26 April 2018

Arsenal 1:1 Atleti—Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!

We played the part of rude hosts to Atleti, who saw their man Šime Vrsaljko sent off after just ten minutes. He had stomped on Lacazette after having already been cautioned in the very first minute. French referee Turpin might have been a bit harsh to issue the second yellow, but it was by the books. However, it took Arsenal almost hour to find a goal against ten men; Lacazette outleapt everyone to get to Wilshere's cross and nod it past the outstretched arms of Jan Oblak. A narrow margin, perhaps, but one that might sustain us for the second leg. Then, disaster struck. Griezmann brushed past Koscielny to latch onto a long ball, slipped the ball under Ospina, and finished over the scrambling Mustafi to make it 1:1. That's a crucial away-goal to concede and puts us at the base of a very tall mountain. Well, let's get down to the poll...

22 April 2018

Arsenal 4:1 West Ham—Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!

In a strangely subdued performance, one that in no way reflected the significance of a week in which a manager of 22 years announced his retirement, Arsenal labored for 80-odd minutes before finally rising to the occasion. Nacho Monreal opened the second half with a scuffed finish from Xhaka's corner, but it wasn't until the 81st minute that we could feel at all settled. Ramsey sent in a cross that Aubameyang dummied a header for, bamboozling Hart (who had been excellent). Late on, Lacazette found a brace that left it at 4-1, and we could sit back, relax, and enjoy it. Well, let's get down to the poll!