15 March 2018

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

Arsenal domianted for long stretches, conceded a brilliant goal against the run of play, equalized through a divey Welbeck converting the pen, and killed off the tie when Donnarumma couldn't smother Xhaka's long-distance missile. Welbeck earned a more-honest goal in 87th minute when he nodded home a deflection from Ramsey's header. The result allowed us to advance to the quarterfinal on the strength of a 5-1 aggregate and does beg the question: why can't we play this well more consistently? Ahh, the mysteries of life, which one can ponder at another time. For now, savor this one, let it settle in your stomach like a nice bit of mac and cheese, and then go rate the lads!

12 March 2018

Man U's Mkhi, Arsenal's Alexis—who's made the better deal?

It's been roughly six weeks now since Henrikh Mkhitarayan and Alexis Sánchez swapped squads. That's time enough, isn't it, to assess the early returns? Risky rhetorical questions rarely require actual responses, so we're plowing ahead regardless. At first blush, the notion that Arsenal would again sell a talismanic goal-scorer to its own rival would seem ludicrous. Having already sold van Persie to Man U, how could we at Arsenal suffer seeing such a scorer succeed elsewhere? This time though, however, we at least extracted a player in return, one who might just make us all forget the sexiness that was Sánchez. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has, in the short term at least, more than picked up the slack that Alexis left.

11 March 2018

Arsenal 3-0 Watford—Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!

Arsenal thrashed Watford thanks to goals from Mustafi, Aubameyang, and Mkhitaryan; and Čech saved Deeney's penalty and finally got his 200th clean sheet. We've left that dismal, depressing February behind and have looked invigorated and determined through the first two weeks of March. It's a fitting rejoinder to Mr. Deeney's now-infamous cojones remark—it was he after all who fluffed his line on the penalty. Aside from that he was largely anonymous, and, to be honest, the less said of him, the better. We have—believe it or not—bigger fish to fry. Adios. Let's get down to the poll!