Now that it’s been proven once and for all through this space-time continuum and throughout any multiverses, wormholes, and parallel dimensions that Arsenal will absolutely, positively not win the Prem this year, we really must attend to sorting out just how many clubs will overtake them between now and the end of the merry month of May. We’re through the looking-glass here, people.Continue reading
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Villa 2-4 Arsenal: Results of Ratings & MOTM Poll
Jorginho claims his second-straight MOTM, at least accorindg to the 492 Gooners who weighted in. I gotta say that you’ve been a bit harsh on Nketiah. No, he didn’t score, but he again put in a decent shift, fought hard to win balls and drag the defense out of shape, came close to scoring from a tricky header, and should have had an assist for for the winning goal but for Ødegaard’s fluffing. Speaking of the Norwegian, it’s too bad that we don’t offer a first half/second half option because he was absolutely unplayable in the second half. On the other hand, we’re being a bit generous giving Zinchenko a 6.96. Aside from scoring, he put in only an average-ish shift and was culpable for Villa’s first goal. Still, these polls are not offered in the spirit of scientific, objective reasoning. They capture a mood and are therefore a bit prone to excess for good and for bad. I feel like I’m supposed to use the word “vibing” but also suspect that I’m too long in the tooth to do so. Anyway, enjoy the nifty l’il graphic…
Let's all laugh at Emi (and other reactions to the Villa win).
I don’t know if you could have scripted a better scenario than the one we witnessed on Saturday. Twice going down a goal, twice pegging our hosts back, and then…madness. Absolute madness, courtesy of none other than Emi Martinez. By the time Simon Hooper finally booked him in the 84th minute for time-wasting, he had seemingly wasted a similar amount of time, and so it was all too fitting for us to find not one but two goals in stoppage time—both of them also attributable to Martineze’s own numbskullery. The lyrics to a certain 2 Live Crew song bubble up from the memory, but we’ll leave that alone for the moment.
Aston Villa 2-4 Arsenal: Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I reached a point at which I wanted us to score a third not so much to beat Aston Villa or take all three points or get back to the top of the table but to humiliate Emi Martinez, and, boy, did Jorginho deliver with a cracking shot from distance in the stoppage-time Martinez created with all of his time-wasting. The fact that it hit the woodwork and then went in off of Martinez himself made it all the more delicious. What can I say? I’m a spiteful, petty man. For Martinelli to then net a fourth with Martinez having come forward to try to score from a late Villa corner added some sumptuous schadenfreude.
Click here to get to the poll. The infographic will be available tomorrow, but real-time results can be seen here.
Aston Villa Preview: could Arsenal still top Tottenham?
After all, we’ve not quite secured that third-place finish. ManCity three points back but with a superior goal-difference, visit Swansea, who have won their last two by a combined 8-2 scoreline. Then again, they lost the previous two 7-0. Much as I’d love to see Fabiański do us a solid by keeping a clean-sheet against City, I doubt we can count on him to come through.
‘Twixt the two—Tottenham and Man City—a draw would secure third for us, and a win could earn us that third-place finish, sparing us in the process another Champions League play-off. Those are no small potatoes coming on the heels of Euro 2016, in which a fair few Gooners will perform. If we’re to launch the 2016-17 season in any kind of style, we would do well to lock down that third-place finish and save ourselves the angst of having a two-leg playoff against Fenerbahçe or Beşiktaş.
Therefore, it’s paramount that we pummel Villa. In theory, that should be easy. The Villans have won but three matches all season and are conceding nearly two goals per match while scoring fewer than one per. They were relegated in mid-April with four matches to play and in the midst of an eleven-match losing streak, a streak they “broke” with a scoreless draw against Newcastle. Cakewalk.
Then again, we’ve hardly set the world alight ourselves. Aside from a gritty draw at the Etihad last weekend, we’ve limped and lingered along against squads in the bottom third of the table. Even if we suggest that a few have been fighting to stave off relegation, it’s hard to look ourselves in the mirror these days. If we can summon the grit and resilience we showed against Man City again on Sunday against Villa, it’ll be lights out for them. If, however, we play the part of polite hosts as we did against Norwich the weekend before, well, it’ll be up for grabs.
I know that he’s hardly the fashionable choice of late, but I have to think that Olivier Giroud is the one to watch in this one, and not just because he scored and assisted against Man City. He showed the grim, determined look of one focused on getting a result rather than celebrating a moment. Against Villa’s back-line of Clark, Lescott, and Becuna, I’d fancy the Frenchman to fight his way free to find the back the of the net at least once. That should be enough to earn us a draw, if not a win.
Aston Villa 0-2 Arsenal (13.12.2015)
Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa (30.05.2015)
Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa (01.02.2015)
Arsenal have scored 14 goals against Villa in four matches.
The two clubs first met on 1 August 1904, a 1-0 win to Woolwich Arsenal.
Mertescaker, Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Welbeck have all been ruled out. Özil faces a late fitness test but should be available.
Čech, Monreal, Chambers, Koscielny, Bellerín; Coquelin, Ramsey; Alexis, Iwobi, Walcott; Giroud.
While not quite claiming that Villa will mail it in, Arsenal should walk away with this one.
Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa.