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Arsenal 3 Dinamo Zagreb 0 – Quick Reviews Part 19

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Arsenal 3 (Ozil 29, Sanchez 33, 69) – Dinamo Zagreb 0

Man of the Match – Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

Arsenal secured a much required win against Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb, to keep alive their hopes of qualifying to the next round of the Champions League. Mathieu Flamini started in midfield, in place of the injured Francis Coquelin, while Costa Rican Joel Campbell got a starting berth, in place of the injured duo of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Despite suffering a 5-1 mauling at the hands of Bayern Munich, Arsenal’s 2-0 win over the Bavarian giants gave them some hope of qualifying. They would now have to better Olympiakos’ 3-2 win at the Emirates, in the return game in Greece, in order to qualify. But, with the 3-0 win against Zagreb, they have given themselves a realistic chance.

Mesut Ozil headed the Gunners into the lead in the 29th minute to ease the nerves of the home side. 4 minutes later, Alexis Sanchez made it 2-0 and the win was sealed in the 69th minute, when Sanchez finished off a fine team move.

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Posted by on March 1, 2016 in 2015-2016, Match Reviews

 

West Bromwich Albion 2 Arsenal 1 – Quick Reviews Part 18

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West Bromwich Albion (Morrison 35, Arteta (O.G) 40) – Arsenal 1 (Giroud 28)

Man of the Match – James McClean (West Bromwich Albion)

Arsenal succumbed to a disappointing defeat at The Hawthorns, at the hands of West Bromwich Albion, leaving them 4th in the table. The Gunners enjoyed a near perfect October, defeating Manchester United, Watford, Bayern Munich, Everton and Swansea, but November has been tough, having taken a pounding at the hands of Bayern Munich and a home draw with Tottenham.

Arsenal suffered an early blow, when Francis Coquelin had to come off in the 14th minute through an injury, to be replaced by Mikel Arteta. In the 28th minute, Arsenal got the lead through an Olivier Giroud header from a Mesut Ozil free-kick. But, West Brom put on a dogged performance, and turned the match on its head within the space of 12 minutes.On 35 minutes, James Morrison had equalized, with a fine volley, before Mikel Arteta calamitously deflected a James McClean cross into his own net.

Arsenal had majority of the possession, in the second half, but to no avail, as a well drilled West Brom defence marshalled by Jonas Olsson, put their bodies on the line several times, to take 3 points. Arsenal did miss guilt-edged opportunities though. Substitute Joel Campbell missed from 4 yards out with only keeper Boaz Myhill to beat, before Santi Cazorla slipped over his penalty. Craig Dawson then blocked a Kieran Gibbs shot from 6 yards out, as West Brom clinched the win.

Arsenal now host Dinamo Zagreb, in a must win Champions League clash, before travelling to Norwich City.

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Posted by on March 1, 2016 in 2015-2016, Match Reviews

 

Arsenal 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 – Quick Reviews Part 17

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Arsenal 1 (Gibbs 77) – Tottenham Hotspur (Kane 32)

Man of the Match – Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur)

Arsenal rescued a pivotal point in a closely contested derby game against Tottenham. Arsenal, reeling from their 5-1 mauling at the hands of German giants Bayern Munich, knew they were up for a tough game against Mauricio Pochettino’s revitalized Tottenham side.

Tottenham have lost just one game all season, away at Manchester United on opening day, while Arsenal needed a point to go level with Manchester City at the top. Mathieu Debuchy kept his place at right-back, with Hector Bellerin still injured, while Laurent Koscielny returned to replace Gabriel at the back. Tottenham kept the ball intelligently and sprayed it around well in the first half, and looked the more dangerous of the two.

Petr Cech was called on a few times to make saves, first of which was keeping out Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld’s header, before both Cristian Eriksen and Harry Kane shot wide of goal. Sp*rs took their much deserved lead in the 32nd minute, when Harry Kane raced past Per Mertesacker, having played in by left-back Danny Rose, who escaped the attentions of Laurent Koscielny. Arsenal’s first shot wouldn’t come until the 38th minute.

In a tactical ploy, Mathieu Flamini came on for Santi Cazorla, to stifle Tottenham’s star youngster Dele Alli. Arsenal relentlessly went in search of an equalizer, with Giroud going close twice with headers. The goal finally came in the 77th minute, when Kieran Gibbs got ahead of England team-mate Kyle Walker, to meet the end of a Mesut Ozil cross, to shoot past Hugo Lloris. Arsenal had gotten themselves out of jail!

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Posted by on February 28, 2016 in 2015-2016, Match Reviews

 

Bayern Munich 5 Arsenal 1 – Quick Reviews Part 16

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Bayern Munich (Lewandowski 10, Mueller 29, Alaba 44, Robben 55, Mueller 89) – Arsenal 1 (Giroud 69)

Man of the Match – Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich)

Bayern pummelled Arsenal to submission, two weeks after having lost 2-0, at the Emirates, with a show of footballing prowess. Arsenal were no match to the rampant Bavarians, in their own backyard, and must now win both their remaining games, at home to Dynamo Kiev and away to Olympiakos to have a chance of qualifying to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Arsenal suffered a major setback ahead of the match, as both Laurent Koscielny and Hector Bellerin were ruled out, with Gabriel partnering Per Mertesacker at the back and Mathieu Debuchy starting at right-back, while Joel Campbell kept his place of the injured trio of Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ramsey. Bayern’s relentless pressing and passing completely outdid the Gunners.

Robert Lewandowski kept his hot streak, opening the scoring on just 10 minutes, with Gabriel peeling off the Polish star. Mesut Ozil had a goal ruled out for handball, just minutes later, and it was just a marker of things to come. It was 2-0, on 29 minutes through a snapshot from Thomas Mueller. Gabriel was partly at fault again, giving Austrian defender David Alaba too much space to take a shot. He made it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time.

10 minutes into the break, Arjen Robben’s clever first time finish made it 4-0 on the night, and even though Arsenal pulled one back through Olivier Giroud’s volley 14 minutes later, it was too little too late. Thomas Mueller duly wrapped up the formalities with a calm finish on the 89th minute.

Arsenal now host Tottenham in the league, before travelling to West Brom, ahead of a key home game against Dynamo Kiev.

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Posted by on February 28, 2016 in 2015-2016, Match Reviews

 

Swansea City 0 Arsenal 3 – Quick Reviews Part 15

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Swansea 0-3 Arsenal (Giroud 49, Koscielny 68, Campbell 73)

Man of the Match – Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

Arsenal produced another solid second half away day display as they stayed level on points with league leaders Manchester City, with a resounding 3-0 win in Wales over a struggling Swansea. Having won 4 consecutive games on the trot, which included a 3-0 win over Manchester United and 2-0 win over Bayern Munich, Arsenal’s kids put up a cropper of a show against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup, and an answer was required against Swansea.

The best chance of the first half fell to French international Bafetimbi Gomis, who was left clear with only Cech to beat, but managed to squander his chance. Swansea looked slightly the better side in the first half, but all the changed post the break. Olivier Giroud headed Arsenal into the lead in the 49th minute, before former Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski was involved in a typically comical moment, as he slipped the ball into the path of Laurent Koscielny, who had the simple task of tapping the ball home to make it 2-0.

The game was put beyond doubt, when Mesut Ozil’s cross from the left wing was met by Joel Campbell, who managed to steer home, amidst a crowd of Swansea defenders. It was a solid performance overall, on an evening when Arsenal were required to prove their title credentials.

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Posted by on February 28, 2016 in 2015-2016, Match Reviews

 

Sheffield Wednesday 3 Arsenal 0 – Quick Reviews Part 14

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Sheffield Wednesday 3 (Wallace 27, Lucas Joao 40, Hutchinson 51) – Arsenal 0 

Man of the Match – Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday)

Arsenal humiliatingly crashed out of the League Cup, with a lacklustre performance against Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. Arsene Wenger made a host of changes, with a tough fixture list coming up in mind. Mathieu Debuchy got a rare start at right-back in place of Hector Bellerin, while Per Mertesacker returned to the starting lineup and was partnered by Callum Chambers. Kieran Gibbs started at left-back. The midfield contained the unusual starters like Mathieu Flamini, Glen Kamara, Alex Iwobi and Joel Campbell, while there were starts for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Olivier Giroud as well.

Arsenal had just one chance of real menace all night, from Mertesacker, which was tipped over by Joseph Wildsmith. Worryingly, for the Gunners, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain went down after just 5 minutes and had to be replaced by Theo Walcott, who himself had to go off 14 minutes later, to be replaced by Ismael Bennacer. Arsenal went a goal down on 27 minutes when former Sunderland and Burnely midfielder Ross Wallace scored the opening goal from 18 yards. And, just 13 minutes later, Hillsborough went into delirium, as Lucas Joao met the end of a Ross Wallace cross to make it 2-0 on the night.

The tie was put beyond Arsenal’s reach when Sam Hutchinson scored on 51 minutes, to compound a miserable night for the Gunners, who remain without a League Cup win since 1993. Arsenal next travel to Swansea, before travelling to Bayern Munich and hosting Tottenham.

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Posted by on February 28, 2016 in 2015-2016, Match Reviews

 

Arsenal 2 Everton 1 – Quick Reviews Part 13

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Arsenal 2 (Giroud 36, Koscielny 38) – Everton 1 (Barkley 44)

Man of the Match – Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

Arsenal overcame a gritty Everton, and shrugged off any pre match question marks over their fitness, after a physically and emotionally draining 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in midweek. There were some changes to the squad, with Gabriel coming in for Per Mertesacker at the back, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced an injured Aaron Ramsey. Olivier Giroud, who scored in his two last substitute appearances against Watford and Bayern Munich, was awarded a starting berth, while Theo Walcott dropped to the bench.

The game had a very cagey opening, with Everton allowing little space and time for Arsenal in the final third. However, the deadlock was broken on 36 minutes, when Olivier Giroud met the end of a Mesut Ozil cross with a subtle touch. And, they were 2-0 up, when Laurent Koscielny headed home from Santi Cazorla. Ross Barkley reduced the deficit on the stroke of half time, with a left footed effort past Petr Cech.

Belgian international Romelu Lukaku had chances late in the game, one of which he struck the bar with. On the second occasion, he was met by a strong unflinching tackle from Gabriel. Giroud and Ozil both struck the woodwork, as Arsenal failed to build on their slim lead in the second half. Phil Jagielka came out the worst in a tackle with Oxlade-Chamberlain and had to be taken off, as Arsenal held on for 3 vital points to move to the top of the Premier League.

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Posted by on February 28, 2016 in 2015-2016, Match Reviews

 

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