Arsenal won their 11th game in succession thanks to a 77th minute goal from Danny Welbeck which gave Unai Emery’s men a 1-0 victory over Sporting in Lisbon this evening. It means the Gunners now top Group E on 9 points and a win over the Portuguese side at the Emirates next month will ensure we go through to the knock-out stages as group winners.

Read the report and see the goals here.

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Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

6’s all around except Guendouzi who was easily our best player.

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

I think it was Welbz, who scored 2 goals and worked his arse off as always. But Guendouzi was really good, too. Also think at least the both center backs deserve better than 6’s. Apart from that Sokratis moment in the first half they were really solid.

eternalflamini
eternalflamini

Our midfield, from looking sparse as fuck at the start of the season, is starting to look quite tasty. Our summer transfer window is starting to look better and better with every game.

Lobster
Lobster

Agreed.
Its unbelievable how good our recruitment has been recently. The ability of Torreira and Guendouzi with an average age of 20 and cost of 15million is amazing, Leno cost way less than Kepla, Alisson and Ederson but has (at the very least) not looked inferior to any of them in any respect … Sokratis looking like a steal, but that may be mitigated by his age … Auba and Laca looking the far superior options to the other two recent big money signings in Lukaku and Morata but cost a good 20 – 25 million less. Spectacular business being done by Arsenal both on and off the pitch.

Nketibag
Nketibag

Sven Mislintat: golden eye

Danny
Danny

Admittedly not this window but Rob Holding at £2m is looking like a tidy bit of bidness too.

Almọnd
Almọnd

I like me some good bidness

Irrational Gunner

How good are Torreira and Guendouzi going to be in coming years with more league(s) experience? Even Leno has more upside, and the Auba/Laca connection is really just getting starting. One part of the new administration that looks to be hitting on all cylinders.

Reality check
Reality check

Lukaku and Morata are younger and have resale value.

utkarsh
utkarsh

Morata is 1 year younger than Lacazette and if he resells for the amount chelsea paid for him then hats off

Ebo
Ebo

I feel we tend to credit ‘transfer window business’ too much and forget to acknowledge the player development side. You just have to look at Bellerin and Iwobi to see what a difference a coaching staff makes, if they were still under late-era Wenger (who was obviously a brilliant player developer back in his hayday) it could be we’d be saying very different things about our new acquisitions, thankfully Emery and his team seem to be doing superbly on that front.

Don Cazorleone
Don Cazorleone

But never forget, Santori would swap them all for Mahrez because fuck Dortmund 🤦🏻‍♂️

Nameless gunner
Nameless gunner

5 goals for welbs this season.. useful fucking player! Worryingly contact situation isn’t being talked ..

Nameless gunner
Nameless gunner

Contract*

AnonymousGun
AnonymousGun

More then Lukaku and Sanchez combined lol.

Remember that tool leave because he wanted CL games? He cant even get PL minutes nowadays.

renaissancerosicky
renaissancerosicky

The game was pedestrian at times, but good to win nonetheless. Always nice to nick one off a mistake and grind out a 1-0. And Torreira! Love him. Already worried about what happens if he gets injured.

Also, wondering about Ramsey. Quite an indifferent performance. His oscillating form persists, I still don’t find him reliable. Quite alright with the contract situation. Lovely goal of course, but like a lot of what he does you never know if it’s going to come off. Part of his appeal I suppose, as Blogs mentioned in the pod, but it’s not worked for me for a while, likeable player that he is.

Lucas Sam
Lucas Sam

Shhh the injury gods may be listening

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Ramsey was always at his best when he played regularly in central midfield with a partner he is used to for some time. He’s someone who has to play himself into form and that’s hard if you’re in and out and play in different positions with different partners each time. Have the feeling we won’t find out but I’d like to see him and Torreira in central midfield with Özil in front of them. Probably a bit risky against top 6 sides but against smaller teams -especially at home – I’d really like to see that. I don’t think that Ramsey and Özil can’t play together. Ramsey is a very mobile player who’s runs from deep into the box are ideal for someone with Mesut’s vision and also it would open spaces for the likes of Auba and Laka when Rambo occupies center backs with his runs. Understand the ”double 6” (even though Xhaka is not a defensive midfielder but he plays pretty deep) he playing at the moment, as we still seem to be a bit headless in defense from time to time but as I think Torreira is very well equipped to dictate the game from deep with his passing when we have the ball, I don’t see the need for him and Xhaka against certain teams and then I’d be really curious how a Rambo / Torreira pertnership would look like. Remember how good Rambo was alongside Arteta. And Torreira has Arteta’s passing quality plus the defensive aggressiveness and the legs that Arteta unfortunately didn’t had.

Abhi
Abhi

My opinion, I think playing Ramsey alongside Torriera won’t work because that will leave the latter with just too much to do, too much space to cover and will therefore stunt his own game. Honestly, in a personal level, considering the goals he’s scored for us, the things he’s won for us, the fact he’s been there since he was so young, that he ditched ManUntd for us, has been loyal, my love for Rambo is so much more than Xhaka. But I think Xhaka needs to be in the team. Ramsey’s strength is his heart (which I love), and his ability to run through the Midfield into goal scoring positions. But his weaknesses are quite obvious, he’s technically not a great dribbler, passer, he isn’t good at retaining possession (and by this I mean for a truly top class premier league and European side, he is not good enough to be an 8 nor a 10), nor is he pacy. THAT season when he was on fire was just a spell in which the guy couldn’t miss! Everything he touched turned to gold that season. But that isn’t true anymore. He misses, and it’s that simple really. When you run out of the Midfield, leave a big hole, but score, you’re a hero. When you miss, you’re basically a player who has turned indisciplined and become a liability to the side on the counter. But it’s catch 22 in that if he just stays put, stays disciplined, then he’s not a dangerous player anymore. Moreover, during THAT season, all we had upfront was Giroud, so it made sense for Ramsey to run through and try and score a goal. Now we have the firepower of Laca, Auba, and a seemingly renewed and incredibly fit Welbz, so taking that kind of risk which leaves us exposed seems almost unnecessary now. Just feeling the risk of playing Ramsey when he plays his strengths, isn’t worth the reward anymore. Good player, good lad, great heart, and I love him for all that he’s done for the club, but does he have the qualities as a 6 or 8 or 10 to take this team to the next level? No.. Is he good enough to warrant Mesut ozil level wages? No..But can he add something to our side this season? Yes.. So I see it just as that. He’s a player who will do good for us, score some important goals, get some important assists, this season. Next season he will not be here, but won’t be a great loss. Should we have sold him last summer? Yes if that money had been reinvested immediately. But there was no assurance of that anyway. How many times has our club apparently had a large transfer kitty and not bought anybody? And how many times have we been suddenly pleasantly shocked that we out of the blue went and bought someone? (Auba being the most recent example). I know it’s kinda stupid of me, but Arsenal transfers feel to me, like they don’t follow the simple general logic of ‘we sold players, we have money, let us buy’. I don’t feel like there’s any relation at all between the sale of Ramsey and the purchase of a new player. The latter will happen (or not happen, who the fk knows with Arsenal right?!) regardless of the former, if past trend is anything to go by.

A Fleeting Glimpse
A Fleeting Glimpse

Ramsey one killer pass. 😂😂😂😂😂

Zeus
Zeus

Ineffectual or anonymous. I was watching the live blog and maybe I missed something, but apart from the line-ups pre-game, I can’t recall Aaron even being mentioned until something like the 80th minute.

jackjackjack
jackjackjack

The pass map from the match was interesting. He was one of the most involved players.

Link: https://www.reddit.com/r/Gunners/comments/9rix1r/arsenals_passmap_against_sporting_11tegen11/

Zeus
Zeus

Ineffectual it is then.

jackjackjack
jackjackjack

You didn’t even watch the match, mate. Why are you even commenting?

Chiza
Chiza

Lichstenier-5
Ramsey-5
Mikhitaryan-4
Elneny-4
Sokratis-6
Xhaka-7
Aubameyang-6
Holding-6
Torriera-7
Leno-6
Welbeck-7
Iwobi-4(not much time)
Lacazette-4(not much time)
Guendouzi-9

Anne Noyd
Anne Noyd

thanks Chiza

Dom
Dom

The website is fixed now. You don’t have to give your ratings in the comments.

Badaab
Badaab

^this comment… 8

Tempest
Tempest

Guendouzi is looking like the best bit of transfer business I’ve seen from arsenal for quite some time, hopefully he’ll just get better and better as the season goes on

chopper4001
chopper4001

I especially liked the “tackle” Holding made in the first half where he won a 50 50 ball and absolute nailed the Sporting player. It was like the guy hit a brick wall. Glorious.

gooner
gooner

It was so awesome to see, Holding literally didnt move at all. Like a brick wall

Mpls
Mpls

Aaron might have moved around a lot, but it didn’t look very purposeful to me.

And when is he going to stop running into his own players while they’re carrying the ball?? He killed Danny’s run when we had a 4v3, and bumbled the ball right off Mkhi’s foot into a turnover. EVERY MATCH I see this from him.

Once in a while it gets him into a good position, but the rest of the time he’s stifling the space and movement of his teammates.

Romford Pele
Romford Pele

Woo woo! Eleven wins!

Abhi
Abhi

I wanna like your comment.. But it’s at Eleven likes and I like that!

Abhi
Abhi

Infact eleven likes and two dislikes.. Haha! That’s our season so far!

Chidi
Chidi

At 12 likes and 2 dislikes now, had to give u a like to make it 13, this subtracts the 2 dislikes to make an 11. There, fixed! 😀

Don Cazorleone
Don Cazorleone

Ah it’s the win streak. I thought it was a spinal tap reference.
In fact, Blogs, any chance of making these ratings go to eleven?

Martin
Martin

I really don’t like Ramsey, constantly gives the ball away and is the epitome of the old Arsenal, needless foul towards the end could have cost us.

Holding was good again, definitely a confidence player, who when given a run in the team shows his quality.

Shout out for Xhaka, playing completely out of position and didn’t put a foot wrong.

asda
asda

To be fair the foul towards the end was probably not a foul, the Sporting player just dived.

jackjackjack
jackjackjack

Rambo is one of the best players in our squad. I don’t know what the ‘epitome of old Arsenal’ means but people seem to have very short memories when it comes to him. He’s a great player.

BidOnLard
BidOnLard

Local commentator is local… So we don’t know.
Anyway, glad to see the site works perfectly smooth after a game now.
One minor issue – Leno’s rating does not appear.

Charvakan

If Jenks is fit enough to sit on the bench, he’s fit enough to give him a go at right back. Lichtsteiner is a fine player, but he’s going to cost us some goals through penalties and getting beat, particularly if Mikhi is supposed to be covering for him when he’s upfield. Bellerin is #1 there, but we need a more dependable second option. Carl may not be it, but he deserves a shot. It could be a great thing for him and us if he establishes himself. It’s too early to write him off.

Danny
Danny

Not been convinced by lichsteiner yet and some his shit housery is a bit annoying. Not sure jenks is the answer but id probably prefer him at the moment.

onenil
onenil

I don’t get why people rated Guendouzi so highly tonight. I thought he worked hard and tried to make things happen, but with occasional lapses which saw him get dispossessed. I like him, but I just did not think it was his most effective performance. Again it was Torreira who knitted everything together and suddenly we were totally dominant.

Charvakan

I think we’re grading him “on the curve”. For a teenager from Ligue 2, he’s doing spectacularly. The errors are forgivable for someone with his lack of top-flight experience and so far they’ve not cost us a game. When Mavropanos comes back, you’ll see the same thing. It’s natural, and we’ll all be more realistic about Guendouzi’s performances after we’ve seen him a while.

Artem
Artem

Ramsey’s avatar looks suspiciously like Ozil…
Also, am I the only one who thinks it is unfair that Leno has no comment on his performance at all?

GunnerNJ
GunnerNJ

Watched the game on Univision here in the States. Had no idea what they were talking about 95% of the time, but one couldn’t help but be excited. Glad to see Danny get rewarded for staying with it, seeing as how that first goal should have stood.

Mizog
Mizog

I wouldn’t brake for Stewart robson at a zebra

renaissancerosicky
renaissancerosicky

But would you brake for a zebra standing on a robson?

Billy Enfield
Billy Enfield

Yeah, but make sure that he’s on the Zebra Crossing. He’s a sly tosser

lordgunner
lordgunner

the old cock still bitter he was show the door by the Arsenal rightly so , shame they open the door to let him out

Afobaba
Afobaba

Let make it 12 against crystal Palace

Noel
Noel

really thankful to be forced to listen in spanish in US, rather than listen to Robson’s incredibly boring drone

ThePsych
ThePsych

Ok I expect to be slated for this as we are on a winning streak and the spirits are high. Elneny! I don’t know what good he brings to the team. Never attempting a forward pass. Heck, never even attempting a pass that is longer than 5 feet.
He stalls our play.
He is the sort of guy who as a kid used to play peekaboo for hours and not getting bored of it.

Vedant
Vedant

Just get this feeling of safety when Torreira plays.

santori
santori

Eleneny tries his best.

BUT he is a mediocre player that you can find in many other teams.

Where Granit, Torreira and Guendouzi bring something extra, Elneny is mainly there bc he is content with coming off the bench.

We need better. IMO if AMN does not get a shot in the middle of the park, we need someone with a bit more height to cover against teams who can take advantage of Torreira’s dimunitive stature (as good as he is)

We are missing that tall Viera/Diaby type player who can eat up ground from defense to attack and can provide a bit of aerial cover (particularly set pieces, albeit Granit has been doing a good job in this regard)

Nick
Nick

Played one killer pass to Aubameyang? His movement was good at times too? Blogs must be related to Ramsey. There’s no other explanation for such utter nonsense.

Uhtred
Uhtred

His commentating was dreadful all night! I can’t stand him, he literally goes on like he knows more than Fergie and pep put together! Twat!

santori
santori

Surprised we played such a strong line up but I guess Emery doesn’t take chances and wants to wrap up a strong lead in the group stage.

Fullback issues if we have to resort to Granit again covering in a very unfamilar role but Lichstiener struggled.

Would have preferred we had bought a winger instead of the Swiss but I suppose in hindsight with ineivtable injury crisis, he is a useful temporary solution.

hope Monreal, Kolasinac and AMN come back in soon.

The other issue was of course midfield. Take on element out and we have a different side altogether. Elneny is hardworkiung but average.

Defensively, good to see Sokratis back. It will offer good rotation for Mustafi to come back in for Palace considering tight schedule.

Finally Welbeck. Great to see him continue to score and us continue to fin his better strengths.

We are one of the highest scoring teams across major European leagues this season. Auba, Laca and Welbeck can keep finding the net not to mention Ozil and others.