25 October 2018

Sporting Lisbon 0-1 Arsenal—Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!

After 75 dour, depressing minutes in which it looked like our Portuguese hosts looked perfectly
content to settle for a point and stay level in Group E, Danny Welbeck burst through the back of the defense to run onto a through-ball, back-heel flicked ahead by Aubameyang, and finished with cool, clinical efficiency to earn us a our eleventh victory in a row. No, it wasn't pretty, but this is: WWWWWWWWWWW.
We're alone atop Group E, and we've shown that we can ground out a result just as well as we can run roughshod over an opponent. Nice. Let's get to the poll!

22 October 2018

Arsenal 3-1 Leicester—Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!

After a tepid first 30 minutes to start the match in which Leicester not only scored but looked likely to score again, Arsenal finally came alive as Özil found an equaliser just before halftime. On the hour, Aubameyang came on and almost immediately bagged a brace, latching onto Bellerín's pass (from an absolutely perfect through-ball from Özil) and then tapping home from Özil himself, who had started the move by dummying to Lacazette and slipping through the defense to find Lacazette's pass. Özil is now the highest-scoring German in Prem history—Klinsmann had 29—and Arsenal have now won ten in a row! Let's get down to the poll...

07 October 2018

Fulham 1-5 Arsenal—Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!

Well, this was a bit of a romp, wasn't it? Lacazette's brace, Ramsey's brilliant goal from a team-sequence, and Aubameyang's sexy turn and second for a brace of his own made this trip to Craven Cottage well worth it. The only real pity is that we couldn't keep the clean sheet, but it's still six Prem wins in a row and nine on the bounce, and—for those who mind such things—a goal difference that sees us move ahead of Tottenham and into third for now. The goals came in such a fast and furous flurry that your correspondent could barely update the stats in this week's poll. It's starting to look like Emery's philosophy and methods are taking root. We'll have to examine that sooner rather than later. For now, get down to the poll!

05 October 2018

Iwobi's Whirling Dervish Backheel Nutmeg of Death—what's next?

He was trapped. He was pinned into the corner by a phalanx of Qarabağian defenders, with Maksim "don't meg me" Medvedev on one side and Dzon "don't you dare" Delarge on the other. They had him dead to rights. He had no options. And yet, somehow—somehow—Iwobi, like some kind of deranged Tasmanian Devil, whirling Dervish, or, at the least, a besotted Beyblade, twisted and twirled his way through those Qarabağian Quashers, executing a nifty reverse-scissor followed by a post-and-pirouette, capping it off with a backheeled nutmeg through Delarge's legs (eliciting, no doubt, a sigh of relief from the previously nutmegged Medvedev). Each of them—perhaps Iwobi as well—was left a bit flabbergasted. Was it luck? Was it skill? Was it a player in his pomp?

04 October 2018

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

Sokratis became the first player not signed by Arsène since 1996 when he allowed Monreal's header
to deflect in off his body from Elneny's header in the fourth minute. While the hosts did force Leno into numerous vital saves, in the end, they didn't have enough to find an equaliser. Shortly after half-time, Smith Rowe opened his Arsenal account after Iwobi threaded a pass through to him; Smith Rowe slipped his shot under the keeper to make it 0-2. Guendouzi joined Smith Rowe by scoring in the 80th minute. We're atop Group E and have now won eight in a row while entering a string of somewhat softer fixtures. Good times, indeed. Let's get down to the poll!