Red card ends a terrible week for Arsenal


Another terrible result away from home, in a difficult and disappointing week for the club. Whilst our response to the red card and the way we played after it was not great, I do think the sending off ultimately tipped the balance of the game, and I don’t think it was a red card.

Unai Emery clearly approached the encounter with a specific game plan- to sit deep, absorb pressure and not allow them to hit us on the counter, something they have excelled at for years. Personally, I felt this was going well until the red card. Whilst they controlled possession and did look threatening in and around our box, we appeared to be dealing with it relatively well, and looked threatening on the counter ourselves, missing a few good chances with Lacazette and Iwobi.

However, the red card was the turning point, and from that moment onwards, we appeared to have little outball and really struggled to retain possession and progress the play. They dominated the majority of the second half, looking fluid and bright, and we struggled to contain this movement throughout. It was a matter of time until they opened the scoring, with the excellent Tielemans heading in.

Although we exerted a bit of pressure towards the end, with the introduction of Guendouzi giving us a bit of renewed balance in midfield, it was never sustained or incisive and they added another couple as we faded and showed signs of fatigue. 3 defeats, 9 goals conceded and diminished top 4 hopes: a terrible week for Arsenal. The players must give us something to cheer about on Thursday.

PLAYER RATINGS vs Leicester:

1️⃣9️⃣ Leno 9

1️⃣5️⃣ Maitland-Niles 4

2️⃣0️⃣ Mustafi 5

0️⃣5️⃣ Sokratis 4

3️⃣1️⃣ Kolasinac 6

1️⃣1️⃣ Torreira 5

3️⃣4️⃣ Xhaka 4

0️⃣7️⃣ Mkhitaryan 4

1️⃣7️⃣ Iwobi 4

1️⃣4️⃣ Aubameyang 5

0️⃣9️⃣ Lacazette 5 –


0️⃣6️⃣ Koscielny 5

2️⃣9️⃣ Guendouzi 6

4️⃣9️⃣ Nketiah 6 –


  1. gotanidea says:

    Yeah, Arsenal should have used higher defensive line and take higher risks in attacking, because the defensive tactic clearly did not work in most of their away games

    Probably because Emery realized he didn’t have a good tempo dictator and good wingers. Perhaps he is trying to fix the defense first in his first season, then move to the other areas

    Disappointing, but there is still hope in EL and I wanna see the new players he would bring in the next season

  2. S says:

    Alfie, is there anything we didn’t already know? Roll on next season, even if it’s only Europa League football we’re getting.
    Plus it’s easy to make our overpaid wasters want to leave: give them zero minutes of football.

    1. Leaving them on the bench will make them want to stay even longer and see out their contracts. No pressure, just silently collecting free wages like Lichtsteiner. Do you really think Mkhitaryan wanted to play yesterday? Me thinks he would have preferred to be left on the bench to enjoy his monstrous wages in peace!

      1. S says:

        I mean not even putting them on the bench, making them train with the reserves so that it is clear to them that their lack of performance will not be tolerated.

  3. Ngaa says:

    No Ramsey no win. In the first quarter he was not used and the team was not perfoming well. His introduction marked an improvement of the team. Yet some still think that Juve are crazy to offer him 400k. Time will tell.

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      exactly….fans never appreciate Ramsay cause hes not a big name or big tag

  4. Grandad says:

    Mik was by a mile the worst player on the park and Mustafi, Socratis and Kocielney when he came on were not far behind.We do not have a quality centre back nor left back on our books.Is it little wonder we lose goals at an alarming rate?Until we acquire better defenders we will continue to be also rans.On a brighter note perhaps this run of defeats will convince our Manager and his support team to accelerate the departure of our numerous under performers.The prospect of kicking off next season with the same defensive personelle in place fills me a dread of us being no better than a mid table team at best.Sol Campbell was wrong when he suggested we needed to sell ten players.He erred on the low side.

  5. Ray Parlour's fire extinguisher says:

    We’re missing Ramsey big time. Arsenal should go all out for Ajax’s Van de Beek. There may be competition for his signature, but if we really are a big club, he’s the type of player we should go for. I tried to get an estimate of his value, ended up seeing that he’s worth 22m on transfermarket or whatever it’s called. Whoever put that amount is a fool. He’s still got about 3 years left in his contract and would cost well over £40m in my opinion.

    I’ll be honest, I’ve only seen him play a bit in the CL, but he looks a ready made replacement for Ramsey.

    However, Ajax won’t give him to us for free, unlike we are with Ramsey to Juventus. Only Arsenal would allow an excellent player at his peak go for free.

  6. Sue says:

    So surely they’ll watch the match later, after training? Then they’ll see how badly they performed… so then we can expect a reaction from them? Ha yeah right, I was expecting a reaction after the Watford game (yes I know we won, but we were awful against 10 men) it is embarrassing… they should have their wages docked…. I wouldn’t get away with working just when I felt like it…

  7. Roy says:

    Common denominator with our poor defence is Stevie Bould. Is he still the defensive coach? l stand corrected if he’s not.

    1. soccerboy says:

      Defence starts from the forward players. The forward, the midfield should should start pressing before the ball gets to the defenders. Do you watch the big teams like Barca, man city, bayern liverpool? they so hard that the pressure is less on their defence. Arsenal players don’t work hard. The don’t presss to win the ball back. they wait for opposition to make mistake. Weak minded players. They need aggresive coach like diego simone.

  8. gooner4life says:

    i’m puzzled why there as no comment by the Match of the day experts as to the boot left on Torreria’s chest and how Maddison got away with fooling the ref when clearly AMN did not even make any contact with him,I think the red card should be reversed in situations when players deliberately cheat and the innocent player gets booked or sent off. It would stop cheating.

    1. Sue says:

      I bet they won’t be mentioned on Sky sports ref watch either! Imagine if that had been one of our players on them!! Unbelievable!

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