30 August 2017

Ox? Gone. Gibbs? Gone. Mustafi, Pérez, Alexis? Rats...is it a sinking ship...

Oxlade-Chamberlain is off to Liverpool. Gibbs will slink away to West Brom, perhaps suggesting that hsi chances at silverware are better over at the Hawthorns than they are at the Emirates. Mustafi looks to be loaned out to Inter, having been exposed as inadequate in a 3-4-3 if not a 4-2-3-1. Pérez joins the want-aways amidst rumours of a loan to Deportivo, but leading the rat-pack has to be none other than Alexis Sánchez, with persistent rumours of a move to Man City. At some point, it starts to feel as if the ship is sinking, and if these and other rats are abandoning ship, it feels like Arsène is doing little more than dithering over the rearrangement of deck-chairs on the Titanic.

27 August 2017

Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal: Vote for Player Ratings and MOTM!

Well, the less said about this one, the better. Liverpool thrashed us, plain and simple. This one brings back memories of the 2013-14 season, the one in which we were beaten repeatedly and resoundingly by our rivals. The excuse of it being early days is already wearing alarmingly thin. It might apply if others were struggling to a similar degree. However, it seems to be only the Arsenal that is suffering so miserably. In three matches totaling 270 minutes, we've only looked like we're ready to play for about 15 of those—the last 15 minutes against Leicester. Since then, we've looked like we're already relegated and are just playing out the last matches of a season. Well, I don't want to skew the results of the poll, so I'll just ask you to be calm and rational as you rate the lads...

Can Arsenal rise above the Scouser curse?

A sloppy win over Leicester inspired us. It was, after all, a feisty turnaround as well as a convenient mirror-image to last season's opener, was it not? However, to have followed it with a stinker at Stoke did put a damper on things even if we gloss it over by convincing ourselves that things would have been different had Alexis been available. Would it have been, though? Doesn't matter--unless the FA has established a hypothetical Prem League for us to vie for. At any rate, we're off to a shaky start, and a trip to Anfield will do little to soothe jangled nerves.