Week 6: A Heartbreaking Display from Arsenal

Eeeghh.. I found it difficult to write an Arsenal post when Arsenal lost, at home, specifically by their town rival Chelsea😦 But here we go..

#Highlights:

17′ Arsenal have been forced into an early change. Diaby injured himself off. The Ox came on to play on right, while Ramsey moved to central.

20′ GOAL by Torres! Mata curled the free-kick. David Luiz astonishingly left unmarked but he couldn’t reach, but the ball came to Torres. He beat Koscielny and hooked a surprising volley into the goal. Clinical finish from Torres. Bad defending from Arsenal (Koscielny’s not only to blame).

20′ Torres! 0-1

42′ GERVINHO!! It’s really a good goal. Arteta to Oxlade-Chamberlain on the right and his low cross found Gervinho. He quickly controlled the ball and then swivelled to crash a shot in one movement.

42′ It’s Gervinho! 1-1

53′ Another conceded goal from set-pieces. Goal by Juan MATA (not Kos). He curled it into the bottom left corner. Koscielny’s sliding only helped in confusing Mannone, who reacted too late as the ball bounced into the net.

53′ Mata’s set-piece. 1-2

90’+1 What a miss from Giroud! Ox set Giroud with a brilliant through pass, Cech was beaten, but his finish is only into the side netting.

FT:  The full-time whistle blows. Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea. Goals from Fernando Torres and Juan Mata kept Chelsea’s unbeaten run going and ended Arsenal’s. Both of the visitor’s goals came from set pieces, and both easily could have been avoided. There’s plenty of work still to be done: finishing and set-pieces defending.

(Sorry, can’t find any good HD)

Wenger reaction as he sees a late chance missed by Giroud.

Giroud, missed a goal chance again.

#Stats:

ArsenalChelsea
Goals 12
Shots 1710
Shots on target 43
Possession 51%49%
Fouls 1414
Yellow 23
Red 00

#Player ratings (my version):

Mannone – 5
Lack of organizing the defense. On the 2nd goal, a simple yell to Koscielny to leave the ball would have sufficed, and there’s no way a keeper should let the ball come that close to him before reacting.

Jenkinson – 7
Impressive again. Jenkinson has turned into such a good right back now🙂

Koscielny – 4.5
As a fan of Kos, I feel sorry to give him very bad rate. He just had a very bad game😦

Vermaelen – 5
Committed an unnecessary poor foul, lead to Chelsea’s second goal. Bad defending overall.

Gibbs – 7
Great, if not fantastic. Made many tackles today. NINE!

Arteta – 7
Still maintain his consistency in term of pass success rate (93% this match). Two words for tonight: excellent and vital.

Diaby – 6
Injured at early minute. His physical absence in this game changed the game. Now Mr. Glass is out again, for three weeks minimum with a muscular thigh strain😦

Ramsey – 5.5
Worked hard for the team. Alright in the 1st half, horrible in the 2nd.

Cazorla – 6
Missed two good chances. Plus some off-target shots. Not great today.

Gervinho – 5.5
Apart from his good goal, Gervinho was useless today. He always keeps the ball for way too much time. Predictable, wasteful and frustating.

Podolski – 5
Not involved enough. Wasted on the wings, in my opinion.

Oxlade-Chamberlain (17′) – 6
Created 1 assisst and 4 chances today. Good enough when attacking.

Giroud (67′) – 5.5
New torres, indeed. Heartbreaking shot at the last minute. Just getting 25 minutes and 1 chance though.

Walcott (67′) – 6
Didn’t do much on the right flank. But with Gervinho’s and Giroud’s performance in recent weeks, I think AW should give a chance at the CF position.

Together with Gibbs and Arteta, are the ones who could leave the game with their heads held high.

#Chelsea Players:
Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, John Terry, David Luiz (Gary Cahill 81′), Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires, John Obi Mikel, Oscar (Victor Moses 73′),  Juan Mata (Ryan Bertrand 85′), Eden Hazard, Fernando Torres.

Comments:

“I don’t think it’s something to do with the defence. It’s about an individual defensive set-up in the game which is a free kick or a corner. Today we haven’t defended well enough and we’ve conceded two goals that have cost us the game. It’s everyone’s responsibility. You can’t fault one player on that.” – Arteta.

“The players are very frustated. They have a great attitude, they are very disappointed.. I can understand that. But I think we will recover from it. It can happen in the season, but they are dissapointed because they lost a game they should not have lost. ” – Wenger.

“That is a decision which was based on the opposition we played. You can say it was a wrong one maybe, but I believe [that statement] is a lowering the quality of the players who played, they are internationals. If I do not play Koscielny or Vermaelen and cannot win the game, you will ask me the same question.” – Wenger (on leaving Mertesacker on the bench).


Recapping September’s fixtures, we did a good work and gained decent results from “deadly” matches: won from Liverpool (0-2) and Southampton (6-1), drew against Manchester City (1-1), and lost against Chelsea (1-2).

Now, winnable October’s fixtures is waiting (vs West Ham, vs Norwich, and vs QPR). We must not let the month pass without making the most of it.

Come On You Gunners!!

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