So yep, I have been slack on my posts in the last few weeks, work and personal commitments have caused havoc with my time management. Sorry chaps!
So here is a quick re-cap:
CL Qualifiers vs Besiktas: 1-0 on agg. Alexis was the stand out in these games, his pace, movement and overall play was awesome. The goal that got us though went like this: Debuchy got down the right and put in a good cross which Besiktas failed to clear properly. The ball came to Wilshere, he ran it into the box, it came for the Chilean who sidefooted home from close range.
In the end though, we ground out a massive result and showed some real character to do it – we qualified for the group stages of the Champions League for the 17th successive season.
PL vs Everton: 2-2. A remarkable late comeback to secure a point against Everton at Goodison Park. Wenger made a number of changes from the team that faced Palace with Mertesacker replacing Koscielny in the centre of defence, Flamini coming in for the injured (and sh!t) Arteta, Ox got his first start of the season ahead of Santi, while Ozil’s inclusion ahead of Giroud allowed Alexis to start the game up front. Goals from Coleman and Naismith we caused by slack, lazy and shite defending. A late, late rally created goals from Rambo and Giroud to score us a point. To be fair, Everton played better, but our movement and passing and their high pressure game cause fitness to become a factor. We did enough to secure a point despite a poor performance, and it should be remembered that Everton’s second goal was clearly offside, but a points a point right?
PL vs Leicester City: 1-1. We could only secure a 1-1 draw against promoted Leicester City as the boys produced another disjointed performance. Alexis put usin front on 20 minutes with his second goal in a week before the hosts hit back immediately through Ulloa. The second half was an end-to-end affair but despite dominating possession the visitors couldn’t find a winner. A point on the road isn’t to be sniffed at, but against this level of opposition it feels like points dropped. We remain unbeaten but we’ve got to improve.
PL vs Man City: 2-2. A see-saw match at home saw us deprived of 3 points by a late Demichelis header (yet again, shit defending on a corner). Two very good goals from Wilshere and Sanchez had given us an equaliser, and then a lead, but they were overshadowed by poor defending for the game’s opener from Aguero, and Demichelis’s equaliser. In the end, there were as many positives to take from this match as negatives, and it’s quite clear that our transition from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-1-4-1 is going neither smoothly, nor innocuously. Big shout our to the Auckland Gooners who turned up at Foxes for the match. About 70 odd strong, I lost my voice for two days, but was well worth it!
CL vs Dortmund: 0-2. Dominating from the off the Dortmund outclassed us all over the pitch before Immobile broke the deadlock just seconds before half-time. Patrick Aubameyang doubled the lead two minutes after the break and the Germans threatened an avalanche of goals only for Wojciech Szczesny to repeatedly deny them a third. All in all a pretty pathetic showing from us men who well and truly had their arses handed to them by a far more organised and determined outfit. Next up in the Champions League it’s Galatasaray at home before Anderlecht away in late October. It already feels like we’re playing for second in the group, but even that’s going to be a tall order unless we improve quickly.
PL vs Villa: 3-0. We ended Villa’s unbeaten record in style, scoring three times inside four minutes to ensure three important Premier League points. It looked as if Wenger tweaked his system slightly, playing Ramsey closer to Arteta, and Ozil more central and we reaped the rewards of that. I think it’s a game from which we can take a lot. Villa had been unbeaten and very solid, we tore them apart in that blinding spell and then worked very hard to stay on top of the game. After a goal and an assist there’ll be less spotlight on Ozil and hopefully that’s the kind of performance that will help spark his season, while the same goes for Welbeck. Another game without a goal might have increased the pressure on him. Instead he made a decisive contribution – like Ozil an assist and a goal – and it’s good to see two players who are going to be hugely important for us this season look like they’re on the same wavelength. Overall, lots of positives, a good days works and a performance which is much more like the Arsenal we all want to see.
COC vs Southampton 1-2. Koeman picked a strong team and Wenger did not, and that is why Southampton are still in the Capital One Cup. Saints were superior to us in every facet of the game here, and even though we led for for six first-half minutes, they certainly deserved their win and their place in the fourth round draw. Diaby made his long awaited return (and didnt get injured) and the likes of Ospina (on debut) Rosicky, Podoldki, Campbell, Le Coq, Hayden and Bellerin were all brought in. Alexis hit a stunner of a free kick, but then Rosicky was pulled up for bringing Mane down in the box and it was all square. Up stepped Clyne with a 30 yard strike that was moving all over the place. Second half was end to end, with big chances for both teams, but in the end the stronger team won.
Where does this leave us:
Premier League: Sitting 4th (P 5, W 2, D 3, L 0, F 10, A 6, GD 4, P 9) 4 points behind leaders Chelski
Champions League: Bottom of the table (Only 1 game played) and most likely playing off for 2nd
Capital One Cup: Out
Sp*rs on Sunday, if your in Auckland, we are hitting up Sammys Place at the Casino for the match!
Then Gala on Thursday morning.
Both games are must wins!