Arsenal 4 – 1 Sunderland Player Ratings by KJ
Arsenal were denied the chance to go back to the top of the Premier League by a late Chelsea goal which came from Ramires, who seems to get away with everything, conning a free kick out of the referee. But that did not mean beating Sunderland at home was any less important and the Gunners started well.
Unlike on Wednesday, Arsenal got the early reward they deserved with a brilliant flowing move seeing Wilshire burst into the box and set up Giroud for the Frenchman to calmly slot the ball past Mannone. We controlled the game after that and worked hard to stop Sunderland getting into the game.
Everyone is entitle to their opinion, of course and on close calls you normally have at least two of the three pundits disagreeing. Except when it comes to Arsenal it seems. We all know about how biased Michael Owen is, especially towards Liverpool and against Arsenal, but it seems the contagion is spreading to Sky Sports.
Arsene Wenger has been portrayed as a whinger because he suggested that Robben made a lot of the contact (which he did) and for suggesting that the Szczesny red card was harsh. If you had gone by the three Sky pundits, Jamie Redknapp, Michael Ballack and Jamie Carragher you would think the Arsenal boss had lost his marbles, because all three said it was a nailed on penalty.
The boys did not lose the match Wenger did by O.A.
Good day all Arsenal fans out there, well I have decided write a few things about last night, so please let me know what you think in your comments below.
We could see against Bayern Munich that immediately that red card was produced, our chances of winning the match wer zero and I just don’t understand why every time we get a red card, Arsene panics and sets his mind on a draw, not minding if we are leading or not. The boys played well at the beginning but I think Ozil’s penalty destroyed the team, the fans and Wenger’s morale (even Mesut himself).
Arsenal 0 v 2 Bayern Munich by allArsenal.com
The Gunners were understandably overrun in the possession stats, reduced to 10 men in contentious circumstances after 37 minutes, and unfortunately failing to score after an exciting start to the game.
Arsene Wenger made a shock decision to include youngster Yaya Sanogo, a former Ligue 2 free transfer who made a case for his inclusion with a promising display against Liverpool. The home side started strongly, piling on the pressure and were awarded a penalty after some fantastic work from Wilshere and Ozil.
Positives from the Bayern game by Big Gun
Hi Gooners. I stayed up till midnight watching the Arsenal game as it was televised late in my country. Even though after the red card I knew it would be impossible to win, I stayed up and suffered with the team, hoping that by some miracle we could hold on to a draw or at least finish with only one goal down. Bayern were devastating, especially against a crippled Arsenal – no surprise there. In fact under the circumstances, it should have been three or four against us, but some really hard work in defence for over an hour minimalized the damage.
I said the other day that Arsenal had little to lose and a lot to gain from this Champions League game against Bayern Munich and, despite defeat, I think that we can take quite a few positives from the game. Mertesacker and Wenger certainly didn’t sound too negative in their post-match interviews.
The fact that the Gunners were excellent and outplayed the team most people think is the best in the world at the minute is the main one, of course. It really was an electric start from us and if Ozil had not fluffed his spot kick it was shaping up to be a famous night. But right up until the sending off, the Gunners looked like we could win it.
Arsenal 0 – 2 Bayern Munich player ratings by KJ
What an unbelievable start by Arsenal. Arsene Wenger had surprised many by giving Yaya Sanogo just his second start. Along with a rampant Jack Wilshere and Oxlade-Chamberlain, the youngster inspired the Gunners and we really got Bayern on the back foot. When Ozil was fouled in the box in the 8th minute, the Emirates was rocking.
But then it all started to unravel. With Arteta and Ozil off the pitch, Ozil stepped up and made a right pig’s ear of his penalty, allowing Neuer a simple save. As much as that rocked Arsenal and the fans, it encouraged Bayern who started to look like what we expect.
Hi Gooners. Great result for Arsenal over the weekend. It was so good to see Arsene Wenger change his tactics and play Liverpool against their weaknesses. Even with half of our side being reserves, we had enough pace, direction and stability to overcome a team that thrashed us not too long ago.
Fabianski is no longer known as flappy-handski. What a stellar performance and I believe he deserves MOTM. Some excellent saves prevented Sturridge from causing damage early on in the game. If it wasn’t for the Pole, I don’t think we would have won the match. In order for a keeper to get such recognition though, it means he must have been thoroughly tested over the full 90 minutess – which is a bit concerning for our defence.
Arsenal 2 v 1 Liverpool [FA Cup] Match Report Infographic by allArsenal.com
The Gunners were perhaps fortunate to take the lead after two clear-cut chances for Liverpool in the opening quarter, however they controlled parts of the game and opted to invite Liverpool onto them, eventually coming out victors thanks to two well taken goals from the Ox and Podolski.
The German made it interesting for the Gunners when he conceded a needless penalty, but Arsenal held on despite the barrage of Liverpool attacks to qualify for the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. That’s at least one more game for the departing Fabianski who was our Man of the Match.
Why Sanogo’s Arsenal debut was a positive by KJ
This game against Liverpool was extremely important for Arsenal. We had lost badly against them a week earlier and it was an opportunity to progress to the next round of the FA cup, with many big teams already dropping out of it.
Wenger gambled with his team and made seven changes overall with 21 year old Yaya Sanogo making his full starting debut for us. Wenger could’ve played it safe and started the more experienced Bendtner but clearly the our manager had been impressed by his fellow Frenchman in training and provided him with a massive platform to perform on. And he didn’t disappoint.