Arsenal 2 – Manchester City 2: Player Ratings

Well at least we didn’t lose, if you asked me before the game whether I’d take a draw, I’d have jumped at the opportunity.

 

David Ospina – 7

Made some big saves, but he should have probably got down quicker for the Aguero goal.

 

Hector Bellerin – 6
Sane got the better of him quite a few times, nevertheless, he played well when we went forward and tried to hit City on the counter attack.

 

Shkodran Mustafi – 8
Managed to get his second goal for Arsenal, and commanded the back well when Koscielny had to go off.

 

Laurent Koscielny – 6.5

Very solid at the back, but he only managed to play half of the match before an Achilles problem forced him off the pitch.

 

Nacho Monreal – 7.5
I still think he’s one of our most consistent players, very solid performance as always. However, he was lucky to get away with the handball at the end.

 

Francis Coquelin – 6.5
Still don’t think he’s up to the standards of Arsenal, though had a fairly good game and managed to stay disciplined after he received a yellow.

 

Granit Xhaka – 6.5
Managed to build up the play well, even though we know that him and Coquelin don’t really work together. Alo didn’t get sent off also after seeing an early yellow, miracle.

 

Theo Walcott  – 7
Managed to get the goal for Arsenal to equalise, however that challenge before it was something. Whether he should have still been on the pitch is to be contested.

 

Mesut Ozil – 7.5

Got the assist for the goal, but was at fault for the Aguero goal, looked absolutely knackered towards the end of the half.

 

Danny Welbeck – 6.5
Didn’t get much service, but he was all over the pitch which is good to see. Still working his way back after that long spell on the sideline.

 

Alexis Sanchez  – 8
Whenever he got the ball it looked like something was going to happen. But saying that he only managed one shot all game, which went wide.

 

Substitutes
Gabriel – 7
Olivier Giroud – 6
Alex Iwobi – 6.5

Arsenal – Manchester City: Match Preview

Arsenal takes on Pep Guardiola’s side in the Premier League tomorrow, with City currently 7 points ahead of the Gunners who sit in 3rd place.

 

With Wenger still not announcing his future plans for him and the club, he will be under even more pressure to get something from today’s game. However, this might be a perfect game for the manager, with Arsenal fans not expecting to get anything from today’s game, the team can play a free flowing attacking game with nothing to lose.

 

In terms of team news for the North London club, Mesut Ozil could make his first appearance after being out for six weeks, but Arsenal’s number one Peter Cech is ruled out with a calf injury, meaning David Ospina will have his chance to impress once again. Lucas Perez is out with a thigh injury, which is good for Wenger…. as he doesn’t have to find an excuse not to play the forward, despite his excellent playing record.

 

Arsenal are going through their worst form with Wenger at the helm, with the Gunners losing four of their last five Premier League games, for the first time since 1995.

 

With even a Champions League spot looking like an unrealistic prospect, they really need to get at least a point from this game. Wenger’s side has two games in hand on Liverpool, but the North West club are 6 points ahead.

 

Alexis Sanchez a target for Chelsea and other clubs

The West London club has made Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez their top target this summer according to a report from the Guardian.

 

Antonio Conte is in talks with Chelsea over a new contract which will take him beyond 2019. The report has stated that transfers have been discussed as part of the contract, with one of the players he wants to bring in being Alexis Sanchez.

 

The Chilean has been at the club for three years but has become disgruntled at the club’s lack of progress. With the club unable to compete for the league again and looking at a hard F.A Cup draw against Manchester City, it looks unlikely that the Gunners will see silverware this season.

 

The 28-year-olds contract expires in 15 months, and discussions have stalled as the player is asking for a pay rise to £250,000, but is currently on £130,000. However, this seems a realistic ask with there being a list of clubs lining up to try and sign the player, including Chelsea! The list includes Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Inter Milan, all of which will be able to meet the player’s wage demands easily.

 

It’s hard to see Wenger selling Alexis to such a rival as Chelsea if he takes the club seriously as contenders in the Premier League. However, we said the same for Van Persie, Nasri and Adebayor, all of which were sold to domestic rivals and all of which went on to have success.

 

It’s hard to see how Arsenal will bring in anyone in the summer of the same calibre or better than Sanchez, the same can be said for Mesut Ozil. With the club not growing in stature, but more likely decreasing, and also becoming less able to compete on the financial front.

 

However, both of their contract negations and futures are unlikely to be certain till they know who will be managing them next season. This should happen this week or next, with Wenger saying earlier in the month that he will let us know what his future holds in the international break.

Wenger and the players take a break

It’s been reported that the Arsenal manager has gone away for a few days to decide what he wants to do with his future, whether to stay at the club or to carry on his managerial career away from North London.

 

This is after Wenger said he’d tell the press what his future holds after the international break, meaning times running out for the Frenchman.

 

With Arsenal struggling in the Premier League, currently sitting in 6th position, and with no chance of catching Chelsea at the top, it only leaves Arsenal fans with the F.A Cup to dream about. However, with the match against Manchester City, it looks like the Gunners won’t be lifting silverware anytime soon unless our form takes a dramatic turn.

 

Most of the first team have gone on international duty, although, no Arsenal player managed to make an appearance in the Germany – England game last night. With Walcott dropped by Southgate for the fixtures and Oxlade-Chamberlain only making the bench for the match, it doesn’t look like Arsenal will be the core of the England team anytime soon. Mustafi and Ozil are also in the Germany squad, but didn’t make an appearance last night.

 

Alexis should be on the pitch for Chile’s match against Argentina tonight; although the manager thought that the player had picked up a serious injury in Gunner’s recent game, but has still travelled with his international squad.

 

Nacho Monreal has been called up to Spain’s squad for their qualifying match again Israel on Friday, however,  there is no Bellerin in the squad as he’s playing for the U21’s tonight. Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud both play for France in their match against Luxemburg for France on Saturday, hopefully, Giroud will manage to get a goal and change his recent poor form.

 

Aaron Ramsey is also in action with Wales for their match against Ireland tomorrow and Alex Iwobi should be playing for Nigeria tonight, which should be good with the player struggling for form of late.

 

It’ll hopefully be good for the players and the manager to go away for a few days and get some time away from the spotlight and hopefully come back rejuvenated, hopefully…

Arsenal 1 – West Brom 3: Player Ratings

Arsenal had as many shots on target as there were planes flying over the Hawthorns. I think that’s all that needs to be said about today’s performance.

 

Petr Cech – 6.5

Made some big saves, however he was brought off quite early with an injury, it’s yet to be seen how long he’ll be out for.

 

Hector Bellerin – 6.5
Played well going forward down the right hand side, yet he struggled to keep up with the Baggies attack.

 

Shkodran Mustafi – 6
Really struggled in the air today, he shouldn’t be conceding three goals against a poor West Brom team.

 

Laurent Koscielny – 7

Definitely the better out of the centre back pairing, although he’ll be disappointed on how the team managed to defend set pieces.

 

Nacho Monreal – 7
Tried to get the team going again after the third goal, though he should have been quicker to close down the crosses coming into the box.

 

Aaron Ramsey – 6.5
Hasn’t looked anywhere near to the ability he showed at the Euro’s, looks like a shadow of himself.

 

Granit Xhaka – 7.5
Managed to get the assist for the Alexis goal, with a beautiful ball behind the defensive line. He also managed to not pick up a yellow card, which is somewhat of an achievement for the player.

 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain– 6
Was at fault for the third goal, however he looked like one of Arsenal’s biggest threats going forward.

 

Alexis Sanchez – 8

Scored Arsenal’s only goal and carried the Arsenal team like normal. However soon after he managed to get injured and it looks like he could be out for a while.

 

Danny Welbeck – 7
Managed to hit the bar in the second half with a bullet of a header, but he hardly had any room or created anything else for the rest of the match.

 

Theo Walcott – 6
His performance won’t have Southgate regretting his decision to leave him out of the England squad.

 

Substitutes
Alex Iwobi – 6
Olivier Giroud – 6
Ospina – 5.5