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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.
Arsena Player Ratings as Double Still On After Losing to SvL
Poor, especially when compared to yesterday, but we still won our own trophy yay (and a trophy double is still on, if we beat Chavs, ha ha Ed). So Arsenal won one game and lost one, but that was too much for Seville who only won two games. Anyhow enough babble and here we go to Matty's ratings:
Player Ratings v Benfica as Nelson Impresses
An enjoyable enough game to watch. Arsenal looked dangerous going forward throughout but were typically poor defensively in the first half. Nelson, Kolasinac and Walcott were the standouts.
The Demise of the Arsenal Brit Pack Failure of a Policy?
In December 2012, Arsenal announced a mass of contract extensions as five British players, unofficially known as the “Brit Pack”, signed long term deals. There was Jack Wilshere, a versatile and talented midfielder who was billed as the “leader of this group” by Arsene Wenger, box-to-box Welshman Aaron Ramsey, explosive winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, steady left back Kieran Gibbs, and boyhood Arsenal fan and right back Carl Jenkinson.
Loan Arranger Arsenal Loanees Full Progress Report
Every year a number of players make temporary exits, many of which lead to permanent exits. Some are playing for their careers, Arsenal or otherwise, while others are simply youngsters getting their first taste of senior football, and others are just biding time until they can get a work permit. I’ll briefly sum up the loan move, give my own personal recommendation, and predict what I think will actually happen.
Transfer and Gazidis Blues. Ins and Outs?
So far I don't really have a lot of faith that we are going to be in a better position next season. I know it's early days, but I list and explain my reasons below:
The Day The Earth Stood Still at SHL
So its the that exciting time of year when we all wait with bated breath to hear who Arsene has signed, and the list of who he hasn't signed grows longer. Its hard to find anything worth writing about at this stage, so lets have a golden oldie from the good old days when Arsenal were a real contender for the league, or perhaps not as its an award winning article from October 2005. (Actually I am not missing the season at all, its a relief not to have to watch the same old same old of Inspector Clouseau once again messing up an attempt to win the league.)
Arsenal Cup hero released plus 2016-17 release list
Arsenal will be allowing Yaya Sanogo, Stefan O'Connor, Kristopher da Graca and Kostas Pileas to leave the club when their contracts expire at the end of this month. Strangely, there has been no announcement regarding Glen Kamara, who's contract is also up at the end of this season and was expected to be released as well.
Superb Alexis MotM Player Ratings
I failed to get a ticket for Wembley, so booked two club level seats to watch the screening. That was cancelled due to the horrific events in Manchester. So I had to watch it on TV. Fantastic game by Alexis, and the BFG, and Ozil, and many more, but it was Alexis's rocket start that made us dominate first half. Arsenal being Arsenal failed to take the 3-0 lead on offer, preferring the hard way. Watching TV I could hear the Arsenal fans, but I could also feel the tension, at the end I was drained, typical Arsenal had done it the hard way as usual. Well done the referee for spotting the big dive. Pity there is no parade tomorrow, no way would I have stayed away from that. Matty's ratings follow below: