16 September 2015

Dinamo Zagreb 2-1 Arsenal: Vote for Player Ratings/MotM

Arsenal started its Champions League quest off in horrific fashion, letting Dinamo Zagreb seize the initiative and then failing to recover. A 24th minute own-goal, conceded by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, was truly unfortunate; he slid in to poke the ball away from the attacker only for Ospina to dive himself. Ox's poke bounced off of Ospina, off of Ox, and into the net. Making matters worse, Giroud was sent off just before halftime for having bad manners; a Zagreb player ran onto his outstreched leg, and this was apparently worthy of a second yellow from referee Ovidiu Hațegan. We had to play the entire second half down a man. Silver lining? Theo Walcott came on in the 64th minute and reminded us of his quality —and the value of counter-attacking football —as he timed the offside trap perfectly and slotted home to make it 2-1. That's where it would end despite six minutes of added time. Feh. Give the lads what they deserve in the poll below the fold...