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The Rot Clear For All To See At Watford Wenger To Blame
The article below does not represent Arsenal Times, it is the authors personal view. I agree that there is something rotten at the club. I also blame Wenger, but I believe some of the points made about tactics are valid and are part of Wenger's organised chaos. I am not too keen on the solutions, Walcott! Get him out of here, and Wilshere? Could he last ten matches in a row? Whatever the view the article is a useful basis for discussion.
Wilshere MotM? Player Ratings v Bate
Funny game. We got off to a great start, finding ourselves 3-0 up within 25 minutes, but we were very open defensively and looked disorganised throughout, allowing BATE to get back into the game. It finished 4-2 but could've easily been about 8-5.
Squad and Predictions for Bate Borisov
Its alright for Wenger moaning about the tight schedule, he should try running this website without pay and assistants. It seems like I'm having to put a fixture up every two hours at the moment, although that might be an age thing.
Monreal MotM? Player Ratings
The first half wasn't great to be honest we were all over the shop defensively and weren't great going forward, but we went in at half time 1-0 up via Lacazette's header after Alexis's free kick hit the bar. Second half was an improvement as West Brom didn't trouble us much and we looked better in possession. We doubled our lead thanks to Lacazette's penalty, and on another day could've scored 3 or 4. It might not have been the greatest win ever, but its 3 points and it will do at this stage of the season
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.
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.
Is There a Real Wenger Legacy ?
The recent debacle caused, yet again, at Liverpool, followed by the shambles of the last 48 hours of the transfer has provoked many to question Wenger's legacy, and what exactly is it. Some even go on to question how good a manager was he back in 1996-2005 period. On Arsenal Times the debate was started by Goofle see below, after many more posts Celine Dion put a more balanced view, but not one that many of Arsene's loyalist fans would appreciate. Is Wenger now destroying his legacy? After all better managers than him have gone on to be forgotten. Without further comment I reproduce the posts below, and there is a link to the whole thread at the very end:
It Hurt To Watch Ratings Liverpool v Arsenal
What is there left to say? That was absolutely horrific from start to finish. I have no idea what Arsenal were trying to do but there was a completely lack of any sort of system or implementation of tactics, coupled with the sort of baffling team selection we've come to expect. As usual we didn't look ready for the start of the game.
Lacazette MotM Player Ratings v Leicester
What a game to kick the season off! We started the first half well and took the lead through a fantastic Lacazette header, but our makeshift defence and unbalanced team soon cost us as the Gunners were all over the place and essentially gave away two cheap goals to Leicester, but equalised on the stroke of half time when Kolasinac squared the ball for Welbeck to tap in. Arsenal didn't make a great start to the second half and went behind again when Vardy headed in from a corner.
Iwobi MotM? Player Ratings v Chelsea
I expected Arsenal to get battered to be honest, especially after seeing the starting lineup, but we just about edged the first half. In true Arsenal fashion, however, we conceded right at the start of the second half with us all still half-asleep, but we battled back and equalised after Chelsea were reduced to 10 men. With the score 1-1 at full time, ABBA-style penalties loomed, but Walcott, Monreal, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Giroud took four class penalties, while Courtois and Morata missed for Chelsea, giving us a 4-1 shootout victory.
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