Arsenal 2-0 Fulham: player ratings

Arsenal 2-0 Fulham: player ratings

It wasn’t the most accomplished performance of all time, but all that matters is the three points which keep us top of the league.

Here’s how the players rated. And remember, with our brand new player ratings system you can add your own ratings and the aggregate of all reader scores is displayed alongside ours.

Note: We know it’s not showing properly in the apps/RSS feed, but we’re working on it.

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7.5
BS
3
7.5
PM
4
7.5
LK
6
8.5
NM
18
7.5
MF
20
7.5
JW
10
7.5
11
6.5
SG
44
7
SC
19
8.5
OG
12
6.5
WS
1
7
BS
3
7
PM
4
7
LK
6
7.5
NM
18
7.5
MF
20
7.5
JW
10
7.5
11
6
SG
44
7
SC
19
8
OG
12
6.5
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1: Wojciech Szczesny

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7.5
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Season average: 7
1

Made some great first half saves/interceptions, but just got a bit sloppy towards the end when he thought the game was won.

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3: Bacary Sagna

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7.5
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Season average: 7
2

Another solid, consistent performance from the best right back in the league.

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4: Per Mertesacker

7
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7.5
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Season average: 7
3

Caught out with a ball over the top at the end, but otherwise pretty much immaculate against a fairly non-threatening Fulham side.

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6: Laurent Koscielny

7.5
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8.5
Readers
Season average: 7.5
5

Tops again, tackles 4/4, clearances 11/11, and he was up Berbatov's arse like the star of Backdoor Sluts IV (so we're told).

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18: Nacho Monreal

7.5
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7.5
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Season average: 6.5
14

Another good display from the Spaniard who got up and down the line all day long and put in some great deliveries from the left hand side.

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20: Mathieu Flamini

7.5
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7.5
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Season average: 6.5
16

I loved him today. He had a 98% pass completion rate, but he was brilliantly sly with some of his fouling/blocking which he got away with every time.

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10: Jack Wilshere

7.5
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7.5
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Season average: 7
9

Did well and was always looking to try and create something in the final third. It didn't always come off but gets a nice assist for Santi's opener.

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11: Mesut Özil

6
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6.5
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Season average: 7
28

Not the kind of performance that will convince the doubters but was always available and looking to get involved. Relax folks, he'll come good. The fact he's playing poorly doesn't mean he's a poor player, and it's certainly not an excuse for people to go mental or start fights. Apart from for those people who want any excuse to go mental or start fights, but what can you do about them anyway?

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44: Serge Gnabry

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7
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Season average: 7
26

It's hard to remember sometimes this lad is just 18. It shows in some of his decision making, but he's always positive, looking for a chance to test the keeper. Had 4 shots from increasingly decent positions, but only one of them required a save.

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19: Santi Cazorla

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8.5
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Season average: 7
15

Even if his passing is still somewhat wayward, he stepped up when required today. Two goals, 2-0, three points. Gracias Santi!

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12: Olivier Giroud

6.5
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6.5
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Season average: 6
29

Worked hard, as always, didn't really get much in the way of service against two big centre-halves, and struggled to create anything clear cut for himself.

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9: Lukas Podolski

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7.5
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Season average: 6.5
8

Got on and showed the boss what he's about. Could have scored with practically his first touch but for a great block, and saw a blistering shot pushed onto the post.

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15: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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6.5
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Season average: 7
12

Not really on long enough to rate, had a half chance at the end from a Cazorla cross.

Bonus rating: 10/10 - That bit when Flamini cracked his knee off Sidwell's then stood on his toe. Hilarious fun to watch a snide player like Sidwell get some back.

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      • Except all that landed in your backyard are the crickets you now hear chirping as homage to your excruciating plea and attempt at humour.

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        • Now that’s a joke.

          HG, the fact you’re getting red thumbed down is because your joke was at the expense of Giroud. The guy may not be as clinical as Messi, but he works his nuts off for the team. He is a lot, lot more important to our team than being the end result to our attack.

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        • Admittedly, I wasn’t able to watch the game, so maybe they were a bit dire. Connection in Manaus is absolutely terrible at the best of times. Looking forward to my fibre optic back in Blighty…

          Have you posted up any clips of the goals yet blogs? Santi’s goals sound like they were pretty awesome from the Live Blog.

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    • I believe Arsene Wenger feels the same way.

      On whether Poldi can play upfront he said:

      “He can as well, because if he is in front of goal and you give him one chance, you score with him. He doesn’t hit it in the stand.”

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    • Is it just me or does no one really realized this? Giroud’s pass to Wilshere for the first goal was absolute class. Again, fair enough his finishing needs a bit of work but what he makes up for is great work ethic and a good target man for our midfield players to lay the ball to and make runs etc. Apart from Cazorla continuing his run, I don’t think it would’ve been a goal had Giroud not find Wilshere in space. So yeah I really think it won’t hurt if he’s spared some slack.

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  1. Emirates Announcer: 10/10 for effort in pronouncing Kacaniklic
    0/10 for execution in pronouncing Kacaniklic

    There is something to be said for 60k home and away fans having a good chuckle together.

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    • Just a handy reference update- You can watch the 2nd half on Arsenal Player, the substitution is at about 85:45. After Ozil takes a cheeky 15 minutes walking off the pitch :)

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        • who else in that midfield set-up gets dropped when our best player of the first half of the season (ramsey) and out de-facto captain (Arteta) are fit to play again??… all Gooner 3000 is saying is that the man needs to step up a gear, what right minded person disagrees with that?

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        • Problem with that, is that he doesn’t have Ronaldo playing in front of him anymore.

          I can’t help feeling that if he had a world-class striker to feed, we’d see a lot more from him. HFB is great, and we all love him, but he’s far 25-goal-a-season striker. Very far.

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  2. Podolski was, at least for me, outstanding today. Came on, nearly scored with his second touch of the ball, then had his glorious shot pushed onto the post. Could easily have scored at least one goal. Apart from that he was up and down the pitch rapidly, helping gain back possession and even blocking crosses down the left side. You could see he was fit, ready and hungry for a goal. Excellent performance as a sub and hopefully will be in the starting line up next time.

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    • How Podolski doesn’t burst footballs when he hits them is beyond me, perhaps he see’s the dutch skunks face and not a football?

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  3. Quick question here: What if a ‘keeper gets injured/sent off during a match, but his team goes on to record a clean sheet. How does this figure in the race for the Golden Glove?

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    • Ramsey is still solidly my first choice for his all round game, the lad can get forward and can defend as well which is a massive asset to the team. His stamina is something else. But Wilshere has improved upon his early season performances, agreed.

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      • Gotta love the selection headaches…These days when a player gets injured, Wenger doesn’t have that “oh shit we’re fucked” look on his face. He knows he has a huge list to come in. It still pisses me off when the analysts pop up and talk about Arsenal’s lack of depth in the squad to be the downfall. Ummm: Ramsey, Ox, Podolski, Rosicky, Bendtner, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Jenkinson, Arteta and Diaby (is he alive). That’s a full team right there to come in. If we win the league, do you think there is a chance every analyst gets the sack?

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  4. The faith who put in Santi already paid off. Can’t wait for more from him!
    P/S: Monreal’s and Sagna’s position was incorrect. Just a reminder.

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  5. Santi starting to come into true form is scary.

    Let’s give Ozil a break. He needs some time to adapt to the Premier League like any new player. Inconsistency is natural with these kind of things.

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  6. Maybe you could do away with the little ok buttons for the user rating, and make it enough to click on the stars? I like the new system and its great as it is..Just a suggestion.

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      • Blogs, I am amazed at how you reply to all the posts that you need to. Do you actually read every single post? You are doing a marvelous job. I´ve been a follower and reader of your blog for five years! Amazing what you are doing for us.

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      • You could combine all the “ok” buttons into single fat button at the end, so when someone does the rating stuff she/he hits the submit button once and for all.

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      • It’s better to have the OK if you’re using a tablet because it’s quite fiddly tapping the exact right pllace on the stars.

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  7. Top of the league!!!

    I guess we want Man U over Chelsea because of the table? Or a tie with John Terry and Ivanovic colliding ending each other’s careers. Mourinho faints from the drama and a downward spiral ensues.

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    • I’d vote for something happening that’s so shocking that it makes Vincent Kompany, who is watching the game back in Manchester, pull a groin and forces him out to miss 6-8 weeks. He’s the linchpin to City’s title challenge.

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    • A splendid post except for the one thing, we don’t really do “ties”, it@s a draw, sorry but had to say it……..

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  8. Would of gave Kozza an 8.5 but he missed an open and saved a certain goal within 2 seconds. Shame too, love to see CB’s score.

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  9. The game was fast, you see first half, gnabry nearly had a goal, good runs frm j10, & assists ozil been marked but see the movements frm team players, pers, coyg santi

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  10. LK6, could have had a goal just before Santi’s two–MOTM, totally obliterated that ex-Sp*rs twat and preserved the clean sheet … loved it! 10/10 moment!

    Carry on beloved Goons!

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  11. Well said bloggs, regarding ozil. It’s not that he’s shit, or that he’s been shit, but he was shit/poor today. He’s not playing like one of the best midfielders in the world, which he is. All those that are too scared to even remotely accept a bit of critisism towards him need to grow up, it’s football, it’s opinions, no need to insult anybody over it. Maybe in a few months time you will realize how poor he was, when he really starts controlling games, in the interim he needs to get his head down and work hard to win the ball back when he loses it.

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    • Personally, my only issue is with the use of the word shit…that’s the kind of class you put John Walters in, and even Ozils worst performance of the season (at OT) was still more useful than anything Walters has ever done, ‘poor’ would be acceptable for that though.

      I guess there’s always been a lack of nuance on the internet though, and complaining too hard about that would make me a bit dumb!

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      • Absolutely. I don’t like people throwing around the word shit. ‘Sub-par’, ‘should do better’, ‘lousy’, ‘poor’, could describe Ozil at his worst, but he is not capable of ‘shit’. Jonathan Walters is a fine, superb example of shit.

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    • if you dont want to get insulted, perhap consider NOT insulting the players in first place? Calling our player shit then going emo when you get called shit (or equivalent) back is hardly surprising

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  12. Santi, much more effective while playing from the middle. Maybe ozil can start from d flanks. But most importantly, its Gunners on top!!!!

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  13. I watched Poldi today and he looked more threatening than everyone in his 10/15 minute cameo. AW has never really backed him to the extent he has certain other players like Giroud and Ramsey, even Per. The man has 111 caps for one of the best international teams in the world i just wish he’d get more reps. Statistically speaking he has our greatest chance conversion rate. I like Handsome Giroud a lot but in terms of chance conversion Poldi it far ahead. It seems to be a preference for hold up play over clinical finishing. I suppose that’s effective when midfielders score, as today. Gnabry has bags of potential but to play him consistently over the 111 cap international, at least to me, seems to indicate a lack of trust in Poldi going forward. I love that when teams defend extremely deep in the antichrist 5-5-0 formation Poldi can annihilate a long range shot to draw them out slightly as an alternative to the probing which either works well or exemplifies our major weakness, the counter attack.

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    • Gnabry shouldn’t lose his place after two solid performances.

      It’s also man management, I think, on Wenger’s part. By holding Podolski back and playing younger, ostensibly less refined players than him, Wenger is probably hoping to get a response next time he plays him. Remember the beginning of 2012-2013 when Walcott was held out behind Gervinho and others (partially because of the contract dispute, partially because of a preseason injury I think)? Then when Wenger put him on in the League Cup, he was like a rabid dog out there, scoring goals for fun and asserting himself as the alpha male on the team. It was the best goal scoring run of Theo’s career. Then he signed the contract and comfortably won his place, and his play dropped.

      You’d think Podolski will get a start in the FA Cup against Coventry.

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      • Well, Walcott did get injured but I get your point. And I think its definitely having an effect on Podolski, especially as he is being kept out by someone also vying for a place in the German squad

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    • I noticed it as well and said to my brother that I thought he was going to come off. I don’t think it was 15 mins – more like 4 or 5. I think he had a knock but ran it off. He certainly seemed OK after that and I don’t think you can fault his work. He tracked back to help Monreal as needed.

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      • LittleTripoli is right, this definitely happened. I was at the game and we were all quite befuddled, thought he was going to go off. He was just walking around slowly and a little aimlessly, like a pensioner in the park. No runs, no tracking. Then suddenly he was bursting forward with the ball.

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    • But there was also the time about 20 mins from end that JW did similar and he had control of the ball! About 30 years out he had ball and sort of stopped, like he was going in slow motion, within seconds the ball had been nicked and we were under pressure.

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  15. Wouldn’t anyone else like to see in inverted wingers so podolski playing RW and would be able to let his hammer of a foot off more often

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  16. Really impressed by Wilshere. He’s come in for some stick but his recent performances show he’s still got it. Agree with the comments on Ozil and how impressive was Podolski when he came on? Looked a man on a mission. Podolski, Ox and Gnabry are going to have to bring that firepower we lost with Walcott if we’re gonna keep the momentum. Looks like they’re up for it

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  17. You guys are a bit harsh, ain’t you. Everybody was pretty good. Ozil & Santi are flash players with constant play. A pleasure to watch.

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  18. Controversial maybe, but my man of the match was Szczesny. Quick reactions and a fingertip save in the first half were so important. Santi clearly brilliant though

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  19. Great to see two goals from Santi. He’s like an adorable cross between Alvin the Chipmunk and Adam Sandler.

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  20. Once again, as with the Villa game we did enough to win, so to be anything other than satisfied would seem a little bit churlish. I do however, feel that we need to play with a little more conviction and pace if we want to win the league, we are currentky doing enough to win games but still feel a step up is required to go all the way.

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    • That was funny 2 weeks ago, but the basteads won again today and he has even got Adebaywhore back from the dead…….

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  21. I score ozil a 9 out of 10. he is the only arsenal who does not buckle under pressure.no matter the number of opposition players harrying him, he always finds a way to neutralize their threat without losing the ball.he is a wenger dream player.our passing game flourishes when he has the ball.

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  22. I thought Ozil was more involved today. He actually worked very hard and had one of those games were he was less anonymous. Movement in front of him not so great. He needs a pacier foward to tee up.

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  23. While I know he’s still young and has heaps of time to improve, I don’t like how Gnabry drifts into the middle during games. It sort of creates too much of a jam in midfield, with Santi already given that responsibility. And due to his nature of finding space, it also seems to cause Ozil to drift outwards towards the wing, not allowing him to have the maximum impact from the middle of the park. Which could maybe correlate to his lack of form the past couple of games. I could be wrong, but that’s my two cents anyway.

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  24. Ozil 6?

    Ozil’s stats vs Fulham according to Squawka.

    Created 3 chances ,more than any Arsenal Player.Completed 82 of his 94 passes. Mesut played as he always does. He makes everyone around play better!Thats his effect at Arsenal.Arsenal are top of the league in spite of having one of the most wasteful striker in the EPL! OG has had more clear cut chances than any .

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  25. The important thing is that we are Winding many of the games we would have been a draw last season. Keep it up Arsenal and the title will be in our reach. :)

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  26. Santi is a competitive little bugger.

    I think he doesn’t want to be showed up by Ozil and you get the feeling he was frustrated but a couple months back because he wasn’t entirely clicking.

    It’s a healthy environment at the moment in the squad with Santi and Ozil pushing each other, Koscielny and Per determine to keep as many clean sheets as possible, Monreal and Gibbs also look locked in a tight race to start, and of course Jack and Ramsey (not to mention Arteta and Flamini)

    The one area which could do with a bit of positive competition us up top. Whilst Bentdner offers similar comparisons to Giroud, he isn’t quite there yet. Podolski coming on shows the depth we have despite the hoohaa about us otherwise. he isn’t exactly vying for a like for like with Giroud but I’m sure he will want to put in some goals from his wide position.

    Then there is Gnabry who in Walcott’s abcsence is set (and looks like he will) give the Ox more than a run for his money.

    22 games in and still up top says much about the strength of this current squad and one the media is of course happy to make facile judgements in favour of the impressive City who are still behind us.

    Savage on the BBC is likening Negredo to the new Shearer when the Spaniards goal haul is the same as Giroud.

    With 16 games left, if we keep at it with belief, we should be due a big win soon to make up the goal differential against City. We must bank maximum points against Southampton and Crystal Palace but there is also a big win to be had there somewhere if we continue our improvements currently, you just feel there is another gear we are threatening to go into shortly.

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  27. Towards the end when we had a lot of slow possession nobody would pass to Giroud. Frustrating as he made quite a few good runs. I understand he put some wide, but you have to keep feeding strikers to get them going.

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    • Slow – that’s what I thought of the game. One tempo. The one slowing it down the most – don’t all shout at me – was Ozil. And Ozil was poorer also because he kept ghosting to where he wanted to be and the player in possession couldn’t keep up (even though Ozil was still doing that slowly!). Hence a lot of misplaced passes that sort of looked like Ozil’s fault.

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  28. I don’t understand how Poldi gets so much power in his shots. As a keen amatuer footballer and fellow left-footer, I think he must have gunpowder on his boots. Everytime he strikes the ball, it flies straight without much movement. Even his snapshots and stabbed shots with no backlift are like a cannon.

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  29. I thought Gnabry was poor overall personally, although he improved in the second half. I mean, you can cut him some slack because of his age and I like him a lot as a prospect, but I think this performance showed why Podolski and Ox are still better options when they’re 100%.

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  30. I think teams are now well aware of what Ozil is capable of and he’s being marked like crazy. I remember one point in particular when he received the ball just after the hallfway line with his back to goal, turned around and immediately got swarmed by 3 opposition players. He took one more touch then dispatched the ball to a teammate. Quick, efficient, and calm as hell.

    And in addition to that marking, add the new aspect of the physical game, new teammates, new league, new environment, etc etc, and I think Ozil is doing a fantastic job. Can only imagine what he’ll do with time.

    PS: anyone else notice how he made almost exactly the same play with Monreal again? Brilliant diagonal pass, just a shame the resulting cross didn’t reach anyone.

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  31. Happy with the all-round performance of the team.

    I’m thinking we need to find another set-piece specialist. We had a couple of free kicks in excellent positions, but just couldn’t get it over the wall. I remember a certain number 14 that used to be quite handy with them.

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    • In fairness those walls were all far closer than 10 yards, but I agree, we need to do something other than just hit ball at wall.

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  32. Not in anyway having a go at the lad because he is young and learning. But I marked Gnabry’s rating down a tad due to his first half positioning. He played too far inside, so far at times it looked as though he had a free role. This had the effect of closing down the space Wilshere and Cazorla could ‘ghost’ into.
    However, its great to have a new first teamer with the confidence to consistently take people on and above all shoot.

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  33. Use pressure to score like a champion in second half: 10/10
    Cazorla finishes: 10/10
    Gnabry tests their Goalie with shots like top classes and try to put in: 10/10
    Missing Walcott in first half and find out how a top speedy striker could help us and maybe vs top4 sides and difficult situations: 10/10
    Find out needs to score more and don’t play with loose style after second goal: 10/10
    Find out sometimes we need to shot from long distance as Ramsey did it and as Gnabry did vs Fulham and Ozil should try to shooooot of outside of box not just make passes and assist: 10/10

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  34. On Ozil, I did feel there was a lack of movement ahead of him in the first half. Gnabry looked fantastic on the day but he needs to work on his off the ball movement if he’s going to be a target for Ozil and co. Cazorla isn’t an off the shoulder player either. Ozil is at his best when he has the space to run at a defence, like on the counter, and put someone through on goal. But we only really have one player, two if you include Giroud, that consistently wants to make those runs and he’s out for the season! So Ozil has to work with what he’s given and I’m not surprised that it has taken time to adapt. He’ll come good, too much talent not to.

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  35. I think if we had a quick striker we’d get more out of Ozil. HFB is great at what he does but he’s too static in his movement. Ozil doesn’t get the opportunities to split the defence as giroud likes it to feet. Shame theo is out hey…

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  36. Pundits’ logic:

    Can Arsenal win the title with only one striker? NO.
    Can Chelsea win the title with no strikers at all? Of course!

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