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.

The Gunners had the confidence boost of beating Dortmund and also out playing Man United and right from the start we looked like carrying on from those games, pressing well as a team and looking dangerous when we had the ball. Some good interplay in and around the box gave Cazorla an early chance but his well struck shot was straight at Foster.

The Spaniard got another good chance five minutes later but this time it was blocked. The Baggies were coming back into the game by now and were using the width of the pitch to stretch Arsenal. But Koscielny was handling Berahino well and our BFG looked much calmer with the Frenchman alongside him.

Surprisingly we had less possession than them in the first 20 minutes and that suggests how much we miss Arteta at the heart of midfield. Gibbs had been rested but a knock to Monreal meant that lasted just 23 minutes. Welbeck then made a great run behind and was found by Ramsey’s through ball but Foster was out quickly to smother his shot.

Then Giroud closed down the keeper and robbed the ball but could not finish from a tight angle. We were seeing much more of the ball as well and Cazorla got a third chance to shoot with his left foot from the edge of the box but his shot this time had no power, but the Spaniard was playing well and getting into good positions.

Ramsey came inches away from getting that goa he has been after when he won the ball high up and played a one-two with Cazorla and the Spaniard nearly found him again with a cross a minute later but it was just too hard for the Welshman. We should have been ahead at the break but it looked like we might need to be patient and make sure we didn’t make any mistakes like last weekend.

And right after the break Arsenal were lucky to see an incorrect offside flag when Berahino broke in behind and was clear on Martinez. It took us a while to get going again but there was an almighty scramble in the West Brom box, with Ramsey and Cazorla have shots blocked.

With 10 minutes gone, a great flowing move from Arsenal saw Giroud free Gibbs and the left back sat up a peach of a cross which anyone but Cazorla woul;d probably have reached. But we were largely in control again and just needed the right chance to fall to the right player.

THat happened with half an hout to play, but the Spaniard was heavily involved, bursting down the left and producing the perfect cross for Welbeck to power his header home from six yards.

West Brom rolled the dice, brought on another striker and went 4-4-2, but it was still Arsenal that looked the most likely to score. Giroud was a great target man allowing the pace of Welbeck and Alexis with the creation of Ramsey and Cazorla to cause all sorts of problems.

But Chamberlain replaced Giroud with 15 minutes to go, and then the home side managed to put us under some real pressure, including Berahino hitting the bat with a header. Maybe we were a bit too conservative towards the end but recent results are responsible for that and three points and another clean sheet were important to keep the confidence building.

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    1. Cazorla back where he belongs right in the middle of the pack . He never went bad,he was played in the wrong position with too many AMF at the same time. No wilzhere or ozil means that cazorla has more space to play,lobbing balls left and right and spreading play.Wilshere should either sit on the bench or play elsewhere.Ramsey should learn how to set up assist and give passes which does not involve him getting a pass back. He seem infatuated with scoring.

      1. Can’t agree more, although many are being very harsh on Wilshere. At least he makes an attempt for something different, not the boring passing play that makes us difficult to break the deadlock. He should be doing better no doubt, but IMO he’s one of the players who brings more danger to the area, which is good to have. When he steps up his game (although he’ll be out for a long time) he can provide a great drive, to push the team forward.

        And Ramsey, I bought his jersey ffs, and he’s playing way differently, just looking for a goal. Maybe when he gets it he’ll feel more comfortable, but he should remember a midfielder’s priorities. He was our hero last season, no doubt, but as a player he should have the feet on his ground, looks like the hype took over him.

        Lastly, they’ve both had moments in which they should be dropped. They can do better and have shown it. Ramsey last season, and Jack with England. Wonder when they will, they’re young players and have much to show.

        Hit me thumbs down if you like for being so protective of players, but I believe that it’s easier said than done. My criticism is a little analytcial, but when I watch the games i scream the sh*t out of them lol. COYG!

        1. His problem is he doesn’t know when to shoot or to pass,yes he does runs into areas but to no avail .Pity though as with Giruid,Welbeck up front think he would have done better than Ramsey,who reminds me of Parlor never hitting the star form but always gives 100pcent So that is 1win without Wilshire be back on Wed, hope for another win CB

        2. No you,re spot on.Criticism of Jack has been harsh and sometimes brutal.He is a young man still ,but his commitment to Arsenal cannot be in doubt. He wears his heart on his sleeve and he never gives less than 100%. Rambo too will run and run., he just needs to stop worrying about not scoring. I would rather we play with these two than against them. There are others in the side who should not be, that give me far more concern…

    2. On the positive side two wins in a raw and two clean sheets for Martinez.
      but what was wenger thinking whenm guys were pressing us hard and he had a choice to make a substitution.

      1. Wow. An away win.
        Excellent result.
        Beat Southampton on Wed
        and 2nd place is possible.
        Giroud and Danny up front, Whoohoo!!!
        Showing courage ambition and intent 🙂
        Clean SHHET 🙂
        Gotta love it.
        Top 4 in sight now.

  1. @Robinvanpayslip
    Still waiting for lottery numbers after predicting Ramsey shooting from defensive corner.

    1. Chamberlain was on he didn’t get the pass from Ramsey. Ramsey thinks he is world class but he can’t even make the simple passes most of the time.

      1. i personally think hes missing on purpose to make everyone else not feel self conscious they they couldnt score.
        what-a-guy- what….a……guy

  2. S*itty, nervous performance as expected. We’ve played like this numerous times this season (ie. Palace). Tells everything about the state of the team currently, yet I don’t think Wenger will see anything wrong because we got 3 points.

    Ramsey is so selfish.. he needs to get his head out of his arse and start playing for the team and not for himself.

  3. Positives: 2 clean sheets in 2 games. 3 important points. Cazorla back in form. Assisted all 3 arsenal goals. (2 vs Dortmund and 1 vs wba). Giroud back. Welbeck scored.

    Negatives: Injury to monreal and potentially ox. 4 injuries in 2 games( sanogo arteta ox monreal)…., Sanchez looking tired. Played every single minute and ran the most. Needs rest. Next is high flying Southampton at emirates.

    1. Santi MOTM! great passing game, hope he gets back to the hero he was on the 2012-13 season. Needs to practice shooting though, he is equally good with his left and right, and we all know he has the ability to score.

  4. Good win boyz but we still look like sh*t if it was a better team we would’ve have major problems & #AW iz still #brainless he still have to go win loose or draw #AW OUT, u know what made my day when I saw the banner its time to go #AW thanks for the memories

  5. Happy for a Cleansheet and welback is a cf plz wenger let welback and giroud fight for that cf role.ox is our rw(at this moment) and sanchez is the best at lw

    1. agree here, we’re seeing ox’s talent show up in recent games, just hoping he only got a knock… nice seeing an attacking front three though, but a bit of risk playing all of our strikers.

    1. Sure klopp who just lost to arsenal and is virtually bottom of the bundersliga. Boring broken record.

      Er…….Rahman OUT!

  6. That will do 3 points and a win is all we needed today.
    Now lest hope some of the teams up around us lose points!

  7. ugly win, but will take three points everyday. Now moving on, MASSIVE game vs southampton, it’s actually a test of what we’re really made of, as manshitty are being tested today in my opinion. I reckon if we win on wednesday, it’ll be a great boost as players are aware of how well they’re playing at st mary’s. COYG!

  8. Ramsey had a good game v Dortmund, today he though he was a world class player. Despite

    Welbecks goal he had a poor game, he had three more chances before then.
    One from Sanchez cross he controls, falls on the floor after physically battling Wisdom.
    Then a second chance, forgot who the pass was from, hits it straight at the keeper form the right side of goal.
    Second half around 50 minutes he cuts in inside the box, instead of shooting he gives a 2 yard pass to Ramsey. When your a striker that just doesn’t make sense.

    Martinez should stay as the keeper, the only time he was beaten was Berahinos header which hit the crossbar.

    Mertesacker just doesn’t jump high enough.

    Our corners, even when we have Giroud and Koscileny our corner takers target Mertesacker for the ‘flick’ at the near post.

    We should’ve had a penalty as well in first half when Giroud went down in the box from Mulumbu challenge.

    Team rating 6/10.

    1. @HA559
      In all fairness to Martinez. If the ball had not hit the post, he would have had it. His hand was right under it.
      Good defending from WB. They got robbed of a goal scoring opportunity for sure. Siado was onside, Kos put him there. And he had Mert left in the dust…

      We really need to play Bellerin at RB and replace Mert with Chambers.

        1. @captinweestain,

          I don’t know if you saw the replay showing the offside line but Saido was MILES onside and it’s not even a debatable.

        1. @Thando
          At times it’s hard to watch as he just looks on as forwards zoom past him. He’s good at defending inside the box and at reading the play coming down pitch. He’s just not the guy we want in our back 4 if we’re going to play the high line. His lack of pace/agility is targeted by forwards everytime.

      1. I agree about them not getting the decision in the second half, but Giroud should have won a penalty, you know just before we got that free kick which Sanchez hit against the wall. We got a decision against us as well today.

  9. I hate to say it but Im happy with a win after so many draws and loses.

    It’s very hard to be an Arsenal fan with a Manager who embraces mediocrity and across the city Mourinho made just 2 big signings to fill in the gaps: Costa and Fabregas

    Why Wenger doesn’t want to fill in the gaps (ie Top striker, another defender and Top DM) is beyond my comprehension

    Anyway, chuffed with a win

    2 wins in a Row. Lets keep it going.

  10. Everyone saying this isn’t good enough is a negative nancy.
    An away win against any mid table team is a good start to returning to form.
    Welbz is Dat Guy.

  11. Right now our Ramsey is doing nothing, not creating, not scoring, not defending and not doing much in midfield… He should be dropped so Rosicky can have a go.

    Wenger is just running players into the ground, seriously if a player is not injured he will play him every game until they are shattered.

    1. Oh Goonster, you remember about 4 or 5 games ago when I said Ramsey wasn’t capable of playing in an advanced position (AM) and that coming from deeper as the CM suited him better? You attacked me and said who am I to say what he can and can’t do, etc.

      Will you be offering me an apology at some point?

      If Arsene is hellbent on us playing two attacking mids it cannot be Jack and Aaron, neither are deserving based on the way they’re playing. Our two natural 10s, Mesut (when healthy) and Santi should do it, with Thomas as the sub., and a proper CDM behind them. Jack/Aaron should only be used as CMs in a 4231.

      I still credit Arsene for Ramsey’s lack of form, as he placed Ramsey higher up the field, thus asking him to do more than he’s capable of.

      1. I have never attacked anyone concerning Ramsey or Wilshere positions in the team.. All I don’t agree with are fans that just hate the likes of Ramsey and Wilshere just because of a certain player… It’s okay to criticise Wilshere or Ramsey for their lack if form but absolutely disrespecting them just be cause you are covering for certain under performing players is what I don’t agree with..

        And I am saying Ramsey should be dropped because he is out of form and is not offering much at the moment. Not because I think he is rubbish..

        1. And at the time I said nothing about Ramsey being rubbish. I don’t think his rubbish. I’m not quite sure he’s the player he was last year, but at the same time I don’t think he’s the player he is now.
          I’ve always taken the position, as I said back when you were so quick to come at me, that he was success as a true box to box midfielder, comin from deeper, versus being higher up the park and trying create/do too much – score or try back heels/final passes that he can’t complete.
          My frustration sits with Arsene adjusting the shape to get both Jack and Aaron in the team. They should alternate in the CM in a 4231 as A – that wasn’t broken for us and had us top the league for the longest stretch last year, and B – they’ve proven that both of them together does nothing for us.
          Mesut and santi are our best 10s, but both are shifted wide for these two, and as a result the team struggles. Arsene’s fault. If he wants the Iniesta/Xavi combo that he craves, then it’s Mesut and santi (look how well he and the team are doing not playing wide for Jack) and a proper Yaya/Busquets type CDM.
          You can’t dispute that, but I’m interested to hear how.

  12. And to everyone saying not good enough. We are currently a team low on confidence due to the Anderlecht, Swansea and United games. We were a bit nervous which is understandable, you can tell that our players are now trying to keep solid and compact. They are afraid to lose the ball and be countered, that’s they are playing safe square passes.

    So I think the next few games are going to be like this, cautious, nervous and tentative. They are trying to build up some confidence..

  13. You know Chamberlain has been a different player since Walcott returned form long term injury. He was lazy and not running enough. Then since he spotted Walcott on the bench v Burnley he has been a better player.

  14. Wenger – “I may make one signing in Jan”. Here we go again!
    Sell Poldi and Per buy two CB’s, (one if you value Hayden) and a DM player.
    Thats 2 minimum in my eyes!
    This weekend we could do with the top 3 teams dropping points but ideally as well all of the teams from 5 down to Spurs in 10 losing a point or two. It’s too tight in the upper half of the table for my liking 🙁

  15. Never mind Wenger out, #BFG out.
    We have to find a way to drop this guy, bellerin in and Chambers CB or will Wenger wait for Debuchy to return.

    1. I know that we could’ve been SOL with that one offsides call, but I think BFG had a good game. He won a lot of aerial battles and looked way more comfortable with Kos on the pitch. Give him some props folks

  16. Ill take the win but a precarious one @ that. The remote was nearly sacrificed on countless occasions. Lol. Still diffucult to enthusiastically watch this club and if Wenger wasnt such a stubborn Putz the January transfer window could provide Arsenal with a much needed boost in the league.

    Fabian Scharr….10-12M
    Matija Nastasic….5-10M
    Lars Bender…..20-25M

    Mezut Ozil…..30-35M
    Lukas Podolski….5-7M


    1. Are you seriously suggesting the same Nastasic who consistently plays terrible football for Man City? He obviously has physical talent but he is effectively one of the worst/laziest defenders I have seen in long time. Not as bad as Squillachi, but still terrible.

  17. 1. The last 2 games Wenger has made an adjustment allowing for more protection at the back. For example, we now see Gibbs far more involved defensively the past 2 games = good move.

    2. Wenger still wants to attack only up the middle. Very little wide play. Mostly just Chambers and only very occasionally from others – Sanchez etc. Not surprising that the goal came when the ball was delivered from wide and deep. Wenger, it seems, will never correct this tactical limitation. Width and Depth are NOT new concepts, but Wenger HATES them.

  18. When Debuchy comes back, Id like to see Chambers in the Defensive Midfielder role. He started as a midfielder with Southampton and he has proven himself as quality CB.

    INfact, witg diaby, Wilshere and now Arteta out, why not try him as DM. Put Bellerin at RB or get Jenkison in Jan. If doesn’t work out use Coquelin

    1. @fred cowardly
      I think Le Coq would be much more stable at DM than Chambers. He has more experience there.

  19. Welbeck, Giroud and Sanchez this the first these three actually get to play with each other, with a lot of interchanging, many may not have liked the selection but i did not have any problem with it. gave us variety in attack , with ox on the bench ready to run pass defenders.

    The only disappointing thing i felt was ramsay and flamini, Ramsay still in STAR-TIME CLOUD 9 and flamini did not look comfortable on the ball

    1. Flamini is no longer able to be a rock on his own but I did not hear Flamini’s name called often and for a defensive player that is usually a good thing – especially considering he was rarely getting any help from Ramsey (a tactical decision from Wenger no doubt).

      Mentioning Ramsey’s consistently less-than-stellar play is a dangerous thing but it is nearing the point that he maybe needs to see the bench now and then.

      1. That must have been a different match, what i saw was cazorla and ramsay coming for the ball to start play, several times flamini had the ball he seem undecided, the break up play i saw was mostly done by the back four, you never heard his name because he was no where near the ball and trust me when you have a DM you want to hear his name, even when its a easy day

        1. If ur in the right position as a dm the other team eont pass the ball ur way he was perfect positionally today…maybe u should try watch the game on mute

  20. Sorry lads, did we beat RM? FCB? Bayern? Who’d we beat… West Brom, which i said we would, look it up! Look if we beat Southampton and Stoke fine, i think that will signal a move in the right direction but as it sits good game. Let’s not get carried away then come here and moan on wednesday.

    1. Well said @dennis! !! Im not getting my hopes up when they start beating big clubs then ill start to gain back confidence but as for now im just supporting the boyz & #fack #AW! !!

  21. I dont want to hear you people complain. Somethng like the beatifull football is something we cant play anymore. 3 point at the back, now let us see how we do against Southupton ( if i am not mistaken).

    Ramsey is showing what i always knew, and thats him being a spoiled dip shet who thinks he is already a star.

    Against City when we beat them to 1 i remember Van Persie and him being one vs 2 against the keeper, instead of passing the ball to his captain he went for the shoot and blasted it outside. That particular situation made me realise what kind of player he is. Take your shet together Ramsey boy as Wenger wont be forever to protect you.

  22. Saw the united match after the arsenal one and by the looks of it they have got their house in order and their shop is back in business after that gift from arsenal to them which is what concerns, arsene needs to see the match united played just like sir Alex’s teams putting pressure and draining the energy out of Hull bodies. The question is has Wenger forgotten the match? or will he learn lessons from this one and win against united at old Trafford.

    – Sunderland deserved the win
    – From an 8 – 0 defeat a month ago, they presented a solid defense and kept Chelsea scoreless for the first time this season.
    – Well structured and organized team, gave Chelsea a run for their money, again they deserved to win.
    – Poyet understand tactics and made the right changes at the right time, giving chance to the new players and team to reorganize and therefore became more dangerous.
    – Costa was marked to death and became frustrated, he was completely neutralized.
    Why in hell our manager cant learn and give us the satisfaction of not looking like fools when playing against the Chelskis, Manure and other teams, now he is gloating defeating WBA 1- 0 pllleeeasseee….it’s pathetic how we have to settle thanks to this man….get him out, just go, I will settle for him leaving at the end of the season.

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