Showing posts with label Martin Atkinson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Martin Atkinson. Show all posts

25 February 2022

You're so vain, you probably think this post is about you...

Hello, wandering Wolves fans. You probably think this, and our celebrations after defeating twice in a fortnight, are unseemly or unbefitting a club of our size and stature. After we won at Molineux, your Ruben Neves said, "We saw the way they celebrated the win and that shows the level we are," the Portuguese said. "I didn't see Arsenal celebrating like this in the past 10 years - it was like they won the league." Well, after against besting you last night courtesy of a dramatic stoppage-time winner from Lacazette (I don't care that it's officially an own-goal), complete with frenzied celebration, it's incumbent upon me, your humble correspondent, to clarify a few misconceptions—well, one, mainly: it's not about you, sweetheart. Our wild celebrations reflect perhaps as much as 3% joy over besting a spirited opponent. Perhaps. I think I speak for most Gooners when I say we kind of like you lot and wish you well...for the most part. Still, doing the double over you has little if anything to do with you yourselves. This isn't a North London derby, you're not Stoke, and there's no trophy at stake. So why the over-the-top reactions defeating you? Let's get to that.

02 December 2021

Man U 3-2 Arsenal: Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!

Auba putting that golden chance straight at de Gea...
It looked like an early goal from Emile Smith-Rowe might pave the way for a famous victory at Old Trafford, but those devils equalised just before halftime through Fernandes. An equaliser from Ødegaard was then cancelled out by Ronaldo's 800th career goal, a total to which he added after Ødegaard's rash challenge brought Fred down in the box, and Ronaldo put the pen straight up the middle. It was topsy-turvy as both sides sensed the other's weaknesses. Aubameyang squandered a golden but tricky chance to half-volley home from six yards out, but de Gea smothered it. This will hardly resolve nagging questions about Aubameyang, to put it mildly. It was a bit of back and forth, and, aside from those few moments when we switched off, one might say we were even the better side—but that doesn't mean that we deserved better. As encouraging as it was to see us give as good as we got, if not better, the result shows us who we are: a squad still very much making its way. Well, let's get to the poll to rate the lads!

28 October 2018

Palace 2-2 Arsenal—Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!

It was a scruffy, fiesty one today as Crystal Palace scored their first goal at Selhurst Park from a penalty on Mustafi's clumsy challenge in the box. However, Arsenal, true to form, took the second half when Xhaka scored from a set-piece just outside the Palace area and Aubameyang poked him from a corner-kick. However, Martin Atkinson saw fit to award a second penalty, this one against Xhaka—the contact was slight, but Zaha had been getting hacked down all day, and Atkinson was feeling generous. In the end, we were lucky that Aubameyang's goal stood (after Lacazette's oustretched hand grazed it), and it's a shame that our winning streak is now reduced to an unbeaten streak. I hope we don't regret these dropped points in May. Eh. Let's get to the poll!

11 March 2018

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

Arsenal thrashed Watford thanks to goals from Mustafi, Aubameyang, and Mkhitaryan; and Čech saved Deeney's penalty and finally got his 200th clean sheet. We've left that dismal, depressing February behind and have looked invigorated and determined through the first two weeks of March. It's a fitting rejoinder to Mr. Deeney's now-infamous cojones remark—it was he after all who fluffed his line on the penalty. Aside from that he was largely anonymous, and, to be honest, the less said of him, the better. We have—believe it or not—bigger fish to fry. Adios. Let's get down to the poll!

03 January 2018

Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea—vote for Player-Ratings and MOTM!

An entertaining first half saw both Arsenal and Chelsea come agonizingly close on several occasions only to come away empty-handed. In the second half, the story was much the same, and Wilshere lashed it home to make it 1-0. However, minutes later, Hazard offered up his best rendition of a man tripping over an invisible wire, and Anthony Taylor took the bait, awarding a penalty that Hazard himself finished, posing fresh question about Čech's record of failing to save penalties. Sloppy defending was to blame on the second goal, allowing Alonso to put Chelsea in the 85th minute. Then, just when all hope seemed lost, Bellerin emphatically belted it home on the half-volley in the 92nd minute to equalise. It's a fortunate result but one well-fought for. Let's get down to the poll!

22 December 2017

Arsenal 3-3 Liverpool Vote for Player-Ratings and MOTM!

What looked like it would turn out to be another thrashing at the hands of Liverpool, who scored either side of halftime, turned into a stirring if sloppy match as Arsenal stormed back in the second half, scoring three goals in five minutes to briefly take a lead. Petr Čech was unlucky a third time, having been caught out be deflections twice before. He saved Firmino's shot from close range only to see the ball spin into the back of the net anyway. Clearly, neither side was willing to yield. Things settled down from there, as both sides largely eliminated the errors that allowed the other to score. Well, that's it for now. A point earned, or two dropped? Either way, let's get down to the poll to rate the lads!

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...

16 February 2016

For whose about to doubt, we Giroud you: Giroud proves his worth once again...

Walcott. Welbeck. Čech. These are the players who will have garnered the headlines in Arsenal's dramatic, daring win over Leicester. Walcott and Welbeck, after all, arose, phoenix-like, from the ashes of their hobbled careers to score goals perhaps more-vital than any they'd score before. Čech delivered yet another performance worthy of his reputation, denying Leicester on several occasions and even finding time to punk Jamie Vardy as if to remind him of who's who. It was if Čech was saying to the penalty-earner, "you want to go to ground? Fine, I make you go to ground". Done. Dusted. However, the real hero of the match is one whose performance won't earn any marquee billings, consisting of so much donkey-work as it did: Olivier Giroud.

14 February 2016

Arsenal 2-1 Leicester: Vote for Player Ratings/MotM

The leaders do what they do best—earn penalties—when Vardy took advantage of a clumsy tackle from Monreal to go to ground just before halftime, and he made no mistake from the spot to make it 0-1. However, Atkinson saw enough from Simpson, sending the defender off early in the second half, and ten-man Leicester were backed up against the wall. Sure enough, five minutes later, Theo Walcott, having come on for Coquelin, coolly scored on a half-volley from Giroud's header, and the game opened up. Then, the incredible end: Danny Welbeck scores the winner in stoppage-time. Can you believe it? Get to the poll!

A Chilean volcano is set to erupt!

Several recent events suggest that a long-dormant Chilean volcano, which has been showing increasing activity since January, may be likely to erupt. The mountain, known as the Nevado de Durácell, reaches over 1.68m in elevation, and has a set of pectorals totaling over two square meters in area. He has a long record of eruptions, with historical documentation from the 17th century. Radiocarbon evidence suggest that the most recent eruptions that took place about six matches ago. The Nevado de Durácell complex, which had previously averaged about one eruption per match, had been relatively quiescent since an eruption in late 2015. Sticking roughly to that schedule, the complex began to show signs of returning to activity with an earthquake in January 2016. Long story short, Alexis is a rumbling volcano who's ready to explode.

12 February 2016

Putting Leicester on lock-down: how can Arsenal fetter these fleet Foxes?

When the fixture-list first came out to start the season, we all looked ahead to this late-season match, one that could very well decide the winner of the Prem. Coming so late in the season, and between two such presumptive favorites, this clash shone like a beacon over all preceding weeks as well as the precious few that would follow: City. The boys in blue. The Foxes. Those—hold the phone. If anyone had suggested that it would Leicester to whom we would refer as City, and it would be this matchday and not #37 that might decide who wins the Prem, they'd've been carted off. And yet here we are.

09 January 2016

Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland: Vote for Player Ratings/MotM!

Arsenal booked passaged in the FA Cup's fourth round proper by seeing off a surprisingly spirited Sunderland 3-1, but it was nervy in the early going. The Black Cats looked more lively and opened the scoring after a gaffe from Gibbs left Koscielny with nothing to do, and Lens pounced on it. It didn't take long for us to respond, with Ox picking out Walcott on the wing, who dribbled to the endline before cutting a cross back against the grain. Joel Campbell sliced in and perfectly half-volleyed it in. There it stood, and it looked more and more like we'd end in a draw, forcing a replay. However, Ramsey and Arteta came on for the impressive Iwobi and less-convincing Chambers, and Ramsey had an immediate impact, doing his level best to imitate Campbell's finish. This seemed to let the air out of Allardyce's boys, and Giroud flattened them with another goal to make it 3-1. Lovely result. Let's get down to the poll!

08 January 2016

When a Black Cat crosses your path, take the Ox by the horns...

The FA Cup's third round proper brings us a Goldilocks story, in a way: Sunderland are not too big, not too small. They're juuussst right. Yes, they're in the Prem—but barely. We know them in a way that we wouldn't know, say Exeter or Scunthorpe. We won't underestimate them as we've done other squads from lower divisions. At the other end of things, they're not quite Tottenham or Liverpool, a squad that can (in theory, at least) match us blow for blow. This draw falls somewhere between 2014's against newly promoted Hull City and 2015's against perennial rival Tottenham. In any case, we have a third straight FA Cup to win, and Sunderland is the first club that stands in our way.

08 November 2015

A point earned or two dropped? Ask Manchester City.

Well, that was frustrating to watch. Coming into Sunday's derby, we knew that Manchester City had been held at Villa Park and that we had a golden chance at pulling ahead of them, if only for a few weeks. Instead, we sleep-walked through most of the first half while Tottenham pressed up the pitch, coming alive perhaps only as a result of Tottenham's tired legs in the second half. If those Spuds find the fitness they'd need to keep pressing, or if Pochettino figures out how to defend a lead, they're going to start inching up the table. For now, though, let's review how we ended up dropping two points at home to a hated rival...

Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham: Vote for Player Ratings/MotM

A pulsing North London derby saw Harry Kane open the scoring in the 31st minute, and it stood for almost an hour until
 Kieran Gibbs, having come on to replace Joel Campbell, bundled it past Lloris to equalise. Tottenham come away with a point but will have to feel disappointed after being the better team for long stretches. Three minutes of stoppage-time were not enough to offer either club a way through, and the argument over what color London is ends in a stalemate. Give our lads what they deserve in the poll below...

27 December 2014

Enough of Giroud. Why were Onuoha and Ferdinand stil on the pitch (and other gripes)?

Let's get a few things out of the way right off the bat. One, Giroud, took the bait. He fell for it hook, line, and sinker. Two, the fact that we were still looking to put QPR away 52 minutes into a match is a far-bigger issue than the decisions Atkinson was making. Three, if we're looking to the referee to help us see off QPR, well, we have bigger issues than how much contact Giroud's forehead made with Onuoha. This was one we really should have settled by halftime but have no one to blame, really, but ourselves. Having gotten that out of the way, let's get to the self-righteous umbrage-taking, shall we?