24 November 2017

FC Köln 1-0 Arsenal—Vote for Player Ratings/MOTM!

A bit of a dead-rubber match as we had already booked passage to the knockout stage of the Europa League, but it might have been nice to have earned at least a point here so that we could count ourselves among the eight seeded teams and thereby avoid facing any of the clubs that finish third in the Champions League. Despite dominating most of the proceedings, we just couldn't break down the hosts, who knew that a win could see them climb to as high as second in Group H. However, Debuchy was guilty of letting a few of his molecules get too close to Sehrou Guirassy, who dove faster and deeper than Jacques Cousteau ever did. The Russian referee quickly proved that Russians can interfere in outcomes other than French or American elections—although he did show that he can be finicky about where the ball is placed for a penalty—and that was that. Elsewhere, BATE Borisov drew with Red Star, allowing us to win the group anyway. It may not be sexy, but it's enough to warrant a quick review of the lads' performance. Let's get to the poll!