturday.

“It was a game of two halves,” Wenger said on the official Arsenal website. “In the first half we had a good cohesion, good movement, good technical quality and we scored two good goals.

“In the second half our physical level dropped, Leicester came more into the game and at 2-1 we became a bit nervous. Then it was good to finish the game off.

A summary of Arsenal’s roller-coaster season…..so far

The Season so Far…… by BG

So began Arsenal’s season on the 19th of July with a friendly match against BorehamWood; all of us eager to see the boys in action and working that rust off. To mention, some still recovering from the weariness of the World Cup, which eventually became a excuse of doom for the loan transfer of Podolski to Inter Milan. After a decent reality check on the fitness of the team and its integral structure, the next challenge on the road to the season was the Match against New York Red Bulls; with a losing score line of 1-0.

Wenger – Arsenal lost their legs in the second half….

As usual, Arsenal fans had to suffer right up to the last kick of the game before securing all three points from rock bottom Leicester last night, and Arsene Wenger believes that the team was still tired from the intense North London derby on Saturday.

Le Prof said on Arsenal.com “It was close towards the end but it is always like that when it’s 2-1. I feel that we were in control for the first half but when we were in control they had one or two good chances on the counter-attack.

Arsenal vs Leicester City Player Ratings – Ozil on top form

Arsenal v Leicester Player Ratings

David Ospina 7
Solid performance, but I was surprised that he failed to stop the goal despite his view being obstructed

Hector Bellerin 6
Made a brilliant tackle that started a goalscoring attack, but perhaps should concentrate a bit more on the defensive side

Per Mertesacker 7
Was given more work than usual but stood up well to the Leicester pressure

Laurent Koscielny 7
His goal was very well taken under pressure, but Mertesacker looked more solid defensively

Nacho Monreal 6
Like the rest of the defence, he looked scared of losing too much. Where has the confidence gone?

The REAL reasons Arsenal lost at Spurs

DEFENDING TOO DEEP, NO PACE AND NO PRESSURE: THE REAL REASONS WHY ARSENAL LOST AT SPURS by Uche

Hello everyone. I am sure you have read enough and heard enough about our loss against Spurs. Believe me, this article is not a pity party and it is definitely not a rant fest either. On the contrary, it is an objective view of what went wrong and the bright future we still have ahead of us.

Mertesacker defends the Arsenal defence and waffles a lot!

The big German Per Mertesacker was our captain in Arsenal’s humiliating defeat at Tottenham on Saturday and by rights should be accepting some of the responsibility for allowing Harry Kane to punish us twice. Arsene Wenger clearly blamed the Gunners defence after the game, but Mertesacker thinks that we didn’t defend badly, and prefers to name other (rather cryptic!) factors for the loss.

“Obviously we’re not satisfied with that result,” he told Arsenal Player. “We weren’t active enough.

“Just at the end we started to play our game, but it took us too long. We didn’t defend badly but we couldn’t take advantage of any counter-attacks.

Wenger slams the Arsenal defence after Spurs defeat

After our brilliant run of recent form it was a great shock to see Arsenal throw away a 1-0 lead against our great rivals Tottenham yesterday, especially as we hadn’t previously conceded a goal since New Years Day.

It seems Arsene Wenger was just as shocked and he has publicly chastised the Gunners defence for allowing Harry Kane the space to score twice and give all three points to Spurs. “It’s very disappointing because we started very well and then thought too much about defending, and not enough enough about playing,” the manager told the Arsenal website.

Tottenham v Arsenal Player Ratings – Monreal best of a sad bunch

Tottenham 2 – 1 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Ospina – 6
Made a lot of good saves but also looked very nervous and seemed to always parry the shot into a dangerous area for us.

Bellerin – 4
Completely destroyed by Rose today. Couldn’t deal with the pace and was never able to intelligently pass it out from the back.

Mertesacker – 5
Didn’t do anything really to prevent Spurs from pressing us into submission. His clearances weren’t great and didn’t seem to lead the team.