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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.

Jai Arsenal 🙂

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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.

Jai Arsenal 🙂

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