Match Report and Ratings v Chelsea
I was expecting a classic "Arsenal at the Bridge Whipping" to be honest, even before I'd seen the starting eleven, but that just made me even more pessimistic. I'm not sure whether it came from the manager, or the players themselves, but there was quite obviously a change in how we usually approach these games. It reminded me of that away game at the Etihad a few years ago, where nobody gave us a prayer, but we went with an Alexis-Ramsey- Coquelin-Cazorla-Oxlade-Chamberlain midfield, ran them off the park and won 2-0.
A Rare Stalemate
Chelsea recorded their first league draw of this campaign and their first draw at home during the managerial tenure of Antonio Conte. On the positive side, the English champions still haven't conceded a goal in open play since that traumatic first half against Burnley. There appears to be something approaching defensive solidity. The Blues are still only three points off the leading duo from Manchester who are already being hyped to the hilt as competitors in a two-horse race. On the other hand, Chelsea have now only won one of their last five matches against Arsenic. Furthermore, the terrible twins of Manchester are sweeping all before them, with goals a-plenty. Chelsea by contrast are seemingly not on that cosmic level at present. With the dynamic Eden Hazard being eased back into the picture, the champions need to crank up the quality in their performances, or they will get left behind by the two frontrunners.
Liverpool 1 Burnley 1
The Clarets continued their remarkable record away from home as they secured a first ever Premier League point on Merseyside. Burnley had gained nothing at Anfield since 1974 and suffered a similar pointless record across Stanley Park at Everton in their previous three Premier League campaigns.
Old Encounters: Nottingham Forest V Wolves
Lets See how Wolves have got on in the past when they have visited the City Ground.
Match Thread: Nottingham Fores V Wolves (Away, 16/09/2017)
Wolves (4th) take on Nottingham Forest (8th) looking to keep up the good start they have made so far. Wolves have done well against Forest of late and will look to bring back another three points from the City ground.
Thanks Koln FC, and Player Ratings
The last time I remember Arsenal playing Koln (in the then Fairs Cup) was in the 1970-1 double season. We won 2-1 at home, but thankfully they won 1-0 in Germany and Arsenal went out in the early rounds (no group stages). I say thankfully because if Arsenal had gone through to the later stages they may have missed winning the double. As it was Arsenal played 66 games that season with a 16 man squad. There was no luxury of resting 9 players between matches as there is now.
Airdrie trust members' update
The trust committee have a number of important announcements and proposals to share with our members.We're encouraging all members who can attend to join us where we'll discuss:What we've been working on behind the scenes since Tom Wotherspoon resigned;How we propose to focus our efforts and prepare for the future.
A Gentle Reintroduction
Predictably the 2012 European champions made light work of their lightweight opponents from Azerbaijan in this mis-match. The occasion was a morale-booster for a few players - if nothing else. The much-maligned Batshuayi eventually bagged a late brace after a patchy performance. However, best of all, Bakayoko opened his goals account with a close range strike and debutant Davide Zappacosta scored a bizarre goal when he appeared to cross the ball from the right, but his cross (or shot?) looped into the net. Intentional or not, it was a memorable strike. Moses definitely has competition for his place on the right wing back berth. Personally, I think that Moses is far too wasteful in front of goal, so I would be happy to see Zappacosta get a run in the first team.
Old Encounters: Wolves V Bristol City
It's time to take a trip down memory lane again.
Match Thread: Wolves V Bristol City (Home, 12/09/2017)
Wolves take on Bristol City tonight looking to keep a record that has stayed intact since 1931. Bristol have not won at Molinuex since beating Wolves 1-0 on the 28th March 1931 and then you need to go back a further 17 years for the only other time they have won away from home against Wolves.