08 March 2018

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

Henrikh Mkhitaryan ended the apparently invincible AC Milan's defense run of clean sheets with a well-struck shot in the 15th minute that took a deflection on its way in, and Aaron Ramsey found a sublime goal in first-half stoppage time, slipping through to run onto Özil's little through-ball, and we've left Italy with a beautiful win, two away-goals, the inside track to the quarterfinal, and an end to a miserable month of football. We've seen our boys turn a season around thanks to a European conquest; let's hope this one launches us on a long, strong run-in. More on that later; for now, let's rate the lads!

04 March 2018

Brighton 2-1 Arsenal—Vote for Player-Ratings & MOTM!

One can find excuses for losing twice in five days to Man City. They are a behemoth of a squad at the moment. One can rationalize a second-leg loss to Oestersunds FK—we had essentially booked passage to the Europa League Round of 16 already (hadn't we? I mean...). However, it's much harder to understand how we let ourselves go 2-0 to Brighton down inside a half-hour. Only an Aubameyang goal just before halftime restored some sense of hope, but this was hardly the rally or fight-back of a squad ready to go to the San Siro on Thursday, much less salvage a season. Seven minutes of stoppage-time were not enough for us to find a way through Brighton's stubborn defense, and even when we did, shots were tame or off-frame. What else is there to say?