Bournemouth 0-2 Arsenal – player ratings

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Two games against Bournemouth this season, two 2-0 wins, two goals from Mesut Ozil. Nice to get back to winning ways, and it sets things up very well for next week’s visit of Leicester.

Here’s how the players rated.

PC
33
8.5
HB
24
7
G
5
6.5
LK
6
7
NM
18
6.5
MF
20
4.5
AR
8
7.5
11
8
AOC
15
7
AS
7
6
OG
12
6.5
PC
33
8
HB
24
6.5
G
5
6
LK
6
7
NM
18
6
MF
20
5
AR
8
7.5
11
7.5
AOC
15
6.5
AS
7
6
OG
12
6
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33: Petr Cech

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8.5
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45

Fantastic again, the late double save was top class and once again he's repaid a big slice of his transfer fee.

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24: Hector Bellerin

6.5
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7
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37

Not his best game, but that chase back and tackle in our box to deny a Bournemouth man was superb. Not the first time he's done that this season either.

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5: Gabriel .

6
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6.5
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44

Most of what he does is good, but has a worrying tendency to drop a clanger in every game. Maybe that'll be ironed out with more playing time, but it's got to be on the manager's mind.

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6: Laurent Koscielny

7
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7
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5

Solid display from the skipper on the day.

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18: Nacho Monreal

6
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6.5
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14

Not his usual self today, especially going forward, but solid enough at the back.

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20: Mathieu Flamini

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4.5
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16

What he did was generally fine, but that challenge was ridiculous and he was lucky not to be sent off. There was absolutely no need to go in two-footed anyway and a player of his experience should have known better. Escaped a second yellow with a mad slide in the first half too. To his credit he lasted the 90 but was always on a knife edge

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8: Aaron Ramsey

7.5
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7.5
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13

His best game for a while. Involved in both goals, with an assist for Oxlade-Chamberlain, and did his defensive duty too winning 5/7 tackles, making 4 interceptions and 12 ball recoveries. Put in a real shift.

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11: Mesut Özil

7.5
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8
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28

Really fine goal, and with his right foot too. Played particularly well in the first half.

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15: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

6.5
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7
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12

Hopefully this will help him find some confidence and form again, lovely finish, just what he needed.

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7: Alexis Alexis

6
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6
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38

Still finding his rhythm but the minutes will do him good.

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12: Olivier Giroud

6
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6.5
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29

Got no service in front of goal but got an assist for Ozil's opener.

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34: Francis Coquelin

6
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6.5
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40

Another one for whom some time on the pitch will help in terms of match fitness, because obviously Arsene Wenger doesn't want to use him from the start just yet.

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3: Kieran Gibbs

6
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6
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23

Did grand when he came on.

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14: Theo Walcott

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4.5
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11

Only got 30 seconds.

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Bonus rating: 10/10 Benik Afobe whacking in a stinker against his old club when we'd been told he was the best striker EVER over the last few days

82 COMMENTS

  1. Negotiated a tricky away fixture. Hopefully a week of training will have the Coq back in the starting 11 and we’ll do Leicester home and away, City/Spurs to nullify eachother and the journo’s will be making us favourites again. Not that we ever doubted..

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    • Well, he did well to knock down the header for Özil to blast into the net. And in his defense, the way we set up in the 2nd half and just tried to hold our 2-0 advantage , didn’t really give him many opportunities in the Bournemouth final third. He was fine and contributed to the win. To call his play poor, I think would be quite harsh.

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    • So you want to play a player who’s been out for 10 months in the most difficult CL match a team could possibly get this season?

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    • We needed a win and we got it. Two first half goals and we played smart and protected the lead in the second half. Except for the super double save by Cech, Bournemouth rarely troubled us.

      Be happy with the 3 points and onto the match versus Leicester City! COYG

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    • We were sitting back to get the points and make sure we didn’t balls it up. That’s where we were.

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    • I though Oxlade-Chamberlain had a poor game, he scored a fine goal, an important goal, but he was involved in the game so little, and his passing was very poor, I think he attempted only 18 passes all game, completing only 11. That is very poor. He once again lost the ball cheaply that led to a good breakaway from AFCB. Hopefully the goal will give his confidence a boost and we see better form from him now.

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      • Took his chance like a player full of confidence. I agree with you thought he did not play to the standards that we need him to. I feel like he’s a Theo Walcott in an alternated timeline. Pacey ex-Southampton winger, scores goals, England international, albeit with less weight on him to be the next big thing. He stays on the wing though, I don’t see him as a striker, this is where the timeline splits. His progress and Walcott’s progress when he was for as long in the team is rather the same. Hopefully the Ox will blossom while Walcott is still waiting for his breakaway season (you know like Ramsey’s when he scored all those goals).

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        • That’s not fair. From wide right remember in 2011 he got 13 goals in all comps, 12 he got 11 and in 2013 he got 21 in all comps and that is not including all the assists he got. Theo has way more end product then OX and when he has gets a run of games without getting injured he gets numbers. Theo’s problem is that when he comes back from injure he is a really slow starter plus he seems to have forgotten how to play out wide since his knew injure. It’s upfront or nothing for him now.

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  2. Ramsey’s best performance for a while. This is what he can do. If he stays at this level then we can mitigate issues created by flamini to some extent. Hopefully, Coquelin will put an end to Flamini’s reign in next couple of games.

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    • He did OK against a poor midfield. He still made some terrible decisions so I pray he doesn’t stay at this level

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      • Ah the old classic ‘he did ok but they were shit’ routine…man of the match eh Tarquin? God that must have hurt!

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        • Would love to see the stats on how many times Ramsey gave the ball away or put a team-mate in trouble with a poor ball. If that was Ramsey’s best game in a while, then we are really in trouble!

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  3. No o order mesut doesn’t use his left more often. Wouldn’t want to be too awesome would he..?
    Suddenly am more optimistic about this title thing.

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    • Cech IS worth 3 or 4 times that. Thank fuck those morons didn’t realize that and sold him to us for (relatively) peanuts.

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  4. I sometimes wonder if Bellerin’s positional play is undervalued because of his pace, with people notching up every tackle he makes to his physical attributes. I think games and moments like today (similarly with Swansea/Gomis) highlight what his pace brings to us but fail to truly define what he brings as a player.

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    • I agree- in the previous match also he may not have had the attacking blinder he does at times, but he was there with both smart positioning and speed to sweep up at least two counters that would have put us out of that match. It may be no coincidence at all he was in position for that and not at the same time attacking in the opposition’s corner.

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  5. Glad to see bosscielny break his recent record of making about 1 dangerous mistake per game. best defender in the PL and deserves extra credit considering he plays just about every game. on to leicester!

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  6. Besides the two footed tackle, which was very dumb and completely unnecessary, Flamini made me very nervous anytime a player dribbled at him. Maybe it was because he was on a yellow but the Bournemouth players went by him so easily. And if they changed directions while they were dribbling Flamini looked as if he was going to fall over every time as he tried to stay with them.

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  7. Barcelona keeps getting closer and Flamini’s still in the team. It’s like playing chicken against one of those mining trucks.

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    • Barca will chew this team in the first half alone. Given our standard, I fear they might not even play their full 1st team. We should not think of that tie at all and focus on the league and FA cup…

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  8. Ambition (noun) – desire and determination to achieve success.”

    Based on the performance of the midfield combo of Flamini and Ramsey over the past many weeks, can anyone look at that starting line-up today and say that Arsene has ambition for this team to challenge for a title? What has happened to him over the past 5+ years? But for the good fortune of being assigned a neanderthal referee, all of our fears would have been realized in an 8th minute sending off of the lower-echelon squad player that is our manager’s preferred DM.

    Full credit to Bournemouth, they had a good go at it and probably deserved better. Ozil showed his class and AOC finally broke his away goal duck–but spent the rest of the contest giving the ball away and shirking defensive responsibilities. Giroud was anonymous (again!), Ramsey “full of energy” (his supporters favorite description) and had one very nice assist but his loose passing and give-aways in dangerous areas are simply maddening. Whither Iwobi? He has done nothing but impress in every appearance. When so many continue to under-perform, how about giving an opportunity for those who have truly earned it?

    All we have to do is look to our upcoming opponents for an example of what we used to be, full of confidence and true ambition. That performance against Man$ity yesterday was nothing short of dazzling. As an American, I am subjected to the frightened, small-minded, xenophobic rants of entitled bozos vying for our nation’s highest office, all of them claiming to occupy the mantle of “true conservative.” Would never have expected Arsene to calcify into anything resembling these weenies, but we look more like a turgid, cynical Moreno-led side then the expansive Arsenal that puts a spring in the step of Gooners across the globe.

    Last season, I begin five consecutive game summaries with “one definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” Despite 3 points from 12 leading up to this game, Arsene stubbornly insists that re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic is a viable strategy. Though he got away with it today thanks to generosity of Kevin Friend, that iceberg is well and truly awaiting without a drastic change of course.

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      • If you would like to criticize the post, as others did, then have at it. The fairly uniform interpretations indicate that it came off as more strident than intended. At the end of the day, it is sport and should be enjoyed as such and my passion/frustration is a by-product of how magnificent it is to watch this team fire on all cylinders. But please do not make the mistake of thinking you know anything about me, including whether or not my sense of humor (which was not part of the post at all) is up to your standards. For all the good done by social media, it has also fostered a world of chest-puffing bullies sitting in their parents basements behind the anonymity of a computer screen. If Rambo, to whom I was unduly harsh upon reflection (and to my chagrin), or Flamini (whose effort and commitment I have never called into question) were to take offense and question me or my judgment, I would have to humbly apologize. Fortunately, they have better things to do than worry about the post-game musings of some yahoo who has never faced the pressures of battling for a title in the most unforgiving sports league in the world. Perhaps you might do the same (and maybe head upstairs and see if your parents need help with any chores).

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        • A friendly advise: try not to take yourself too seriously. It is no fun. Get out of that basement. It is time to go out in the sun and play.

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    • Another definition of insanity is repeating the same banal old Einstein quote over and over and expecting people to still find it interesting.

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  9. That hate on Flamini is becoming fucking ridiculous. He’s not that bad as the most of you fans are trying to present him. Actually today he played very well, he was reliable on the ball. As for the tackle for me that’s never a red. I think the referee wouldn’t even gave him a yellow, if the Bournemouth players wouldn’t protest. In the past you would applaud for that kind of tackles.. Yes, he is not perfect but he is a decent squad player, great motivator with winning mentality. We need that kind of players and I hope he gets a new contract. You won’t find younger player who would be as good as him and be happy with his squad status. Just think that he doesn’t deserve those bad words which are meant to him.

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    • That two footed challenge was spot on, 100% ball. Would’ve been regarded as a juicy tackle if he went in one-footed

      It’s quite fashionable to shit on Flamini these days but barring those two reckless bits, he did solid work.

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      • Yea, it’s getting all rather easy to blame Flamini for when things go wrong.

        The ‘two footed’ challenge was never a straight red, he was in control and took the ball. He wasn’t high nor was it reckless.

        The referee, when watching it at the time, looked unfussed by the challenge, it was only because the Bournemouth players protested that it was ‘two footed’ not that it was dangerous.

        I expect the boss continues to play Flamini because Coquelin is not quite ready for a full game, Elneny had the day off to be with his newborn, which only leaves Flam or Arteta, and while neither are our first choice in the role these days, both players deserve a little more credit.

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    • His squad status? He’s playing every game lately.
      By the way, is Arteta injured again? Otherwise I can’t understand why it’s not him and Ramsey in the centre of midfield.

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    • I feel you on this one. The flamini hate is really annoying. I get it he is not a world beater and i would prefer coquelin over him. He doesnt fill me with confidence everytime he defends by retreating. But he has tried his best. He gives his best. He has filled the gaps when we had injuries…and yes.,he does his best.I also feel Ramsey’s style of play makes it hard for him. I believe he would better next to cazorla.so can we please stop moaning about a player who gives his all while putting on our shirt! Let’s support all our players

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    • The only thing anyone is ‘blaming’ Flamini for today was a stupid, unnecessary two-footed tackle that most refs would have given him a red card for. He was really lucky. As I said in the ratings, what he did aside from that was fine, but if we’d gone down to 10 men after 8 minutes, there’d be no defending him at all.

      For those that think it wasn’t a red, imagine an opposition player going in like that on one of our players and ask how many would be happy with a yellow.

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      • If you really think that was a red card challenge and that Ramsey and the Ox played well, I’ve got to question your objectivity in assessing these matches …

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        • Ratings are, by their very nature, subjective.

          I don’t have a big problem with Flamini like some do. I’ve said countless times the partnership with Ramsey is flawed, but there’s no personal issue. That was just a stupid tackle yesterday.

          As for Ramsey, he was involved in both our goals, and put in a big shift defensively too. People will see what they want to see though.

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    • If someone like Karl Henry, Adam or Cattermole had put in a tackle like that against us I’d have been foaming. Regardless of how you time it, if you leave the ground with two feet you’re showing no regard for your opponent’s safety. Had the other bloke actually gone in it could have been messy. If he does that vs Barcelona the ref’s going to make it easy for the golden boys and we’ll be down to ten, spending 80 demoralising, exhausting minutes chasing shadows.

      Flamini’s a handy squad player, but the problem now is that he’s starting in a such an important position. I think it’s the role that sets the team’s ID more than any other. If your deepest midfielder is scruffy and uncomfortable on the ball then chances are you’ll have a scruffy team that can’t keep possession, which we’ve been for a couple of months now.

      Cazorla was the one who made it all work, but is gone for the season. Elneny’s getting the slow Edu-style introduction and Coquelin must be struggling in training. So this is what we’ve got for now.

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    • It’s a shame because the one full season Flamini played for us in 07/08 I think he was the best destructive midfielder in Europe and probably the best I’ve seen for Arsenal (including Vieira, Petit et al – honestly he was that good!) but after that season injuries have ruined him and now he’s just an adequate PL player who wouldn’t look outstanding at any other side in the league. He can basically keep up with our play but doesn’t offer a lot more. We could really do with him being taken out of the team for Coquelin or Elneny.
      And that foul on the Bournemouth player was a red to any unbiased observer. He did a 2 footed tackle before in a game for Milan against Spurs which I believe injured one of their players and I’ve seen some near misses in recent games – for some reason he didn’t get the memo that you can’t do that anymore, and he’s fortunate it hasn’t cost the team.

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      • Sorry for the long reply:

        It feels like such a different time – we were still 4-4-2 back then. I can’t rely on my memory but I think Cesc had a bit more discipline about him in those days. I know it wasn’t until around 2009 that he started playing behind the striker. Another thing about that 07-08 side was that Eboue offered a bit of balance to the midfield on the right. He wasn’t popular, but I think he was there to bring some legs and physicality to the midfield.

        But for sure, Flamini with a couple more yards of pace and the physical ability to turn faster than he can now, was a good footballer. I wasn’t keen before the start of that season. I remember thinking that he didn’t look like a Wenger player. He’s never been a good passer, but once he found a bit of rhythm and bedded into the team an understanding developed. Classic example of the team becoming bigger than its individuals, and obviously he contributed to that.

        After he left his injuries didn’t help. And the game has changed a lot – as the ball-winner in a 4-4-2 he had licence to hunt for it more than he can as the holder in three-man midfield. His attitude to tackling is also a bit anachronistic – in 07-08 yesterday’s tackle would have been OK (for the PL’s sake I’m glad it’s not now). Back then it was almost a pre-requisite for one of your two cms to put in that kind of tackle.

        But on the comparison with Petit and Vieira. To me they were complete midfielders, while it seems to me that Flamini’s main gift is his will to win. Petit’s left foot was magical, and Vieira could glide past players like nothing. I think they could adapt to the way football is played now and still be world-class, but I don’t think the same can be said for Flamini. He was great in a specific side at a certain time – it’s a shame he walked a way from that.

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  10. Gabriel reminds me a lot of Koscielny when we first signed him. Clearly talented but a bit inconsistent and occasionally rash having made a rapid rise in his career. Hopefully he can emulate Kos’s subsequent success but I have to say I’d be more comfortable with Per back in against Leicester, even if they have a pacy frontline.

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  11. We got Ozil
    Mesut Ozil
    I just don’t think you understand
    He is Arsene Wenger’s man
    He is better than Zidane
    We got Mesut Ozil! #Goosebumps

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  12. Sorry bur if a player had made a two footed challenge on ozil, sanchez, etc most fans would be screaming for a red card & a ban. Arsene is the first person to critize these types of challenges & wants a more skill based less physical team.

    It was an unnecessary challenge that could have cost us the win. Flamini has become a liability who needs to be dropped and moved on in the summer.

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  13. I’d play with these line ups in our next 3 games:
    Leicester: cech, bellerin, gabriel, koscielny, monreal, coquelin, ramsey, campbell, ozil, alexis, giroud
    Hull: ospina, flamini, chambers, mertesacker, gibbs, arteta, elneny, oxlade, iwobi, campbell, walcott ( replaced by welbz after 60 mins)
    Barca: cech, bellerin, gabriel, koscielny, monreal, coquelin, elneny, ramsey, ozil, alexis, giroud (would rather use theo or welbz in that game because of their pace but unless one of them explodes in the next 2 weeks I’d stick with giroud.)

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  14. Speaking of Afobe, a swedish pundit/journalist who’s also an Arsenal fan was asked which striker he’d think Arsenal would like to sign and he said Afobe, which is ridiculous. No disrespect to the guy, he’ll probably be a good striker, but he’s had one good season and four good games at Bornemouth. Pavel Pogrevnyak had that as well.

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  15. Very happy that the Ox got on the board today. I hope that helps his confidence. Very puzzled why we are still playing Flamini in the middle for the entire game. I guess Elneny was not as ready as we were led to believe?

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  16. Well I thought we were awful today, just luckily Bournemouth were even worse. Our central midfield and defence is a mess right now, I’m not looking forward to vary and mares next week, massive improvement needed.

    At this time of the year performances don’t matter. Or at the start of the season. Or either side of Christmas. Or after Easter. When do they matter??

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    • 100% agree. you’d think we’d beaten barcelona the way some people are going on. it’s not even good football to watch at the moment. i hope wenger has a plan because at this rate we’ll finish below spurs.

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  17. Negotiated a tricky fixture and now should have Coq back in the first 11 and a fully fit Alexis with minutes under his belt for the big one – weirdly – against Leicester!

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    • Agreed. We desperately needed a win & we got one. Hopefully the team performance will improve. No point being unnecessarily negative – we’ve been worse in the recent past!

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    • If we play like the second half v Leicester then we’ll do a Man City 1-3.
      Coq urgently wanted. You know what I mean. and Alexis is just about match fit.
      It’s on again ….

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  18. Bit surprised about all the Flamini hoo ha. It wasn’t actually even a challenge. No one was in danger, it wasn’t high and he was there miles before the Bournemouth player even arrived. There was no tackle.

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  19. People vindicating that Flamini ”challenge” is nothing short of ridiculous. We would be raging about it if it was on one of ours.

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  20. Again don’t know what Cech needs to do to earn a higher rating, again did all he could with some fine saves and control of all the balls into the box, even came out and dribbled up the field one time after intercepting a ball. Can’t say enough about the job he’s done and what he’s meant to the team.

    Great finish by Ozil with the right foot, nice to see him continually get into the great goal scoring positions and to see him look to score. Just wish he would try some shots from distance to keep the keeper and the defense honest.

    I know Wenger feels Coquelin is not fit to play a full match yet, but would rather see him start and go as long as he can and then bring Flamini in vs starting Flamini and not giving Coquelin as much time.

    Again where the heck is Elneny? Not even on the bench again? Wonder if he’ll ever get a chance this season in the league.

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  21. Coquelin is on 4 yellow cards, so maybe Wenger thought he could manage with Flamini against Bournemouth, and preserve Coquelin for Leicester and United…if we beat Leicester, we really need a draw between City and Sp*rs, or a City win. Then we have to beat United. Then I will really believe.

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    • Is it still five yellows=suspension after Dec31st? If so, I can understand the decision to play Flamini over Coquelin in this game. We should be able to take on Hull without him.

      Happy for the win. Would have liked more goals but there’s a positive angle as we’ve been a bit crap at defending leads, just sitting out a game, in the past.

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  22. Am I the only one who finds the bonus rating a bit petty? I assume the dig is mainly directed at some fans bemoaning that we let Afobe go, but there is still no need for this derisory tone with regard to his performance. It is fair to say, that he showed a bit more class by thanking Arsenal fans for their support in a post-game tweet.

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    • It was tongue in cheek, and aimed at some fans/sections of the media, not a dig at Afobe who is clearly a good lad and showed that with this post-game response.

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  23. Everytime Giroud has his regular terrible games Arseblog feels the need to remind us that he didn’t get enough service, it’s not Ozil or Sanchez or other player’s fault that Giroud can’t create space or make it easier for the teams to find him in scoring positions. He’s simply not of the required standard. Walcott attracts heavy criticism and rightly so but the same standard should apply to Giroud when he plays a bad game. I think that’s fair.

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  24. I am not always Ramsey’s biggest fan but, and based only on the second half I thought Ramsey had a good game and, as Blogs said in the ratings, his best game for some time. I think the selection of Chamberlain helped him, too.

    I hope he keeps on making me rethink my opinion of his general game. I don’t mind being wrong about him one bit when he plays like that and better !

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  25. Ridiculous rating for Flamini as per usual. Not surprising really. Many fans haven’t got a clue what they are watching and prefer to fit in their own narrative regardless of reality.

    Two footed challenge. Coquelin does that plenty. Flamini got a bit lucky but he got the whole ball before even making any contact with the Cherry.

    Secondly, had he gone in sliding all over the place thereafter, many would say he is undiscipline. Instead, he kept it tight and covered positionally without taking the bait to dive in. Coquelin came in after and we were no safer. In fact he lost the ball too and was caught high up leaving gaps behind. Again had it been Flamini many here would say he lacks discipline or the such.

    Simply put, its what some want to see.

    If you watch the game again, you will see he has put in a good shift as he did last game and indeed against Chelsea when we were one down. A couple of crucial blocks in the box by Flamini of course would go unnoticed by some.

    Frankly, the failures of the team are not due to Flamini.

    Nor is Elneny suddenly better than Flamini but some would like to imagine so even despite fact the Egyptian doesn’t even have enough experience with the team at the moment.

    Wenger was correct to start Flamini again as Coquelin is still not entirely up to pace.

    And Flamini – Rammini has done well today. As they have pretty much for most of the time we have been on top.

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    • What I saw was a player leave the ground and go in two-footed for no good reason. I think most refs in the league would have sent him off for that.

      You’re right to say his general play was fine, but that moment was outrageously stupid and he got away with it. As does any player who goes in like that, whether it’s Coquelin or anyone else.

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  26. Plus statistics of convenience.

    When it suits them, they will furnish Elneny completing 96% passes against Burnley.

    They will then choose to ignore the fact Flamini barely misplaced a pass this game against much better opposition. Coquelin comes on and misplaces a pass, loses the ball and no one complains. Had that been Flamini it wold have been massively highlighted.

    Sorry but you’re going to have to do better than that. The unfair singling out of a yellow card (something Coquelin has collected plenty of times + Wanyama is on another red) in negation of Flamini’s two crucial blocks in the box , and the bias advertisement against this player does not do service to overall objectivity.

    Again, he isn’t the world’s best DM by a fair measure but I see nothing wrong in his performance to warrant such a low rating when other players were guilty of committing far worse.

    The decision to play Flamini over Coquelin is clear. When Le Coq came on, he was not fully intune with the pace and way laid a pass, lost the ball got caught high up leaving a sizeable gap behind which Bournemouth was only too happy to exploit. Ask yourself were we any more secured with Coquelin on?

    Flamini/Ramsey Liverpool aside has helped keep a clean sheet against Soton, and now Bournemouth. Against Chelsea he covered 13.2km highest of any player on the team holding with ten men.

    Clearly he isn’t anywhere as poor a player as many seem to imagine.

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  27. God the amount of moaning going on is ridiculous. Yes, we weren’t at our best. Yes, there’s always room for improvement. But the point is that we got the points when we needed to. What’s wrong with enjoying that a little bit? Does everyone have to have a moan about SOMETHING after every match? I swear even in a parallel universe where we do beat Barca someone will find something to moan about. Lighten up people, there’s still plenty to play for. You can save the moaning for when we’re actually out of everything.

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  28. Phew! that flamini challenge. the most frustrating thing for me this season was not being able to play against chelsea with 11 men because this was the season we were supposed to right the wrongs against them. i really think we could’ve beaten at least once in the league this season. if flamini saw red, it would have been maddeningly frustrating.
    but the positives for me: the ox scoring, that’d give him confidence, ozil scoring again, sanchez getting back to his groove (if there’s a game for him to return to his best, it’s leicester this weekend and i feel he will) plus coquelin getting some more game time.

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