Arsenal made it through to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup with a 2-1 win at the Emirates over Blackpool. Stephan Lichtsteiner and Emile Smith Rowe put the Gunners 2-0 up before Matteo Guendouzi saw red. Paudie O’Connor pulled one back for the visitors but he was later sent off himself for a foul on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Unai Emery’s team saw out the win.

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Pedant
Pedant

Jenks was great. Smith Rowe too.

Referee less so.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

also think 6 was quite a harsh rating for Jenks. Had more than “a hand” in the second and was pretty solid defensively considering he hasn’t played at that level for ages and played on the wrong side. Grandpa will be proud tonight.

BidOnLard
BidOnLard

Yup, Jenks was always a danger being out of position, muscled his way through. Impressive given how Licht was on that position recently despite the lower opposition here. Get in there, lad!

Tinygiant
Tinygiant

That level? It was against a league 1 team. Just saying.

GoonerJust
GoonerJust

Jenk’s penetration from the left was outstanding, although his left footed crosses were not ideal, but surely took part for Emile’s goal. I really really like to see him playing on the right.

Anthony Hylton
Anthony Hylton

Don’t agree about Smith Rowe. All he did was play it sideways. He looked at the level of the opposition. His goal makes it seem like he had a great game. When you compare the fact he is the same age as Nelson and Guendonzi i don’t see what the fuss is about with this kid.

Jenkinson was a willing runner getting forward and had a steady game which I do agree with you on.

1993
1993

He’s a late bloomer, slowly gaining confidence. Give him time.
I read somewhere that Ivan Rakitic (also a late bloomer) was in the youth system. Seems to me like we kept the wrong Ivan.

Jack
Jack

That Jenks run on the outside of Welbeck for the second goal was fireeee

NW Gooner
NW Gooner

Pleguezelo’s visage (or lack thereof) is quite unsettling!

Gooner Sam
Gooner Sam

It was the guys first competitive start, not sure how much you can read into his performance other than a solid outing

Petit Pont
Petit Pont

Not sure if I’m missing something here, but I think NW Gooner is referring to the lack of facial features on the caricature of Pleggy & is not a critique of his performance.

Billy Enfield
Billy Enfield

Well, and to think that Blog rated Jenks and Mustafi with 6 and the new defender with 7???
What have you got against Mustafi, Blog? Is it because he’s the only one player we’ve got that throws himself about and puts his body on the line just so he can block the shots towards our goal??????

Gudang Bedil
Gudang Bedil

The ref’s name is Willy Wanker.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

something’s not quite right with the grammar of the bonus rating.

Darkloom
Darkloom

I think I see what you did there.

WellArsed
WellArsed

A scrappy game that was quite hard to watch. Still, an important win. Still puzzling about where the 6 minutes of extra time came from – that and the easy cards made me wonder if the ref was a championship fan. I still don’t know his name either.

GraeB
GraeB

Ref was D. Coote (not a spelling mistake whatever you may think of him!) – in 7 games this season (2 PL) he has given 18 yellows and 1 red before tonight. Last season in 36 games he managed 145 yellows and 5 reds. In total he has reffed 281 games (mainly Championship and below) and dished out a mighty 936 yellows and 39 reds.

I think he just hates footballers!

Stats courtesy of Transfermarkt.

WellArsed
WellArsed

Wow, that’s quite some track record! Makes you wonder if he’s found the right vocation.

A Different George
A Different George

Not sure 145 yellow cards in 36 games is much higher than typical–four yellows per match, which seems pretty common in a Prem match. (Not defending these particular cards.)

KingKolo
KingKolo

Apparently Mkhi should have stamped his authority on this one but the Welsh Jesus did some nice things and gets half a mark more. It’s all opinion but with Auba not scoring highly either this was a game the main players were not raising themselves for.

mdr227
mdr227

Really should have had an easier time with them given we were playing at home and the experienced lineup we had (mixed in with some young players of course), but a win is a win. Cech definitely did not do himself any favors in trying to win his starting spot back

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

I’m rooting for you, Julio. You’ve been written off, but always looked more than decent at u23s.
Really sad about Eddie. I suspect he’s going to be hankering for a move soon.

Mistafi
Mistafi

What about Eddie again?

Nick
Nick

Classic arseblog assessment regarding Ramsey. “Some nice moments but never got on top of the things in midfield” after ninety-plus minutes against a League One side at the Emirates. Brilliant.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Im glad the Ramsey bias is there for all to see.

Devlin
Devlin

What is a good Ramsey performance like? What does it consist of, outside of goals? What does he really bring to the table that a striker doesn’t? Are goals a logical measurement for the game of a Central Midfielder? Why is such a good player always complimented about how he never hides?What about positioning, passing, tackling, intercepting, transitioning play, dribbling and ball control? Is he good at any of those?

He has moments, like the winning goals in the 2 FA Cups. Does anyone remember what he did in the rest of the FA Cup campaigns other than scoring the winning goals? He is just like Bale, they come in after everyone has put the team in a great position and put the finishing touch by stealing the show in the final. Bale has Champions League final goals, but what did has he done to get Real to the finals?

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Ramsey is a myth. A decent footballer who is looked at as world class for some reason. Ramsey did fuck all in both finals too. Yes i will forever love him for the winners but go and watch both games he was awful. Cant remember the last time he had a good half let alone 90mins. That season next to Arteta was so good but now just a distant memory.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

I’d question that season myself.
For one, his purple patch was for half of it, but even then a few of us would ask “outside of the goals, he didn’t play well” but would get shut down with “DO NOT QUESTION THE WELSH JESUS”.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

And yet the ultimate myth, Ozil, is lauded all day long by hipster buffoons who think it’s chic to stick up for his incompetent performances.

Devlin
Devlin

206 games played.
41 goals scored.
72 assists made.
Arsenal average of 1 key pass every 34 minutes.
Fastest player to 50 assists in premier league history.
Most prolific chance creator in the premier league when played at #10.
Most consecutive games with an assist at 7 games in a row.
All of this without a world class goalscorer at Arsenal playing ahead of him for the majority of his time here.

Ozil doesn’t have fan boys, or at least I am not one. What I refuse to do is blindly criticize a unique player without trying to understand his pros and cons, his role and what coaches see in him. Watching Ozil has taught me to look beyond body language, to utilize stats and team tactics alongside what I see with my eyes to judge players. No hipster and I don’t see it as chic to praise Ozil, his numbers say he deserves it. Do you have any stats to prove he doesn’t? Or are you just gonna keep claiming inconsistency without proof?

A Different George
A Different George

I agree with you completely about Ozil, but you don’t need to tear down Ramsey to believe that. Ramsey is a very good player (no, not in the same class as Ozil). I hate the narrative that Ramsey never hides and Ozil disappears, because it is just a lazy excuse not to watch what is actually happening–but it is a little silly to take the contrary position, that Ramsey’s energy, engine, and goals are irrelevant.

Devlin
Devlin

Ramsey is my biggest regret as an Arsenal fan in terms of a talented player not reaching his potential. I loved Diaby, but he was held back by his injuries. Ramsey has had injuries but he stil averages more than 20 games a season in his Arsenal career.

I put his current plight down to him and Arsene. Ramsey because he lost what made him such a good player. Ramsey had his 13/14 season and let the hype of his attacking play get to his head and he forgot that he actually put up defensive stats that matched Arturo Vidal at Juventus. Ramsey was the top all-round midfielder in Europe. His tackling stats were amazing, he was the cleanest tackler in the team. That season, we conceded more than 70% of our goals in 8 games, that means he was part of a very solid Arsenal side defensively, except in those few games. He was part of a very consistent Arsenal side defensively. He did the work that his midfield partner couldn’t. He did all of that while using his engine effectively on both sides of the ball.

No player in Europe has yet to match his overall stats from that season. Can you say Ramsey is the same player? Has he developed his defensive skills and positional awareness? Ramsey has made himself indescribable, because he has neglected so many midfield attributes and has only developed his attacking play. Arsene once described him as Roy Keane but more creative, and he showed that by playing alongside Arteta who is like Scholes. Can we say Ramsey’s name anywhere alongside Keane now?

Ramsey should have also been told or ordered to be disciplined by Arsene, and I think he did tell him but Ramsey never listened and yet still continued to be played. Arsene did come out and ask Ramsey to not forget the basics more than once in public, so I doubt he wouldn’t have already told him in private.

Ramsey will leave and go to another side where he will be accountable for his performances. He will work harder because he won’t be a senior player as yet or a player with influence, and he will get back to the basics. Ramsey will do well wherever he goes if given time to acclimatize, but he will not improve at Arsenal. Ramsey and Wilshere, not Ozil, were Arsene’s favourites and he always had time for them. They knew they would play, no matter what they did. They were played until they got into form, sometimes to the detriment of the team.

I love Ramsey, I am just disappointed that he has turned himself into a striker who starts from deeper instead of pushing to improve his overall game. He got away with a lot because he scored, but we also concede a lot with him in midfield now. Xhaka and Ozil are jumped on for their defending but somehow Ramsey get away, because he runs a lot.

A Different George
A Different George

Okay, I think a lot of what you say here is right. I still don’t like the shorthand versions, which are oversimplified (like your last sentence); he’s almost never as bad as people say. But maybe I have convinced myself too often to see the possibility that Ramsey holds instead of the reality –maybe he’s almost never as good as I hope.

jay salhi
jay salhi

What goals? Ramsey averages about 5 per season. If he actually scored a lot of goals, he’d be worth keeping.

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Good to see Maitland niles back much needed backup for Torreira and competition for Xhaxa and Guendouzi. Jenko looked better than ever before. I have seen Kola and Lichtsteiner play worse against comparable opponents. Mhki and Ramsey were shocking. There is no excuse for not being able to impose yourself on a game at home to lower league opposition while trying to get into the first 11 against Liverpool .

renaissancerosicky
renaissancerosicky

Didn’t watch until Iwobi came on, but if putting him on the right is such an issue playing him with Ozil works out — as it is, our three behind the striker swap positions throughout the game. I can see him and Ozil operating well out of the n.10 and wide right positions. Can’t recall which game but they probably have done so already, Palace being a game where it didn’t quite come off, along with most of our game.
For me though Iwobi being less effective on the left is kind of a non issue. By that logic, Aubameyang ought to be playing up top, but this season (and the last) has clearly told us that he’s actually more effective for us on the left, where he’s technically “out of position”. Also, coming on with a second string side with a player sent off against Blackpool where we’re looking to close the game out may not be the best scenario to judge suitability?

Liked Matteo’s game despite the cards. He’s great to watch in games like these where his confidence on the ball shines through and we get to compare him to players not at the PL level.

Also, 100% agreed on the bonus rating.

Nacho Man
Nacho Man

Using Aubameyang is a silly example considering he spent the vast majority of his senior career playing LW and only convert to the striker role 3-4 seasons ago.

santori
santori

1) Cech – Clearly ball at feet is problematic for him. Attempted dribble nearly ended in blushes. Could have been more commanding coming out for that ball that led to their goal maybe….well, he’s just back from injury.

2) Lichsteiner – He’s no nonsense isn’t he. Better today (but of course taking into account opposition). Great poach for the goal. Takes no prisoners.

3) Mustafi – Assured today and was tasked with playing ball out of the back. Got attracted to the ball alittle for their goal but probably right to challenge for that. Issue more who we had behind him.

4) Pleguezuelo – Surprise start. Did decent I thought. No panic, nothing untoward. Good for him.

5) Jenkinson – Should be able to handle this level of opposition. Good run down the line (plus luck) that led to our goal for Smith-Rowe but tends to be predictable and does not look up when crossing. Still at least an option to play (if unplanned at start of season)

6) Guendouzi – He was having a great game for us bossing the midfield and his passing from deep was excellent. Pity about the moment of naivity. Clearly taking notes from Sokratis to be cynical but wrong place wrong time and in front of wrong ref.

7) Ramsey – Did OK. Deeper midfield is not his forte.

8) Smith-Rowe – Another goal for the lad. Decent display if dissipated somewhat in second half particularly after our sending off.

9) Mhkitaryan – Some good moments and some good control. We never really got totally in sync today. Thought passing could have been a bit more incisive and quicker but we were understandably cautious second half to retain the ball having fallen the man short. Good stress test for the lads in that regard.

10) AMN – I thought we should have played him Lback in lieu of potential need for him this weekend but maybe one of the two stalwarts is close to available enough. He has great recovery pace which may prove useful against Liverpuddle. BUT put in wide area in midfield, had a decent game. Did not get enough opportunities to be served the ball with his runs behind the defense.

11) Welbeck – Plenty of power and pace, touch was OK but needed to be better.

12) Torreira – Understandably brought in to solidify midfield for us. Torreira did a reasonable job but we really miss the sort of control and ability to play out of the back that Santi once gave us.

13) Iwobi – Likewise brought in to provide some hold up play on the wide areas. Again, still a bit of a miss today but he does bring that wide area threat we need.

14) Auba – That female lineswoman is eagle eyed. Otherwise the offside calls were close and we had 2 or 3 which Auba would have tucked away. Its the next match that’s important though.

Onwards

I AM ARSENAL
I AM ARSENAL

Ramsey was shit..And his best season was alongside Arteta which was basically what he failed at today.._and ever since tbh.

Tristian Beale
Tristian Beale

Bit harsh he will be gone in the summer. I don’t see why everyone hates him.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

She’s much better than the male lineswomen.

Reincheque
Reincheque

Did anyone notice how infrequently the ball was passed back to Cech (or as he is known on Bein Sport 3, “Petra Setch”) in the first half, and how awful things looked in the second half when that tactic was employed in the second half? It’s not just the fact that Cech is crap with the ball at his feet, it’s the fact that his teammates know is. And yet…

And when the backs lose composure and panic, the default Plan B seems to be “I know what to do – I’ll do a shit in me pants, that’ll work…”

Unsanitary… 🙂

Reincheque
Reincheque

Two second halves as well…

Anthony Hylton
Anthony Hylton

I wouldn’t even say Cech is crap with the ball at his feet. He doesn’t move into positions is the real problem. If you watch Leno everytime he passes the ball out the back he runs to receive it whereas Cech stands still so then when opposing players attack he is stationery and can’t move his feet quick enough.

Reincheque
Reincheque

So it’s a “thing”. He puts himself under pressure and his teammates don’t help his cause. I’m much happier with Leno in many respects, but principally his greater assuredness with the ball at his feet.

Hustle6
Hustle6

Guendouzi started everything we did going forward.
Was creative and everywhere and got the assist. We will miss him for Liverpool.

Ramsey tried to perform a midfield distribution type of role and did ok but nothing special.

Let’s hope he studies guendouzi’s performance ahead of Liverpool.

TechBatty
TechBatty

Guendouzi looked every bit of why Arsenal decided they didn’t need to pay Ramsey’s wage demands. They don’t do the same thing – Guendouzi fits into the team and does what we’ve wanted / needed Ramsey to do for years, but he clearly can’t / won’t. Ramsey isn’t a bad footballer, but he doesn’t fit.