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Post Match Analysis- Arsenal vs Man City (Away – Match 5) (Post #10)

Ladies and gentleman, I am pumped up after this match we just witnessed. Arsenal 1-1 Man City, yet again the prediction came true. Now I wish I said 2-1 and maybe then Gervinho would have slotted in one of the many chances he had today. But overall, I am very happy with Arsenal’s performance. This is the Arsenal vs Man City Post Match Analysis, have a good read!

ARSENAL 1-1 MAN CITY AT THE ETIHAD:

I think for this post, we have to mention EVERY player on the pitch for Arsenal and state their contributions-

Mannone: One mistake with the corner led to Man City going 1-0 up. But I did say, he will be tested but the more important issue is that he bounced back VERY QUICKLY and kept calm and brought Arsenal home by not conceding after.

Gibbs: Ran up and down and worked well with Gervinho. He should have taken the shot at the first half chance though.

Corporal Jenkinson: What can I say? I will sum it up with the Gary Neville (of Sky Sports) quote: “I don’t know him, but the kid looks like he would run through a brick wall for you”.

Mertesacker: A solid block of defence in our core. There were countless times he just stood his ground and stopped Aguero, Tevez, Dzeko, Balotelli and whoever they brought on.

Koscielny: Stood in for an ill Vermaelen today. Not only did he cover for our Captain but salvaged a well-deserved point by bombarding forward. What I loved more was him tracking back Aguero and swiping the ball off his feet. As the pic above says, Laurent Koscielny IS A BOSS!!

Arteta: Complete professional. He gives his 100% every game and today was no different. Glad to see the rest of the team working as hard as him. He did forget to cover the far post though that led to Lescott scoring but again, not much could have been done. Arteta lead us brilliantly today.

Diaby: Looked tired in the second half, he had a good time in midfield, but he would have learnt a few things from playing against Yaya Toure. Diaby’s runs and turns and shooting reminded me of a young Vieira.

Cazorla: Pulling the strings as always. His shot from outside the box lead to our corner to get the equaliser. He never gives up, always cheerful and he is our focal point in terms of attack.

Gervinho: People are criticizing his performance but he kept the team going forward. He will come back stronger against Coventry.

Ramsey: He is a young Iniesta in the making. Wilshere will be our Xavi. A great display from the Welshman today, now some consistency would make him a first team regular.

Podolski: The German looked quiet today but did his duties in the first half. He needs to be rested and played only at Chelsea next.

Overall: Amazing team performance, everyone did their bit. Ramsey and Corp. Jenkinson are two worthy mentions. Well done lads!

We have Coventry in the Capital One cup (formerly Carling cup) on Wednesday, resting our top players is vital. Coquelin, Arshavin, Giroud and Chamakh must play then. That’s it from here, have a great week ahead. Gunners- THIS IS IT! THIS IS OUR SEASON!! CMON ARSENAL!

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Match Preview – Arsenal vs Manchester City (Away – Match 5) (Post #9) + Montpellier Post Match Analysis

Alright, so for this read, we will quickly run through the Montpellier Post Match Analysis followed by the preview for Arsenal vs Man City this weekend. This weekend will mark the beginning of a very challenging end to September with the likes of Man City and Chelsea to face us. There will be certain points in these matches which will give us an insight into our club’s strength and where we are in terms of the top 4. But before that- our performance at Montpellier

Arsenal 2-1 Montpellier:

As I predicted we did win 2-1 this Tuesday evening. It was straight forward and simple in the sense that we did enough to win whilst overcoming fatigue from the weekend thumping to Southampton. Plus this being our first continental away test and with the boss being side-lined with a 3 match UEFA ban, the players and Bouldy had to prove themselves. And they did, they delivered. I was surprised that Podolski wasn’t rested given the big matches ahead. Thankfully no one was injured and we have a few days to recover. Mannone impressed and could very well oust Chesney out of the #1 position; I like this competition for places within the team. Again in defence, I thought Koscielny would have come in for Per or Vermaelen. Having said that, I believe there will be rotations this weekend, but more on that later.

An all-round good performance from defence and midfield as expected. Cazorla quietly doing his work but Gervinho and Podolski represent this new sense of attack in Arsenal, that being RUTHLESS AGGRESSION. The moment Montpellier scored, it lit a fuse in the Arsenal and we literally went all guns blazing. And nothing is more beautiful to watch when the lads come out with quick passing, incisive crossing and deadly finishing. I’ve been hearing that Giroud is being critiqued badly for not scoring, in my opinion he served the team VERY WELL. He set up Podolski perfectly and the German powerhouse rightfully acknowledged the same in the post-match interview. No complaint but the team is showing signs of tiredness and that should affect our team line up for Man City, let’s get to that now.

Arsenal vs Man City  away at the Eastlands:

Possible Teamsheet:

GK: Mannone (This will be the Italian’s chance to prove himself and take over from Chesney)

DEF: Gibbs, Vermaelen, Koscielny (Per NEEDS a rest), Corp. Jenkinson

MID: Arteta, Diaby, Cazorla, Gervinho, Ramsey/Walcott (Expect a packed midfield to provide more cover)

ATT: Podolski up front (Giroud hopefully will feature and score)

Exception: We could have Podolski instead of Ramsey/Walcott and Giroud leading the line. Don’t be surprised. We need to pack heavy for the likes of Yaya, Aguero, Dzeko, Tevez, Balotelli, Kompany … need I go more?

Key battles: My score prediction is based on the fact that both teams are very similar in some cases. Let’s have a look- PODOLSKI vs AGUERO, CAZORLA vs SILVA, DIABY vs YAYA, KOMPANY vs VERMAELEN. Oh and don’t forget Nasri, just wait to hear the boos and you know he is there.

Score Prediction:  Arsenal 1-1 Man City. Cagey start both teams wary of the other’s counter attack but Mannone will be tested and Man City don’t necessarily defend well as a team. Take out Yaya and Kompany and surely Cazorla will find holes through their defence.

Enjoy the match, thanks for the support and CMON YOU GUNNERS!!!

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Post Match Analysis – Arsenal vs Sunderland (Home – Match 1) (Post #2)

Season Opener – Arsenal  0-0 Sunderland at the our home.. the Emirates stadium. Oh dear…. Sit down and take a deep breath Gunners. The following is more of a short rant than an article. Ready?

ARE YOU KIDDING ME Arsenal?!! We’ve started Day 1 of the season with already 2 points behind any team that wins let alone the other elite clubs. If we want to challenge, a draw at home for a season opener is not good enough even if it is against a Martin O’Neill side. The players are not at fault, they were just not well prepared. Here are my thoughts-

  1. The Board decide to make more cash via marketing and send the team to Asia for a tour. Wenger accepts or has to accept and has to make a last minute friendly with Cologne to actually get some match time for the players both old and new to the club.
  2. There can be no excuses made by the club that the new players need to gel because frankly the new comers did their bit quite well for their debuts. And apart from Arteta and Gervinho, the other players looked jaded and lacklustre.
  3. Looking from a player’s perspective, how would any player feel when one of their good mates and dressing room favorite Alex Song, who arguably was a top player for the club with experience … shows up for training and then is asked to say his goodbyes and board a flight to Barcelona for a medical. This despite the fact that the club wants to sell him even though he stated he was quite happy to stay. Oh and this after selling our top marquee player to our bitter rivals a few days ago.
  4. Now we get to the fans perspective, we were all delighted that we signed Podolski, Giroud and the best signing amongst all clubs this year would be Santi Cazorla. That gave us an illusion of ‘lessons learnt’. But come the start of the season, we lose our top two players Robin Van Nistelrooy (This name stands) and Alex Song. In my opinion Song is a greater loss in terms of the development capital we have lost having raised him for 7 years.

Add the fact that even the other club players and managers are baffled by our sales at the last minute. The fact that there wasn’t a thought given about selling Song is just dumbfounding. I personally find myself feeling at both ends of the spectrum which I’ve noticed even amongst the celebrity Gunners. Sometimes the extreme- baffled and filled with anguish like Piers Morgan is (quite understandably). And sometimes highly tranquil and unflustered like Dara O’Briain (probably because we feel desensitized to this charade after all these years). What the club calls for “balancing the books” is merely an emasculation of the football values of the club. We cannot look at Man City or elsewhere and say they are all about the money, Why? Because they still deliver on the pitch and make it happen for and with the players. As for us- We are fed with the pretence that we are puritans of football, but what we seem to be are a ruthless business club making a quick buck. The boos at the end of the match said it all. Forgive me, I must now retire this weekend by going to Youtube and looking at videos of the Ol’ Les Invincibles days. Seems a long time ago, oh wait, judging by the 240p video quality… it has been.

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