14 January 2018

Bournemouth 2-1 Arsenal—Vote for Player-Ratings & MOTM!

Arsenal largely dominated proceedings at Dean Court but were indeed lucky to escape numerous close-calls, including a penalty-shout against Iwobi who appeared to extend his arm to deflect Bournemouth corner during their spirited charge to close the first half. However, Kevin Friend saw nothing in it, and we went into halftime in a scoreless draw. It wasn't until Héctor Bellerín, running onto Alex Iwobi's well-weighted through-ball, found a way past Begović, his shot squirting through the Bosnian to finally seize a lead. It didn't last long as Bournemouth found the equaliser through—what else? Sloppy defending on a counter-attack. A scant three minutes later saw Ibe, who had tormented the Arsenal defense all afternoon, slash one home, right through three players including Petr Čech. It's a grim result, to put it mildly. Let's get down to the poll to give 'em what they deserve...

03 January 2018

Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea—vote for Player-Ratings and MOTM!

An entertaining first half saw both Arsenal and Chelsea come agonizingly close on several occasions only to come away empty-handed. In the second half, the story was much the same, and Wilshere lashed it home to make it 1-0. However, minutes later, Hazard offered up his best rendition of a man tripping over an invisible wire, and Anthony Taylor took the bait, awarding a penalty that Hazard himself finished, posing fresh question about Čech's record of failing to save penalties. Sloppy defending was to blame on the second goal, allowing Alonso to put Chelsea in the 85th minute. Then, just when all hope seemed lost, Bellerin emphatically belted it home on the half-volley in the 92nd minute to equalise. It's a fortunate result but one well-fought for. Let's get down to the poll!

28 December 2017

Crystal Palace 2-3 Arsenal—Vote for Player-Ratings/MOTM!

Arenal dominated proceeding throughout and didn't have to wait long to take the lead, with Mustafi slotting hom in the 25th minute from a Lacazette rebound. While it's true that the hosts found an equalizer shortly after halftime, Alexis scored twice inside of five minutes to make it 1-3 and all but put the game out of reach. Palace did pull one back in the 89th minute, but that would be about it. Even four minutes of stoppage time would not be enough to allow Palace to find the equalizer. That's it, then. Three points in the bag  Let's get down to the poll to rate the lads!

22 December 2017

Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool Vote for Player-Ratings and MOTM!

What looked like it would turn out to be another thrashing at the hands of Liverpool, who scored either side of halftime, turned into a stirring if sloppy match as Arsenal stormed back in the second half, scoring three goals in five minutes to briefly take a lead. Petr Čech was unlucky a third time, having been caught out be deflections twice before. He saved Firmino's shot from close range only to see the ball spin into the back of the net anyway. Clearly, neither side was willing to yield. Things settled down from there, as both sides largely eliminated the errors that allowed the other to score. Well, that's it for now. A point earned, or two dropped? Either way, let's get down to the poll to rate the lads!

19 December 2017

Arsenal 1-0 West Ham—Vote for Player Ratings and MOTM!

Danny Welbeck scuffed home a sloppy goal minutes before halftime, marking the first goal that West Ham had conceded in 320 minutes of football, and that was enough to send Arsenal through to the next round! Not a whole lot more to add on this rather hum-drum day, but it's a win, and that's good enough. Let's get down to the poll and rate the lads!

16 December 2017

Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle—Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!

Mesut Özil scored a wonderful volleyed goal in the 23rd minute to give Arsenal a 1-0 lead it would never relinquish. It's a bit disappointing that we weren't able to deliver a more-convincing performance, and Newcastle enjoyed a few dangerous spells, but in the end, it was a business-like result with very few frills or fears. It's three points in the bag, good enough to see us climb past Burnley, who were held at Brighton; and help us keep pace with Chelsea, who saw off Southampton. Not much else to say, to be honest, so let's get down to the poll to rate the lads!