Category Archives: Arsenal game review

Arsenal v Hull City Player Ratings – Sanchez MOTM again

Arsenal 2- 0 Hull City Player Ratings by KJ

Ospina – 6.5
Didn’t have any real saves to make at all throughout the game. It was relatively comfortable for him but he didn’t make any mistakes and was quick with his distribution.

Bellerin – 7
He had a very solid game both offensively and defensively. Overlapped well and used his pace to good effect numerous times.

Chambers – 6
Didn’t have much to do all game but did what was required of him.

Mertesacker – 7
Same as Chambers but he did open the scoring with a headed goal from a corner. Who’d have thought it?

Southampton v Arsenal Player Ratings – Cazorla MOTM

Southampton 2 – 0 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 2
Absolutely pathetic performance today. He was at complete fault for both goals. The rest of the team was awful but if the keeper does the basics, we come out of that game with a draw and we move on not too disgruntled with the result. His arrogance is always costing him and I don’t think he’ll ever learn.

Debuchy – 3
Aside from a goal line clearance, he had little to no effect at all on the game. He didn’t really push the opposition when attacking and was defensively exposed by Bertrand.

Wenger refuses to talk about Szczesny – Shall we do it for him?

Arsene Wenger was obviously not happy that Arsenal dropped three points against one of our direct rivals for fourth place, but although he rued the defensive “mistakes” he felt that his team were tired but refused to blame anyone for the calamitous two goals we conceded.

Le Prof said on the Arsenal Official website: “The regret is that we lost this game because it was a self-inflicted defeat. We had chances to win this game and when we were in control we made the mistakes in our final third that allowed them to win the game. It’s unfortunate but there was much more in this game than the 2-0 defeat. We gave a lot and their keeper kept them in the game. We made the mistakes at the back that basically meant we were punished.

Allardyce – The referee won the game for Arsenal!

It was a very tight hard-fought game against West Ham yesterday, and although Arsenal won 2-1, the Hammers boss Sam Allardyce believes that his team could easily have won by the same scoreline if it had been a different referee.

First of all Alex Song had a screamer of a goal disallowed very early on in the game, and then Winston Reid fell over in the West Ham box just before half-time, and as he stood up again he tripped Santi Cazorla, a penalty was given and Arsenal were given the all-important opening goal.

West Ham v Arsenal Player Ratings – Koscielny MOTM

West Ham 1 – 2 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 8
Claimed a lot of balls into the box with settled us massively during the first half. It was clearly instructed by Wenger and worked really well as it prevented West Ham gaining much momentum after they scored.

Debuchy – 7
He struggled defensively at times but aided the attack well. He tended to play more defensively than usual, again probably a command by Wenger and it worked well enough.

Mertesacker – 7
One of his better performances this season but he is still making mistakes here or there.

Great day for Arsenal – Onwards and upwards!

It was an excellent day for Arsenal fans. Not only did we leapfrog West Ham into fifth but we also gained two points on all the teams ahead of us in the Premiership, and are now standing just three points behind Man United in Third Place.

Arsene Wenger was understandably pleased with a very hard-fought win. “We deserved to win the game.” he said. “It was a typical committed, direct game where we needed to be solid in the air, take our chances on the break. Unfortunately when they came back to 2-1, we had five or six chances on counter-attacks that we couldn’t take, but overall everybody did the job very well, from the ‘keeper to up front.

Arsenal get JUST desserts from fantastic festive treat

Arsenal JUST edge a real Christmas Cracker at West Ham! by Sam P

In the sixth minute of extra time, the Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny was almost punished for one of the very few things he did not do brilliantly. The Poland international came and did not get a free kick, and Enner Valencia got to the back post with his head for the knock on but put it over. Tat was the last action and Arsene Wenger and his players were left in delight and able to celebrate a really hard fought away win.

Arsenal v QPR Player Ratings – Sanchez MOTM despite penalty miss

Wojciech Szczesny 6.5
The Pole didn’t have a lot to do but coped well when needed. No chance with the penalty

Mathieu Debuchy 7
Reasonably solid in attack and defence. Harshly treated in the penalty claim

Per Mertesacker 6.5
Looked more comfortable than in recent games, but still lacks the leadership qualities of Koscielny

Nacho Monreal 7
Filled in well despite his lack of experience in the position

Kieran Gibbs 7.5
Our best defender and very productive in his attacking mode. one of our most consistent players

Wenger – Arsenal were edgy and nervous in the end but we won!

Arsenal yet again gave the fans a frustrating finish after seeming totally in control in the first half. Maybe if Alexis had not fluffed his penalty chance before putting us ahead 8 minutes the half-time whistle then we may have had a more relaxed second half to enjoy.

But of course we made it hard for ourselves early in the second half when Olivier Giroud over-reacted to a little push in the back, and the ref had no hesitation sending the Frenchman off after he appeared to headbutt Onouha. Suddenly QPR felt they had a chance to come back but thank god that Alexis was around to set our minds at rest with an excellent dribble before setting up Rosicky for a two goal cushion.

Is Mertesacker right to blame Arsenal tactics for late leveller?

BFG blames Arsenal tactics by A.T.

Following the rather fortunate draw away at Liverpool, the Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker made rather interesting comments in his post-match interview. The German international, who is blamed by some for Arsenal conceding the late equaliser, expressed regret at the tactics deployed by Wenger during the latter stages of the game at Anfield.

Liverpool v Arsenal Player Ratings – Santi best of bad bunch

Liverpool 2 – 2 Arsenal Player Ratings by KJ

Szczesny – 7
Made some really good saves, was commanding but did have a bit of a brain fart that could’ve cost us but fortunately it didn’t.

Chambers – 5
Very rigid performance. I do worry about him in big games as he was schooled by Markovic and Sterling defensively and never looked in control offensively.

Debuchy – 7
A decent defensive performance and great work for our first goal.

Mertesacker – 5
He struggled to prevent dribbles at our defence and was very questionable for Liverpool’s second goal.

Wenger – Draw was fair result for Arsenal…. Hmmm!

Even though Arsenal were one goal up playing against the ten men of Liverpool, we still managed to throw away the points in the final minutes of the game. And how fearless was Per Mertesacker when he jumped to try and stop Skrtel from scoring?

It was basically a dismal performance by the Gunners against a weak Liverpool side who managed a massive 27 attempts on our goal, while we scored with our first two attempts on target. We only had 35% of the possession and were extremely lucky that Liverpool had no strikers and Szczesney actually played well for a change.