Arsenal beat Everton 2-0 today at the Emirates, keeping a first clean sheet of the season, and moving to 12 points and 6th place in the Premier League table. The goals came from Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while at the back Petr Cech had to be in outstanding form as the visitors caused problems for us.

Read the report and see the goals here.

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my name is bob
my name is bob

Lacazette is looking really good at the moment, and Torreira changes this team.
COYG

Hurensohn
Hurensohn

I’m happy with a win and in particular one coming with such a good goal but what exactly did Torreira change? We looked exactly the same as we have all season. Vulnerable and a bit one dimensional going forward.

Torreira might offer more defensive instinct than the other midfield options but he can’t make up for Ozil and Ramsey not wanting to defend or Xhaka and Bellerin not being able to defend.

We have quality in the side but it’ll take a change of attitude or personnel beyond one player to get us back into the top four.

#YOLO Toure
#YOLO Toure

I agree that when Xhaka is sloppy, it looks very sloppy. But to be fair to him, when he does that thing where he picks up the ball in the centre circle and shifts it onto his left foot, before playing a beautiful curved pass out to an advancing Monreal / Auba, it does look very, very cool. Not many others in our team can do that – reminds me of Arteta (swoon)

SG_Gooner
SG_Gooner

yep, just like petit and dixon, our valuable long balls playmakers

Chidi
Chidi

*coughs* Guendouzi

Pedant
Pedant

Cech was the top man!

Cagooner
Cagooner

We seem to be on a streak on winning in PL when not playing at our best. Long may it continue!

Fuhgedaboudit
Fuhgedaboudit

But, we need to play better if we want to win against tough teams. We are not there yet.

DamoDinkum
DamoDinkum

How good is it that we’ve got massive room for improvement and yet we’re still winning games!

RosaLegend
RosaLegend

How bout Cech today though? Also, yes Xhaka had a couple sloppy moments but thought decent overall. Laca and Auba worked hard up top and got rewarded and Holding did very well when he came on.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

I only saw the second half but Ozil was terrible. Not sure why Aubameyang was replaced instead of him

Charvakan

I had the same thought. But Auba did look worn out by then. I think he gets subbed because Emery is managing his minutes. I almost broke my coffee table when Ozil declined to challenge for a loose ball, though. Emery is not going to put up with much more of that slacking. (To be fair, even Action Aaron seemed subdued today.)

db10s

I thought Ozil had a few bad touches for his standards. How i wish he would just foul the person who out muscles him rather then give up trying to get the ball back after chasing it for 5 meters.

Irrational Gunner

Consider yourself lucky you didn’t see the first half. I don’t think he touched the ball in the first 10 minutes.

Chinaman
Chinaman

Aubameyang played 60 mins in the midweek Europa League game. He needed a break more than Ozil.

David C
David C

I would start Welbeck or Mhki up top with Laca and Auba, no more Ozil. I just can’t stand the sight of him in an Arsenal uniform. Absolutely no effort whatsoever. Remember when Iwobi came on and got a loud ovation for just chasing down the opposition for about 20 secs. Ozil is letting other people do all his defensive work and he’s not really creating chances. What am I missing here? Why do so many people keep defending him? We could bring in 2 top players for his salary…

A Different George
A Different George

Once again, I think Ozil did more “defensive work” than others saw, but it does not make me happy–it means he is not doing what makes him a great player. You ask what you are missing– well, that when he is playing well he creates more chances than anyone in Europe. The more touches he gets, the more likely we are to win. Why? Because so many of his touches last only a half-second as he finds a runner more quickly than a defender can adjust.

Evang. Simon
Evang. Simon

I love it when we win badly…..

Why is Laca benched during Wenger’s days

#YOLO Toure
#YOLO Toure

Because we had as well little bit giroud

Fergal
Fergal

Wasn’t he playing through an injury? And got surgery? That’s what I think, but I could be wrong..

PleaseExplainJohn
PleaseExplainJohn

I have no complaints. Great to build up a nice winning streak. Long may this continue. Coz the effect would be us grinding out a result based off of nothing but resilience and a desire to keep the streak going…winning ugly won’t be so bad. My only question; is Mihki ok?

Danny
Danny

That sky interview was criiiingggge

No Longer Laughing Stock
No Longer Laughing Stock

If we can get the captain fit and put him in the team instead of mustafi we could be onto something. Also I’m starting to love Unai, I really want him to succeed.

Charvakan

Why did we farm out Chambers? We’re one injury away from a real CB crisis.

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

Might I suggest because he’s really not very good?

Goons
Goons

Chambers has been shite for Fulham

David C
David C

very poor actually….

Hi-Jay
Hi-Jay

he was pretty good against Watford though, bar that one error at the end..

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Let’s just hoard as many players as possible.
Imagine is we 8 CBs but had injuries to 6 of them? INJURY CRISIS. Se let’s get 10 CBs instead.

chopper4001
chopper4001

I thought we struggled to break down a pretty average team. Transitions weren’t quick enough and trying to force positions on certain players isn’t working. For me, Ramsey needs to be playing deeper alongside Xhaka and Torriera in a midfield 3 and then have Ozil playing in the middle of a 3 man attack (a little like Firmino for Liverpool), with the other 2 working off him.

Saying that, there is clearly something up with Mesut. Whether its the Germany thing, or not being played in a position where he can affect the game, I don’t know, but the fact he didn’t shoot when one on one with Pickford, instead passing it into a congested area, shows that there is something really up and it’s now become a serious problem.

I don’t buy into the narrative that he doesn’t give a shit or whatever, but we need him to sort it out sooner rather than later, for the sake of our season. Is the answer to drop him indefinitely? I’m not sure that would help would it…?

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Özil like Firmino is a joke, right? Firmino is one of the most hard working offensive players in the league. He’s constantly pressing opponents. Don’t know what you’re smoking if you really think Özil could do that job. Apart from the fact that he’s nowhere near as clinical as Firmino is.

Nameless gunner
Nameless gunner

Exactly… I wouldn’t bat an eyelash to switch them up if I had the chance..

chopper4001
chopper4001

Jeez, some people like a rant don’t they.

I obviously don’t mean that they’re similar players; as attackers they’re like chalk and cheese, but in OUR system, Ozil probably sits better at the centre of a front 3 (a little like Firmino does for Liverpool), where he can drop to pick up the ball (a little like Firmino does for Liverpool) and distribute to an onrushing Lacazette or Auba (a little like Salah does for Liverpool).

If you prefer, how about calling it a midfield diamond with Ozil at the top of it, but when we defend the attackers spread out to cover the immediate flanks, and Ozil puts pressure on the ball carrying CB (a bit like Ramsey did in that first game of the season)…. he CAN do that.

I don’t know, I’m not a football manager, but there is something up with Ozil and we need to find a solution. If you think we can sell him in his current form on his current wage you’re kidding yourself.

A Different George
A Different George

Of course Ozil, regardless of his starting position, ought to be drifting into the centre, the way Messi does (who is also very different from Firmino). Ramsey ought to play a normal box-to-box role, which suits his talents brilliantly (big engine, late arrival as extra attacker in the area). The problem is that this set-up is not conducive to a high press, to which Emery seems committed. You’re right that Ozil can put some pressure on the ball, and the other attackers can help out wide–but that’s not the kind of press Emery (or Klopp) seem to want.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Ozil as a false 9? Wow, good thing you’re not the coach.

pharquhar
pharquhar

I’m still waiting to see how we’ve improved since Wenger. The first half was depressingly similar – move the ball from side to side a lot with no idea what to do next. It’s clear that we’re not a team equipped to play out from the keeper- there we’re various sphincter-constricting moment when we did this. It’s bonkers playing £60m Auba out on the left – he’s a shadow of the striker he was last season. Still, it was heartening to see the same old walnut – i especially liked the bit when he took a great pass from a team mate and dribbled the ball straight out for a throw in.

Bob
Bob

If you want a sign of how we’ve improved maybe look at the simple fact we are not playing our best football yet but are still winning. The last couple of seasons if we started a game like that first half we knew we’d be in for a long day. We turned it around in the second half and finished the game very comfortably in the end and I think that’s a visible improvement from last season. Seriously though, it’s going to take time. Most of the players are the same players who finished sixth last season and there is only so much emery can change for now.

pharquhar
pharquhar

When your MOTM is your goalie, you should be rather concerned. We’ll struggle against the next half decent team we face.

Tcfc
Tcfc

This season has been all about the second half rally!

Charvakan

Yeah, great point. It’s a testament to Emery’s halftime team talk and adjustments. The second time he sees these opponents, maybe we’ll start with the right tactics. It’s a new league for him, remember.

db10s

Yes but there must be a game he gets the first half right tho? We’re a good couple of games in now and the first halfs of our games are all too similar. I don’t know though.. is it tactical or just the players starting slow. It feels like we are always surprised how good our opponents are and it takes the team a while to adjust.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

For me, I feel like Emery starts every game making the Wenger mistake of shoe horning all our “best” players regardless of balance, but deep inside it’s more of a “hope this works” but deep inside he knows it won’t. Then he sees the 1st half results and does what he should’ve done from then start.

But he keeps hoping they can all “click” despite evidence to the contrary.

ClockEndRider
ClockEndRider

The games in which we have picked up points have all been against dross without any decent forwards. We conceded against West ham, Cardiff and Newcastle despite this fact. We very nearly conceded against a team that has Theo “How can I find ever more creative ways of running out of pitch” Walcott. I see no signs of an improvement. Equally worrying, I see no evidence that the manager is imposing any style of play. It’s just like watching Wengers team. We don’t press, which he was doing in the summer pre season games. I just don’t get it.

Runzac
Runzac

We need to give Oezil playing time. He will come out of his slump

Lobster
Lobster

Perfect Petr. Super Sokratis. Tough Torreira. Lovely Lacazette Lifted Lob.

Go Gunners.

Merteslacker
Merteslacker

And I like you Lively Lobster.

Hantal
Hantal

The interview was awful, it looked like they were in someone’s living room and added nothing to the standard post match interview infront of a sponsors board

Shank

mesut looks like an enigma, smells like an enigma, and that usually means, he is an enigma.
in terms of contribution today, yeah, he did occupy some space on the pitch

Big Sheezy
Big Sheezy

If you think that Ramsey and xhaka are the quality of players that we need, than you must hate Arsenal. We deserve better.

Martin
Martin

If you can’t see the improvement in Xhaka playing in his true role as a deep lying midfielder then I must say you are being totally biased. He was excellent today

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Excellent is overdoing it, but he was overall very good.
But he shows how one footed and how much he’s prone to the press. He needs too much time on the ball and early on Everton targeted him to press.

Dotman
Dotman

We are winning, and sanchez is shit at manure. Happy

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Sanchez? Forgot about that spritely little fellow. Serves him right for leaving The Arsenal

Bob
Bob

One of Ozil and Ramsey has to sit on the bench. Iwobi and Mkhitaryan both look better when they play for us.

Elcamino
Elcamino

Exactly right….i dont see either offering much …Ozil just looks shit right now…saw bellering giving him the business at one point

Kolkata_Gooner
Kolkata_Gooner

Seriously man, I can’t see both starting and another inept first half symbolized by their performance. Sort out their positions, and start either of Iwobi/Mkhi. But not Ozil and Ramsey together in their current positions. I hope Emery realizes that that’s something which is definitely not working for him.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Ramsey is getting on my last nerve. The punditry makes it worse as they contiously berate the easy target in Ozil who was poor but Ramsey was truly diabolical and continues to get a free ride. They say his best position is advanced areas but his limited skillset makes him play even worse and fuck up Ozils fragile game by playing him wide. That season where Ramsey scored a load of goals changed something in his own mind and made him believe he was the welsh Gerrard. What he needs to do is recall his actual best POSITION which was alongside arteta.

Charvakan

Emery sees the same thing you do and he keeps playing him. I wonder for how long, though. For a while after he came back from the Shawcross assassination attempt, Aaron often lagged in getting back on defense and was shy about challenges. Then he got over that, but Wenger indulged him in the fantasies you describe. (For a few months, he really did look like one of the best mids in Europe. But that was years ago.) If Ramsey can’t do what Emery demands, he won’t play. I hate to say it, but at this point, Iwobi or Smith-Rowe probably could do his job as well as he’s doing it. He wants to leave, and at this rate Arsenal will be ready to wave bye-bye. But he’s still talented and has quite an engine. He could be big for us if he can fit into the system.

Walleye
Walleye

Watching today i finally settled on why Ramsey ( one of my favs) is bothering me so much. Ramsey is acting like a bball 2 that wants to be the 1. Instead of doing what he can do, he wants to handle the ball and he doesn’t have a good handle.
And until he recalls what he can do well he can’t play in the same team as Xhaka and Ozil. All three get caught out of position and turn the ball over too easily.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Thats what pisses me off. Ramseys ego spiralled out of control with the standout scoring season and a few fa cup winners.(lucky for him he scored the winners in both finals because he was poor in both but no1 remembers)

db10s

This is what puzzles me with Ramsey. He is a seasoned pro now. How does he still forget what he does best after all these years? We’ve all played some form of football before and you can tell yourself what is working for you and what is not working for you. It’s like he tries to reinvent himself every season.

I am 30+ now and I’ve been playing in a sunday league thing for the last few years. I always preferred to play in a more attacking role but with more and more game time in the first season I feel I contribute so much more as a deep midfielder and have swapped to playing in front of the back 4.

Samgunz
Samgunz

We were losers today if not for Laca’s work rate and ability as well as Cech’s goalkeepingism. Torreira definitely helps too. Monreal surprisingly was the defensive weak link, but the real reason we conceded those chances was down to sloppy attacking possession, mainly to do with Auba, Ramsey, Ozil (all not playing on the front foot) and a little bit Xhaka. Love Laca!

Footballguru
Footballguru

Yo arseblog it’s so hard to go on your website or app after games I don’t know if it’s to do with the traffic coming to your page but it’s been like this for years now , both ur apps and website crashes if there’s too much traffic

Fireman Sam
Fireman Sam

Yeah I don’t bother going to Arseblog News after a game as the site doesn’t load. Just check it a few hours later and it should work.

santori
santori

Cech – Who says he isn’t good with his feet. Important stops when Monreal was caught too high and Sokratis could not get back in time. As mentioned, nothing as yet would deem to suggest Leno should displace the incumbent.

Bellerin – Had a torrid time with the handful Richalison. Toffees paid too much for him but the Brazilian if he carries on may have utility for his National side. Always problematic for Bellerin bc the team is unbalanced in asset and the midfielders ahead of him (Ozil ostensibly) would not protect the necessary cover for the Spaniard to fully deploy further up the pitch.

Mustafi – Decent performance to get us a clean sheet. One instance when he should have cleared instead of try to work it out (as later given an earful from Sokratis) but kept in the mix and kept Everton out for most parts.

Sokratis – Sorry to see him knocked. Was in the fight (although lost out a number of occasions with Theo threatening his side). Hope he recovers soon. I still don’t think he was the best option we could/should have brought in but his experience is good and I like the fact he is berating his teammates. As mentioned some time ago, I feel defensively, we need someone like him to organise and lead. I don’t get this five captains nonsense.

Monreal – He is so predominantly left footed is his problem. Caught too high up committing to a challenge that led to the chance for Calvert-Lewin. If he was Mustafi, we would have heard banal criticism otherwise. Some good moments going forward on left flank, one very good cushioned pass which ended in Laca’s path but the Frenchman failed to hit first time.

Granit- Tidy and aware. Thought he did decent but we were up against a lot of aggression from Everton with Richarlison and Walcott deployed to both flanks to press us. Has his critics as usual but generally keeps the team moving along and defensively he is much better this season.

Torreira – Did OK. I think he IS a better option with Granit bc of his positioning. Defensively aware and always looking to push us forward. Combative. OTOH I have mentioned this before I do not think it is a zero sum game in midfield. We simply need Granit, Torreira AND Guendouzi to rotate into the two positions in midfield to keep up momentum for us. This whole “who should start in midfield” nonsense is a false argument at best.

Ozil – He has magic in his locker but he coasts along with the game far too much. Its a bit of a liability in particular if he fails to track back to help his fullback. Sure he got the assists but we need more from him defensively.

Ramsey – Together with Ozil (and to some extent Mhki) they are similar players. Ramsey though instigates a lot of play. Hope he signs the extension.

Aubameyang – Yes a goal but to be honest, would have preferred Iwobi in the position to protect Monreal. We rode our luck far too often first half with Auba failing to bring the ball out (bar once) or hold it up. He seems to me still better on apex but we are as mentioned, want for wide players bc of the current assets in the team. Still its the understanding with Lcazette which I feel Unai is trying to get out.

Lacazette – Another good display. Fantastic finish and the goal help us deflate the toffees. That said, still think the front men need to present themselves better for both crosses and for the defense and midfield in trying to work the ball out from the back.

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

Auba is wasted on the left, simple as that.
We all know Laca is on fire in PL, but Auba is too good to be restrained on the left.

Off topic: what a player is Gueye, kind of poors man Kante.

Clarkey
Clarkey

Tame Uruguayan! We’ve got a tame Uruguayan! Tame Uruguaaaaaaaayan! We’ve got a tame Uruguayan!

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

As in one that doesn’t bite?

Elcamino
Elcamino

To me Ramsey and Ozil were both terrible. Both were sloppy and gave the ball away. Id much rather have a player that can carry the ball like Iwobi.

I think Auba is terrible on the ball as well. He offers very little other than speed and finishing.

Check and Lacazette were bright slots. Tierrera looked good too.

We were very lucky early on not to concede and i thinks its more down to our inability to keep possesion rather than defending that costs us.

Ill take the 3 points but it was a stinker of a performance

Mark
Mark

Would have been a totally different game had Cech not come up so big early. One of his best games in a while and definitely the MVP of the match. Nice to see Torreira get a league start and deserves to stay in there, but hope we’ll continue to see Guendouzi as well.

Jason daniels
Jason daniels

Im so confused about aubameyang right now.

Nameless gunner
Nameless gunner

We still give away cheap balls.. and I am hating Ramsey ATM.. he must have made like 50 piss poor passes in EPL this year.. and is holding out for a better contract..

Most of our players seem to be in a world of their own

Nameless gunner
Nameless gunner

Honestly we’re lucky we are winning games, a team with better forward line would absolutely blast us apart.. The number of chances they created in the first half was ridiculous.. We struggled to get out of the half way line..

We have to be ready to take a drubbing soon.. I am not particularly fond of thinking abt our Liverpool games this season..

Something needs to be changed.. Is Emery too indulging Ozil?

Vonnie
Vonnie

If Emery was indulging Mesut he wouldn’t be sitting him out on the wing while Ramsey stinks out the middle. Ramsey is a jammy player, always gets a lucky assist or goal and everyone forgets that he’s been awful all the time. How many assists have been miskicks that a teammate has picked up, and how many goals stolen off his teammates toes? Mesut isn’t a winger but he is a team player. Ramsey isn’t a no 10 and he’s like Wilshere and Walcott, ridiculously over rated.

A Different George
A Different George

You know, football is a very low-scoring game. If a player regularly gets lucky assists or lucky goals, it’s good enough. If it keeps happening, maybe it’s not luck.

Araj Raza
Araj Raza

It was a tough match and it’s great we got the win, but a few things really need to be pointed out.
Firstly, how in the world does Mustafi get the same rating as Sokratis. I remember at least 2 times in the match when Mustafi just failed to clear simple balls and slipped and the incident that injured Sokratis was also his fault and could have been been much worse.
Secondly, don’t understand why Ramsey and Ozil are being played together and in the same position. Ramsey doesn’t have the close control or the dribbling skills to play a passing game while Ozil doesn’t have the legs and strength to play physically. Pick a system and go all in.
Still waiting to see Torreira and Ramsey deep behind Ozil.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Yeay another win! Like the look of Torreira. Love this team and our new brand coach. The only thing I would change from the currentstarting line up is Oil and Ramsey removed are they’re not on form and let the flamboyant Guendouzi get back to the starting eleven and add the in form Mikhi or Iwobi. it would solidify our midfield with Xhaka-Guendou-Pitbull and bring desire and creativity with the in form Iwobi/Mikhi. It would also allow Auba to play closer to Lacazette on our offensive phases because we have a more dense, defensive minded and hard working midfield.

George
George

I’ll be honest, when I saw Holding coming on I was kind of glad that Mustafi was coming off. Not thrilled when I realised it was Sokratis.

I simply can’t see how Mustafi will be anything other than a liability for us.