Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea: player ratings

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Not the 9th win in a row we were all hoping for, but Chelsea aren’t top of the league by accident and this played our exactly how their manager would have wanted.

It wasn’t a day when any particular individual stood out for Arsenal, but here’s how we think the players rated.

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CB
CB

Bellerin MOTM.

David C
David C

very inspiring going forward and, for the most part, great decision making. Not sure who starts next year: Bellerin or Debuchy?

The Monreal/Gibbs debate is over I think. Monreal looked great again today.

Mark
Mark

I think Bellerin has done everything needed to be our starting RB next year, of course Debuchy hasn’t done anything to lose it either as he’s performed well when healthy. Just worries me with his lack of pace compared to Bellerin for recovery runs esp with Mertesacker next to him often.

AnnArborGooner
AnnArborGooner

Might be a case where the manager selects based on form and opposition. Should be very interesting to see.

My name is my name
My name is my name

Just like it was over last year when Gibbs outplayed Nacho? This is what competition is for, Nacho made it his this year, Gibbs could take that extra step next year and force himself back into the starting line up

assistantref
assistantref

Monreal starts for now, that bit of the debate is over. Gibbs is young enough to still have room to grow though, and things can change quickly in football.

Remember the invincibles
Remember the invincibles

We were solid defensively but I think we were poor offensively. I actually thought Danchez was excellent because of how many dribbles he completed bup we missed a trick by not giving Walcott a bit more time out there. Anyway we didn’t lose the game, but the title is over.

Samgunz
Samgunz

Koscielny easily MOTM.

raron aamsey
raron aamsey

At least try a bit harder than just giving everyone 7’s and 6’s because we drew.

TH9
TH9

Well, everyone was just okay today really. Played fine against a very rigidly set up team with good players. Hence 6s and 7s.

thw14
thw14

Someone’s been scarred as a child by his report cards.

WineArse
WineArse

How is giving someone an 8 or a 5 trying harder?

Goooooner
Goooooner

Fair ratings… Ospina did save that one on one Chelsea chance early on which kept us in the game.

Steve
Steve

He also rushed out like an idiot and should have got sent off and conceded a penalty.

Paul
Paul

Did they score that chance? NO.
Did he give away a penalty? NO.

OooooooooooooooooooooooooooSsssspppppiiiiiiinnnnnaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

🙂

jonnycakes82
jonnycakes82

Another clean sheet Steve maybe it’s a very big coincidence he keeps getting them or maybe he is actually a very good keeper.

Steve
Steve

The clean sheet had little to do with Ospina. He had virtually nothing to do as all of Chelsea’s strikers were injured and Mourinho was only interested in getting a point. It’s just another example of another big game where a defender makes a calamitous mistake – this time we got away with it, usually we don’t. Ospina’s not done much wrong this season, but it’s in big games like this that if we’re EVER going to compete for something meaningful you need top class players and composure.

Can you imagine Ospina starting a Champions League semi-final against Barcelona? We’d all be bricking it. If Petre Cech was in goal we’d feel secure. That’s the difference between being a bunch of perpetual losers and winners.

HFB
HFB

I’m not sure Szcz would keep that Ramirez’ ball, he makes the defence nervous just by his presence

jonnycakes82
jonnycakes82

Look Stevey boy we are The Arsenal and we don’t want there sloppy seconds they get ours! Remember the last time we got a chelski cunt!

D
D

“If Petre Cech was in goal we’d feel secure”
What? You mean this guy?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Hg_woLx6ik

RSAGooner
RSAGooner

@jonnycakes82

What you mean when we had Benayoun on loan? I actually quite liked Benny, he had way to much class to be a Chelsea “player”.

Joblow
Joblow

Just wondering exactly what would you have him do in that instance!!! Yes it was a collision with his body but would you prefer him not challenge in that situation which made Oscar lob the ball and have the defenders save. Would just like to know?

For Gods Sake
For Gods Sake

He did not stop a clear goal scoring opportunity only penalty and yellow at best.

WengersNoseHair
WengersNoseHair

If Szczesny had done that I’m sure everyone would be fuming, saying Szczesny is shit, it was a clear penalty we need to sell him etc. It should have been a penalty, let’s not gloss over it because it’s Ospina and we like him.

If you come charging out to get a cross, and then you don’t, and instead smash into the opposition striker, then yes that’s a penalty, and yes that’s a big mistake. Ospina had little to do, and he made a big mistake. Let’s not have favourites please.

Swish
Swish

If Oscar didn’t go for goal, it would have been a stonewall penalty. If he brought it down and tried to play it around Ospina, it would have been a penalty. Oscar attempted a shot which went over Ospina and then Ospina collided with Oscar. There was nothing more either of them could have done to influence play when colliding and it’s simply a coming together of two players at full speed. The shot was on target and Bellerin (I think), headed it away from goal. If the rules included that as being illegal, then you would forever have strikers booting the ball anywhere and then just waiting to get body checked.

Trying to take it around the keeper and being fouled stops a goalscoring chance and is a foul, Oscar had already taken his goalscoring chance before colliding. No penalty.

Having a bunch of biased referees and Henry quickly changing his mind due to present company doesn’t change the rules. Martin Oliver had another exemplary game and is quickly becoming the face of proper refereeing in this league. I’m sure he’ll make some headlines again but it sums up the quality of refereeing in this country when a ref makes the papers for doing his job correctly.

Swish
Swish

– biased referees
+ biased pundits/commentators

Timbo
Timbo

Bullshit! Oscar was offside. Go look. But ok, since the ref did not call it then Oscar got a chance to tip the ball. He got to do that without any interference from an Arsenal player. He missed/Bellerin saved. The impact came after that. Go look.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

The penalty shout was a strange one. IMO, it was a foul. But fouls on a player that has already shot are rarely given, and even less so in the box.

GOONERSMURF
GOONERSMURF

I hate Chelsea I really do. And I hate Jose I honestly do. I hate the club and what they what they don’t stand which is class, integrity and honour. I despise them. They say hating eats away at your soul but I rather be soulless than pretend otherwise. Such cuntery.

zflair
zflair

And I hate their fans too, those racists in Paris. And I hate their captain the most, who especially epitomises the lack of class they have, leading the ref mobbing that they always engage in while their manager claims that there’s a campaign against them.

Stillmatic
Stillmatic

Racists in Paris?
Dat sh*t Cray.

Lizzie
Lizzie

I’ve been binging on Star Trek: TNG so to use those terms, they’re like Romulans: effective, but they have no honour.

It was nice to see us fight back and not just get shoved around like we usually do.

Henry! Chance!! Goal!!!
Henry! Chance!! Goal!!!

Bellerin basically had Hazard in his back pocket. With this performance, he has solidified himself as the starting right back.

Turdburglar
Turdburglar

Yeah until Real or Barca swoop in and snatch him away

Swish
Swish

I actually really like Debuchy, I think he was great at Newcastle and rightly kept Sagna out of the French side so I was happy to have him brought in as a replacement. With that said, his injuries have been very unfortunate (Stoke game instantly springs to mind) and whilst it’s very frustrating that he’s been kept out due to an orc off the ball attack, it has allowed Bellerin to step up. He’s come a very long way since the Dortmund game and for me, he should be first choice over Debuchy due to his current form. Unfair to Debuchy, but that’s football.

JazzAFC
JazzAFC

Key Moments of the Match for me !

AFC Fans Boo Cesc
Cesc Applauds AFC Fans
AFC fans show the love back
Love Triangle complete (L)

I have forgotten the 90 minutes just wasted !

Now lets finish second and win the FA Cup COYG!!

Santozilexis
Santozilexis

Ozil should be a 7 atleast
Best player for both the teams(from an attacking point of view)

Fair pundit
Fair pundit

You don’t need to rush and embellish Ozil’s performance. He is a great player and there will be plenty of opportunities where he will be the undisputable MOTM. Today, it was quite forceful saying he was better than anybody else.

shwoooz caprooooz
shwoooz caprooooz

a bit off topic, but was anyone else super annoyed by Titi’s comments in the post game analysis ? singing from the same page as those LFC Jokers.
Arsenal need a new striker, a new defender, keeper, a whole new team bla bla bla.

To be honest, i am starting to lose a bit of respect for Titi, everytime i listen to him speak against Arsenal or Wenger.

Lass
Lass

Agree for the need of new players, did he see our bench? 0-0 is a typical score for any top team facing Chelsea. They are really tough to beat when playing for 0-0 as seen in previous years in the champions league. The team looks good atm and it’s hard to see a weak spot in the first eleven

Mr Gooner
Mr Gooner

Okay I’m very annoyed now. A few days ago I commented on how I disagreed with Th14 on his comments about Hernandez and how it was not needed because Hernandez has no relationship with madrid, was lacking game time and had finally been given a chance to score. I didn’t say anything bad about our legend yet I recieved a lot of negative comments on my opinion as people had jumped to the conclusion that I was attacking our legend.I stated that you can’t compare a person when they were playing football and being pundits. Today has showed that. However it may also also be that Henry may be a bit ‘pushed’ at saying this so it doesn’t look like he’s too heavily biased with Arsenal.

Nacho de Montreal is tasty
Nacho de Montreal is tasty

He doesn’t have to be pushed. His job there is not to be an Arsenal fan. He’s got to be balanced and critical if need be.

2014-2015 = the year we've been waiting for
2014-2015 = the year we've been waiting for

Actually I think Thierry Henry’s comments stemmed precisely from the fact he is a huge Arsenal fan.

It was the biggest game of the season and the striker’s job is to score on such occasions. Giroud didn’t even get a shot off if my memory serves me correct.

In short, Henry was just frustrated at having to watch those fucking cunts pretty much clinch the title on our own home soil.

trapper
trapper

Remember who is paying Henry.

He is towing the party line and being critical of arsenal as much as possible

It’s the sky way

Rich
Rich

Not at all annoyed, I love Arsenal but see it as an honest valid assessment.
I’d like us to buy Cech, Hummels, Schneiderlin and Isco

Stillmatic
Stillmatic

I’d like us to buy Messi, Reborn Vieira, and Pele and Maradona at their peak.
We can all reel out a wish list, mate.

Bob's Mexican Cousin
Bob's Mexican Cousin

He’s a pundit now, the job requires letting the idiot inside of you to take over.

MPLS
MPLS

Well put.
I think it’s a stipulation in the written agreement.

Swish
Swish

I can see where he is coming from, personally.

We do not know the situation with Szcezney and it’s possible he could move on this year. I think Ospina is good, but I wouldn’t go so far as saying he is one of the top keepers in the world. At least not at this time. So a new keeper may very well be on the cards and with our financial restraints off (we did spend £100m plus this season), I think it would be wise to buy a keeper that would be an instant improvement over both of our keepers.

We also do need another Defender, Per isn’t getting any younger (or faster) and whilst he’s a great player and solid as a rock, we could do with having a defender that really does become an enforcer, similar to Vermaelen in the start of his Arsenal career. Koscielny is world class for me and I would love to see him have a world class partner in defence to give us more freedom going forward. Gabriel is a fantastic addition and has the potential to grow into a brilliant defender as well, but I think we’re a year or two from seeing him reach Koscielny’s level, which at least gives us cover for when Koscielny starts thinking about the twilight of his career.

Coquelin has been a revelation, I don’t think there’s a sane Gooner in the land who hasn’t been impressed with the transformation that he has made to this team with it’s new found stability. He is the rock in the center of our midfield at the moment and it’s great to see. In terms of a backup, we have Arteta, who is possibly leaving at the end of this season as well as Flamini, who I don’t think can step up with the current squad. I can see them two being replaced with a player like Kondogbia to start ahead or push the defensive role of Midfield with Coquelin.

And finally is that striker role, Giroud is class and we all love him, whilst he may not be deemed World Class by his peers, he has the numbers and stats that will push any other striker he is compared against. We have Welbeck as back up to Giroud and whilst I think Welbeck has a lot of time to grow with the team and become more comfortable, I don’t think he could lead the line for the immediate future as we found out earlier in the season. I can see him getting plenty of game time down the wings, but I’d rather have Giroud up front over Welbeck and that means we’re relying too much on one striker.

The problem I fear is that in bringing in these 4 or so world class players that Theirry mentioned, we would see them replace players that we have seen perform very, very well over the last few months and that for me is part of the problem of wanting that amount of high quality players. I personally can’t see Wenger going out and doing that as it would be extremely ruthless to a team that has performed superb as of late, but we will be losing squad players this season and I feel that we now have the financial muscle to start bringing in players that can push or improve on current starters.

So yes, I can see where he is coming from, but I don’t believe it will happen. I can see us getting another marquee signing this year, maybe even 2 if Wenger is feeling frivolous, who they are and where they would play, only Le Prof knows that.

Swish
Swish

Just to add, I know that above comment will get thumbed down, mainly because it’s all a bit ‘Football Manager-ish’ and can be retorted with “who would come in?” with which I really wouldn’t have an answer, I’ll let the people Wenger charges with scouting to do that than me.

However, last year we spent upwards of £40m the last 4 seasons (2 of which coincided with us selling our best players at the same time) with the arrival of Mesut Ozil in 2013/14 as being the first real season of us splashing big without selling our key players. This season we have spent a staggering £105m on players, key of which was Sanchez’ arrival, no longer are our hands tied behind our backs and we are now outlaying the same sort of silly money as Chelsea (£121m), City (£86m) and United (£170m). I don’t think two key additions to the squad in the summer is beyond the realms of possibility any more. We’re now finally able to compete with the oil money without selling out, showing the rest of the world how it’s done.

Woolwich Peripatetic
Woolwich Peripatetic

It’s hard to see any players who are a real upgrade on what we have, who might actually be available. Great as Özil and Sanchez are, they’re clearly cast offs from bigger clubs (poorly managed behemoths) who wouldn’t normally be available for transfer.
On the basis that the people who run Real Madrid and Barca are fairly insane, I’m just going to keep repeating the rumour that we’re buying Bale and/or Messi until one of them signs for us 😀

Gunnah
Gunnah

Maybe next season we should not let the league leaders have a 10 point advantage and zero pressure to get 3 points.

Also, if I hear one word from that ass Paul Scholes about Özil swapping shirts with Fabregas, I’ll chop off my ears.

Ken
Ken

Well-put. Chelsea would also no doubt have played this way with only a three-point advantage, but all they needed to do was avoid losing (if even that, in reality). We need to have them in a position in which they actually have to win the match.

I suppose the silver-lining is that there are rumors that they’re going to lose/be unable to acquire players who don’t want to play Mourinho’s “style” of game, but I suspect that a fat paycheck will (understandably) ease the pain of ugly football for many players.

David
David

Ospina 10/10, decked oscar and kept us in the game with that save from ramires

Brent
Brent

Agreed. aren’t going to win the league thisyear anyway and if nothing else, Oscar will think twice before going into Ospina’s box next year.

SFGiants
SFGiants

That’s assuming that, with his concussion, he’ll remember the incident.

I don't comment here often
I don't comment here often

The Man With Diaby’s Knee For A Nose: The Francis Coquelin Story

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

You should comment here more often.

Impressed
Impressed

Among our attacking players, I think Ozil was great,Ramsey did well, and at least in his build up play Cazorla was good, too. Sanchez seemed out of sync with the team today, choosing the wrong run, errant passing, holding the ball too long, etc. And giroud’s positioning opened up some space for other players, but he was inefficient in front for goal with the few opportunities he had. Still, I thought it was amazing that the team attacked so fluidly against this chelsea team, so many brilliant passes in tight space. Wonderful to watch.

AN other
AN other

I agree with Henry a bit. We need a new goalkeeper. He should have been favourite to get to that ball but somehow manage to miss the ball completely and got the man. Could have been penalty and red card and that’s game over in 16 mins.

Tee Söng
Tee Söng

He was lucky not to get a penalty I agree but no way is that a red card. Denial of a goal scoring opportunity? Oscar got a shot away that was cleared off the line so Ospina didn’t prevent a shot. Excessive force or violent conduct? He was attempting to make legal contact on a 50-50 challenge. Maybe a yellow for recklessness, no way a red. I have no idea why so many people are saying that was a red card challenge.

AN other
AN other

Even a penalty scored would have been enough to win the game for Chelsea given thier defence. There was no need to do that. We were lucky with that. I don’t think this goalkeeper is good enough for us.

gar14
gar14

Based on one (arguable) mistake???

Dan Man
Dan Man

On what evidence is he not “good enough”?

I don't comment here often
I don't comment here often

These are tricky ones. I played as a center forward when I was a kid. My brother was a goalkeeper. When I heard about the things his youth coaches were telling him — things like “keep your knee out and put it into the onrushing striker’s chest” and “just hit the striker with your knees because he deserves it” — it would really give me the heebie-jeebies. Lots of knees and fists into delicate areas.

These situations where the goalkeeper and the striker are both trying to decide goalscoring opportunities are hard to judge. As a referee you know that both players are trying 100% to either score a goal or stop one from going in and in those scenarios players are going to get hurt sometimes. Same kind of thing happened in the World Cup final with Neuer cleaning Higuain’s clock. The game at the top level is hard to judge, though it’s hard to look at the Ospina/Oscar incident and conclude that Ospina hasn’t fucked up there.

As for Ospina, I don’t know. I love the way he makes the forward make the decision in those one-on-one scenarios (like the Ramires one), so there’s hope for him. Ideally I’d like to see us bring in a more physical goalkeeper and see if Ospina can raise his game like Monreal has, ironing out the detrimental elements of his game and improving the things that make him effective.

By the way I really like Nacho Monreal. My MOTM.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Not sure what Ospina is expected to do in that situation really. Why has nobody asked why it was so easy for one ball over the top between the CB and LB to create a one-on-one with the GK?

They tried that pass quite a few times as well – our defensive positioning is poor at times.

It’s funny – I was watching a dodgy Danish TV stream so didn’t get any of the cries for a penalty, so to me it didn’t seem like much of an incident. I think people’s opinions can be strongly influenced by the commentators (who in Sky’s case want to make something dramatic for a talking point) at times.

Chimichanga Monreal (cuz that's way more fun to say)
Chimichanga Monreal (cuz that's way more fun to say)

“Why has nobody asked why it was so easy for one ball over the top between the CB and LB to create a one-on-one with the GK?” Because he was off-side by a good 1/2 yard. That’s why it was so easy.

Ben
Ben

Finally Henry says what I’ve been thinking since day 1. We need a world-class striker because Giroud will never lead us to the title. For me he is the type of striker who only gets goals when the team is playing well and creating lots of chances. To win the league you need a striker who gets hold the ball and can make something happen on his own. I think if we had a Van Persie, Henry or a Bergkamp up front we would have won the game convincingly today.

MPLS
MPLS

Maybe we can go get RvP from Man U’s U21 squad. He must be a world beater.

Az Ahmed
Az Ahmed

That’s emotion over logic. Just because you hate RVP and the fact that he’s a cunt, doesn’t make it any less true that RVP is the best striker we have had since Henry. The point HENRY made, and which I have previously made is Giroud is not that world class striker we need to win the league, not just challenge but win. He is a very good striker but not in that world class who will score from nothing, who, when the team is playing crap, will pull something spectacular out of the bag. I know players of that calibre are few and far between, but Chelsea almost won the league last season but we’re not quite good enough, so Mourinho went out and signed Costa. Unfortunately, we are not quite good enough to win the league at the moment because although we are on a good run, we are doing nothing to different from the last few seasons – we either start well and finish weakly, or start poorly and finish well, but we have never started and finished well since the invincibles season. We need the players to really challenge others in the squad and to raise the standard of the team to real title favorites next season

Az Ahmed
Az Ahmed

Maybe Sanchez can be that man and we sign a winger

Mark
Mark

Pretty solid performance from everyone especially considering the opponent. First time in a long time we’ve gone into that match where I thought we would have the upper hand and felt we did. Ozil’s running throughout the match was tremendous, it’s amazing how is constantly drifting into great areas to receive the ball and also making so many pressuring runs across and through the middle (we just missed him on a number). Impeccable control under pressure too.

The whole defense has really been so solid since Ospina took over after the SH match. I think it’s been just 7 goals allowed in 13 league matches and now just 32 for the year (which comes after a shaky start). We are at the point where we are just 6 points away from clinching top 4, 10 points away from top 3 (unless Man U makes up the GD) and 3 glorious points from another glorious St. Totteringham’s Day.

Paul
Paul

I think at least one added point for all the boys!
Chelski happy at holding us?
Are they Spuds in disguise??
Times are a changing, imo!
COYG!

wengers coat zipper
wengers coat zipper

So, can we now accept that Wenger is incapable of beating Mourinho…like ever?

Swish
Swish

I let you know when ‘ever’ finishes.

Yockney
Yockney

Football is meant to be beautiful and flowing not slow, staggered and unadventurous.

Chelsea’s brand of football is vile. No jealousy here.

Ex-Priest Tobin
Ex-Priest Tobin

Ozil needs to learn how to shoot. For what we paid for him we’re not getting nearly enough I’m afraid.

Swish
Swish

You seen Di Maria lately?

Alex
Alex

and for what we pay Sanchez, he MUST at least shot on target!! The ONLY shot on target was Özil’s…

gooner4lyfe
gooner4lyfe

Just one thing, i hope someone could shut jose’s mouth & stop him from bragging. He’s getting annoying and disgusting, day by day.

Will
Will

He’s not GETTING disgusting, he IS and always has been

kevin whitcher
kevin whitcher

Nothing wrong with the players which were assembled by a lot of luck and no judgement. 13-0 says it all. If we win the FA Cup and improve on our league position people will point at improvement but not me. I’d point at my Wenger voodoo doll.

two bullets in the chamber
two bullets in the chamber

Fuck off. Our team has costed half as much as theirs yet Wenger creates a team that can finish second in the league and win the FA cup for the second time in two years. Look at where Liverpool is now to judge how things could have been for us. We hold our own against teams with relatively gigantic resources, and we are pretty much the only team that can, and you still criticise Wenger? You are the worst sort of “fan”

gooner4lyfe
gooner4lyfe

Another piers morgan in the making maybe? Those who only know to criticize the team & AW but never looked at how they have been playing recently and what has AW done for the club

Runkeball
Runkeball

Must be such fun to be you.

Swish
Swish

At least he has his dolls to play with.

MPLS
MPLS

Congrats Kevin, you have successfully gotten the negative response you sought. Enjoy.

Matin
Matin

I love Ramsey but the experiment on the right should be terminated now. He slows the game from that position. Welbeck would have offered more energy down the flank. Around the 37th minute when Giroud was tracking back like crazy while Ramsey was jogging really hit me hard.

loose_cannon
loose_cannon

I thought Ramsey actually played really well today but he didn’t keep the width as well as he did against Liverpool, and I think it’s time we went for a more traditional option. Walcott and Welbeck should have come on earlier, and one of them should have started outright. They genuinely stretched Chelsea’s back line. Agree with Blogs (for once!); Wenger needs to choose between Cazorla and Ramsey in the middle, and play Welbeck or Walcott out wide.

Lass
Lass

A decent result in a hard to win match. Also well done by wenger not going overly attacking in the second half and thereby keeping a clean sheet as this one point could still prove to be important in the race for automatic qualification for the CL. Maybe would have liked to see either walcott or welbeck introduced earlier in the second half as we struggled for a period there. Walcott looked sharp after coming on

Ben
Ben

Finally Henry says what I’ve been thinking since they day he signed. We need a world-class striker because Giroud will never lead us to the title. For me he is the type of striker who only gets goals when the team is playing well and creating lots of chances. To win the league you need a striker who gets hold the ball and can make something happen on his own. I think if we had a Van Persie, henry or a Bergkamp up front we would have won the game convincingly today.

Az Ahmed
Az Ahmed

^^ this

TheRealJenkooooooo
TheRealJenkooooooo

Bit harsh on Rambo. Thought he had some lovely touches to suprise them.

Diaby's Glassware
Diaby's Glassware

somebody has got terrible body language. Our Ozil is seriously needing counselling, mostly on 50-50 challenges like that one in Chelsh*t’s box. And work harder like all the rest

DoeEyes
DoeEyes

Thought Ramsey had a few good touches today when he got the ball in the final third and worked hard as usual. I do wish he was in the centre but who do we put on the right and who moves out of the centre?

SDB
SDB

if the ox wasn’t injured he’d be on the wing and ramsey beside coquelin. santi on the bench. my 2 cents anyways.

Joblow
Joblow

Why put Santi on the bench, he has been our most consistent/second best player of the season after Sanchez. And before Ozil was brought back and was playing in the number 10 position he was doing just as well or even better than Ozil. And that is when the team started playing so well together. DA; HB, PM, LK, NM; FC, AR; AOC, SC, AS; OG…. I just feel Santi just gives more of an overall attacking threat in terms of shots to goal and attacking passes to keep the opposition on their toes. Ozil is great but I believe the opposition already knows he is gonna look for a pass in a shooting position and won’t attack the goal at the far post which happened a few times when NM crossed and only OG at the near post and MO not making the run to the far post.. Love my club anyways. GUNNERS4EVER!!!

SDB
SDB

you can’t play everyone. ramsey and ozil both score and assist more in open play. almost all cazorla’s goals have come from the spot this season. you can’t count on penalties to win games. he’s also 30 so a bit late to build a team around him.

santori
santori

I think our entire back line deserve a bit more credit over this calender year than they have been given.

Solid keeping Chelsea (and Hazard) nullified for most parts and even contributed going forward, that’s after we took Coquelin out to no ill effect.

This is largely symptomatic of the understanding engendered through familiarity and players finally played in their intended position.

The return of the Meterscielny pairing has been absolutely crucial.

Coquelin’s rise coincided with this. Had he come on first half of season when we were forced by Wenger’s inexplicable parsimony not to add an additional Cback start of season, he would likely have found similar ill joy as Flamini or Arteta despite added physical energy.

We conceded too many goals then from wide areas be they from corners set pieces or crosses, suggesting a certain unfamiliarity in positioning caused by playing the inexperienced Calum or out of position Monreal.

Placed in their intended roles, the fullbacks have also fared much better cutting off those crosses into our box from wide areas which have made us more solid at the back. They have also provided us more width and better balance going forward.

Felt Alexis really went for it first half and was spent as a result second half. We duly noted the drop in output and were again a bit flat coming out after the half (this has been a constant issue over recent games)

IMO we matched Chelsea toe for toe. The onus was on us to come at them, since they were safe in points tallied ahead of us.

truth be told, the title was lost start of season where we dropped two winnable games (one to Leicester) regardless of lack of Cback.

Where we are lacking is a bit of added magic wide to add late in game. Ox could have made a big difference but in that Welbeck and Walcott were not effective enough.

Welbeck has added utility role both wide and as CF but I feel if Walcott does not put pen to paper, we should use it as an opportunty to add a bit of added nuance out wide with a craft player. We already have plenty of direct speed wide in Ox, the potential of Gnabry, Alexis and the precocious Akpom. So the logical thing is to add someone with good feet (like a Hazard) to retain the ball better and add a bit of unpredictability to complement Alexis.

Someone like Paolo Dybala could be interesting if not (IF Real do an Ozil or a Morata) the highly rated Isco. Otherwise maybe a Greizzman or Fekir or a more direct goal threat at slight expense to intended craft in a Lacazette.

Also probably profit from a Kongdogbia type player to replace what Diaby can give us moving forward in midfield and covering Coquelin and Flamini at the back. Just added weapons in the Arsenal to help find different ways to break down teams like Chelsea who may wish to park the bus with hand brakes (which they did to admitedly good effect second half)

Encouraging for the future, a draw that will likely end our title hopes but reflects a growing assertiveness to challenge the top teams again. We need to take back second off of City and now concentrate all efforts on retaining that cup.

Oh well, at least we weren’t United shipping 3 to Martinez.:D

santori
santori

Ramsey played decent today.

He was the safe choice bearing in mind his inclusion would mean less width on our right.

But he stuck to his tasks well.

We could have done with a bit more penetration at RW.

Wenger rightly gambled with Walcott but Theo did not quite click into gear quickly enough. Difficult to decide whether to put him earlier Perhaps either of Welbeck or Theo may have had more joy first half when Chelsea were prepared to come out of their shells a bit more but it could have also been at expense of caution when tracking their breaks

Bellerin did well to contain Hazard today. He really is the future at RB.

Think Debuchy will be surrogate now in the position given the young Spaniard’s performance against the top team in the league and one of the most in form players.

Expect Calum may find himself back in contention for RB in another season or so down with Debuchy drawing closer to end of contract.

Meanwhile he will be given continued exposure in other positions at Cback and possibly (as Wenger has mentioned repeatedly) in midfield although if we load up a Kongdogbia (and bearing in mind if Bielik progresses), this opportunity may go.

Happy to see Per starting today. Felt if it were Gabriel, he may have fallen prey to some of these dubious Chelsea tactics in and around the box. Gabriel still needs a bit of time to settle in and play with slightly less edge in trying too hard to impress at this stage. he is doing the simple things right and should keep that part of the game. But if he tries too hard, he may end up with results in a Koscielny first season (Red and own goals). Thus far he is bedding in reasonably OK but one forgets the incredible attributes of Per all too easily with these facile red herrings about pace.

Yes he is slow but who needs pace when you are already there?;)

santori
santori

On Ozil versus Fabregas, thought Ozil was very effective first half creating chances for us.

Wenger was absolutely right not to take Fabregas.

1) Ozil is a younger player with more potential
2) We already have Ozil, Santi, Rosicky and to some extent Ramsey fulfilling a similar role. It was not where money needed to be spent (Cback for example was)
3) Any inclusion of a player like Fabregas will impact wage structure. It will have a negative effect on getting the players we truly need in other positions. We need to spend on quality over quantity for the first time this summer and will need to reserve sufficient money to ensure we can entice the players we need in CMidfield and possibly wide in place of Walcott should he leave.

This is taking nothing away from Fabregas but his ship has sailed for us. he was the one who decided to leave on account on some spurious (and ungrateful frankly) DNA issue. It was not Wenger’s fault.

Alex
Alex

and Özil is better, basta! I am stupefied some Arsenal fans can’t see it!

nath
nath

I want to beat the shit out of mourinho with john Terrys face

Roach
Roach

Regarding the Ospina non-foul on Oscar- could someone please explain to me the official rule on what a keeper is legally allowed to do in that situation? For instance, in basketball, it is only a foul if a defender jumps into the offensive player’s space and makes contact with him. ie. you can jump straight up and even if you make contact, it is not a defensive foul.

Now I know Ospina did jump into Oscars space and this seemed to be a clear foul but could someone please clarify the above? Thanks!

Canuck Gunner
Canuck Gunner

What the keeper can do isn’t much different than what a player can. If Ospina got to the ball first, then it wouldn’t have been a foul, but he ran over Oscar after the ball was played, so we can thank the ref for that one.

Runkeball
Runkeball

I’m glad Ospina flattened the little weasel. Something about Oscar’s face that just winds me up. Not helped by being a diving little shit in a Chelsea shirt either.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

I think it’s the fact he always looks like he’s going to cry, ala Ronaldo.

Canuck Gunner
Canuck Gunner

Have to admit Ospina’s hit on Oscar was simply a poorly timed challenge and really was a penalty, but no way was it a red card offense.
Happy to see Cesc get the yellow, because he really did go down way too easy.
Thought the team was solid but not spectacular. Bellerin and the whole back line also shut down Hazard very effectively – can’t recall any time where Hazard was causing any problems.

gooner4lyfe
gooner4lyfe

That ramsey’s backheel for ozil(or someone else, i can’t remember), though. It was brilliant and lovely. He had some good passes lately, he’s improving

Clock-End Mike
Clock-End Mike

I’m actually quite depressed after that performance today. Chelsea defended very well, and we simply didn’t have the flair to break them down. Yes, we had a couple of chances, but they were the result of perseverance, not sparkling attack play.

I’m probably going to get thumbed down for suggesting Alexis was by no means at his best today and deserved no more than 5.5.

SFGiants
SFGiants

It’s hard to sparkle against a team like Chelsea. They don’t call it ugly football for nothing.

Wolf
Wolf

Sadly, you are completely right about Alexis. If we’re honest, he would get the opposite of the “most improved player of the season” award, if there was such a thing.

I now actually worry when he has the ball because he gives it away so frequently. That awful pass in the first half that eluded both Özil and Giroud when in a brilliant position, the cross late on that went to nobody in particular, several hopeful dribbles that ended in conceding possession, his infuriating habit of ALWAYS moving inside instead of passing to the overlapping wing player etc etc.

I’d go as far as saying that if Welbeck had played like Alexis today, he would get slaughtered and judged as not good enough for Arsenal.

Swish
Swish

Perhaps, but Sanchez pulled our head above the water so many times in the first half of the season. He’s overplayed, which is just something Wenger has always done, the best players get run into the ground far too often (which is possibly a reason for the injury proneness, as well as the full intensity of training). The problem is that Sanchez will carry on playing until he is injured or until his performances become so shocking that it can’t be avoided by Wenger.

Still, take last week’s cup game. He does very little and pops up with 2 goals. Despite his overall game play, which has dropped because of fatigue in my opinion, he is still the player who is most likely to score out of nothing and that makes him undroppable in Wenger’s eyes.

But let’s be fair, it is his first season in a new league and with a proper rest this season break, I am relishing next season with him and Ozil flying out of the trap.

obisingledigit
obisingledigit

Sanchez will get no rest sadly as he’s off to the Copa America in the summer

Wolf
Wolf

I don’t really subscribe to that ‘overplaying’ thing. Hazard played 4 more games this season in the PL than Alexis and he’s still pretty much firing on all cylinders (unless he is playing against a quality RB like Hector of course!). Can’t remember the exact stat, but didn’t Chelsea use the least amount of players over the course of this season?

Sure, Alexis has single-handedly saved the season with his performances before Xmas. But I always find it more worrying when players start brilliantly and drop off after that. There seems to be very little progress with him in terms of tactical awareness, variety of play and most of all CALMNESS. He still zips around like the Duracell bunny, even when slowing down and playing a sensible pass would the better option. Good defenders also seem to have worked out his movements by now, simply crowding him out whenever he puts his head down and goes on a charge.

For all his limitations, Giroud for example has impressed me so much more in the last few months, because he always seems to know what the most effective thing to do for the team is, just like Özil.

Clock-End Mike
Clock-End Mike

Agree about the lack of progress. It’s been heartening and rewarding to see how Özil has learned to look for Alexis’s runs and worked out how to play with him; but the reverse has barely been the case at all.

I do also agree with the view that a pre-seasomn with Arsenal will do him the world of good. Shame about the Copa America, though. He needs to recharge those Duracell batteries.

RosaLegend
RosaLegend

Except for the miss at the end, Ozil was exceptional today and I loved watching him.

WengersNoseHair
WengersNoseHair

Yes that was a fluffed shot from Ozil, and he wasn’t leaving it for Welbz. And Monreal is the best LB in the league in this form. I still reckon if Szczesny had decked Oscar like Ospina did everyone would go bat-shit ultra tip top hysterically abusive with him.

gar14
gar14

You are probably right about Szczesny. But that’s probably because it would be yet another mistake to add to his growing list this season. Ospina has been solid since coming into the team and the team looks more confident with him in goals. Even this one mistake didn’t cost us.

I think
I think

I think that Mesut Ozil was amazing.Motm for the first half.Not so motm for the second but still at his very best.
I think John Terry was amazing too.He gets the cunt of the match.

MT
MT

For me that is never a penalty what Ospina did. Oscar had a clear shot and then Ospina hit him. And beside that it was a clear offside there. I think only the first penalty shout on Oscar could be a penalty as Cahill hand should because the ball went into goal imo, it was a shot.

I am angry because i still think today we had a good chance. But Giroud was to isolated and we didn’t do nothing in the last third neither did Chelsea but both defensed did very good today. I felt Wenger shouldn’t substitute Giroud. I thought he would be more dangerous with Welbeck/Walcott on at the end of the game.

Benriz
Benriz

When everyone started going on about how great Chelsea and John Terry are after it finished I had to change the channel because I thought I would dissolve. I loathe them more than words can describe. I know it shoudn’t be about that but it’s so FUCKING annoying that we haven’t beaten them AGAIN.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Really need the Ox back…Ramsey is starting on the right simply because Walcott and Welbeck rarely deliver. Welbeck is better on the left but is still not really a winger, although his pace and directness cause problems his numbers don’t back up his good work.
As for Walcott i think Wenger has grown tired of him in general. His claim to fame before was offering a threat in behind, now we have other players that can do this Walcott’s all round limitations stick out so bad its unreal..To me at least.
Ramsey does not offer any width but unlike Walcott he is not afraid of the ball which is why he was involved in most of our decent moves with Ozil. All teams have to do to nullify Walcott is play deep, then he is useless.

Saying that Bellerin offers plenty of width on the right when Ramsey tucks in, i thought he was superb today and shackled Hazard exceptionally well. Bellerin should win young player of the year..His only bad game was Dortmund away.

Special mention to Monreal. Possibly the most improved player in the league. Brilliant today and rightfull keeping gibbs out of the team..Offers so much more solidity and he recognizes when to stay and chooses his moments to go.

Thought Santi should have an extra point for a quite beautiful foul on hazard near the end. Even when our players are dirty they do it with class,

cdngunner
cdngunner

I would love to see Sanchez on the right instead of the left. When he plays on the left, he tends to always cut inside on his right foot. He would create more chances for other players and add more width by staying on the right.

Sean
Sean

Bonus 10/10 to Blogs for the subject picture because Cesc’s face looks chubby as feck. He looks like Face from Tango and Cash.

Getso gunner
Getso gunner

With our best performers coming from the back line means we were not ready to win the game.

Tad
Tad

Maybe Bellerin should have done RW, instead of Welbeck or Walcott.

John Kornhauser
John Kornhauser

Seeing the live game on tv, I finally get it about the evil of chelsea and the scum level of their game.Maureen is an abomination.

Jesse

While I agree with you most of the time and often don’t feel the need to post something, I feel like you totally underestimate how good Ramsey is up front. His pressing, positional awareness and strength on the ball gives our side a nice balance. I don’t want to go to far in praising him but I definitely think he deserves a good look for us as a RW/RM. Once he finds his confidence again, he’ll be banging them in again.

nijjy
nijjy

Btw, I was watching the game here in delhi on star sports, in which Peter drury and some other bloke named danny (was it danny mills? I couldn’t get his surname) were commentating. This danny guy was so biased. Made me think he.s a chelsea fan, really made my blood boil.

Chairman Meow

could be danny Murphy

Ed

I think I must have watched a different game to everyone else. I thought it was a really fantastic performance against the best team in the league. Defensively sharp, quality in midfield and just lacking shot accuracy in a game where chances were kept to a minimum by Chelsea’s (seriously good) defence.

Ramsey on the right may not be the answer in the long-term, but I thought he showed some real skill and flair; Ozil should have scored but otherwise was fantastic on the ball; Bellerin looks more and more like a star in the making. For me the only downsides were Alexis and Cazorla, who between them probably had the best chances to get good shots on goal but shanked them wide.

But this is a good team with a couple of genuinely great players, and depth from the bench. One more marquee signing (30-40 million, à la Mesut/Alexis) and perhaps a goalkeeper (Ospina’s done no real wrong, but he probably only sneaks into the top 10 keepers in the league, as does Sczcesny – of our close rivals only Liverpool have a comparable situation) and this could be a really good team.