Category Archives: Arsenal game review

West Brom v Arsenal Player Ratings – Cazorla MOTM

West Brom 0 – 1 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Martinez – 7.5
Another strong performance by the Argentinian. Commanding throughout and kept his calm when we had to defend in the final 10 minutes. I don’t think Szczesny would’ve performed as well considering the circumstances.

Chambers – 7
Another good performance. He’s finally hitting his stride and it looks like he’ll remain consistent from now on.

Mertesacker – 7.5
A much stronger performance by him. He was composed all game and made so many headers in the final minutes that I lost count.

Three more injuries for Arsenal?

It was great to see Arsenal take all three points from the game against West Brom ths afternoon, but can you believe that we may have also lost three more players to injury? Nacho Monreal came off very early on, and his replacement Kieran Gibbs sustained an ankle problem himself.

Wenger said on Arsenal.com after the match: “Gibbs struggled a little bit with an ankle problem and Monreal with a knee problem. Oxlade-Chamberlain also had a knee problem.”

And when asked if they could be serious, he replied: “I don’t know. We have to see how they recover on Monday. We have Oxlade-Chamberlain, Monreal and Gibbs who have knocks but I don’t know how bad it is.”

West Brom v Arsenal review – Danny boy does the Business!

Arsene Wenger made a few changes to the Arsenal line-up for the trip to West Brom, some forced on him due to the injury problems of Wilshere and Arteta, but bringing Giroud and Koscielny back was definitely through the manager’s choice and gave the squad a very timely boost.

Welbeck passed his late fitness test and started on the left of attack, but neither Walcott, Sanogo or Szxczesny made it, so Martinez kept the keeper’s gloves for a Premier League debut with young Matt Macey on the bench.

Arsenal v Dortmund Player Ratings – The Ox MOTM

Arsenal 2 – 0 Borussia Dortmund Player Ratings by KJ

Martinez – 7
He was pretty decent today. Made some good claims, his distribution was good and he made a couple of good saves late on.

Chambers – 7.5
He seems to be getting stronger and stronger now. He had a dip from around the beginning of October but seems to have found his feet at the RB position.

Mertesacker – 5.5
I felt he was very sloppy today and could’ve cost us had the team not been so in tune with each other. He misplaced relatively easy passes and headers.

Arsenal v Dortmund review – Sanogo strikes AND clean sheet on great night for Gunners!!

Arsenal needed just a point to get out of the group but Arsene Wenger was unable to call on a host of key players, including Szczesny, Wilshere, Ozil, Walcott and Welbeck. So it looked like we were in for a tough night against Borussia Dortmund who have been great in the Champions League.

Yaya Sanogo got the nod to replace Welbeck up front and he got the best possible start, scoring his first senior goal right at the start, with an assist from Santi Cazorla. We have often been impressed with the young Frenchman but he clearly needed that first goal and the self belief it would bring.

Arteta shocked but looks for positives after Arsenal defeat

The Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta is in a state of shock after seeing Arsenal only score one goal in injury time – against a Man United side that were completely over-run by the Gunners attack.

“I am shocked we did not win this game, I cannot believe it still,” he said on Arsenal.com.

“I think we played our best game of the season, in terms of what we demand from ourselves with the quality of our attack, how early we won the ball back, how consistent we were throughout the game, the number of chances we created, and all that considering the opposition we were playing against.

Wenger surprised by lack of Arsenal defence for Rooney’s goal

Arsene Wenger was understandably annoyed by Arsenal’s home defeat against Man United. The Gunners dominated possession but were undone by a farcical own goal. As the team were pushing for the equaliser, Wayne Rooney somehow broke away with absolutely no Arsenal defenders between him and the goal to put the result beyond doubt.

Wenger admitted that he was “surprised” by the lack of defence. “We were 1-0 down and we wanted to desperately come back, and we forgot our principles a little bit,” he said.

Wenger -“Arsenal were dominant but not efficient enough”

Against Man United last night, it was yet another of those games were Arsenal get loads of possession, but sloppy defensive lapses gift the whole three points to their opponents. Arsene Wenger, though, was pleased with the performance,if not the result.

“It’s a game that we dominated for 80 per cent of the time and we haven’t dominated a game like that against Manchester United for a long time.” Wenger said after the game on Arsenal.com.

Arsenal v Man United review – No luck and no points for gutted Gunners

Louis van Gaal changed his tactics to try to surprise Arsenal and counter his team’s defensive problems, with three central defenders and with Luke Shaw and Valencia playing as wing backs in a midfield five, with Rooney and van Persie up front. But it was not really working as the Gunners tok control of the first half and really should have scored at least one goal before the break.

Wilshere had an eventful half. He could have been sent off, should have won a penalty and found himself one on one with De Gea. But while his finish should have been better, the United keeper was in top form and he also denied Chamberlain and Welbeck with great work.

Arsenal title hopes washed away in Swansea

Another season of failure for Arsenal? by Dave N

Arsenal went into the international break with a second Premier League defeat to chew on after surrendering the lead again in a rain lashed Liberty Stadium. Fair play to Swansea City because they never gave up and exploited our weaknesses well.

But for Arsene Wenger and his players, this game and result was the last thing they needed. The fact that we took the lead and could not keep it, yet again, just makes those question marks that have been hanging around all season just get bigger and bigger.