Arsenal made it eight wins out of eight as three first time goalscorers, Sokratis, Emile Smith Rowe, and Matteo Guendouzi, gave us a 3-0 win over Qarabag in Baku this evening.

Read the report and see the goals here.

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VikingGooner
VikingGooner

Expected win, but nevertheless delightful. The Arsenal had a few shaky moments, especially in the first half, but all in all a good game.

Ram
Ram

“Few” shaky moments..
Mate are you taking the piss? Leno Pulled of a 10/10 this match to spare our bushes.Could’ve easily been another 8-2.Emery looks like the wrong candidate so far imo.Look at Sarri at Chelsea if you disagree.Should’ve gone for arteta or even Brendan.

Wengers Smirk
Wengers Smirk

What bushes? “Could’ve easily been another 8-2”. Excellent analysis.

McGuns
McGuns

Don’t think you actually watched the game mate..

Handbrakes
Handbrakes

Leaping from a 3-0 victory to continue our 8 match winning streak to calling for Emery to go and be replaced by Brendan Rodgers was ambitious, but you did it, congratulations.

Onenil
Onenil

Ram = Troll

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Too bad I love the bushes!! oops I’m blushing now..

Peter Lukats
Peter Lukats

Don’t feed the troll.

GooneerJust
GooneerJust

Cleansheet with convincing scoreline is always welcomed. We still have homework on the defensive side, but at the very least we know we have agood goal keeper who can save us points. Happy for the youngsters with the goals, although wellbeck wellbecked his golden chance. Let be prepared for Sunday guys….

Hantal
Hantal

Are there any officianados of german football able to identify the difference between bundesliga team of the year Kolasinac and ours?

Confidence is an obvious one

Trez
Trez

He was a wing back and not an LB. He’s a poor defender. I said it on here when he was first signed. Convert him to a winger or a CB. He isn’t a good LB.

HaK
HaK

Why would you convert a player who is poor at defending into a CB?

Chamakhyungpark
Chamakhyungpark

Ah yes, the classic am I a wing or center-back conundrum.

utk
utk

Hopefully he gets better with more uninterrupted game time but in saying that really hope Monreal’s injury isn’t too nasty

Timsh
Timsh

I don’t remember him being this bad at simple stuff in terms of defending. But then again I didn’t watch every Schalke game and mostly remember the good stuff, i.e. loads of assists and a few long-range screamers. Probably doesn’t help that he is injured so often.
In terms of positioning and turning I thought he was poor yesterday. Looked like he played there for the first time. Going forwwrd I like him a lot though.

Hantal
Hantal

The silence after the goal was amazing, I thought it must have been called offside but turns out we just had no fans in the stadium (I’m sure there were some)

Martin
Martin

Reports I read said about 200 were there. F

Vonnie
Vonnie

I think there were some from Iran among those watching the Arsenal live. Glad that they got to see a win. and it’s unlikely that a couple of hundred Gooners in a stadium of 60,000 would be heard however loud they were!

Eboué’s stepovers.
Eboué’s stepovers.

Imagine travelling all the way to Baku so that you can be on your phone for the entire game. DT- you are a colossal twat.

Mc1892
Mc1892

Who’s DT?

Le Jim
Le Jim

It’s better you don’t know.

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

Dohn Terry

Bob
Bob

He’s the guy that looks like Cam off Tracy breaker

Burn Baby Burn
Burn Baby Burn

“what a magic”

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Ah that moment in the 58th minute (I believe) when Ozil tried a dribble was dispossessed extremely easily & just stood there despite the fact we were outnumbered defensively.

Or that other moment when pretty much through on goal decides to pass it to their defender & then have the audacity to have a go at one of our players.

The guy gets 0.5 from me, it was obvious as fuck he didn’t want to play.

Ditch the Blue
Ditch the Blue

From the Arseblog live commentary:
65
Sub: Smith Rowe off, Ozil on.
Agenda?

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

Sorry 68th minute, knobulis

btw
btw

Knobulis? If that means what I’m thinking then, ha ha!

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Agreed, he was piss poor. Watching him at the Watford game I was eating my words ( I’ve been calling for him to be shipped to China) as he was impeccable. Solid in the challenges, excellent distribution and even dribbled passed players. But yesterday I saw the Ozil of the past 2 years. Easy to dispossesed, throwing his arms in the air to no avail, wrong decision making. I really hope Unai can bring the Ozil from Watford as he was outstanding and made me shut up. And I like to shut up when I’m not talking.

Lance banner
Lance banner

Surely a 10/10 for the qarabag defender calling for offsides on sokratis goal as he stands on the goal line.

Nathan
Nathan

Skhodran of Qarabag!

PersonFace
PersonFace

Sounds like the most terrifying lieutennant in the orc army. But every now and then he somehow stabs himself in the balls.

Trez
Trez

Iwobi was my MOTM. He’s playing with a lot of confidence. Still not as smooth as he was when he made his debut for us. I’m confident he’ll be a starter by the end of the season.
Leno was good as well. We say some of the good things about him.

Jack
Jack

Elneny playing on the right wing was the most bizarre thing

Gooner
Gooner

Monreal not injured, confirmed by emery. Just tactical switch.

jon

Arseblog is a little kind to everybody tonight. In particular, I think Kolasinac, Lichtsteiner and Elneny were very rusty, probably for lack of match time. Torreira is not very good at this “play out from behind”-thing. He does not make himself sufficiently visible to hard pressed team mates (he is not the only sinner in this respect, however).

But Iwobi is the Lazarus of the season, and Özil was VERY good when he came on. Guendouzi and Smith-Rowe are going to be fantastic for Arsenal.

All in all well managed from Emery: When the meagre winter sets in, we are going to need all hands on deck. It was important to give the bench match training and the result was brilliant.

Mesut’s ozil
Mesut’s ozil

I agree about Elneny not being great. Blogs was quite accurate about Lichtsteiner, and giving Kola the benefit of the doubt is fair (though I’m still not sure about him).

Completely disagree with your views on Torreira. We play out much better when he’s on. Cb’s go wide, he drops in between them and makes the turn. He’s probably the most press-resistant player we have. Also miles better with the ball than Elneny, and more progressive with his passing.

I thought Welbeck was pretty poor today. His movement as the lone striker left a lot to be desired. Didn’t pull defenders away with his off-the-ball runs, and was poorly positioned for much of the game.

Unless Welbeck will be used out wide, I don’t think we’ll miss him. Also wouldn’t be surprised if Elneny is sold. As much as I like our industrious Egyptian, I don’t think his style of play suits this team anymore. Would have loved seeing AMN (if he was fit) in his place today. Think he would have been a better option.

santori
santori

Agree.

Except Ozil. Over complicated things at times and not sufficiently committed when challenging for the ball.

He needs to step up to justify the salary still. He can be much better.

And Elneny. Don’t think its just rust, its about where he is in terms of capability.

Dat guy
Dat guy

Did the kit manager forget the white shorts at home?

Reincheque
Reincheque

The red shorts look hideous..

Hantal
Hantal

My wife pointed out the very obvious bulges in the fashionably tight shorts.

santori
santori

Awful. Can’t wait till Puma contract is up.

Not sure why we can’t wear first kit. PLUS our kit is iconic, there should be no reason to tinker too much (first kit at least)

A Different George
A Different George

Interesting different perceptions. I didn’t see the match, relied on The Guardian’s minute-by-minute. From that, it appeared that Kolasinac had a very strong game, very instrumental in many of our attacks, that Iwobi and Smith-Rowe were both very good, that Monreal and especially Lichsteiner had big defensive problems. I’ll watch it tomorrow and try to keep an open mind.

Mc1892
Mc1892

I agree with Monreal and Lichsteiner, though the latter showed some very intelligent use of his body to retain possession on a fair few occasions. If he can impart some of his game management and decision making on bellerin’s physical attributes we could have a helluva fullback. Kolasinac had some nice moments but he was repeatedly caught out by the same simple if nicely executed diagonal ball (I counted four or five at least) over his head, which really you should wise up to pretty quickly. Thought holding was comfortably our best defender, seems to have gained a couple of yards of pace too. Welbeck was disappointing, his miss when lacazette set him up late on was quite something.

Jon

Welbeck’s miss was a return to first season a-tenth-of-a-second-too-eager Welbeck. You could see him scolding himself afterwords. I think he is an elegant and galant player and wish him the calm and command his striker role requires.

Mc1892
Mc1892

I think we sadly must all accept he’s never gonna get there and just take him for what he is now!

santori
santori

Still useful to keep till next summer IMO.

gunner smith
gunner smith

Beating this team aint a big deal. A win is still a win nevertheless.Hopefully
the gunners can go on a sustained unbeaten run to fight for 4th place.
The gunners have qualified many times for the cl with Wenger but often
fizzled out .The worst was getting destroyed by BM 5-1 twice. Criminal.
That was because the fm didn’t bother about the defence.
Hopefully Emery being a Europa winner knows what it takes to stiffen the defence.

santori
santori

Considering we were against Qarabag…we made heavy weather of it.

Still in context, Emery was experimenting with a 3-4-3. BUT we never really looked comfortable as a collective even after we switched back to a back 4.

1) Leno – I thought he did very well. A couple of very important stops. We’ve been plagued with crosses whipped in and he could have perhaps come out for one or two of them but overall it was the right thing to start him and keep him sharp at this point.

2) Lichsteiner – HAd some tough moments. The Qarabag lads were quite obviously a bag of tricks and once they recovered from the initial shock of our wingbacks (and conceding the first goal) they gained confidence and gave our fullbacks the run around.

3) Sokratis – Largely solid but on another day if it were Mustafi, questions would be asked if he could be tighter here and there blocking shots or why he misplaced a pass back into danger. Still he’s take charge attitude is a plus and he pushed forward for us in one instance leading the way. We could really leverage on his experience and I for one do not half mind him handed the captain’s arm band if anything to organise us better.

4) Holding – Decent outing if we were still troubled despite 5 at the back. One issue perhaps is we ceded plenty of midfield sitting deeper with the back 5 so it was not entirely the back line at issue.

5) Kolasinac – To cut him a bit of slack, just recently returned from long lay off. Some good work going forward but slow to react on a number of occasions to runs into the box from Qarabag. Lucky to get the Ref’s call for the shirt tug when overcomplicating things trying to clear in our box second half.

6)Monreal – I suppose Emery risked his involvement with Kolasinac returned to fold. Was solid for us in back 3 but clearly the experiment carried its own issues and Emery switched back to the straight 4 after the half.

7) Guendouzi – A lot of running for the lad with the lighter midfield in first half. Made the wrong choices on the break a couple of times second half before bagging his well taken goal. What I like about him is he will run at and engage players through midfield.

8) Elneny – OK performance but the midfield really looked stretched and full of gapes between him and Guendouzi first half.

9) Iwobi – MOTM. Struggled a bit as he was compressed into the middle somewhat first half bc of our formation with wingbacks. BUT drove us forward better second half when we switched to a back 4 and he ate up a lot of real estate acting as an outlet for us and pushing us forward with his runs. One superb moment when he turned 3 Qarabag players to put a cross in. Also yet another assist to add up to 4 now for season.

10) Smith Rowe- He’s not afraid to run at players from the right. Cut in several times from there in first half to very good effect. Always full of energy and showed great composure to nutmeg their keeper for his goal.

11) Welbeck – Touch needs to be better. Had a great chance second half and needed to take another touch into the box closer but skied it.

12) Torreira – Came on to shore things up a bit and push Elneny forward to foray for the ball higher up but we did not seem any more secure even after the tactical switch.

13) Ozil – A couple of half hearted attempts to challenge for the ball. Some good opportunities including one in which he should have shot but instead conspired to over-complicate and then mis-passed the ball.

14) Lacazette – Always a good creative hub when he comes on and holds the ball up well for us again serving as an important node.

Overall, still as much issues without Mustafi as with.

Way too many chances for them, and had they had more quality in finishing, we could have been in trouble.

I mentioned before that the issues go beyond the Cbacks. Too many gaps today as a unit.

santori
santori

We’re seeing a change of guard with the Brit core (which was already evolving with Wenger last season)

Gone Walcott, the Ox, Jack prob soon Ramsey.

Coming in – SmithRowe, Holding, AMN, Nelson (when back from loan)

undecided as yet -Chambers and Welbeck.

Plus – Iwobi and Bellerin are Academy products so somewhat part of the local product line.

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

Emile Smith Rowe.
I love the name, I like the player.

Nothing further.

Sheekiz
Sheekiz

Champion/10 for Sokratis. On the TV coverage, did anyone else notice him signal his teammates to go over to the away fans to thank them after the final whistle?

Stateside Gooner
Stateside Gooner

Keep it up lads!!!!! 8 in a row!

Monkey knees
Monkey knees

Is anyone else insanely excited about Smith-Rowe and Guendouzi!? I honestly feel that these two will be what Wikshere and Ramsey (and im a huuuge Ramsey fan) promised to be for so long… I’ve not seen this type of composure on the ball for a decade or so. Awesome ballers, already. Plus, props to Elneny; soooo underrated by a lot of Gooners, but such a strong player. Does his job, every time…

Nameless gunner
Nameless gunner

Elneny is alright.. but sometimes he thinks he’s Ozil

Cechmate
Cechmate

At one point, when Guen lost the ball I was almost mad at him but when you see him, you know that he cares with all his life. He ran like a man possessed – even during the dying moments of the game, even though he was out of breath he ran from our box to theirs and was doubled over.

These 2 kids are really promising and I hope they turn into superstars for us. I hope both of them learn quickly and are given time by our fans until then.

Monkey knees
Monkey knees

Is anyone else slightly in love with ESR, Iwobi and Gendouzi right now?

DyGooner
DyGooner

Thought ratings were fair, had the same for most of them except for Elneny and Kolasinac I thought they were poor wouldn’t rate them more than a 4!

Donald's Trump
Donald's Trump

Bonus Rating: 5 bazillion/10 for Santi’s 96th minute equaliser

Gabe
Gabe

Too much weed is not good for you.

DB10**
DB10**

Surely 0/10 for that all red outfit. Ugh.

Medium Mozart
Medium Mozart

Thought I’d hate it more than I do tbh.

chopper4001
chopper4001

Leno, Papa, Holding and Iwobi excellent. Everyone else, not so much.

Robbie
Robbie

ESR better than Iwobi? He scored a goal but made mistakes and lost the ball several times especially in the first half (look at the pass to Monreal). Leno and Iwobi were the best performers of the night imo.

MrBure

Iwobi has an assist, played an excellent game by your own account, and he gets a 7?

Toni
Toni

These avatars though