19 August 2017

Stoke 1-0 Arsenal: Vote for Player Ratings and MOTM!

A typically frustrating visit to Stoke came complete with rain, multiple blown calls against Arsenal, and a defensive breakdown that gave Stoke all the opening it needed. Jese's goal just after halftime allowed Mark Hughes's side to park the bus and dare us to get through. Jack Butland turned in an inspired performance, and we just couldn't find a way past. When Lacazette scored, his goal was waved off because several molecules of his heel—at least three, I don't want to understate how far off he was—were offside. It was a gutsy call by Marriner, I'm sure. He had an afternoon full of them. Well, the less said the better on this day. Let's get down to the poll to rate the lads' efforts...

15 August 2017

Arsenal to sell Oxlade-Chamberlain to Chelsea...for £35m?

Happy birthday, Alex, first off. The lad turns 24 today, and so it seems fitting that he gets what he
wants, which is, apparently, to join Chelsea. On its face, such a sale might make sense. In 200 appearances over six years, after all, he's scored just 20 goals despite being an attacking player for almost all of those appearances. His brief stint in the middle—where he most wants to play—was uneven and unconvincing. He's inconsistent. Error-prone. Injury-prone. Can't find a regular spot. At best, it seems, he's merely a good player to have in the squad. If Chelsea want him, Chelsea can have him, no?