Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace: player ratings

Arsenal 2-1 Crystal Palace: player ratings

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Szczesny

6.67

Debuchy

7.96

Chambers

7.78

Koscielny

6.10

Gibbs

6.34

Arteta

5.56

Wilshere

6.87

Ramsey

4.55

Cazorla

6.18

Alexis

4.19

Sanogo

6

Szczesny

6

Debuchy

8

Chambers

7.5

Koscielny

6

Gibbs

6

Arteta

6

Wilshere

6.5

Ramsey

4

Cazorla

6

Alexis

4

Sanogo

Here’s what we made of the individual performances from today’s 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at the Emirates today.

PLEASE NOTE: We’ve changed the system slightly, you rate each player then click the ‘Cast Vote’ button down at the bottom, rather than voting for each player individually.

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1: Wojciech Szczesny

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Didn't have a lot to do but perhaps by not having a man on the post for the corner they scored from he could have helped prevent their goal.

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2: Mathieu Debuchy

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34

Not a bad debut but needs to realise he can go backwards/sideways when there's no option ahead of him.

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21: Calum Chambers

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Only 19, barely played at centre-half, and he was outstanding. Reads the game remarkably well for one so young.

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6: Laurent Koscielny

7.5
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5

He does like a goal, doesn't he? Vital header to get us back into it.

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3: Kieran Gibbs

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Did fine but worryingly went off with what appeared to be hamstring strain in the early part of the second half.

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8: Mikel Arteta

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6.5
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7

Provided good cover to the back four, but like the rest of the midfield, struggled to make an impact.

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10: Jack Wilshere

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5.5
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Taken off for Oxlade-Chamberlain in the second period, caught on the ball a bit in the first.

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16: Aaron Ramsey

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Gets the extra .5 for the goal but really had a hard time getting into the game throughout. Looked tired and a bit clumsy at times, which isn't him. Still though #welshjesus

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19: Santi Cazorla

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15

Set-piece delivery was poor, passing was off, bundled off it too much, a day to forget.

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17: Alexis Alexis

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Superb assist for the equaliser but apart from that seemed to be on a different wavelength to those around him. Might take him a bit of time to settle in on the basis of this.

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22: Yaya Sanogo

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If he started because he's the fitter of the two obvious front men, then he didn't really show it. Hardly got any service but what he did get he didn't do enough with.

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15: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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12

On his day he can really spark the team. Today was not a sparky day.

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12: Olivier Giroud

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We looked much better with him leading the line, the ball stuck and we pressed them back more. Contributed well to the goal too.

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18: Nacho Monreal

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Replaced Gibbs and did very well I thought. Made some very good interceptions and provided some threat down the left hand side.

Bonus rating: 1/10 - Marouane Chamakh who only played like that for his mate Nasri. Minging cunt.

113 COMMENTS

  1. Is your rating for Szcz blaming him for men not on post, I don’t understand. He doesn’t decide that, AW decides that and it is a piss poor decision

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    • What I don’t understand why the hell was Wilshere marking Hangleand?!! He pushed him away and Kos should have been aware he was creeping behind him

      Its moments like these where we miss our vice-captain Per to really shout and organize the team. This is my reason why I think he should be captain not Arteta.

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        • Change Wilshere to Alexis and the same question stands. Why?!
          Kos and Szcz should be directing that.
          Must say, tough to mark a quick crossing run through traffic arriving at just the right time though.

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        • Many teams put their big guys in zonal position and use their smaller guys to “disturb” the other teams best headers. That is probably why Alexis was marking Hangeland. The problem was not only the marking of Hangeland, but also the fact that we did`nt have a player in the right position to attack the ball.
          On the other hand you have to give Palace credit for delivering an excellent corner and Hangeland for a very good header.

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    • I agree. Still thinks he deserves a low grade though. He’s a liability, which he showed right before the corner by kicking the ball straight to the opposition creating a dangerous chance for them, that eventuellt led to the corner in which they scored.

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    • Criticise Wojiech for his terrible clearance to Chamakh the rat.

      He loses his mind sometimes when he sweeps Sir Chezney.

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  2. Ah, I missed that feeling of absolute dread. But great to see the boys stay positive, keep working, and figure out a way. Fantastic team effort for the winner.

    New boys all had nice debuts. Like everyone else, Alexis’s passing was off, but he had a few great touches and runs.

    0/10 – Chamakh managing to stay on the pitch with about 15 fouls and a handball in the box.
    20/10 – that chest control.

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    • What a day in the premier league.young gets bird shite in his mouth. cazorla gets vanishing spray in his eyes yet surprisingly they didnt vanish and arsenal win their first game of the season after a world cup with a partially make-shift squad made of 3new comers.#Wenger out

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    • Have to agree on Chamakh. Now just wait till one of the idiot pundits make a reference to Chamakh and moan about our lack of midfield “destroyers”. I agree with a need for a CDM but pundits bigging up players like Cattermole et al is just doing my head in.

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    • He’s good alright but I don’t understand how Kos gets half a point less than him. Also, Chambers hit many passes on the ground where the weight of the pass was a tad high, needing lots of caution by the receiving midfielder. I know its his first PL game as CB and in front of a huge crowd, and that he did remarkably well. I still feel it should be 8 for both of them.

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        • Have you seen pictures of Kos with Mertesacker? Hangeland is as tall as mertesacker and arguably bulkier. He made a great run, reaching the right space just in the nick of time. Dont see what Kos did wrong or could have done better.

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  3. Man of the match for me is Koscieny. Scored the equalizing goal, and played a part in the winning goal. Additionally, he played good defense considering he was charged with doing orientation for Chambers at the same time. Honourable mention to Ramsey.

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  4. I thought the difference physically between the two teams was very telling, they seemed on the whole a bit stronger and quicker to the ball. But that sharpness and match fitness will come the more we play, just need to keep winning and get some early momentum.

    Also, I think Chamakh ran more miles in that one match than he did throughout his entire Arsenal career. Should have got Flamini to say hi to him at half time.

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  5. I think Arteta was really good today. For me he was the best in our midfield. He made some good tackles and he was also more aggressive than we are used to. He just need more rest than last year. If we don’t get another DMF, Wenger should much more rotate between Flamini and Arteta. Just don’t start him every game and he could be one of ours most important player this year. And Also Giroud must start games like this in which your opponent play defensive. Why? Quick players and their runs behind the defence won’t make any difference in this kind of games because opponents stand very low but his lay offs and first touches can change the game like today. And I am also very questening that zonal marking we have when we defend corners.

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    • We conceded the least amount of set piece goals in the league last season. Zonal marking v. Man marking is really a matter of preference. One is no better than the other it really depends on the players doing the job. Either system would have suffered with our two best corner defenders, Giroud and Mertesacker, not in the starting XI today.

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    • I agree Arteta deserves more credit for his play today. Ramsey, Cazorla, Alexis, Wilshere were all caught with loose passing or on the ball too much but Mikel handles it well.

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  6. By the way, why can’t we vote in half stars any more? When I try to click to get a have star, it rounds up. If I type in a half point, will that work?

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  7. He score important Goals,
    he score imortant goals…
    Laurent koscielny,
    he score important goals.

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  8. Impressed with Alexis’ doggedness, heart and fighting spirit.

    Pansy he is not.

    Hustler and fighter. Barracuda scrapper!

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    • Yes, even if he had some off passes, he actually tried and succeed to recover a ball, run a lot and created a couple of chances, whilst taking the football of 3 defenders with tekkers.

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  9. We were woeful today, completely out of sync with one another but we got the three points and that’s literally all that matters. We actually played better last year against Villa on opening day so it’s funny how things work out.

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  10. sanogo will improve. considering talents who we as fans rated higher are either sent out on loan or sold….suggests there might be something about him Wenger sees.
    he’ll come good.

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  11. I didn’t think it was possible, but Chambers outbossed Kos the BOSS himself today. Amazing!

    What would happen if we played him next to the BFG though. Would he manage to outsize him and even outgerman him? I for one would love it.

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    • Woah! Nobody outbosses Kos. Perhaps some of his boss rubbed off on his younger team mate. There is after all an abundance of boss on the Kos.

      Thought they were both excellent today.

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      • thought: could a combination of bruce springsteen, le fonz (kos), the mountain and de mighty boosh be the back line? i know bruce is like 60, but he is the fucking boss of all bosses (concerts still exceed 4 hours of maximum overdriven, levi jeaned, super thrustered, rolled up shirtsleeved american existentialist celebration). gibbs would be ok with that, right? That would leave us with 3 bosses – Le Boss, The Boss and The Koz (Le Fonz).

        Duvel, damn thee…

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  12. Kos is our best cb and his nack for getting crucial goals is remarkable. Chambers is looks like he could dislodge mertesacker at cb against teams with pact strikers let’s see how this plays out but if chambers keeps showing his quality with his pace and reading of the game it might be tough for per to get back into this team. And I’m a huge fan of the German! Monreal deserves to be recognized for an outstanding display he was outstanding last year too but not many gave him credit. When it gets to a point that we don’t even discuss the left back position as much as we did when Santos was in the team then we know he’s doing a good job. Debuchy looks good and Sanchez need to improve his passing maybe this is why he rarely started ahead of Pedro at barca but I like him and he will be a big player for us once ozil and Walcott are back.

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  13. During the Summer, I made a comment about how I did really rate Carzorla because he had more off days that good days. And I got a huge amount of abuse. Im just flagging it now, this is the season where everyone will notice

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  14. YaYa Sanogo played? I thought we were playing with 10 men as he hardly touched the ball. He can contribute in certain types of matches, but today really showed that against the bottom half when they pack it deep we need another option to Giroud up top and it is not Sanogo.

    Great game by Chambers, hard to believe he is 19, in a new position and playing with a new team.

    Sanchez was lively and had some great moments, but certainly will take some time to adapt to the league and to his teammates. Certainly see the game breaking potential he brings.

    I am surprised Gibbs even made it to halftime without going off injured, it’s bound to happen over and over again during each season.

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    • Dude, check the game again regarding Sanago, he had 5 players caging him in. If you hadn’t noticed, Chamak was playing as a DM, that’s how deep they were parking the bus.

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  15. Alexis will get it together eventually but 6 is a tad high in my opinion. His passes were often errant and he tried to dribble his way out of trouble when the pass was there (often losing the ball). Clearly like blogs suggested he needs more work with the squad to develop that rapport.

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  16. We need Manolas and then I think we’re sorted. I think we should play with a different team for cup games because the next 5 premierleague games are tough. I never thought our attack would be so toothless. We’ll see how our second game goes.

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  17. Cazorla was pretty doggone awful today, but he’s so rarely pretty doggone awful that it stuck out like a sore thumb. Aside from that it seemed like a typical opening game–a bit disjointed, with everyone not quite in synch. But a win is a win is a win.

    And when we get the German contingent back (Ozil, Poldi, BFG, Reus, Khedeira, heh heh heh) the side will become the implacable steamroller we all expect.

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  18. Hello!

    I think Wilshere had a good game and Ramsey dissapointed before scoring the goal. He failed a lot of passes while Wilshere tried hard making his moves forward. Alexis started bad but was starting showing what he brings to the club. Chamberlain is always dangerous and Wenger should consider him more often. Chambers and Koscielny were really impressive. Chambers has a huge future. What a game. Feel bad for thinking that he or Mertesacker may go to the bench

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    • I think Wilshere was awful. I don’t understand why he insists on taking extra touches, dribbling until he maybe draws a foul, instead of making simple passes. This is his chance, with Ozil out, to show he should be considered for a starting place. He didn’t do that today.

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  19. Alexis looked like he had a grand plan every time he got the ball. Mark my words, when he can finally communicate better with his team mates, Messi will be forgotten.

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  20. Debuchy goes unnoticed but i think he is currently one of the best Right Backs out there. There’s a reason Blanc and Deschamps preferred him over Réveillère in Euro 2012 and over Sagna in the recent WC. He’s So tenacious though still careful and reserved in the box. Reads the game well. Beast in the air, and also combines well with his teammates when going forward. If in the past he was known for being reckless sometimes then he has vastly improved in that aspect. Since his last season with Newcastle and with France in the WC he has been so reliable. Still buzzing we got him!

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    • Yes, I think Debuchy was one of the best players out there today, and a little underrated here. Arteta and Giroud, too.

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  21. Maybe there is something to that vanishing spray, Santi gets hit with it and he simply vanished for the rest of the game.

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  22. Seventy five percent possession and little to show for it, we just broke down in the final third. Our attack needs to be more coordinated and that means we need a roving striker (false no.9 if you like), may I suggest Ramsey flanked by Alexis and Walcott with Ozil in the hole. It was and interesting and entertaining game to watch although I wouldn`t be saying that had we lost. Palace did awfully well considering their problems, they`d do well to stick with this coach.

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  23. The team struggled to create chances. Some players looked rusty. Given it was the first game of the season, it is understandable. Most important thing is that we got 3 points even though the lads didn’t play that well.

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  24. Good show from the team today. Its obvious the belief is still there. For the first time in a loooooong time a man can watch The Arsenal play without wondering what kind of soccer suicide they would commit next.
    I could really get used to it. Next up: Besiktas!!

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  25. Even though he’s out of sync in the final third, Alexis is fantastic at tracking back and helping in our own half–every time he disrupts something on d, I think about all the “poldi/Walcott/etc don’t get paid to play defense” comments on this site when they’re abject about tracking back and think “don’t tell Alexis that!”

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  26. Ahuehuehue that was a right muggin’ weren’t it lads? A good ol’ fashioned British smash an’ grab. Fook me wha’ a start lads. That handsome one in the middle aint’ half bad inhe? My, I heard he’s a fookin’ Welshy though. Boys were hittin’ it hard down the Horse an’ Trap after. Fookin’ pints on me lads. ENGERLAND

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  27. Im just still amazed how much Chamakh ran…think he should be converted to a DM.
    He’s of no use up front anyway.

    Chambers! Wow, first top flight match in this position, and he bossed it!

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  28. Chambers 93% pass completion, 100% tackles won and 2 interceptions. Have to believe when the BFG comes back Chambers will get a chance at DM in the 4-2-3-1

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  29. I thought Szczesny’s decision to come out in the passage of play that lead to their corner was very poor. If he’d left it I’m confident Koscielny would have been able to get across and concede a throw and they wouldn’t have scored. And a better player than Chamakh may have made him pay for the poor clearance straight away. I’d like to see less of that from him – it’s the one area of his game I don’t like at the moment.

    Anyway, like everyone else is saying, Chambers was a real positive. Still need to bring someone in though, for depth.

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  30. A few thoughts on Alexis and his first Premier League game from me – obviously everyone talks about adapting, and for me, the thing about adapting to English football seems to be that defenders apply immense pressure which makes fast, decisive decision-making crucial on counterattacks and during fast-paced build-up play. In other nations, like Spain, defenders are far more willing to stand off the ball-carrier.

    I think it’s evident that Alexis will need to cut out the hesitation in his game sometimes, when he’s facing goal and moving forward. There were a few times that he just waited that fraction too long and the chance to play the pass or shoot fizzed out.

    Some magnificent touches from him though, some great tackles and he really tried hard – perhaps too hard, with some of those crosses? All in all, he looks like he’ll be a hell of a player given a few months to acclimatise.

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    • I respectfully disagree w/ you..while he did struggle at times (but honestly which offensive player didn’t), he did show to me some glimpses of the quick attacking player that he is
      when he’s in top condition…which he and the rest of the players are not.
      Let’s wait a month or two (at least!) before we all make our judgements on how a player will pan out. Sorry, don’t mean that all for you, but I’ve been reading soo many comments from people who think they’ve got everything and every player figured out after the first game of the friggin season!

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  31. Obviously (AGAIN) we conceded from a set piece.

    1) As ‘composed’ as Chamberlain is, we need a bit of experience at the back in the position.

    2) We lack height in a team with Santi, Jack and Alexis. Again without Per, we could do with a tall option at the back.

    Manolas (rumoured) is 23 which is a good age between the emerging defenders and the stalwarts. Short of other options say Subotic, he is a good buy at 6’3.

    Chamberlain can cover Koscielny and also work into DM.

    on that note, don’t see any Schneiderlin or Carvalho. Rather looks like Wenger may reinforce for the future (which is the right thing to do) with say Rabiot.

    He is 6’2 and again may give us a bit of height defending set pieces plus rpelicate a bit of what Diaby does in a season.

    No need for MVilla, Gustavo or Wanyama.

    We need a good Cback that can rotate through Meterscielny. A midfielder for the future is also useful.

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    • We’re going to concede goals this season. We concede goals every season. Everybody concedes goals every season. There’s no getting away from it unless you use a cheat code. It’s only a problem if we concede more goals than we score on a regular basis.

      Last season we conceded a bucketful of goals in a few away matches, but even if we lost those matches by a single goal we’d still have ended up where we did.

      True, the fewer goals we concede the better our chances of getting points. But the pundit’s favourite (only) narratives of ‘zonal marking is for losers’, ‘defenders going to sleep’, ‘Arsenal being poor at set pieces’, and ‘Mertesacker being slow and crap’ … are both distractions and pointless claptrap.

      There’s nothing wrong with zonal marking. I’ve never seen anyone fall asleep nor switch off. Arsenal are statistically fine at set pieces and Mertesacker is a god.

      That’s not to say that we shouldn’t try and not concede goals. We do try and not concede goals. But shit happens. And it was no accident that more shit happened for Palace yesterday than for us.

      Oh, one last thing. One of the many wonderful things about being any kind of sports supporter is the entertainment and drama it offers. Sometimes there’s great joy in walloping someone ten-nil. Sometimes it’s the satisfying warmth seeing a Terry fall on his arse or a Gerrard screw up the simplest of challenges in the most crucial of situations …

      … but there’s very little that compares with a last-minute comeback win against anyone.

      If we don’t go a goal down we don’t get to punch the air when we equalize. And if we don’t equalize we don’t get to chew our nails for half the match hating the fact that it could have been worse (and reluctantly settling for a draw) before we win the whole fucking shebang in the last few minutes.

      So, let me ask you. (a) a one nil win or (b) what happened yesterday.

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  32. I know I’m gonna get crucified for this, but we really need to fix the marking situation for set plays. Maybe a hybrid zonal/man marking. Over to you Arsene.

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  33. There’s been a lot of optimism for this season but people forget this team that shipped 6, 5 and 3 goals against big teams is unchanged in defence and defensive midfield other than Chambers and Debuchy so these sloppy goals conceded aren’t a massive surprise. For me it was Groundhog Day. After 10 minutes I have seen this game before. I said “they’ll score on 36 minutes with a shitty header” and they did exactly that on 34. That said, before you thumb me down, I think the stats speak for themselves and many would have struggled against Palace today. We had 73% possession in they match. This is a fucking disgrace and it’s sad that teams like Palace are in the Premier League. I don’t give a shit if they’re coming to Emirates, it’s called football not bus ball and I wish the beautiful game didn’t allow for such tactics. Karma hit palace though because if they had tried to actually play they could have got something from the game.

    I think our striking dilemma remains. Giroud is good but again he is our only option. It’s confusing as Wenger recognized this problem last year when pursuing Higuan and Suarez. But now that area is pretty much unchanged. And it showed again yesterday. I’m sorry but a team like Arsenal should not be going into this season with Sanogo and Campbell as back ups. When we play good teams are they going to save the day? Possibly but let’s be realistic – unlikely. Then the poor lads will get pilloried by the fans. I’m so glad we have Alexis but he is not a lone frontman in my opinion. I’m just speculating but it would sadden me if Giroud got injured and then either Sanogo or Alexis got caned for not cutting it at the business end of the team.

    As for Chambers this performance reminded me of seeing Fabregas for the first time at Community shield next to Vieira. He looks like a magical player every time he is near the ball. Wenger is mental to be starting a 19-year old in a game of this magnitude but there lies the genius of Wenger. He has erred away from myopic faith in youth in recent years but his unrivaled experience managing young players now allows him to make signing like this. If Chambers ends up as good as we hope we are extremely lucky and should be grateful to our manager.

    I can also see why people crave this elusive DM. Arteta should not be starting every game for me because it’s clear his legs have lost a few yards. It’s hard saying that because he obviously is important to the team. He can’t keep up with the speedier players though. Okay this never stopped Makelele but for me Artera is someone who should be rotated. I like Flamini but I just feel we could do with an upgrade in this area with a player with great ball retention and distribution. Not that that’s easy to find.

    I went mental when we won the game and I think the experience of coming back from the death in the FA Cup had a bearing on this result. 1. We believe we will win when behind. 2. Ramsey believes he can score winning goals. And that goal was a striker’s goal. Ramsey wants to be the best in the world and hit B*le levels of consistency and impact. I love Ramsey.

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  34. I thought Arteta played excellently. He was positionally aware and broke up the play more times than I can remember!

    Also, Bossielny is the boss of ugly goals. He’s the Miroslav Klose of Arsenal!

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  35. Chambers give me confidence in defence as much as Kos & Per, and he only started with us. Where is he going to play when Per is back though? LB is Gibbs, RB when Debuchy is injured is injured or in the mythical DM position, position suited only for beast like creatures of the underworld like that powerful DM were linked every year?

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  36. Thought Alexis had a good match and showed some small flashes of what a brilliant player he will be for us. I don’t expect him to show much more than that during the first 5+ matches because it’s been a world cup year, and I think the team will need the same amount of matches to gel properly. I don’t count myself as an expert or anything but I felt we were only missing another 10% for this match to have been a comfortable first win.

    Also with our Germans coming back late I see our team hitting form at just the right time to beat Chelsea to the premier league title this year. COYG!

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  37. Blogs, why do you always have our right and left backs in your rating diagram on the opposite sides?

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  38. I honestly thought Debuchy was our best player, & Wilshere our best player who wasn’t a defender. Ramsey is of course the Welsh Jesus & won the game but overall I thought he had a really poor game, but ratings are always heavily skewed towards the players who we think are better. Wilshere was the only one whose passes were coming off in the final third in the time he was on.

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    • Totally agree that Jack played better than the rest of our midfield. Rambo played like he did in the dark times when the fans were on his back and Santi put in the type of dismal performance we never saw 2 seasons ago. Alexis took responsibility which was great to see and encouraging. Sanogo? No one can say he will come good for sure. On a single game basis that was a bit grim from him….

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      • Except Ramsey had the 2nd most completed passes (70%+ forward) in the PL on the day and 4 successful tackles, 4 shots with 2 on goal, and oh, yeah 1 match winning goal. He didn’t play nearly as well as we know he can, but by all means tear him down and revert back to the shit “fans” like you spewed at him during the “dark days”. Fuck that.

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  39. I thought Alexis put in a solid shift today he proved that he’s up for the rough stuff and isn’t scared to get stuck in also showed flashes of his quality on the ball.
    Chambers could be the buy of the summer
    We looked a bit rusty but 3 points in the bank

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  40. The mission now is to find another Chambers type and the CB pairing has potential to rival Bould/Keiwn and Adams….just imagine that. We also need another FB preferably LB as Gibbs is so injury prone. DM a must and……we MUST sign a striker priority !!!!! Here in Germany we hear that Howedes is in talks with a London club in CL…….

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  41. Did I read this right?

    BBC, whose head football journalist McNumpty just 4 days ago tipped Arsenal to finish 5th, are now calling us title contenders?

    “Aaron Ramsey scored in stoppage time to break the resolve of Crystal Palace and give title contenders Arsenal a winning start to their league campaign.”

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/28718788

    LOL :)

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  42. I really hope Wenger doesn’t plan on starting Wilshere everyone is fit. It’s nothing personal but I think we’re a better team without him.

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  43. Sanogo gets 0/10. I’m sorry but he did absolutely nothing so deserves no points. He failed to pass to a team mate, didn’t bother running off the ball, to challenge, head the ball or anything. He clearly can’t kick the ball. We’ve seen him swing and miss countless times. Now he’s swinging and kicking but obviously with the wrong part of the foot because the ball goes anywhere but where he intended. Must farm him out on loan and get a proper striker in.

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  44. Just wanted to say, that I love us having Giroud – he’s always willing and a decent striker creating a lot of opportunities around him if he’s not trying to score himself.
    But he’s not a “top top” striker.

    Although City and Liverpool did have those kind of strikers, Chelsea didn’t and yet finished above us last season because of their midrange strikers (~8 goals) and their excellent defensive ability.

    So, we can win the league without a “top top” striker but need to tighten up at the back and/or get more goals from our midfield (not unlikely). I’ll be interested to see whether other players get to play up top through the middle (Walcott given another chance? Ox?? Alexis and Podolski I’d expect).

    But if a “top top” striker became available next season then I’ll probably wave a slightly sad wave but full of gratitude to Giroud as he goes to… Newcastle, home of decent French players it seems!

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  45. Is it just me, or does it seem the Referees are ‘in on’ the hazing of players new to the EPL? Alexis was stepped on, fallen on, bundled over, kicked, pulled down, and everything else you can imagine, but gets called for the two garden variety fouled he makes. Yes, he held onto the ball and tried to shield in a few ill advised situations, but still..

    And once again Jack is the most fouled player on the field. Find some space and change it up with a few earlier passes and enjoy a longer career lad!

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  46. The only person happy with Sanogo must be Giroud. Whenever he comes on to replace him Sanogo’s inability to do pretty much anything makes Giroud look world class.

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  47. I thought Monreal had a great game and did well covering and with his defending he provided a lot of threat going forward.
    Don’t think he gets enough credit

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  48. hey man. good to see new rating system but just curious, why when I try to put the star on, like 7 and a half, the vote becomes 8 instead of 7.5?

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