07 October 2018

Fulham 1-5 Arsenal—Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!

Well, this was a bit of a romp, wasn't it? Lacazette's brace, Ramsey's brilliant goal from a team-sequence, and Aubameyang's sexy turn and second for a brace of his own made this trip to Craven Cottage well worth it. The only real pity is that we couldn't keep the clean sheet, but it's still six Prem wins in a row and nine on the bounce, and—for those who mind such things—a goal difference that sees us move ahead of Tottenham and into third for now. The goals came in such a fast and furous flurry that your correspondent could barely update the stats in this week's poll. It's starting to look like Emery's philosophy and methods are taking root. We'll have to examine that sooner rather than later. For now, get down to the poll!

05 October 2018

Iwobi's Whirling Dervish Backheel Nutmeg of Death—what's next?

He was trapped. He was pinned into the corner by a phalanx of Qarabağian defenders, with Maksim "don't meg me" Medvedev on one side and Dzon "don't you dare" Delarge on the other. They had him dead to rights. He had no options. And yet, somehow—somehow—Iwobi, like some kind of deranged Tasmanian Devil, whirling Dervish, or, at the least, a besotted Beyblade, twisted and twirled his way through those Qarabağian Quashers, executing a nifty reverse-scissor followed by a post-and-pirouette, capping it off with a backheeled nutmeg through Delarge's legs (eliciting, no doubt, a sigh of relief from the previously nutmegged Medvedev). Each of them—perhaps Iwobi as well—was left a bit flabbergasted. Was it luck? Was it skill? Was it a player in his pomp?

04 October 2018

Qarabağ 0-3 Arsenal—Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!

Sokratis became the first player not signed by Arsène since 1996 when he allowed Monreal's header
to deflect in off his body from Elneny's header in the fourth minute. While the hosts did force Leno into numerous vital saves, in the end, they didn't have enough to find an equaliser. Shortly after half-time, Smith Rowe opened his Arsenal account after Iwobi threaded a pass through to him; Smith Rowe slipped his shot under the keeper to make it 0-2. Guendouzi joined Smith Rowe by scoring in the 80th minute. We're atop Group E and have now won eight in a row while entering a string of somewhat softer fixtures. Good times, indeed. Let's get down to the poll!

29 September 2018

Arsenal 2-0 Watford—Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!

Arsenal won its seventh in a row, bouncing Deeney's Hornets out 2-0 courtesy of an own-goal (or was it a Lacazette goal?) and another from Özil, and it's starting to feel like we are building actual chemistry and momentum, enough to start perhaps believing that Emery is making progress in
rebuilding the squad around his philosophy. Whatever it is, it's enough to see us keep pace with Tottenham and Man City, who each won, and create space between us and Man U, who (savor this) lost. Well, enough. Get down to the poll!

26 September 2018

Arsenal 3-1 Brentford—Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!

A surprisingly strong Arsenal squad full of first-teamers, with only Smith Rowe breaking in, looked likely to overwhelm Brentford, especially as Danny Welbeck scored two first-half goals from assists by Guendouzi and Monreal. However, a fine free-kick brought Brentford back into the game and it got a littler nervy. The late introductions of Ramsey and Lacazette that we might press for another goal, but neither could find the final touch. Then, finally, Lacazette was able to pounce on a loose ball, emerge from the scramble, and score the goal that settled any doubts as to the outcome. Well, we're through to the next round, more than can be said of Man U or Liverpool. Let's get to the poll!

23 September 2018

Arsenal 2-0 Everton—Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!

Lacazette and Aubameyang scored goals within three minutes of each other, both assisted by Ramsey to create some breathing space between us and the Toffees in what was otherwise a bit of an indifferent match. Čech finally found us a clean sheet, having had to deny strong chances from Walcott and Richarlison. We were again too open in the back, and we offered too many openings to Everton to exploit. Still, there's something to be said for winning even when not playing well. At some point, sooner rather than later, we'll have to start actually playing well. For now, the result is enough to see us overtake Man U to climb into sixth, level on points with Tottenham. Enjoy that while it lasts, and let's get down to the poll!