Vote Here! Was The Manchester United Game Positive or Negative For Arsenal?

We as most Arsenal fans expected, the Manchester United game was a disappointment.

Once again, Arsenal bottled it at Old Trafford and looked scared against Manchester United. There’s no denying that the home side dominated the game – creating the clearer chances and they were denied a stone wall penalty in my book.

But with seconds remaining in a game Arsenal were lucky to still be in, a darting run from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain found Olivier Giroud at the far post to head home emphatically – from Arsenal’s first attempt on target.

So was it a good game or bad game for Arsenal?

We played extremely poorly yet took away a point – so it depends on your viewpoint.

For me when I saw the starting line-up I was shocked at the inclusion of Aaron Ramsey. The whole starting eleven looked strange and didn’t sit right with me – and it showed – as we plodded through the entire match second best.

I thought that Xhaka should have started alongside Coquelin and if you’re going to play Özil behind the front three with Alexis in the middle, then Walcott and Iwobi are a much better combination with the Chilean. The only way Ramsey (for Iwobi) would have worked was if Giroud was up top and Alexis replaced Walcott.

So what are your thoughts on the match? Were Arsenal lucky to nick a point or was playing poorly and not losing a sign of potential champions? Vote above and leave your comments below!

Sanchez Among Arsenal Stars to Shine on International Duty

Despite Gunners boss Arsene Wenger sweating on the fitness of Alexis Sanchez after the former Barcelona man picked up a hamstring injury during the international break, the forward once again demonstrated his immense qualities for Chile, scoring twice in helping them to a 3-1 World Cup qualifying win over Uruguay. Despite Wenger admitting to falling asleep while attempting to watch his star man in action, Sanchez is just one of a number of Arsenal players who could star on the world stage, with Chile among the outsiders in the football odds for the World Cup thanks to the form on Arsenal’s number seventeen.

Chile currently sit in the final automatic qualification position in the South American qualification standings, and having scored five goals for his nation during the campaign, Sanchez has once again demonstrated his worth on the international stage. Despite Lionel Messi’s Argentina applying pressure in fifth position, Chile are still odds on in the football odds with bookmakers Coral to make the finals in Russia. If Sanchez can stay fit from now until 2018, many will fancy Chile’s World Cup chances, with La Roja having lost out on penalties to hosts Brazil last time around.

Elsewhere for Arsenal, the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi and Hector Bellerin could be among those players to star on the biggest stage of them all, with the latter duo having recently burst onto the international team for Nigeria and Spain respectively. Having helped Germany to success in Brazil, Ozil will be hoping that his current form can help Joachim Low’s side to a second successive World Cup success. Coral have Germany as the 5/1 favourites in the football odds, with Argentina and Spain closely following.

Having turned down the opportunity to represent England, Iwobi has gone on to star for Nigeria, earning seven caps since his debut. Nigeria have won both or their final group stage fixtures as they hope to successfully qualify for Russia 2018, and with the Arsenal midfielder having impressed during his early career, the former England youth player could be one of the best African players on show.

Finally, and despite currently being ruled out through injury, defender Hector Bellerin looks set to make the right-back position his own for both club and country. Having fully committed to the Gunners despite heavy interest from Barcelona, Bellerin has three Spanish caps to his name, and with his continued development over the past two seasons, the speedster should be part of the Spain squad in Russia, who are currently 10/1 with Coral to win the whole tournament.

Is Arsenal’s Season About To Start Unravelling?

It’s been confirmed that Arsenal will be without the services of Hector Bellerin and Alexis Sanchez, two of our main starters this season. Bellerin looks like he’s out for a few weeks with an ankle injury, while Alexis apparently has a hamstring problem – meaning he won’t be back any time soon.

Arsenal have been playing well recently but stuttered against Tottenham at home last weekend, where we put in a somewhat subdued performance. No we have injuries to two of our most important players – so is this the start of our collapse?

There is always a time in the season, usually around November where we drop points and lose ground in the title race. Our first game back after the International break is at Old Trafford which could prove to be our season defining game.

Win and there’s confidence that we can actually challenge this season – but a defeat would mean the same old story and the belief that the best we can achieve is a Top 4 position once again.

It’s a game I am really worried about for several reasons. Firstly, it’s Old Trafford. Apart from the FA Cup game a couple of season ago, we haven’t won there in ages. And generally speaking, when we have lost there it seems to have sucked all the life out of us, affected our performances in the games following on from that match. Secondly, it’s Jose Mourinho. We all know what a sneaky cunt he is and tactically, he’ll have us sussed out. He also has a knack of shitting on your parade and we all know what he did to Liverpool with Chelsea, that season where the Merseysiders were favourites for the title.

The Manchester United game is one where I would love a win so so much but reluctantly accept that if we leave with a draw then it would be a miracle.

What’s Your Prediction for The North London Derby? Here’s Mine!

Tomorrow sees the Arsenal host Tottenham Hotspur in what will prove to be an interesting battle. Arsenal are currently second in the Premier League while Tottenham are 3 points behind in fifth. Arsenal have won 9 and drawn 1 of their last 10 games, while Tottenham have won 4, drawn 4 and lost 2 of their last 10. So the in form team of the moment are Arsenal.

But despite Tottenham and their struggles, it’s easy to forget that they’re only 3 points behind us in the league.

Anything can happen in a derby, although Arsenal’s record at home against Tottenham as we all know, is excellent.

We always manage to score in North London Derbies and with Giroud, Sanchez, Özil, Walcott and even Oxlade-Chamberlain amongst the goals of late, we shouldn’t struggle for goals.

But as they say, there’s nothing worse than playing against a wounded animal and Tottenham are that at the moment. They had a disappointing defeat at “home” in the Champions League midweek, and only picked up 3 points from their last 4 league games. So expect them to sit deep and try and get us in the break – a tactic which is Arsenal’s achilles heel.

It’s just a fact that Tottenham over the last few seasons have developed into a very good team and have certainly improved from being the great pretenders to a side which has real aspirations of winning major honours. Even though we still finished above them in the Premier League last season, they were the ones pushing Leicester City the hardest last year.

Tottenham will be hell bent on making sure they don’t lose another game and hitting us on the break will be a dangerous tactic to face. Even though Arsenal have been flying recently I just can’t see Tottenham giving us any space in behind and they will be threat on the counter attack.

For me, they will suffocate Arsenal and the game will finish 1-1.

Magical Mesut Özil Seals All Three Points With Wonder Goal! (w/ Player Ratings)

What a finish to the game!

Arsenal went 2-0 down after only 15 minutes, and it looked like it would be a tough night for The Gunners. Arsene Wenger said Ludogorets would look to start strongly and so it proved, as they sucker punched Arsenal and we look shell shocked after the first part of the game.

Our defending looked suspect – for the first goal Ospina was found rooted to his line as Ludogorets sent in a freekick which was converted by Barbosa when really the Arsenal keeper should have come and claimed.

For their second, Kieran Gibbs (who was otherwise excellent) was left on his arse as Cafu’s cross found Keseru in the middle to tap in from close range.

Both goals avoidable and it seemed like the Arsenal of old were coming back to haunt us – that Arsenal who would be on a decent run but then switch off in a game they thought they would easily win and end up stupidly losing.

Fortunately, this season there seems to be some real steel and character amongst the ranks.

Only 5 minutes later Arsenal came up with the perfect response, as the majestic Mesut Özil sent in a cross – most likely intended for Giroud – ended up finding Granit Xhaka in the middle. The Swiss international swept the ball home with a cool finish to give Arsenal a way back into the game.

Aaron Ramsey, who struggled all night, sent in a cross just before half time which Olivier Giroud headed into the net to make things all square going into the break.

After that, there was a lot of sparring while both teams made some half chances.

But then, something magical happened.

On 87 minutes, Arsenal substitute Mohamed Elneny sent through Mesut Özil with a wonderful pass. The German genius saw the Ludogorets keeper fly out and without breaking a sweat flicked the ball over him. Two defenders proceeded to try and stop the midfield maestro but he put them both on their arses as he delivered a series of dummies which bamboozled the defenders and cooly slotted the ball home.

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Considering the game was level and a win was massively important, this goal is one of the best I’ve ever seen – and we’ve scored some wonderful goals. The confidence, ability and sheer audacity of the goal was ridiculous and I will (and have) watched the goal over and over again.

A goal of real beauty, deserving to win any football match.

Player Ratings:

David Ospina: 6/10
Struggled at times tonight and on another day, could have cost us dearly.

Carl Jenkinson: 7/10
Solid at the back and supported Ramsey whenever he could. Was a little rusty at times but played well and should be happy with his performance.

Laurent Koscielny: 8/10
Did well alongside Mustafi and looked to up the tempo whenever he could. Couldn’t be blamed for either goal and helped steady the ship once we went 2-0 down.

Shkodran Mustafi: 8/10
Another excellent performance from the German defender, Mustafi has settled well into the Arsenal team and didn’t make any mistakes tonight.

Kieran Gibbs: 8/10
Really taking advantage of Nacho Monreal’s absence and will give Arsene Wenger a real headache once the Spaniard returns. Linked up well with Sanchez on the left and never stopped running.

Francis Coquelin: 8/10
Our most composed midfielder on the night, Coquelin was excellent in keeping the ball moving and was solid in defence.

Granit Xhaka: 7/10
Had a mixed game, looking bright in spells but slightly uncomfortable in others. Took one for the team with his cynical booking (we need more of those) and took his goal really well.

Aaron Ramsey: 6/10
Only started his second game for Arsenal this season and it showed. Took too many touches on the ball which slowed down Arsenal’s tempo which frustrated players such as Özil and Sanchez. A good run out for the Welshman but not his best game.

Mesut Özil: 9/10
What can you say about this man. Mesut makes me happy, and I like being happy. Kept Arsenal moving forward and provided the assist from Xhaka’s vital goal in the first half. Was full of inventive passing and movement and then with 3 minutes of normal time remaining, scored THAT goal. If Messi had scored it, social media would be going mental right now.

Alexis Sanchez: 7/10
Made way for Olivier Giroud in the middle so was played on the left hand side. Did well at times, making things happen with his running and through balls but didn’t look great on the left. Arsene Wenger was probably hoping the Giroud-Alexis combination would have worked better.

Olivier Giroud: 7/10
Just back from injury, Giroud did well in spells and scored the equalising goal. 3 goals in 110 minutes is a good return and his form will be giving Arsene Wenger a real selection headache.