11 November 2018

Arsenal 1-1 Wolverhampton—Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!

It's hard to believe that this is the same squad that played so well against Liverpool a week ago. We looked jaded, diffident, and entirely too complacent against a well-organized and stubborn Wolverhampton side. When they carved us open courtesy of Xhaka's decision to let a pass roll past him and then neglect to mark his man running into the box, it looked like we might be in for a nightmare of a match. However, Mkhitaryan's 86th-minute cross into the box fooled everyone, including Patricio, and curled in to the back of then net. It might have been the only serious scoring attempt we had all day, but it's good enough to spare us a bit of embarrassment and keep our undefeated streak going. Let's get down to the poll...

03 November 2018

Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!

Arsenal delivered a determined, energetic performance but couldn't finish any of the numerous chances we created, and it looked like all of that effort and verve would go to waste when Milner punished us on the hour after Leno dove to deflect a cross in. In previous years, we might have crumbled to dust and been swept away. This is a new Arsenal now, and, sure enough, we fought back and Lacazette delivered a stunning equaliser, beating Allison to Iwobi's pass, cutting back upfield, and curling his shot in. It's a result that yours truly would have glady taken ahead of the match but feels a touch disappointing given how we played. Then again, we more than answered any critics or doubters as our undefeated streak continutes. Let's get down to the poll!

28 October 2018

Palace 2-2 Arsenal—Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!

It was a scruffy, fiesty one today as Crystal Palace scored their first goal at Selhurst Park from a penalty on Mustafi's clumsy challenge in the box. However, Arsenal, true to form, took the second half when Xhaka scored from a set-piece just outside the Palace area and Aubameyang poked him from a corner-kick. However, Martin Atkinson saw fit to award a second penalty, this one against Xhaka—the contact was slight, but Zaha had been getting hacked down all day, and Atkinson was feeling generous. In the end, we were lucky that Aubameyang's goal stood (after Lacazette's oustretched hand grazed it), and it's a shame that our winning streak is now reduced to an unbeaten streak. I hope we don't regret these dropped points in May. Eh. Let's get to the poll!

25 October 2018

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

After 75 dour, depressing minutes in which it looked like our Portuguese hosts looked perfectly
content to settle for a point and stay level in Group E, Danny Welbeck burst through the back of the defense to run onto a through-ball, back-heel flicked ahead by Aubameyang, and finished with cool, clinical efficiency to earn us a our eleventh victory in a row. No, it wasn't pretty, but this is: WWWWWWWWWWW.
We're alone atop Group E, and we've shown that we can ground out a result just as well as we can run roughshod over an opponent. Nice. Let's get to the poll!

22 October 2018

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

After a tepid first 30 minutes to start the match in which Leicester not only scored but looked likely to score again, Arsenal finally came alive as Özil found an equaliser just before halftime. On the hour, Aubameyang came on and almost immediately bagged a brace, latching onto Bellerín's pass (from an absolutely perfect through-ball from Özil) and then tapping home from Özil himself, who had started the move by dummying to Lacazette and slipping through the defense to find Lacazette's pass. Özil is now the highest-scoring German in Prem history—Klinsmann had 29—and Arsenal have now won ten in a row! Let's get down to the poll...

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!