A seventh straight win moved us up a place in the table to fifth, as a late own goal and Mesut Ozil’s third strike of the season earned us a hard fought three points at home to Watford.

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Jorin
Jorin

Good win.

But a solid 0 on 10 for the commentators. Jeez, it was horrible.

gooner1981
gooner1981

It’s quite astounding how partisan they can get, especially when it comes to Arsenal. Half the time I’m telling the c*nts to go f*ck themselves, and it is quite bewildering for my partner to hear me raging at my TV!

shaka
shaka

look at our own fans….. there are some holdover bitters who now have an agenda against Ozil… see how they post… having agenda’s is such a farce ….. we are spectators who should be enjoying the game.

arsepedant
arsepedant

These are not our own fans sometimes. Ram is troll from another club.

Atishay
Atishay

Remember Deeney’s foul on Torreira (for which he should have been sent off)? He says “That’s poor from Torreira” and that he should have received a booking, and then the commentator actually says “Torreira could have been sent off for that as he’s already on a yellow”. Imagine being sent off for being fouled.

Ram
Ram

Mkhi not starting really baffles me.He is our only creator and we are still keeping him out! Ozil’s selfish ball hogging and taking up the centre stage is really hurting Auba.we have enough scorers.need creator.If he keeps doing what he is doing,Auba will soon follow rambo and jack.

Greg in Seattle
Greg in Seattle

Ozil, selfish ball hog? Because of all of those speculative shots he takes? Because of all of the 1v1 dribbles he attempts? Because of his showboat persona? Mmm, yeah.

Why not
Why not

Alexis ahem

Corona X
Corona X

I saw a hilarious stat yesterday:
“Since joining Manchester United in January, Sanchez has lost possession an incredible 347 times”
Soudns familiar!

Not to mention that he’s now gone 831 minutes without scoring for Man Utd.

arsepedant
arsepedant

Or that he’s been so bad he didn’t even make the bench against Wet Hams.

George
George

Ozil’s ball hogging? Good one. He had to drop to halfway to start getting the ball and then was able to move up only when Watford tired/dropped off. He (and Iwobi) were instrumental in the second half.

As for the goal, I’ll never complain when someone makes a run into the box – we need more of it. (Ramsey seems to have forgotten it’s his strength).

Samgunz
Samgunz

Maybe Ozil is the new Ramsey?

A Different George
A Different George

First, we want players who want the ball. Second, one of Ozil’s main strengths is how quickly he gets rid of the ball once he has it–the flick around the corner, the return pass to the attacker making a run, even the cross-pitch long pass to the open overlapping fullback–all done before the defenders can adjust their positions. The best player in Europe at doing this.

Angelou
Angelou

Well said. Ozil is a waste of space, get rid of him asap.

GoonerJust
GoonerJust

This undoubtfully the most fluid attacking game under Emery, although we still have homeworks defensively. Three points with a clean sheet is always welcomed, thanks to Chatcart who make that beautiful goal that turned things around. Good job guys!

Samgunz
Samgunz

2 shots on target, most fluid what now?

PEA14
PEA14

No one is bigger than the club. I said it before on Alexis. And I say the same now to Aaron.
Besides we have a certain Emile waiting in the wing

IceBerg10
IceBerg10

You Know Ramsey was shite when even arseblog gives him a 4….

Raphael
Raphael

We look much more fluid going forward with Ramsey off the pitch. He will be a superstar playing for villa in the championship.

Nick
Nick

Fan of Arsenal, Aaron Ramsey and most everything to do with rum and whiskey and Aaron Ramsey.

Des
Des

Tony Gale would lose an iq test with a glass of water.

TeeCee
TeeCee

Presumably you mean a glass of naturally occurring water with actual pond life in it?

George
George

Ha. Shame we’ll probably never find out as he would try to drink it upside down.

TR7
TR7

I’ll take it! Last year, I think we may have lost or drawn a game like this.

Pea14
Pea14

Last season we won all our games at home except those againt the top 6

jon

I fully agree. This season has so far played out exactly as the previous. Our play is very much as last season’s too, a rather slow build-up, void of ideas, our defenders too easily beeing overrun be long crosses.

The real tests will come in the next away games against Crystal Palace and Bournemouth, both of which we lost last season.

The home games against Liverpool (3-3 last season) and Tottenham (2-0) will of course also bring more information about whether the team really has improved.

WallyT
WallyT

Long crosses, I think the team has really improved in dealing with crosses and set pieces. Bar the game against Cardiff, where Mustafi as has been the case all season consistently lost concentration, I think playing on the front foot for longer periods and conceding less chances from through balls is the only improvement needed

jon

I agree that the defense is a tiny notch better. But the perpetual problem on the right, where Bellerin is too far up field to interact and Mustafi watches the ball without noticing the platoon of opponents running in behind his back, is not fixed. Our mid-fielders have become better, however, to pursue the opponent’s attackers.

A Different George
A Different George

We only dropped 10 points at home all season, same as Man United. Only Man City (dropped 7) were better.

Nick
Nick

Can’t wait to hear the excuses offered on behalf of Ramsey. Please spare me the nonsense about how running your socks off and having a so-called “good engine” somehow equates with being good at football. I don’t give a monkey’s that he had an excellent half-season a few seasons ago, and he suffered a horror injury eight years ago. He’s utterly overrated, a legend in his own mind, and doesn’t deserve a place in the first time irrespective of his contract status. Good riddance, mate.

Goons
Goons

Two fa cup winning goals.

Calm down, mate

Nick
Nick

You’re right. Let’s build a team around him based on past glory. He’s definitely shown in this season’s performances that, on merit, he deserves a new, bumper contract. He’s been brilliant. We don’t have any other needs either. We just need more Roy of the Rovers stuff from him. Thanks again for the reminder about the cups. That’s going to be useful for the club going forward.

RunningRayRunningDownTheWing
RunningRayRunningDownTheWing

Oh Bless your cotton socks, Nick! You are one spoilt little. twat aren’t you? Turn that Ramsay frown upside down and enjoy the win, mate! That is all.

gooner1981
gooner1981

Is pace the only reason why Mustafi might keep his place ahead of Holding? His propensity to make errors every single game is very alarming. Holding looks assured defending, and passing out from the back. Looks to have put on some muscle as well, and he’s really looking the real deal now. Bellerin is steadily improving his game as well. Don’t know if it was the way they planted their feet before or better core strength now, but it’s nice to no longer see our players bouncing off opposition players, or being brushed aside to the ground so easily anymore.

Tony Adams nose
Tony Adams nose

except Ozil, he goes down very easy

Xxxrob
Xxxrob

When Sokratis is fit, I would be partnering him with Holding and hooking Mustafi. Mustafi passing puts us under pressure, his pushing people in the the back for dumb fouls puts us under pressure, he goes to ground and commits himself too easily, gets turned inside out at least once a game.

Fabulous
Fabulous

Definitely frustrating to watch Mustafi. At one point in the game he got turned (again) by Gray or Deeney I can’t quite recall, and instead of chasing back he’s arguing with the linesman for an offside call. The bloody guy just turned you how the flying f**k can he be offside?? Luckily Holding was there to cover for him. Absolute madness. He really needs to be dropped for either of Sokratis or Koscielny. The bigger worry for me is Mustafi is in the prime age to lead our defense (Holding and Chambers young, Papa and alps getting old) for the next few years and he just doesn’t cut it. Emery and Sven really needs to address that position soon.

Fabulous
Fabulous

Kos*, not alps. Stupid autocorrect

arsepedant
arsepedant

Thought you were talking about Lichtsteiner, who’s from Switzerland!

Bob
Bob

Thought Xhaka ran our midfield today, Bellerin looks better, Iwobi looks much much better, holding looks better. I’m feeling pretty positive about what we’re beginning to see to be honest. Even if it’s not pretty we seem to be able to grind out a result and players are improving.

DamoDinkum
DamoDinkum

Xhaka is looking like an absolute boss with Torreira next to him

A Different George
A Different George

The double pivot–Busquets and Xabi Alonso for Spain. Okay, not nearly as good, but same idea.

meneam
meneam

Very good win…Worried about about our right defensive channel, Mustafi seems to be the least intelligent player ever exists and bellerin always second best for every one on one or physical duel. Iowbi surely deserves a start over ramsey. Holding deserves a run of games

PleaseExplainJohn
PleaseExplainJohn

I never ever thought that it would be easier for Ramsey and Welbeck to secure game time under a new coach than Mikhi. Blows my mind. Ramsey was terrible today.

PleaseExplainJohn
PleaseExplainJohn

Credit to Welbeck. He has done everything to justify his inclusion in the team.

jon

Mhiki is enigmatic. He made several unpressed passes to the opposition when he came on in the Brentford game, only to better himself with some exellent advances, shots and passes. On the balance, I would agree that he is our second most creative player, after Özil, and creativity is sorely needed in the Arsenal attack.

Currently, Iwobi seems in better form than Ramsey, and should be played ahead of him. But if you also wants to fit in Mhiki, you would have to omit Lacazette or Özil. I would keep both in the starting 11.

Devlin
Devlin

It’s a shame about Ramsey. I saw the most complete midfielder in him a few years ago. He has really let the goalscoring get to his head because he hasn’t put enough thought into developing other aspects of his to. He has become a striker who starts for a deeper position, than a midfielder.

I don’t see him ever altering him mindset, not at this age or level of ego. He went from being a player everyone would want in their side, to a player that no one is sure of, when it comes to his best position. I have seen all the goals, but I have also seen that he does not benefit any player in our team since Giroud left.

A real shame really. So much potential. I think he needed a firmer approach in coaching, he took himself sideways.

Nick
Nick

How dare you criticize Welsh Jesus. He’s been brilliant, don’t you know?

PB70
PB70

Nick, Devlin’s well thought out post is why the many thumbs up, even by those of us who like Ramsey. You just rant and sound quite insane. Tiresome.

Chidi
Chidi

Blogs we need a sarcasm font…. ASAP

Hurensohn
Hurensohn

When you watch videos of Lampard or early scholes they would ‘arrive’ late in the box and get on the end of stuff. It’s hard for defenders to mark and midfielders to track. Ramsey seems to make early runs into the box then just stand there.

He got those assists the other day but one was a pass to Lacazette who had a lot left to do and the other was a slip that he improvised well but would have cost us the chance if the assistant was even half switched on.

Cechmate
Cechmate

Was a very close game with Watford throwing everything at us including an ugly pumpkin (Deeney), a Christmas cart (cathcart for his OG gift) and a Success that was unsuccessful. We endured their pressing and physical abuse to see through it and once they started tiring we started controlling. I like how we saw the last 10mins out – instead of sitting deep and inviting pressure, we kept the ball and killed the momentum, which is a marked difference from yesteryears.

While I understand why people like Monreal’s performance, today was an average day for him, IMO. I thought he was wasteful in final third and doesn’t cover for the others in team in defence and was on par with Auba – frustrating both of them. Rob was very good and not sure why Mustafi keeps conceding these fouls – if he is trying to be another Ramos then he needs to do it further up the pitch and with good reason currently he is just silly. Ozil was more involved in the game once Ramsey went as no one was marking him anymore. Torreira is like a turbo charged robot and I’d like to know what Unai is feeding Iwobi with, he seems to have come back into his best.

Laca had a strange game – his link play was fantastic but he could’ve also had a couple of goals easily and he missed sitters. As did Leno, who stopped shots well but nearly passed the ball to an opposition player later on in the game. While I understand we’re a team in transition, I don’t think we’re pressing enough nor are we passing well under opposition press, but hey if we can win even with these flaws I’m sure we’ll compete for the title when we iron them out.

Lastly, I’d rather listen to tires screeching all day long than Tony Gale speaking, I’m sure even his fart wouldn’t stink as bad (though I have no desire to know that)!

Gunnerlocutor
Gunnerlocutor

“Horrible from start to finish.” Blogs is a patient man but he is done pulling punches when it comes to Mustafi. I’m with him.

George
George

Well pleased with that.

Mustafi is a moron and I can’t wait to see the back of him. He’s not yet at Gallas-levels for me, but he’s close.

I thought Iwobi turned the game, fair play to him.

A. Taylor’s refusal to give the penalty is why, unfortunately, players go down. Weak and cowardly decision from him.

Agreed on Gale – he’s been doing that shit for years. Should have been taken out back and shot a long time ago. A bit of Deeney would be good for us? Riiiiight. The only bit of Deeney we want is someone stamping on his figurative bits every time we face his ugly mug.

Oh, and Lacazette – let’s make the low bar and move on.

onenil
onenil

Q. The striker is back to goal edge of your area. He has little support and you have team mates covering. What should you do?
A. Push him over!
Thank you Mr Mustafi please take a seat on the bench.

George
George

Yup, I want Holding and Sokratis when he’s fit.

MrSymes
MrSymes

Welbeck’s tackle and layoff for the second goal were – amusingly – better than anything Deeney did in the entire match.

And 10/10 for Ozil’s troll-passing in injury time.

MrSymes
MrSymes

Okay just seen MOTD and maybe it was an interception rather than a tackle. But he certainly tackled me heart.

Xxxrob
Xxxrob

To be fair, Deeney played pretty well and usually does against us. He had a few nice through passes that created dangerous situations. I’m all for banging the arsenal drum but fairs fair lol

MrSymes
MrSymes

Oh you’re right, Deeney did play well. He’s a good player and Watford’s a team I rate a lot. Deeney just didn’t do anything as incisive as that moment.

And while he absolutely has a point about his England call-up comments, it shows that a player like Welbeck has (for his faults) a level of skill that a player like Deeney doesn’t, and it’s that level of ability that a national manager goes for I guess. I mean Grant Holt scored loads for Norwich, Danny Graham for Swansea; there’s always players like that. Doesn’t mean they’d make sense in the England set-up – just like Ricky Lambert made no sense at Liverpool and Deeney likely wouldn’t at Arsenal.

Goonerink

Welbeck scored 9 goals for england in qualifying, some of which were game winning/changing.

it enrages me when people questioned his inclusion over giving a random striker a chance, he earned his place in that squad.

TxGooner
TxGooner

Blogs (and all): How would you prefer we use Aubameyang? 2 strikers w/ Laca? Rotating the 2 depending on opponent?

texasgooner
texasgooner

What do people think of a diamond formation with Torreira behind Xhaka and Ramsey and Ozil at the 10? Would allow us to play 2 up front.

Hi-Jay
Hi-Jay

Adrian Clarke mentioned it too; I don’t know if Emery will use it though.

santori
santori

Too narrow. Reliant on fullbacks to have to come up to make width which slows down the counter.

Drop Ramsey. Play Iwobi. Better balance for us and more protection for the fullbacks as well.

Canuck Gunner
Canuck Gunner

I agree with this entirely, but it doesn’t address the question about Auba and Laca. Auba is nowhere near as effective on the wing. Perhaps a diamond midfield with 2 striker is the best way to get them both on the field, but concerned about defending the wings and the attack may be too narrow.
Problems for Emery to sort out, but I guess having two top strikers isn’t a bad problem to have.

Amusa
Amusa

Which drug was Tony Gale on?
Co-commentator makes a comment that Arsenal fans don’t like Deeney, Gale says it’s because they don’t have a player like him in their team and he could fit easily in our team.
We have fucking Aubameyang and Lacca as our startiing strikers you Muppet.

Goonerink

and we signed 4 players whom seem not to take any shit this window in Stephan, Lucas, Matteo and Sokratis.

Mpls
Mpls

200/10 for Southgate saying about Deeney “we don’t play that way” in the kind of way a chap in a waistcoat might say such a thing.

JoolzyBergkamp
JoolzyBergkamp

Not missing Alexis.

santori
santori

Depends though, not missing Alexis who gives the ball away, certainly Alexis of United incarnation.

BUT could still do with a player who can instigate and take players on.

Iwobi is the closest we have to this and we should be using him to create better balance than we have at the moment.

Otherwise we carry too many players who have to pass and play through the lines rather than who can take the defenders on.

Ramsey situation is a perfect opportunity for us to address this in January.

Meanwhile one of Ozil or Ramsey for similar role behind the striker.

If the latter is having issues committing, then we should by policy play Ozil. I like Ramsey but until he extends, he should just sit it out and come on as a sub. Sorry. We should not pander anymore rather if they don’t get with the program, we need to play players who will be here longer term.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

“until he extends”??? Have you been living under a rock the last week?

Cechmate
Cechmate

Quite the opposite – Alexis has gone missing!

WCGooner
WCGooner

I like Ramsey, but i’d take him out and play 4-4-2 with Mikhi or Iwobi.

Mitch
Mitch

Did anyone hear the commentator call Leno “Jay Leno” in the 86th minute?

hosehead
hosehead

Tony Gale angrily stating Torreria should be yellow carded for getting clattered by Deeney On the byline. Gale’s man-crush on Deeney is creepy.

santori
santori

Ref was daft. Still way better than that cretin Mike Dean but really he was obtuse.

Yellow card on Mustafi for complaining about not getting a corner but nothing for Deeney for that cynical late challenge on Torreira (which should have meant a deserved red)

And Hughs got away with one too many fouls.

BUT kudos to the team for stepping up and facing the aggression.

This was a difficult team in form and one of the fitter sides this season.

Media won’t give us our dues but we have deserved every bit the position we are in as contenders to top four if not a higher prize albeit of course, still a long way to go (but which of them thought we ere going to be this competitive so quickly)

Contrast United….

Nameless gunner
Nameless gunner

What abt the penalty we didn’t get?

Mattias
Mattias

Loved Torreira ramming Deeney! Full frontal collision. 60 kilos vs 145 😂

santori
santori

Put his elbow into him too.

If you are in a fight in a phone booth (or outside), you want the Uruguayan.

santori
santori

Good overall performance against an inform and physically robust team.

1) Cech – Was up to task putting himself in harms way. Unfortunate for injury. Done nothing to suggest Leno is a better option but its now the younger man’s chance and he’s taking it.

2) Bellerin – Good game by Hector today. Got the balance between going forward and defensive caution correct. One great interception on a goal bound shot (even if they were penalised for a push)

3) Mustafi – Overall decent again and aggressive with headers which was needed against Watford. ONe issue where he should have been closer to Deeney from a set piece and one misplaced pass early on but then again Holding, Torreira, Auba and Laca all made a poot pass each as well within that 15 min mark as we tried to get to grips with them. Another clean sheet for the defense.

4) Holding – Superb performance by Rob. Its his time now, he’s turned 23yrs and he needs to step up. Plenty of good composure which is his strength. One mistake which led to Success getting the better of him and almost led to a goal but otherwise authoratative clearing and intercepting the ball today. As mentioned before, we will need Sokratis, Mustafi and HOlding to rotate through that Cback position this season so good to see Rob delivering the goods. MOTM for me.

5) Monreal – Good going forward today providing the width. Again like Bellerin got the balance better where some games recently, he was committed too high up too early.

6) Torreira – He’s a real ferret for us. Anticipates the ball and squirrels it off the opponents and plenty of bite for his size against the likes of Deeney (Put his elbow into the man too) A couple of errand passes and muscled off the ball once too easily but clearly an asset we need to continue with now in midfield. His instincts defensively and aggression offensively really good for the midfield balance.

7) Granit – A very good game by the Swiss. Plenty of long balls cross field to switch focus of our play quickly and incisively. One gorgeous ball to Monreal in the box. Defensively also solid. Made two mistakes but made recovering contributions to fix them. Solid defensive display today particularly helping out with heading out set pieces from corners with Mustafi and Holding. Superb effort from range with the grasscutter, hope he can keep this threat for us.

8) Ramsey – A bit anonymous today, maybe its the contract and issues with his future. Frankly never understand why we play both of Ozil and Ramsey bc they are similar types that thrive best in the hole behind the striker. Ramsey was not effective today. Personally feel if someone is non commital with future with us, after a certain period of time to entice him to sign, we should just give the opportunity to someone-else who will be there for us in the future. Sign or just come on as a sub. No blight on Ramsey who’s effort should not be questioned but if we have to lose him in Jan, it is an opportunity for us to balance the team out better hopefully with a wide player come in.

9) Ozil – As above. BUT the German put some effort in today. Defensively, loved the way he came back to nick the ball and restart our attack. If he can bring this level of aggression and gumption to his defensive play, his offensive contribution is without doubt. BUT his best position is in that hole to dictate play just behind the forward line and that is where we need to play him. Great goal as he gambled into the box to finish. 3 goals out of 4 now.

10) Aubameyang – A bit less productive then he wished today but got stuck in even if he tends not to be able to hold the ball up as well (as say Laca or Welbeck). Wide for now is his position. His strength is when you feed him the ball on the counter and you get the feeling he is more of a threat slightly from more of a central position and higher up. Shape of team was unbalanced bc of Ramsey and Ozil both being played. On another day and with better balance, we may bring him to bear better.

11) Laca – Hardworking display and some great touches.He makes things happen for himself as in the case when he hustled for the ball off the defender but dinked it wide in the end. One of those days where he had 3 or 4 great opportunities but nothing came off except off the Cback. Still his effort and role played in bringing others to bear is the key right now.

12) Leno – Came on to inexplicable applause before he even delivered anything. Got his nerves out when he put the ball to touch (unforced error) early in second half but then put himself about and was decisive coming out to challenge and narrow things down on a number of occasions when we were breached. He has been presented the opportunity and is taking it. He is the future of the position so lets hope he keeps this going. Certainly like the confidence he has, much more assuring than Ospina for some reason.

13) Iwobi – He is an instigator (like Alexis) and someone who can provide us with the dynamics committing the opponents, pulling them out of shape. As our only really genuine wide option at the moment, we have to play him bc he brings better balance to the shape of the team. Can be deployed left or right but critically, he will have a go at the defense with craft or pace. Also strong on the ball and another point for us to deliver out of defense to hold the ball up (where Auba has been less effective in this regard) I feel its him Auba and Mhkiatryan predominantly for the two positions wide left or right.

14) Welbeck – Came on to play a decisive role for the second goal. You can’t fault Danny’s hardwork. Still feel he is BEST right up top where he can help hold and distribute for us but also bring his power to bear in closer proximity to goal. BUT definitely a strong role for him this season and a real asset for us.

Emery – Kudos to the gaffer. He isn’t doing anything radical which is the good thing. Plenty of talk about this red herring “pressing”. Truthfully, all teams press unless you are one of those park the bus teams.

BUT he has paid correct attention to the details which Wenger left to interpretation. This is the fundamental difference. The team are now getting the direction needed from the bench. And critically, Unai is not afraid to ring the changes and intervene in a TIMELY manner where Wenger left it often too late as he and Bould would ditter.

I said it start of season that Emery did not have the luxury of 3 seasons afforded to him by the media to get things right. We would know within 7 games where we stood this season. We are up and amongst the pack just 4 points off the leadership which augurs well for a chance at (very least) finishing within top 4 again.

Goonerink

you say all teams press unless you park the bus…
…very insightful knowledge into the 2 basic schools of defensive tactics.

though i am personally struggling to think of ANY other kind.. surely its either sit deep and absorb the pressure or try and win the ball back up the pitch.

Chamakhyoungpark
Chamakhyoungpark

Thank you for posting such a detailed analysis of each player every week.

santori
santori

Don’t know how you think Mustafi is horrible from start to finish.

Made a good number of clearances particularly headers.

One sloppy pass in first half but so did HOlding, Torreira and Lacazette within first 15 min period.

Conceded some freekicks challenging but GUendouzi conceded one recently which led to a goal and never received such low marks. Torreira as well. And what do you expect him to do, not challenge? He turned over a number of balls off the opponents challenging and heading it back into our attack. If he missed one high up, you would say he over committed too high., If he missed one near the box, you would say he should not go for it.

Impressions are shaped by pundits who want to pick holes and conveniently not mention when others have similar faults. Which leaves people looking for issues when others have similar faults through the game.

Turned once but so was HOlding by Success which almost led to a goal for them.

Not saying he is perfect by any means but bias much?

MrSymes
MrSymes

All reasonable. I’ve long thought that watching football is inherently a process of confirmation bias, where the best you can do is limit those biases by trying to consider each moment in and of itself (so not ignoring stuff just because it contravenes your previously held narrative – Blogs is generally good at this and it’s why I’m here) and the worst you can do is enjoy your own opinions to the point that you perceive no new or contrary information and just get lost in your own stories about players or teams. We’re all somewhere in between and no one’s objective, least of all pundits – who shape more of our views than we like to admit.

I think on balance Mustafi should be dropped, and wouldn’t be sad to see him sold, but he’s long moved into that zone where good things he does are invisible.

DBMÖ10
DBMÖ10

I vehemently abhore playing acting and exaggeration on the pitch , but how the fuck is that not a penalty ? It seems I can sympathize a bit with the roll over lads after this , you won’t get anything by being honest.

Danny
Danny

Still can’t see all the players on mobile. Should be simple css tweak???

Araj Raza
Araj Raza

Don’t know if this will happen but really looking forward to at least seeing Lacazette in the wider role and Aubameyang up front (even if just to see how it works).
At the very least it will help Ozil’s game a lot having a fast forward that is always looking to break in behind.

jon

Holding was not bad, but he is treated too nicely here, I think. He lost the sprint against Isaac Success flat-out, which should have been a goal for them.

WallyT
WallyT

Yeah, a sprint even the best would lose. Success is quite pacy and robust but he didn’t call for offfside did he? He kept chasing and chasing

A Different George
A Different George

Of course most centre halfs would lose a sprint with Success. But an experienced defender would never have been in that position; it was, plain and simple, terrible defending–but it did not matter in the end. And that was my point: no one focuses on mistakes that make no difference to the result if you like the player. If you dislike him, it proves he is shit and we were lucky that the opponent missed a sitter (or the keeper made a great save, etc.).

A Different George
A Different George

Holding is often treated too nicely because people–including me–like his spirit and attitude. I’ve said this before: if you go back and look at the FA Cup final against Chelsea, we all remember how he wound up Diego Costa, and nothing could be better than that. But he made a lot of mistakes and, if not for an absolutely inspired game by Mertesacker to cover for those mistakes, that is what we would be remembering.

I think he will become a very good centre-half but, right now, he is not there.

RosaLegend
RosaLegend

When Mustafi picks up a yellow not for a tackle, you know he’ll have a rough day. Overal a strange one, especially for the midfield. Iwobi really revitalized that. And Monreal is amazingly consistent although he’s playing all the time. Keep this train rolling Unai!

Wild bill
Wild bill

Four games until we play Liverpool. Really need to sort this high line out as I don’t think they’ll miss the chances where we step up without pressure on the ball. Everton and Watford cut through us with alarming ease.

WallyT
WallyT

Just don’t really understand why Ozil is being played out of position to accommodate Ramsey, he’s been below party all season. Mustafi, don’t get me started, Holding, arguably our best performer today. Really can’t understand why this guy looks total rubbish sometimes, maybe he just needed some real competition with the assurance that selection will be totally based on merit. Yes, under wenger he played but, no matter how well or bad he plays, he was never thought of as a starter. Now, at least he thinks he can compete and that’s just all he needs.

Afobaba
Afobaba

An improvement in the defense line two clean sheet in the league

Tim Brennan
Tim Brennan

Tony gale is such a twat

Tayo
Tayo

Toreira is showing that he’s a good addition to the squad.