Brilliant Arsenal Stun Manchester City

Brilliant Arsenal Stun Manchester City

Arsenal have finally changed their approach to a big game and their efforts have bared fruits straight away as the Gunners shot down an impotent Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium after a penalty from Santi Cazorla and a close range header by Olivier Giroud. An uncharacteristically compact and solid Arsenal rarely allowed City into their box by congesting the middle of the park and cutting out the wings. The Citizens failed to create anything and instead were threatened themselves …
Per Mertesacker | Player Performance Analysis Vs Spurs

Per Mertesacker | Player Performance Analysis Vs Spurs

In a North London derby with major ramifications, Arsenal had to show toughness and resilience.  Per Mertesacker, along with centre-back partner Laurent Koscielny, were toughness and resilience personified.  With both North London pride and a vital three points on the line, Mertesacker was tested time and time again and he passed every test with flying colours. If Arsenal had lost this game to Tottenham, that would have let the Gunners' arch rivals right back into the race for the top …
Player Performance Analysis | Laurent Koscielny Vs Everton

Player Performance Analysis | Laurent Koscielny Vs Everton

In a tough game versus high-flying Everton, leaders Arsenal didn't keep the ball as well as they usually had done so far this season.  This meant that the Arsenal defenders had to be up to the challenge of defending for longer periods and to stop quality players, like Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley.  While Arsenal were good overall defensively, Laurent Koscielny stood out in this game and was clearly up to the challenge. Everton really dominated Arsenal in the first …
Laurent Koscielny | Player Performance Analysis

Laurent Koscielny | Player Performance Analysis

After a tough international break with France, Laurent Koscielny bounced back and put in a very good performance against Southampton.  In France's World Cup Qualifiers, Koscielny had a rough game.  He only played the first game, because he was sent off for slapping a Ukrainian player.  Earlier in that game, Koscielny also made a poor challenge resulting in a penalty for Ukraine.  Many players would have dropped their heads and lost confidence in themselves after a game like that, especially …
Arsenal's Season So Far | Stats Analysis

Arsenal's Season So Far | Stats Analysis

After a disastrous start to the season with a 3-1 loss to Aston Villa, Arsenal are two points clear at the top of the table with 25 points from 11 games.  It's still only the first third of the season but, Arsenal are top at this point in the season for the first time in a long time.  While they are just coming off a loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford, Arsenal are off to their best start, through …
Arsenal Vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Players

Arsenal Vs Liverpool Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Players

Arsenal have been the in-form team of the Premier League so far this season and so it is no surprise that the Gunners find themselves at the top of the table. On Saturday, they will be taking on another in-form team, when they play a resurgent Liverpool at the Emirates. These two clubs have, so far, benefited the most from the upheaval at Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, but have also faced criticism that aside from having one game …
The Mertesacker & Koscielny Partnership | Arsenal Win / Loss Stats

The Mertesacker & Koscielny Partnership | Arsenal Win / Loss Stats

In March 2013, the Arsenal defence was struggling with the partnership of Per Mertesacker and captain Thomas Vermaelen. Vermaelen was in bad form all season, making six defensive errors, the most by any outfield player, and making a defensive error every 373 minutes. Arsene Wenger decided to change the team ahead of the second leg tie against Bayern Munich which included dropping Thomas Vermaelen - the captain - for Laurent Koscielny.  The pair of Mertesacker and Koscielny kept a clean …
Arsenal 1 Spurs 0 | Comparisons | Cazorla V Paulinho, Giroud V Soldado

Arsenal 1 Spurs 0 | Comparisons | Cazorla V Paulinho, Giroud V Soldado

A 3rd goal in as many Premier League games from Olivier Giroud powered Arsenal to their 4th consecutive victory in all competitions and their 2nd consecutive victory in the Premier League. The 1 - 0 victory over North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur was also Arsenal's 101st Derby win. But it wasn't a cake-walk for them as the team had to toil and toil hard until the dying moments. Credit must be given to Tottenham for putting up a fight, albeit …
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