12 September 2015

Arsenal 2-0 Stoke: Vote for Player-Ratings and MotM!

The weekend got off to a grand start when Everton thrashed Chelsea on the back of Naismith's hat-trick, and we took matters into our own hands from there, scoring either side of halftime to defeat Stoke 2-0, goals cmoing from Walcott (31') and Giroud (85'). Theo's goal came on a brilliant counter after one of Stoke's few forays forward, Coquelin making a sharp tackle to knock the ball to Özil, who lofted a long pass in behind, which Theo chested down and flicked under Rutland. Despite constant pressure and 29 shots taken (12 on-target), we had to wait until the 85th minute for Giroud—just moments after coming on—to score from a set-piece on a sharply angled header at the near post. The result might be good enough to see us rise to second place, pending Leicester's result on Sunday. For now, though, focus on our lads' performances in the poll below the fold!

11 September 2015

Match Preview: Arsenal vs. Stoke

After a long, long, international break, we return at long last to Prem action. Count your blessings that no one got hurt—unless you count the revelation that Welbeck will be out until December as “news.” Aside from that, there’s much to grumble over as we saw the transfer-window slam shut without any dramatic deadline-day deals to delight us. As if on cue, a hated rival invades the Emirates to dent our ambitions—literally if not figuratively.

Open Letter to those oatcake eatin' Potters

Dear Stoke:
Well, we're at it again, aren't we? Another chapter in the seemingly endless psychodrama that is the Stoke-Arsenal hate-fest. In this corner, we apparently have the knuckle-dragging Orcs of Stoke, making up in stitches and scars what they lack in teeth or manners; in the other, we have the ostensibly effete Gunners, sipping chardonnay and escargot while eschewing the hoi polloi and nitty gritty. Each of us comes from central casting, falling into a script so predictable that even Jerry Bruckheimer slaps his head in stupefaction. For each of us, it's a role we seemingly have no choice to but to play, each hating the other when, perhaps, we should be hating the script itself.

09 September 2015

With the interlull over, can we please find room for Ox?

What a week, for good and bad. We saw the transfer window slam shut without any dramatic deadline-day signings, obscuring the fact that the arrival Petr Čech signifies intent on its own. While our lads largely escaped any interlullian injuries, we were served with the bad news that Welbeck, the closest we have to a backup to Giroud, may be out until December. While obfuscating the length of his layoff might have been strategic during the transfer-window (full disclosure might have inflated asking-prices), we still are left to wonder how well we'll contend going forward. Then again, we do have a full-strength defense, with Gibbs, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Chambers, Debuchy, and Bellerín, offering all sorts of options as we invite the Orcs in on Saturday.