02 November 2017

Arsenal 0-0 Red Star—Vote for Player Ratings/MOTM!

To be honest, Red Star gave as good as they got, coming uncomfortably close several times only to be denied by Matt Macey, who turned in a fine performance. Going forward, we rarely if ever threatened, with Wilshere coming closest only to see his tame flick cleared off the line. Still, in a match from which we only needed a point, and against an opponent all too happy to play for a draw, I can think of worse ways to spend my time. Faint praise? Perhaps. We're through to the Europa League group-stage, thanks in part to FC Köln's 5-2 demolition of BATE Borisov. Fine and dandy. We may still have a bit of work to do before we can win Group H, but that's another question for another day. Let's get down to the poll to rate the lads...

30 October 2017

Resurrection of the Welsh Jesus—Rambo II: this time, it's personal.

Almost lost amidst all of the other sturm und drang of the early season—whether it's the hullabaloo over Alexis's potential move to Man City, Özil's flirtations with Mourinho and Man U, Cazorla's Sisyphean struggle with injury—has been the quiet but occasionally emphatic resurgence—nay, resurrection—of a player almost forgotten. It's more than a bit ironic, perhaps paradoxical that a player once all too prone to trying to draw too much attention to himself has found his resurrection instead by putting his nose to the grindstone and just work. Gone, for the most part, is the pointless flair, the "cute for the sake of cute" flicks and backheels and rabonas. Gone, it seems, is the pompadour. In their places has been almost-pure hustle, grit, and determination. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you...Aaron Ramsey II.