‘Tower of strength’ – Arsenal loanee earns plaudits with display

Arsenal loanee Mark McGuinness earned praise for his match-winning performance for Ipswich Town yesterday, scoring the only goal of the game, and helping to keep a clean sheet.

The defender put in a solid display alongside Toto Nsiala at the heart of the defence, and deservedly kept their opponents at bay, and the pair were both singled out for praise by the assistant manager, who was filling in for the absent manager who was forced to isolate after a positive Coronavirus test.

Stuart Taylor told reporters after the match (via the Ipswich Star): “I didn’t want to single anyone out, but Toto (Nsiala) was solid and that tackle he made in the box was second to none. Luke Chambers’ block at the end of the first half was fantastic too.

“I thought Toto was our standout player along with Mark McGuinness. They were a tower of strength against a striker with a real presence.

“There was a lot of good defensive play today and a lot of good out of possession stuff.”

While it was the defenders work at the other end of the field which earned the praise, it was the defender’s first senior goal which earned his side the three points, and he will be proud to have got that under his belt.

The 20 year-old has picked up 11 starts this term on his first loan spell from Arsenal, who he joined in 2011 at the age of just 10 years-old.


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  1. City 4, Palace 0. This goes to show us how far our club actually is from the top Premier League teams.

    Sad but true. Can’t see us in top 4 in the next 5 years.

    1. So true. We made Palace look like city!
      Need to put pressure on the owner. Has to come from every fan, celebrity fans, and internet fanzones. Keep mentioning the lack of backing or motivation for Arsenal to challenge.

      1. SMMFH

        Did Kroenke spend $40M on Mustafi when VVD was
        available for half the price?

        Did Kroenke spend another $40M on Xhaka when
        N. Kante would of walked to the Emirates from LC
        for far less.

        Did Kroenke spend $72M on Pepe?

        Did Kroenke spend $30m on Lucas Torreria?

        Did Kroenke spend $27M on William Saliba

        Did Kroenke spend $30M on Willians wages over the
        next 3 years?

        Is Silent Stan responsible for nearly $250M spent on a
        collection of players that haven’t consistently made
        an impact at the club?

        I’m not a fan of the American but Arsenal’s fall from
        EPL grace has more to did IMHO with the clowns
        making the daily decisions @ the club than Kroenke

    2. Football is not arithmetics.
      We walloped West brom 4-0 yet City could only get a 1-1 draw from them.

  2. McLovin you make football sound like mathematics which is absurd. Based on your logic, Arsenal is a better team than City and Liverpool because Westbrom held the two teams to a draw while Arsenal gave Westbrom a beating.

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