Arsenal 2 – Manchester City 1: Player Ratings

A great win for the Arsenal and suddenly this season doesn’t seem too bad, with a place in the final of the F.A Cup. Whether we can actually win that game is a different matter, however, let’s just enjoy the moment for now.

 

Petr Cech – 6.5
Wasn’t good enough on the goal, should have come out a lot quicker! However, he made up for it with a great save from Yaya Toure’s effort.

 

Gabriel – 8.5
Easily the best game he’s had in an Arsenal shirt, defended really well and suits the new formation down to a tee.

 

Laurent Koscielny – 8
Solid as always at the back, it’s nice to see a defence that you’re confident in for a change.

 

Rob Holding – 8.5
It was a massive game for the 20-year old, nevertheless, he dealt with the pressure easily putting in a great performance at the back.

 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 9
Great cross for Monreal’s goal! Was going back and forth down the line superbly,  it looks like that right wing back position is suited perfectly for him.

 

Aaron Ramsey – 6
Worked hard all day, but he gave away the ball which led to City’s goal.

 

Granit Xhaka – 7
Was also responsible for City’s goal, he shouldn’t have been that far up the pitch and instead sat back on Aguero. Though he worked hard all day.

 

Nacho Monreal – 9
One of our best players today and even managed to get a goal for us, defended terrifically all game.

 

Mesut Ozil – 7
Not his best game in an Arsenal shirt, had quite a few chances to make a big difference in the game but he didn’t take them.

 

Alexis Sanchez – 7.5
Always loves a big game, managed to get the winning goal as well.

 

Olivier Giroud – 6.5
Don’t think he fits into this new formation, he played similarly against Middlesborough and we looked better when he went off. However, if he doesn’t get good service, we can’t really blame him for anything.

 

Substitutes
Danny Welbeck – 7

Hector Bellerin – 6.5

Francis Coquelin – 6

Arsenal – Manchester City: Match Preview

The Gunner’s face Manchester City in the F.A Cup semi-final this weekend, with Arsenal a win away from the F.A Cup final. The Gunners go into the game on the back of an away win at Middlesbrough, which the North London club really needed.

 

Arsenal have won The F.A Cup twice in the last three season, however, their concentration is likely to be more focused on the race for Champions League qualification. Arsenal trail City by seven points in the league, and United by three (although the North Wet club have a game in hand).

 

This is a must win for the team, however, the Gunners have a few players out injured with David Ospina, Danny Welbeck, Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez all sidelined.

 

With Wenger changing the formation to a three-man defence in the last game it is yet to see whether he’ll try this again. Although it was nice to see a change in the way the team line up and the way the team play, many have questioned whether it actually made any difference.

 

This begs the question to whether Hector Bellerin and Theo Walcott will return to the lineup and what the back four/three will consist of with Mustafi out injured

 

This game is a must win for Arsene Wenger, with this being the only hope of silverware the Gunners have this season. If Wenger does sign a new two-year deal, a trophy at the end of the season is going to taste slightly less bitter to Arsenal fans.

Arsenal 2 – Middlesbrough 1: Player Ratings

Arsenal - Middlesbrough 18-04-17

A much-needed win, however, it might be too late, with the Gunners needing to win pretty much every game from now until the end of the season to qualify for Champions League next year, it looks an impossible task.

 

Petr Cech – 7.5
Came back into the side after injury, played well and made some good saves, though he didn’t have anything thrown his way that was too challenging.

 

Gabriel – 7
Solid performance, played well in this new formation. Didn’t play well going forward but with three at the back, it’s probably best.

 

Laurent Koscielny – 7
Glad to see him back, the defence looks much more solid when he’s playing, though he managed to switch off for Middlesbrough’s goal.

 

Rob Holding – 7
Looks promising as always, would really like to see more of the player before the season ends.

 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7.5
Played very well in this formation, it looks like the right wing back role could very much suit him.

 

Aaron Ramsey – 7
Got around well and also got the assist for the goal. However, whenever he got the ball the play seemed to go sideward or backwards.

 

Granit Xhaka – 7
Looked to get the ball forward whenever he got it.

 

Nacho Monreal – 7
A decent performance again but he let Downing cross too easily for the goal, but worked hard throughout the game.

 

Mesut Ozil – 7.5
Worked hard all night, tracked back well, which is very rare to see. Managed to get the winning goal as well and shush the critics.

 

Alexis Sanchez – 8
Gave away position a few times, but that free kick was absolutely sublime to get us ahead in the game.

 

Olivier Giroud – 7
Was quiet all game, but then again he hardly got any service. If we’re not going to cross the ball in, then I don’t see the point in playing the Frenchmen.

 

Substitutes
Hector Bellerin – 6.5

Francis Coquelin – 6

Could Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also leave this summer?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

With both Ozil and Alexis surely on the way out, could Oxlade-Chamberlain also be leaving the Gunners this summer? The Telegraph have reported that Liverpool could be lining up to sign the Arsenal forward, with a deal of around £35m.

 

The Englishman is heading into his final 12 months on his contract along with Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Jack Wilshere, Wojciech Szczesny and Kieran Gibbs. Although most of the talk has been about the German and Chilean’s contract, there hasn’t been mentioned about Chamberlain’s.

 

The Telegraph have reported that Liverpool is lining up to try and sign the player, hoping that the club will be convinced to sell if they offer around the £35m mark. However, Wenger has repeatedly spoken about the player and his hope that he’ll stay:

 

“I personally think it’s vital that Chamberlain stays at Arsenal,” he said.

 

“We bought him when he was very young and built him up. He has a great mentality and a good football brain and it would be big damage for us to lose this kind of player.”

 

This talk of the player leaving the club isn’t new, with stories coming out a few months ago that the player was angry that he hadn’t already been offered a new contract. Supposedly he would reject any new contract on offer no matter what wages were offered.

 

With lots of first team players going into their last 12 months on their contract, it is certainly looking to be an interesting Summer. It would be a shame to lose the forward given the time he’s been at the club and at his current age 23, he is surely going into the peak of his career.

Arsenal 0 – Crystal Palace 3: Player Ratings

This must be the end, surely, with Arsenal fans singing “you’re not fit to wear the shirt”, I don’t think there’s any way of coming back from this, this is certainly the end for Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal.

 

Emiliano Martinez – 6
He’s really the least of our problems, we can’t be expecting world class saves from the third choice keeper. However was unlucky with the penalty and managed to go the right way, but still couldn’t save it.

 

Hector Bellerin – 6.5
Went well going forward, but looked shaky at the back. It might be time for him to spend some time on the bench, looks nowhere near like his former self.

 

Shkodran Mustafi – 7
Picked up a yellow, has started staying on his feet, but still looks shaky at the back.

 

Gabriel – 7
The better half of the two centre backs, but still hardly anything to brag about.

 

Nacho Monreal – 7
Another solid performance from Monreal! Win, lose or draw, Nacho always puts in a shift. However, he looked massively exposed at the back, due to the left forward not tracking back.

 

Mohamed Elneny – 6
After his good performance against West Ham I was hoping for more, however, that was yet to be the case, the only highlight was his shot going slightly wide.

 

Granit Xhaka – 7
His balls forward were our only threat, but then again half of them went wayward.

 

Theo Walcott  – 6.5
Captained the Gunners again, though it was a pretty poor show from him. That post-match interview he had summed up the state of the team at the minute, “They wanted it more”.

 

Mesut Ozil – 6.5
Nothing really worked for him tonight, has always looked shaky when playing away from home.

 

Alexis Sanchez – 7
Always tried to make things happen, but nothing did happen.

 

Danny Welbeck – 6
Went missing for all the time he was on, hardly even got a touch.

 

Substitutes
Olivier Giroud – 6

Aaron Ramsey – 6

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6.5