Mutiny!!!

Koscielny, Mustafi, Cech, Xhaka and Alexis (for me) were the reasons we lost this match against a United side there for the slaughters ! On a night where all Field Marshals  would want their trusted generals to be 100% committed to the cause, Arsene was badly let down by his senior players.

He must be pretty riled up but just trying to be cool.

While some of the senior players underperformed, a handful of Arsene’s troops were sweating blood on the cold night; Özil, Lacazette and Ramsey(sadly). The others that put in very good shifts were Kolasinac, Monreal and Iwobi (when he came on).

The rest of the players all have serious questions to answer; 

Koscielny:

1. you can never justify giving the ball away when your whole ‘team is on the move, 

2. You  don’t let your man get into the wrong side of you (for the third goal)

Mustafi:

1. You dont give the ball away even sloppier than your defence partner, especially when Monreal is well positioned to receive the ball from you and you have over 3 more options, including putting it out of play.

Xhaka:

You don’t repeatedly lose your man inside the box, as he’s done this season time and time again, with most resulting in  match damaging goals.

Alexis:

1. You don’t play for your own stats in a club as big and as technical as Arsenal.

2. He loses the ball a whopping 34 times during the match (the highest of any player on the pitch) 

3. He leaves the simple things required of a left sided forward in any team, and keep trying the ridiculous which almost never bears any fruit.

3. He disjoints the game plan of the team when Olivier is on, by (most times) nicking off passes intended for another team mate that was meant to go wide in order to stretch the Man United’s defence so that our tall striker(Giroud), our diminutive striker(Lacazette) and our running striker (welbeck) would pounce on the resulting deliveries, however way they come into the box.

Arsenal totally outplayed Man United.

In all, I was disappointed with these players, but laud the positivity and never-say-die attitude starting to take root in this team.

In a night where the level of officiating was unsurprisingly poor, we let 3 points slip through our fingers. Only the manner in which it was lost remained the sole source of consolation. Let’s build on it and hopefully, yesterday was one of those days where things didn’t go our way. 

#ArsMun #liveandfightagain #neversaydie #coyg

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All That Ends Well is Well?

What a rollercoaster season we had at Arsenal, so much talking points. From finishing the lowest we have done in 20 years to Winning the EmiratesFAcup in such a convincing manner and making certain that our worst campaign in 20 years was more productive than Tottenham’s best campaign in more than 50 years, Stan Kroenke rejecting a £1bn take over bid from Russian billionaire and Arsenal fan Alisher Usmanov, Wenger finally getting another 2 years contract amid fierce protest from a section of Arsenal supporters (Wenger Out Brigade) and the club looking to build from the strong finish of our late charge in the season. There is just so much to talk about.

I have been away on a self imposed holiday from writing on Arsenal affairs until the season ends, because I was so sick and tired of the happenings at the time. Do not get it the wrong way, I never missed a single match that we played..I only decided it was in my best health interest that I stop for a while and reflect. As I said, it’s been a rollercoaster season where many different Arsenal showed up in different matches. There were times they were drop dead brilliant, and there were times they were literary crap. All in all, I remained a gooner through and through.

During the course of this break, we shall be looking back on some of the problems that made our season go haywire and what can be done to make sure that it doesn’t happen again. We shall profile and discuss our potential targets and look at how they can add quality to the team. (Its rumoured we have already acquired the services of Kolasinac and have also agreed to buy Nigerian forward Henry Onyekuru, and are on the heels of Monaco’s young prodigy kylian Mbappe; for whom a bid of £87m was lodged a few days ago…as reported by L’equipe. It’s really refreshing to see that things are moving faster than other times, and the amount quoted are quite audacious.

Let’s sit back and enjoy the summer. It promises to be an exciting one! COYG!!

-fair play gooner