Arsene Wenger was understandably a happy man after watching Arsenal despatch the Cardiff City side that had made Premier League rivals Manchester United and City look foolish. The Frenchman was rightly proud of the whole team’s efforts, which left the Gunners seven points clear of Liverpool and Chelsea, but he has some special words of praise for Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey.
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Cardiff City 0 – 3 Arsenal, Player ratings by KJ
Arsenal had the chance to go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table with a win away to Cardiff today. So maybe that is why Arsene Wenger started with the same side that beat the Saints in the league a week ago.
There were a lot of people expecting Theo Walcott to start, but Jack Wilshere has been in fine form recently, including both goals against Marseille and maybe Theo is not quite 100 percent yet. Whatever the reason, it nearly paid off in the first two minutes, with Arsenal’s new goal machine rattling the Cardiff woodwork with an excellent shot.
Another clean sheet obtained! by Ash
After last nights win against Marseille, Arsenal could celebrate being that step closer to qualification, with only a drastic loss in Naples being the reason for not being part of another consecutive season in the knockout stage of the Champions League competition.
But that aside and without jinxing anything, I don’t know if I was more impressed with Arsenal’s playing style or the fact that we managed to grab another successive clean sheet, with Wojciech Szczseny between the sticks.
It was a strange game for Arsenal’s record signing Mesut Ozil against Marseille last night. There had already been some people starting to ask questions about the German international after a few below par games for the Gunners, especially against Manchester United, and at halftime it was not looking good.
Ozil always looks full of class, but it was just not happening for him. And that must be why he was given the chance to score from the penalty spot ahead of Olivier Giroud, who had smashed one past Boruc at the weekend. The idea was probably to give him a boost of confidence and help him get into the game a bit more.
Not only are Arsenal having their best start to a season for many a year, it is remarkable that Arsene Wenger has masterminded it with largely the same squad of players as he had last year. Of course the Club smashed it’s transfer record to bring in Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, but apart from that we only have Mathieu Flamini on a free transfer. The other two new additions, Yaya Sanogo and Emiliano Viviano, have hardly been seen.
Arsenal 2 v 0 Marseille Match Report Infographic by Matt from allarsenal.com
Arsenal got off to a flyer at Emirates in their penultimate Champions League Group Stage fixture against Marseille, with Jack Wilshere netting within 30 seconds. He then managed his first ever brace when scoring yet another fantastically worked team goal later on.
Arsene Wenger’s side dominated possession, they enjoyed a whopping 67% of the ball and completed 90% of their passes, not a bad feat at all. But the Gunners were made to work for it with Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey running over 12km’s each, and the defence earning another clean sheet.
Arsenal 2 – 0 Marseille — Player ratings by Kash
Szczesny – 8
Was very alert today considering how little he had to do at times. Made a brilliant save to deny Thauvin and really is proving he is worth that new contract. His distribution was once again impressive.
Sagna – 8
Was ridiculously good today. Just dominated the right for us and embarrassed Morel throughout the game. Also assisted Wilshere for the first goal.
Mertesacker – 8
Another top performance by the German. Gave very little space to the likes of Gignac and did well enough to prevent Valbuena and Thauvin from combining.
Arsenal were big favourites to beat Marseille and take control of their Champions League group, and because the French club were already out having lost all of the first four games, the manager decided to rest a few big players and give some young and fringe players a chance.
The Gunners didn’t have to wait long to break the deadlock, with Jack Wilshere scoring a great goal coming in from the right in the very first minute. The points were nearly safe soon after when Wilshere found Ramsey in front of goal, but for once the Welshman was unable to take it, hitting the ball straight at the Marseille keeper.
As Arsenal got straight back into the groove with a win against Southampton at the weekend, the Premier League title race is really starting to take shape. And it is looking good for the Gunners, not just because of our own form, but because of the poor performances of two of our biggest rivals, Manchester United and Tottenham.
Tottenham were not just beaten by Manchester City, they were subjected to the kind of beating that could well damage their team morale and and put a giant spanner in the works of their season. It is extra special for Arsenal fans of course, because of the local rivalry, but in practical terms it should mean that we have one less team to worry about.
There have been a few signs recently that the football gods are finally starting to pick on someone else. Arsenal have been plagued with bad luck since before the start of the season, with injuries, illness, cup draws and bad refereeing decisions all conspiring to try and disturb the quest to end an eight year trophy drought.
From the terrible penalty decision from Drogba’s dive in the Emirates cup, via a sending off and penalty on the first day, through to a crazy red for Arteta, officials have not been our friends, but they say these things even up over the course of a season, so hopefully Arsenal have got some penalties coming their way soon.
Arsenal 2 v 0 Southampton Match Report Infographic by Matt from allarsenal.com
The Gunners faced an in-form Southampton side that have already claimed points from the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool this season and surprisingly held the best defensive record in Europe conceding just five this season prior to their visit to Emirates Stadium. However a pair of silly defensive mistakes cost the Saints dearly as Olivier Giroud profited from a goalkeeper error and a penalty to net twice and extend his London tally to 17. Incredibly, he has just scored one Premier League goal outside of London, with 14 of his 18 goals coming inside the Emirates.