Category Archives: Arsenal game review

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.

KJ’s Arsenal v Tottenham Player Ratings

Arsenal 1 – 1 Tottenham Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 6.5
Was rarely challenged because of how withdrawn Tottenham were for the majority of the game. Could’ve done better for the goal personally.

Chambers – 6
I felt he struggled until the 70th minute. Couldn’t pass his way out and just seemed to move possession back to Mertesacker.

Mertesacker – 6
He struggled for large parts of the game. Was easily bypassed when Tottenham countered but with Flamini in front of him, it’s difficult to blame him entirely.

Did Arsenal boss blunder with Alexis?

As much as it was nice to see Arsenal dominate Tottenham in the latest North London derby, we did not manage to carry on from last season and get the win we deserved. And if you are looking for a reason why Arsenal failed to convert their possession into points maybe the first thing you would look at is the decision to leave the best player for Arsenal this season so far on the bench.

Arsenal v Tottenham Review – Gunners dominate but Chamberlain spares our blushes

Arsenal started very brightly and looked like they were going to over-run the Tottenham defence, but straight away Mikel Arteta fell foul to the Gunners injury curse. With Flamini on we were still controlling the game with the Spuds hardly even bothering to come out of their half.

Chambers looked great going forward, but it seemed that every time Welbeck got the ball he was knocked to the ground. Then came the game changer. Jack Wilshere was writhing in agony after being kicked in the box, but everyone was too worried about his ankle to protest that it was a certain penalty that had been ignored….

Arsenal still playing rubbish but only one person is to blame…

Arsene again won’t take the blame by KM

Another day, another miserable Arsenal performance. We really are predictable. We did exactly what we do every time. Try to pass it into the net and as more often than not, it didn’t work. Where is the problem? We sent out a bunch of kids, Diaby, some out-of-favour players and Alexis.

Although we were poor once again, we started with a brilliant Alexis free kick. And after that we did what Arsenal do best. Make life difficult for ourselves. We gave away a totally reckless penalty and after that another corner and another ball hits the back of our net.