Hull City 0-4 Arsenal – player ratings

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Giroud Campbell Hull

Something really weird happened tonight. We scored four goals, conceded none and won a game of football. How lovely for a change.

Here’s how the players rated tonight. And if marks a little higher than usual, it could be because we’re giddy with joy or something.

Read the match report – and the post-match reaction.

DO
13
7.5
CC
21
8
PM
4
7
G
5
7
KG
3
7.5
MF
20
6.5
ME
35
8
AI
17
8
JC
28
8
TW
14
6
OG
12
8
DO
13
7
CC
21
7.5
PM
4
7
G
5
7
KG
3
7
MF
20
7
ME
35
7.5
AI
17
7
JC
28
7.5
TW
14
7
OG
12
7.5
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13: David Ospina

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7.5
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36

Made a really good save in the first half, didn't have much else to do though. Which is nice.

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21: Calum Chambers

7.5
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8
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35

Started at right-back, finished at centre-half. Had a solid night.

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4: Per Mertesacker

7
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7
Readers
3

Clonked his noggin off a Hull ruffian and had to come off with a golfball lump

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5: Gabriel .

7
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7
Readers
44

Was having a good game until injury struck.

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3: Kieran Gibbs

7
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7.5
Readers
23

Imagine that shot in the first half went in. Oooooof.

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20: Mathieu Flamini

7
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6.5
Readers
16

Sympathy 7 coz everyone else is getting them

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35: Mohamed Elneny

7.5
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8
Readers
51

I like him, he's got spunk

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17: Alex Iwobi

7
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8
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46

This kid has got a real chance, played well again tonight

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28: Joel Campbell

7.5
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8
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33

He worked hard and played a pass so good not even Theo Walcott could make a balls of it

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14: Theo Walcott

7
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6
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11

Absolutely atrocious until the last 15 minutes when he burst into life with two goals and an assist.

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12: Olivier Giroud

7.5
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8
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29

Really good finish for the second goal in particular, he'll be glad to have broken his drought.

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18: Nacho Monreal

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7.5
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14

Did well at centre-half

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8: Aaron Ramsey

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5.5
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13

Thrown on without a warm-up and now he's in a coma with family by his bedside. #riprambo

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54: Jeff Reine-Adelaide

7
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7.5
Readers
50

JEFF!

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Bonus rating: 10/10 Ian Wright's Tweets

105 COMMENTS

    • Campbell’s delivery and coolness on the ball is exactly why the boy needs to start. It’s amazing what confidence can do to a player. Last season watching his cameos, I was certain he wasn’t gonna make it here. I’m glad I was wrong.

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      • Campbell deserves to start – don’t know what else he needs to do to have the Boss’ total confidence.

        Blog’s comments that he worked hard today – which he did, but he brings to the pitch so much more than that. He is really playing without the “brakes on” and adding quite a bit of creativity and combination play, which has been lacking in the team recently. He’s definitely trying new things, and even though some of them don’t work out, I applaud that he’s attempting to add an extra spark to our play. As an example, our first goal was a clever pass to Chambers that did not hit the target, but put enough pressure on the defender to make a silly mistake for Giroud’s goal.

        Will be interesting to see if he starts or gets benched on the next game.

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        • Really glad with all the praise for campbell. The boy’s had a tough time, being questioned about his talent. Some have said he’s hardworking but that he’s not a good footballer almost in a patronizing and condescending sense. I don’t even know what it means. I doubted him too, but at the moment he’s miles ahead of the perennial talent and hope of English football.

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      • Campbell has continue to establish himself as a very good player. He has continued to take the opportunities that come his way. Why he can not start games these days are beyond me. Wenger should be ruthless to give opportunity to young players when the older ones are not taking theirs. Through such process, hidden gems in the team would be easily discovered. He can not continue to give opportunities to players like Walcott for over 10 years without any good results.

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      • He really can whip them in.

        Ozil corner tend to hang in the air for eons.

        I’m not a believer but Theo gets an almighty pass today.

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    • There was a young man named Joel, who’s workrate’s a joy to behold, if he loses the ball, he gives it his all, and what a great pass for the goal

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    • There was a young man name Joel, who’s workrate’s a joy to behold, if he loses the ball, he gives it his all, and what a great pass for the goal

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  1. Just looked up Theo’s arsenal career stats. He’s on 84 arsenal goals, next season we should have another member of the 100 club. Despite the stick he gets (sometimes deservedly) I’m glad for him and hope that he could at least have performances like this where even though he struggled, he comes up with the goals.
    The only other player we have capable of that seems to be Alexis at a stretch maybe Ramsey.

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      • But the thing is you cant just average out 10 years of someones career. He’s no the same as he was when he was 16. Granted he hasn’t developed much technical ability but he gets a lot more goals than he used to. He’s on 8 now and I have no doubt he”ll score more.
        Say he scores 4 more this season, he’ll only need 12 next season, only thing that could stop that in my opinion would be an injury like after the season he got 21 goals.

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        • I don’t see him scoring more goals the rest of the season. I guess you expect him to develop more in another 5 years. He is simply not the player that will take us anywhere.

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    • Kudos to Wrighty for having a dig back at one of the idiot banner holders onTwitter last night…….
      ‘I’ll disrespect you all day long unfurling your muggy banner after a 4-0 win and plenty enough games left in the league. 🔔🔚’
      Well said that legend!

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  2. Elneny really impressed again tonight. Un-fussy, tidy passing, positionally aware. Him and Coquelin could provide a very decent foundation for the more creative players going forward.

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    • He is like Modric for me. a complete midfielder who always knows when to pass the ball. Ramsey should watch Elneny.

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      • Guys, everyone has been going ga ga over Campbell. True he is good player who puts in everything each game. But I feel, we should talk more about Iwobi. He is not just potential, he is real. If he is given more games he can be a big player for the club. His innate ability to quickly turn with his head up gives him time to play incisive passes speeding up transitions. His first touch is impeccable. If he can build up physical strength he will be a gem. What say?

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    • Ramsey injury should make Wenger realise that we need Campbell and Elneny to start if we are to create chances.it pains me to see Theo and Ramsey start when there is Campbell and Elneny in the team. The number 8 with Ramsey leaves much to be desired coz he has failed to fill the gap left by sant’s injury. Leaving Ozil without help going forward.

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  3. Campbell is really really creative. He seems to make at least one Ozil-esque defence-splitting super-pass almost every game.

    Really don’t get the Arsenal fans that write him off just because his loan spells (well his last one in a shit Spanish team) wasn’t great.

    Would be nice to judge players on form, merit and performance alone, rather thin “name”.

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  4. Happy for Theo, but I’m equally still not convinced by him.

    Mind you, I know how fickle us fans can be. Watch him go from Lolcot to “when on form, he’s amazing/I don’t get why he gets to much stick” and every positive Theo post getting a thumbs up like when Flamini scored that double.

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  5. Flamini deserves that 7 for jumping in at RB as an old man and still running his heart out up and down the sideline.

    Have to be impressed with Chambers playing three positions seamlessly at his young age. Had some trouble defending in 1 v 1 situations on the side, but look assured on the ball and did very well moving to the middle. Great role player to have in the squad.

    Can’t say enough about Elneny and Iwobi, both continue to impress. Loads of energy and confidence. Both were really looking for the ball and keep it moving quickly which some other players don’t which really helps the possession game. Also love Iwobi’s confidence to go at people on the dribble. Both are Ozil like in their ability to anticipate where to pass the ball before it arrives. If Ozil has to miss a match Iwobi should be the one to play in his spot. I think Ramsey’s injury may be an opportunity for Elneny to cement his spot. Looking more and more comfortable with the squad, he could turn into a steal for the amount Wenger paid. Still early of course, but like what I see so far.

    Finally, I hope Campbell will finally be given his chance ahead of others (and not just because of injury to others). Great work rate and like Iwobi can take people on the dribble as well as make some great passes. Far more productive than Walcott there.

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  6. if you ask me Chambers is a centre half I think he did well there and Ramsey getting injured as long as he is not out for a long time might not be such a bad thing. Campbell on the right and Sanchez on the left with the two anchors of Eleny and Coquelin gives the team a better balance in terms of mobility on the wings and security in the centre. Gives Arsene and opportunity to try out a combination I think will work. Fingers crossed the injuries tonight are not long term. Gabriel with another hamstring injury just as he was getting used to game time is a bit worrying though.
    More of the same against Watford

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    • Elneny was great in centre mid but I’d still play Ramsey, just on the right. Campbell was great vs Hull but he doesn’t run in behind the back four unlike Ramsey. Giroud moves like a piece of WWI artillery and with not enough runners behind his touches and flicks just go straight to a defender. First half, we were shit- boring and no penetration. Did we even have a shot on goal? Giroud and Theo were especially poor.
      Reckon Ramsey on the right, with his runs into attacking central positions, and his general industry – though Campbell was great at that last night – would be a better setup, and his injury is annoying. WHY?? Just when I thought I saw the light!

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  7. Great result tonight with four magnificent goals, though my enjoyment is slightly diminished by the injuries. I’m shitting myself at the prospect of losing Rambo again.

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    • Why, he has been poor all season. It may give Campbell the run on right his firm deserves. Hope Ramsey recovers quick but he needed to be dropped for a while. Sometimes God does for us what we struggle to do ourselves, take note Arsene. As for them morons displaying banner, cunts I think would sum em up nicely.

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      • My friend, I am in support of those displaying banner. Mr Wenger should be planning to leave regardless whether he wins the league or not. He has done his best for the team. We really need a change in Arsenal. No man is an island.

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    • 10/10 Aaron Ramsey for skilfully flicking a Hull cross just wide to raise the excitement levels at 1-0 up. Apart from that and Ospina’s dazzling save to stop them going 1-0 up this was a very bold win, I’ll take it with bells on after last few weeks. Bring on Watford. 3 major FA Cups in 3 years? Would be special. I want Man U in the final.

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  8. Chambers is sheer class! Why doesn’t he start more often? So cool under pressure, great technical ability and positioning awareness.
    Yes he lacks a bit of pace but I forgive him because … Ermmmm… he is even handsomer than HFB!! That’s it I said it.

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  9. Winless for weeks then our biggest win of the season, although most of the goals were a bit fortunate except for Walcott’s first from that Campbell pass. Strange actually feeling satisfied after a game, let’s hope this is what the players needed to get back on track!

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  10. According to the BBC, “Arsenal scored with their first shot on target in this match – the third successive game that they have done this.” I could get used to that.

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  11. Get well soon Rambo, Per, Gabby, Kos, Santi, Jack. Fuck injuries we were just nearing full squad, with only Jack and Santi sidelined.

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  12. One criticism of Ollie Giroud is that he scores goals in ‘spurts’. Hattrick at the Nou Camp it is then.

    #olympiakosparttwo

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  13. I am quite regular here on Arseblog, but I somehow missed the JEFF joke, and since its pretty often mentioned in podcast and here, I am asking you good people of internet, can someone explain it to me? I swear I tried to google that for like 284 hours.

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  14. Without ramsey in that midfield, we’ll win alot of matches.. This is how i want arsenal to line-up next season ;

    Welbeck

    Sanchez W. Silva

    Ozil

    Elneny Coquelin

    Monreal koscielny Gabriel Bellerin

    Cech

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  15. Shame on the fans with the banner today. Classic case of you don’t know what you have until its gone. Shame shame

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  16. Campbell just needs to start all games now. Surely he’s more than earned it….

    Lovely pass to Theo for the assist. And another game winning tackles and tracking back.

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    • Theo’s usually much better in dead ball situations than what we saw today. I’ve seen him whip in some quite dangerous corners. campbell’s late dead ball wasn’t exactly stellar either- I think he’s actually better in live play.

      Ozil is usually the best option of course, but in general we’re not the best at set piece delivery.

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  17. Chambers has very underrated technique. He’s so comfortable on the ball; only needs to improve on his one on one marking. He’ll be a big player for us.

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  18. Still, poor Wally pally Walcott. I can’t see anything brilliant pass him. Don’t be delusioned by his performance

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  19. Ramsey thrown on without warm-up leads to injury. Well who could have thought that would happen? Its not like the exact same thing happened before in a cup game away up north to Walcott… ahem…

    Good to see Walcott and Giroud score, though I still prefer Welbeck, it might help them rediscover a rich vein of form in the last nine games. Great assist by Campbell, who if you assume Ramsey is out for a few weeks (missing Watford, Barcelona, Everton and West Brom?), then its a real opportunity for Campbell.

    Following on from this, I’m looking forward to our subsequent four 0-4 victories in a row…

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  20. 0/10 for arseblog’s “a pass so good not even Theo Walcott could make a balls of it”.

    Why can’t people get off the guy’s back? I thought we were supposed to support our team…

    Yes, he had a hard time in the first half. His dead-ball kicking was pretty poor (usually that’s something he’s good at). Yes, he didn’t get that many touches in the first half — I saw at least three very good runs he made that his team-mate on the ball ignored, preferring to pass sideways, which is what we do far too often these days :(. He was less static that most of his team-mates.

    If he looked better in the second half, it’s partly because he worked harder, tackling back abd hassling; but mainly because his team-mates started passing to him. He’s still one of the most clinical finishers around.

    I reckons what problems he’s having at the moment are in his head, and I don’t know how much of that is down to the spitefully negative comments from so many so-called fans.

    Sorry to be outspoken, but since everyone else seems to be…

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    • Don’t be sorry, I’m not, and I agree with you. “Absolutely Atrocious” is an exaggeration in the least. He was more involved with play than we’ve seen him in some time. Granted, some of it might be the opposition.

      Perhaps Blogs is just irritated Theo has popped up with another one of those rare but efficient matches. But I get it. I wish it could be a more reliable occurrence.

      I’ve been doubting as much as anyone recently but I’m open to be proven wrong. Right now is a perfect time to start and keep proving.

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      • Ahh, come on. He was dreadful. I’m glad he scored, obviously, but for the majority of the game he was poor. If this sparks him back into life, all the better, but let’s not ignore the reality.

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        • But not “as” dreadful as his recent form. This match it seemed he got involved a little more, didn’t disappear quite as much. For better or worse. Theo steps, I guess. He gave up the ball a lot, dribbled into some blind alleys, and was directly involved in 3 goals. Do that 6 or 8 times a season things might seem different.

          I’m guarded but open to have my mind changed is what I’m saying. One match here one there won’t do it of course. He needs to do what he’s never done and put it all together, and should have started some time ago. We’ve been waiting too long. I’ve said recently if it doesn’t start now I agree he’s bellied up at the Last Chance Saloon.

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    • Thing is as a professional footballer, the least I would expect is the ability to strike a corner do it beats the defender at the near post. So often Walcott just doesn’t do it. He also regularly hides so he can’t be passed to. His general positional play us often appalling. Ball control us at best inconsistent. His most common pass us, having received the ball from the right back , to give it straight back. He doesn’t have the skill to take on a defender and often runs th ball into touch.
      Against these factors his PR is really good.
      On the whole despite 10 years of training with skilful, intelligent players such as Henry, Bergkamp, Van Persie, Ozil, Alexis, he just hasn’t developed sufficiently to merit a place in the starting 11.

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  21. Surprised that there is little comment on Iwobi. He looked dangerous every time he was on the ball. He always makes himself available. He defended with gusto. He lets us rest Ozil and no one is complaining. Are we taking him for granted already?

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  22. people sure are excited about this win…over a championship side…a side that has prioritized promotion over the fa cup so they played a weaker side against us…twice…and we injured 3 players in the process…our first win in 5 matches…and it was against a championship side…did i mention that?

    would anyone be surprised if we lost our next 3 matches? watford is a decent prem side and they’ll want this cup more than hull. play a weaker team against them and we’ll need luck on our side to pull out a win. then we lose to barcelona which will be demoralizing and exhaust our first team, after which they travel to everton needing a win. i don’t have a good feeling about this next week.

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    • He deserves one of those once in a while for his patience and dedication. Real respect for Gibbs working hard and not raising a stink about his opportunities.

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  23. Joel my boy,he does what Ozil does and gives it all.What a joy to watch.The first goal for Theo,what a pass!.
    Giroud this game,next game? Absent. what a fuss.Same as Theo.This two are our weakest links.Either they perform consistently or they ship out,period!

    Gunner by Birth

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  24. I’m tired of those chopping our players down instead of encouraging them. Can any one of you Theo haters put on some soccer boots and do a better job than him huh? I don’t think so! Sanchez is also off form but he’s not getting the same criticism as Theo. At one time Giroud was criticized and he came back with a bang and all his critics were silenced. I’m glad Theo scored and is going to score even more if he’s getting proper service

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  25. Wow so much excitement for beating a championship side. Easy to forget the last few disgraceful performances in the tournament that really matters, the PL…

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  26. When I watch Theo score goals like the third and have to do a double take to realise it wasn’t Thierry Henry I fool myself into thinking its all finally clicked , when Theo, when will it finally click because I really want you to become the player you should be . Also banner guys there is a time and a place I was angry the other day but a good win in the cup always makes me forget past sins .

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  27. When else but during a match after a shite run of performances are u meant to hold up a banner?? Do u think the point wud come across so well if they sneaked into the emirates in june and displayed it? One decent draw and an opponent assisted win does not make everything ok again

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  28. I would love to see us file out like this against Everton* when the EPL resumes:
    Ospina – Bellerin – Mert – koscielny – Monreal
    Coquelin – Elneny – Ozil – Alexis – Campbell –
    Welbeck
    That looks like a well balanced team to me – full of pace, grit, tracking back (Alexis and Campbell), defensive solidity and creativity.

    * Watford will see changes and the Barcelona tie is over.

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  29. Campbell made a blinder of an assist against Olympiacos. Unfortunately, the assist itself was not praised as much. I’m sure if the same was done by Ozil, almost everybody would have gone ga-ga over that pass. Campbell will really do well if he were to start regularly.

    Read somewhere that Barca is looking to get Ozil at 60m, guess we should thank him for everything and let him go. With The Jeff and Iowbi and several other creative youngsters in the rank, I’m sure they would not fair badly, considering that Ozil was hardly noticed in the ManU or Spurts or the Barca games, when needed.

    Expecting a lot of down-votes coz I know Ozil is one of Blog’s and many others’ favorite players.

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  30. Iwobi and Jeff are just a joy to watch, I love them both. I would guess Iwobi needs to go on loan next season before he is ready to properly challenge for the first team.
    Elneny solid, will be an automatic starter now that Ramsey is out but he should be starting in midfield even if Aaron was fit.
    Walcott was as shit as he’s been lately but hopefully his goals will boost his confidence.

    And Campbell, he is surely better than both Theo and the Ox. No doubt he should be starting on the right.

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  31. @there, you should get a lot of thumbs down. I didn’t give you one because I realised just in time it’s better to just tell you to quit living in the mass media past. that era when all them media types said ozil is a waste of money because he didn’t run around like Stephen Gerrard. You type would never get Ozil. so I absolutely understand why you spew bullocks like that.

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  32. Apart from girouds and theos goals gd shot from by gibbs, a tough away f.a cup fixture gr8 to see f.a cup holders in the next round coyg

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  33. Ramsey needed rest or deserve a place on the bench long before now. It is pitiable that such has to come via injury. Wenger signed Elneny for a purpose. Why did he wait until a player will be injured before injecting the Egyptian into the squad.
    The way forward in the squad now Elneny, Coq, Flame, Ozil, and Iwobi being rotated in the squad.
    I suspect that MerterChambers, Chambreal or Metereal partnership will be in following Gabscienly’s injury.
    I will not beat my chest for the potency of Giroud, Sanchez and Walcott. The key is Chambers and Welbeck. If Ozil can be substituted after fruitless 60 mins, I think we may have some results coming our way.

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  34. I don’t get why you can’t give Flamini his due. Another clean sheet and he is versatile enough to cover at Rback. Made a couple of mistakes but also recovered to put in some good tackles and particularly played some good balls from deep for us to release our players early (or attempt to)

    Instead the focus is now shifted conveniently from Coquelin (who together with Ramsey has shipped 5 goals in 2 games) to Elneny (who did not exactly stop Spurs scoring two goals when Coq went off and IMO was OK but lost a number of balls and wasn’t still physical enough against Hull)

    The same can be said of all this Campbell nonsense.

    The same voices calling for the gaffer to go because he won’t play Campbell (which he ironically has to good effect against Hull) were the same cretins who said Campbell would never be “Arsenal quality’ and gave Dick Law stick for chasing his signature in Costa Rica for under 2m.

    I mentioned then that Campbell was good at protecting the ball and uses it well.

    I also mentioned Flamini was far from the poor player many imagine. You cannot praise others when we keep clean sheets and conveniently point fingers at Flamini when we don’t (particularly when Coquelin as mentioned has conceded 5 when on shift) It is the height of duplicity.

    Again as mentioned Chambers is a natural Rback. He did well again out wide and with Debuchy gone, it is his for the taking. But he has also the composure to play and develop as a Cback. Yet many seem to think he is a natural Cback when he has never played there for Soton.

    People just want to see what they want to see.

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