05 October 2018

Iwobi's Whirling Dervish Backheel Nutmeg of Death—what's next?

He was trapped. He was pinned into the corner by a phalanx of Qarabağian defenders, with Maksim "don't meg me" Medvedev on one side and Dzon "don't you dare" Delarge on the other. They had him dead to rights. He had no options. And yet, somehow—somehow—Iwobi, like some kind of deranged Tasmanian Devil, whirling Dervish, or, at the least, a besotted Beyblade, twisted and twirled his way through those Qarabağian Quashers, executing a nifty reverse-scissor followed by a post-and-pirouette, capping it off with a backheeled nutmeg through Delarge's legs (eliciting, no doubt, a sigh of relief from the previously nutmegged Medvedev). Each of them—perhaps Iwobi as well—was left a bit flabbergasted. Was it luck? Was it skill? Was it a player in his pomp?

04 October 2018

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

Sokratis became the first player not signed by Arsène since 1996 when he allowed Monreal's header
to deflect in off his body from Elneny's header in the fourth minute. While the hosts did force Leno into numerous vital saves, in the end, they didn't have enough to find an equaliser. Shortly after half-time, Smith Rowe opened his Arsenal account after Iwobi threaded a pass through to him; Smith Rowe slipped his shot under the keeper to make it 0-2. Guendouzi joined Smith Rowe by scoring in the 80th minute. We're atop Group E and have now won eight in a row while entering a string of somewhat softer fixtures. Good times, indeed. Let's get down to the poll!