Preston 1-2 Arsenal – player ratings

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Preston 1-2 Arsenal - player ratings

Once again we started poorly, made hard work of it, but got something late in the game from Olivier Giroud who got his 9th goal of the season to secure the 2-1 win.

Here’s how the players rated tonight.

DO
13
6
CYP
30
4.5
SM
20
4
G
5
4.5
NM
18
5.5
GX
29
5.5
AR
8
5.5
AI
17
6
AOC
15
4
LP
9
7
OG
12
7
DO
13
6
CYP
30
6
SM
20
4
G
5
5
NM
18
6
GX
29
6
AR
8
6.5
AI
17
6
AOC
15
5
LP
9
7
OG
12
6.5
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13: David Ospina

6
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6
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36

Fine.

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30: Chu-Young Park

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4.5
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24

Dammit, sorry Ainsley Maitland-Niles, we still have to add you. But you did just grand today considering it was only your second start at right-back.

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20: Shkodran Mustafi

4
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54

Mate, you need to do better than that ...

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5: Gabriel .

5
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4.5
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44

Bad for the first goal, but better than Mustafi over the course of the game.

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18: Nacho Monreal

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5.5
Readers
14

All right

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29: Granit Xhaka

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5.5
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53

Not great in the first half, but good in the second

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8: Aaron Ramsey

6.5
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13

Like Xhaka, not great in the first half, but much better in the second. Scored a great goal at the perfect time just as the second half began.

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17: Alex Iwobi

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46

There's lots to like about him

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15: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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One of those games you think it set up for him to do well, but he never got into it significantly.

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9: Lucas Perez

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A clever player, looked our best player in the first half (not saying a lot), and set up the winner for Giroud.

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12: Olivier Giroud

6.5
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Now becoming the master of the late goal – he did it again and his ability to do that in the final stages of games is fantastic.

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23: Danny Welbeck

N/R
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7
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39

Welbzcome back, Danny

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16: Rob Holding

N/R
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52

Just on to eat up time

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54: Jeff Reine-Adelaide

N/R
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6
Readers
50

Just on to eat up time

Vote is now closed

Bonus rating: 10/10 for making Steve McManaman unhappy by winning. He was enjoying our misery a bit too much, the woolly haired scouse prick. And his commentary mate on BT can stick it up his arse too.

95 COMMENTS

  1. I love Iwobi, but i thought he was woeful today. He had one nice pass to Giroud in the first half but that was about it.

    We might be a good team if we play for 90 mins rather than 45.

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    • 10/10 for the away fans in the first half too. Kept chanting despite the absolute pile of wank served up by us in the first half.

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  2. I worry that our desire to ensure we don’t underestimate the opposition actually means we start games with insufficient confidence to impose ourselves at all. There’s no room for complacency in any game, but we need to stop playing within ourselves and start playing with the confidence that we are good enough to beat most teams.

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  3. Pérez deserves a run in the starting XI. Also deserves his own chant.

    Enjoyed the fact we made Ben Pearson’s night miserable. Wanker throughout the course of the game.

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  4. No one should have to subject themselves to R. Savage’s noise. I would suggest muting the broadcast and put on music of your choice in the background. You don’t need that knob to describe what you are observing.

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    • Not as good as we were shit. Ox, Mustafi and Gabriel should have been subbed off 7 minutes in a got a kick up their arse in the changing room

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      • I so want the Ox to be a success and have generally been happy with his performances this year. But today he was absolutely dire. There was one period in the first half where he picked up the ball out left in our half and three times in a row he ran straight at their right back and gave the ball away when there were easy passes open. He typifies our Premier league attitude of “I can beat these Championship clowns on my own”. Hit the easy pass mate.

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  5. I much prefer Maitland at CM. Not enough pace, energy or positional awareness for me tonight. I really think that Jenkinson would have done better. The Ox just looked knackered tonight.

    Still, through to 4th round and Giroud proving a very nice plan B+++++

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    • I know he’s very fresh but I thought he was out of his depth at right back today. Beaten by the winger almost every time it really doesn’t look like his natural position.

      I would have much preferred Gabriel at right back and Holding in the middle. Gabriel and Mustafi are too similar they both need a calmer positional defender alongside them.

      Hats off to the Gooner away section chanting loudly even through the awful first half an hour.

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      • Agree that it would have been better to play Holding and Gabriel out right. And Ox, Xhaka and much as I hate to say it Ramsey just aren’t up to it, don’t see places in the team for them. And yes please Lucas ahead of Ox and Walcott. And Giroud for me is still a super sub, I wouldn’t push a great player like Sanchez (how we missed him) out of position for Giroud.

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    • fully agreed…maintland’s positioning was off today, caught the wrong side of his marker a number of times, couldn’t seem to be able to prevent the crosses from coming in, often stood off his man too much, just didn’t seem like he felt very comfortable back there. On the bright side he delivered some good crosses, is undoubtedly talented, has time on his side and will only improve with further game time, but it does seem like his future is further up the pitch. I agree that Jenkinson would likely have fared better today. On that note, does anyone know whether being named to the bench is enough to cup-tie the corporal? is that maybe why Wenger was a bit reluctant to play him, so as not to jeopardize a potential loan?

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    • I abaolutely agree with you. I do not believe that Mitland-Niles is a right back. Might be better if Wenger let him develop naturally in midfield n

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  6. It is becoming pretty obvious that most teams will come press and hurry us maybe we can change the formation and tactics to absorb this in the first half and as they tire in the second go back to free flowing high attack football

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  7. Does it matter how we performed? As long as you win, you move on the next round. Win by one goal, or win by six, it does not make a difference. Yes, I want us to perform much better than we did in the first half, but it’s a cup game. Goal difference does not matter, etc. Lucas played well again. 6 goals and 5 assists in 12 appearances is pretty damn impressive. We have a chance to gain serious momentum ahead of Chelsea now…

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  8. Positives: Lucas Perez and the return of Danny Welbeck (wouldn’t it have been nice if his shot in the closing seconds found the back of the net?!). Negatives: most of the team in the first half! Were they just expecting Preston to roll over and play dead?! We *really* need to start with more speed and determination. Unconvincing: Xhaka and Ramsey as a midfield pairing don’t impress.

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  9. I though both Mustafi and Gabriel were bad in the first half but not only by theirs fault. Preston played with 2 strikers, so our mistake was Monreal and Niles were positioned too high so it was tough for our CBs. Neverthless in 2nd half they were both solid so I disagree Gabriel was better. Imo Mustafi is not ready yet. He needed few games at the start of the season. With his style of play he needs to be 100% fit to make it work.

    Ramsey again, yes he scored but you just can’t play with him. Our midifield was so empty, his positioning was as bad as you can get. We were overun. He is making hard for everyone. Chamberlain is similiar case. They just don’t have football brain. You can’t teach them that. You have or you don’t have it. When we attack he is always sprinting to be the first one there but when we need to defend he is jogging or even walking. That anger me the most.

    We all thought Arsenal have great depth. But now I don’t know… We have 7-8 players who are undropable for our gameplay. Is that depth then?

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  10. Chamberlain just lacks vision. It’s obvious when you think about it. He’s like one of those winger who’s still playing in their own pace, not in sync with the team. Remember Ronaldo going through the same thing during his early years at Man Utd. Hopefully Chamberlain can grow out of it sooner rather than later.

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    • Ox has also looked better at times playing on the right, particularly with Giroud up top, it makes sense to play Ox on the right side so he can play in those crosses. With Alexis as the #9 pulling defenders all over the place with his clever movement and energy, it opens up space for the wingers to cut inside, which is when it might make more sense to play Ox on the left.

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    • A better plan B and coming off the bench to change the game in my opinion. We play better collectively with Alexis starting at centre forward.

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    • Giroud has always been important, when he gets the service. He gives 100% every game despite getting fouled, pulled and climbed all over by the opposition. It was fitting Perez assisted him for the winner as Giroud gave him a beautiful assist for his first Premiership goal at Bournemouth.

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    • Every time Giroud has started this season (2 ECL games, 3 PL and 1 FAC) he has scored. That’s class. And we have no one who holds the ball up better (though Iwobi is getting good at holding up too).

      He’s not just a Plan B, for me, he’s an alternative Plan A. The great thing is, now we can play Alexis or Welbeck, perhaps Lucas (or even Walcott, though I prefer him on the right) as striker, we don’t have to exhaust our HFB, we cna keep him fit and hungry 🙂

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  11. Great goal from Ramsey. Not many options in the center right now, hopefully this was the goal he needed to kick on this season!

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    • Scoring goal is not the issue with Ramsey. It is the mere fact that he no longer have the quality required as an Arsenal player.

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  12. hi Blog i love u but chamberlain was by far the worse player on the field tonight and shouldn’t have been rated higher than any other player,the boy started to worry me long ago but now gets on my nerves, can’t beat a direct opponent don’t seem to know what to do with the ball, just not good enough at this stage of his age and career

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    • He has obviously not developed well. He’s the most likely player to lose the ball while making a dribble, a run or a pass. I also don’t think Wenger has helped him by not assigning him a position after several seasons. It seems to take Wenger an awful lot of time to make his mind up about players’ position. Alexis. Walcott. Ozil. Ramsey. Lucas. Ox. Welbeck. Chambers. Wilshere. Ashravin. Podolski. Even Coquelin until last season. You will never achieve the understanding and telepathy needed in a great team until players are settled in roles.

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  13. I hope Wenger spends all the next 3 transfer budgets on cloning Santi and making him play the entire season. I have a guy feeling that we can win the treble if this happens.

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    • Gut*. Also ignore other spelling errors if i did make them.

      p.s. Blog, your app on the Android is appalling. Please have it tested. Took me 17 attempts to stay on this page while looking at ratings or while trying to add a comment.

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      • It’s the scroll side to side to change articles function, I hate it. scrolling up or down is like walking on egg shells..

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      • Mr Blogs, the scroll issue mainly happens because the picture at top does not resize to fit in the android screen. Hence, while scrolling down, it keeps scrolling sideways which triggers the previous or next article. I have commonly seen this mainly in player ratings screen or while opening an article from the push messages. Hope this helps. 🙂

        p.s. the above comment was because the comment section was greyed out. when i kept clicking the box to type, it took me to the next screen and said cannot post blank comment (or a similar message).

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  14. Thought Maitland-Niles was really poor. Didn’t offer much defensively, was passed too often by Preston players, and didn’t make up for that with anything going forward. Chambo was by far the worst player on the pitch.

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    • First half he was horrendous. Surprised Blogs, Guardian, BBC didn’t pick up on it – in the stadium he was pathetic. Second half he was neck at the races.

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      • He’s a kid, a midfielder, and asked to do a job that he’s not used to. Surprised he didn’t just play Jenkinson to be honest, but probably didn’t want to cup-tie him.

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  15. Mcmanaman is a f***ing cretin. For someone who was a skilful ball player his desire to see fouls occur and creatively play stifled by any means is like some strange fetish. We were shit today for most of the match but got the result so onwards and upwards.

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  16. Thought the selection was wrong today.

    Chiefly Maitland NIles. It wasn’t that he was particularly any poorer than most of his seniors, he wasn’t. But to have him in against Preston I thought was the wrong option. As soon as I saw his name, I thought we were going to struggle.

    I think we needed to have Gabriel deputising at Rback for these sort of high intensity games. Gabriel was a bundle of nerves today and also poor with positioning/decision making, but he would have given us a bit more solidity and added to our threat going down the right better in first half.

    In his place next to Mustafi (another who waylaid a lot of passes unnecessarily from the back), thought we could have played Holding. NOt to say that as a young player he would not have made mistakes either but his seniors weren’t doing any better and what I like about Holding is he is very calm. We needed a bit of that.

    Just in front, Granit was getting passed by too easily at times. Which is the issue I have with Ramsey next to him. It may yet gather some balance but I feel Iwobi is actually the better player to draw more caution and protect with Granit where Ramsey is the better player for a more offensive forward role closer to GIroud.

    That was born out with the excellent equaliser and hopefully Rambo can kick on with that.

    Out wide, the ox had a poor game. Little effect and not enough gumption to take players on (particularly second half as their legs grew weary). Again, the gaffer for me does not intervene in a timely fashion. NOt to say he is a poor player but I would have hauled the Ox off and put Welbeck on waaay earlier.

    I can only assume that the manager was being extra careful with Welbeck because of injury return.

    Lucas and GIroud I feel seem to be developing a very good on pitch relationship. It seems almost atelepathic understanding now when the Spaniard runs in and gets closer to Giroud which beggars whether we should be switching to a bit more of a 4-4-2 without the likes of Ozil at our disposal. If Iwobi moves wide, Lucas can run off Giroud and vice versa particularly if we are facing a more static set up against us.

    Finally, Giroud. How many goals now? Goes to show you how little his naysayers know.

    He’s not just a ‘plan B’ which he isn’t. He is so much more of a player than simply (idiotically) lumping balls to his head (even if its a strength to play to)

    He holds the ball and distributes it well, and he is a node for the more mobile players around him to play off and into the box.

    People don’t give him enough credit because he has dug us out of a hole twice now (if not more this season). As much as Alexis (who has also had plenty of games he has failed to score from the middle) where would we be without him this season?

    A word on Wenger – What I think the gaffer needs to do is to recognise our problems early and make quick decisive intervention from the bench. Granted his options were a bit limited today, but if we have to wait late on in a game (the 70th minute or later) to make the necessary changes to revitalise the teams efforts, we may have seen the opponents out of sight or us with a mountain to climb by then if they had taken full advantage of their opportunities.

    Will we see a remedy for this? Doubtful I’m afraid. Clearly he possesses a second hand travel size hairdryer from Fergie (hand me down) to ‘motivate’ the team second half. Perhaps its not strong enough for use before the start of games as well. His assistant Steve Bould doesn’t need a hairdryer with his baldness so that isn’t any help.

    Sign on Martin Keown I say to give the team the kick up their arses they need just for the start.

    😛

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  17. Some thoughts:

    Giroud and Lucas playing well again.

    Ramsey scoring and had a pretty good second half, hope he gains confidence now.

    AML had a good match considering he isn’t a defender. Would almost like to see him play CM in some matches. Probably not ready for 90 minutes PL yet though.

    Mustafi looks so off pace, Gabriel and Kos in next match for me.

    Ox didn’t do any favours for himself with the display, dwelled on the ball too much and lost the ball when tried too dribble.

    Iwobi was okay, the consistency will come. Would like him to drop at times and help the defence.

    We probably need a pure deep DM to sit in front of the defence to protect us when teams press us. There is too much space between our defence and midfield. We could put Xhaka there and play Ramsey + someone else in front of him. Or coquelin when he is back…

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  18. Monreal really needs to stay goal side when marking an opposing player in our own 3rd. I am not convicnced that he is a natural left back.
    He would be better suited as a winger in a 3-4-3 formation. Or a 3-4-1-2, with either an Alexis-Lucas or Giroud-Welbeck pairing up top.

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    • Monreal is and has been a good full back, but has suffered lately in games as opposition teams choose to attack him more than Bellerin. He may have started to lose a bit of pace though, so it could be time soon to look for an upgrade.

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  19. No idea why, but Ox really struggled tonight. Loose passes and too much dribbling with head down into dead ends. Some of his play (and others) put the team under real defensive pressure.

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  20. Well, that was harder than it should have been, but we were playing without our four best players (Alexis, Ozil, Santi, Koscielny), and without three others who have been central to our best performances this season (Coq, Bellerin, and Theo). That’s seven out of ten.

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  21. We have been seeing the signs of what to come. The boys are not playing well and are not firing from all cylinders. We should all lower our expectations this year.. i hv already done so.

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  22. Ramsey and Perez were the bright sparks today. Iwobi needs some time away from the first team… He’s hit a wall…

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  23. Wenger plays the same formation/tactics every game no matter who the opposition or players available. Is he arrogant, a lazy manager, or clueless??? All of the above??

    Wenger would be in a real pickle without Giroud’s heroics the last few weeks. He adds physicality and muscle to a mentally weak team.

    I heard Giroud’s comments to the team in the hallway at halftime. The team responded, good pick for team captain.

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  24. Any side (even Barcelona) has trouble playing out against an energetic high press. That is what Maureen found when his RM sides were playing Barca. Even MEssi often coughed up the ball. I don’t know what the answer is other than hoof long and play in the counter. But the downside is that is wears a side out and if you weather the storm you should win. Arsenals performance (a makeshift side) in the first half was understandable. So was the improved performance in the second half.
    Lucas Perez – what a clever player. I suspect he’s now a big part of Arsenes plans. He and Sanchez will feed off each other because they both have football smarts

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    • Bloody expensive makeshift side! Only AMN that’s not a full international. Really should be able to outplay journeymen of the Championship. “We were surprised at the way PNE played, full of commitment” – ridiculous statement, especially after Bournemouth. Beware, you may just find Swansea and Burnley will be the same!

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  25. Iwobi and Lucas were the best of a terrible bunch..Also i think Iwobi’s conribution to Ramsey’s goal is underappreciated also I notice his poorer games are when Ramsey and Ox play..

    In general the overall narrative in football is becoming quite annoying..It is almost taking the enjoyment out of football..When you win your the bestest in the world when you lose everything and everyone is shit.
    Today’s game was exactly what the fa cup is about and everyone involved missed the point to come up with soundbites and the fucking pundits ALL NEED A SLAP. Jim beglin and Jon champion seem to be the only ones discussing the actual game in commentary.

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    • BT Sport eventually get rid of Michael Owen only to bring in his almost-as-bad team mate Steve McManananaman! Wish they’d put their money into sorting bloody phone system out instead!.

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  26. Was at the game today I thought mustafa played better than being being mentioned on here poor first 20 minutes but was covering alot for Gabriel and mainland miles thought he was awful today positioning was terrible.

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  27. I have seen enough of Lucas to put him in front of Theo and as far as for Ox, i think he is highly overrated and protected by Wenger. It’s time to move him on, sorry mate

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  28. And I was thinking they would cut us a slack after a shitty couple of mounths. Please go on one of those out of nowhere winning runs exept this time it takes us to the top! Who am I kidding

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  29. It’s sad how every time Ox gets a start he never seems to really take advantage of it. He seems to play a lot better as a sub coming on with 20 minutes to go than when he starts.

    I was going to give a list of all the other players who were terrible in the first half but I was typing out the whole team sheet minus maybe Perez and Ospina so I stopped.

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  30. 10 /10 I wish I had a beard like Oli to tickle angry arsenal fans! It’s intimidating and will do the job of cornering them and tickling them to submission! Asking the same question! Why the face, why (tickle) why?(more tickle) whyyyyyy?!! (hehehe) great game. COYG!!!

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  31. What’s so very frustrating is as fans we obviously watch every game, and we know how well we can play at our best. Even with just some intensity we beat Chelsea like they were a Championship side. Now why is it so often that we start the game like we don’t care. Its like we would rather have an amazing comeback from behind than just win comfortably..
    I thought the fans were amazing!

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  32. Lucas Perez is a gem of a player. Strong, quick but above all great runs and positioning. Linked up well w Giroud last night and did the same w Bellerin in an earlier game. Regular starter! But dear me we keep having these spells of “clueless, spineless”. Painful and needs to be adressed.

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  33. I actually didn’t think Niles did that badly?
    The threat came mostly from the other side. Montreal seems never to be able to block a cross. Exposed for the first and almost got roasted for a second. Good clearence off the line though.

    I thought Niles looked good going forward and got a few.decent crosses in.

    A Mustafi/ Gabrielle back line doesn’t work. They’re both too wreckless and want to Bomb forward.

    Great to see Welbeck back. A Welbeck, Alexis , Walcott front line could be explosive.
    Where the he’ll is Theo by the way?

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