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Results of Chelsea Arsenal Ratings & MOTM Poll

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580 responses, eh? Not bad. Between here and reddit, we’ve chosen William Saliba as our MOTM even thought it was Gabriel who scored the only goal of the match.  The plaudits went all the way around, with everyone earning at least a seven. Even Michael Oliver, our one-time bestie for sending off Angel Di Maria and current villian for sending off our own Martinelli, managed to earn more than a six. Not bad. Not bad at all. These results reflect a squad-wide performance, which in turn reflects a deepening commitment among everyone in that squad. Everyone’s buying what Arteta’s selling. 

We’ll only touch briefly on Aubameyang because, well, he only had about eight touches, and the only shot he took were the cheap shots he took at us before the match. That leaked video suggested that Arteta can’t deal with big players and can only put up with young players who don’t talk back. Well, whether that’s true or the complaining of an immature, petulant primadonna who long ago stopped scoring goals that would pressure a coach to put up with him is a question for someone else to answer. The process that Arteta is following is delivering results, and you can see the belief and confidence it is engendering in our young players. 
Even if Chelsea are out of sorts of late, it’s never easy to go into Stamford Bridge. Keeping 55% possession is only one way to point out that we dominated the match pretty much start to finish, with Chelsea only taking five shots and forcing just one save from Ramsdale. You’d think it’s the kind of dominant performance and result that would lay to rest a least for a few days the question about our legitimacy. Arteta was more confident and direct about our status but wise enough to point out that anything can happen. With just one Prem match left before the not-at-all nonsensical or controversial mid-season World Cup, we have a chance at staying top of the league going into the New Year. Let’s just keep our heads and focus on one match at a time. Next up: Brighton in the League Cup. Lots of rotation, please.
As a sidenote, I’d like to humbly brag about this l’il blog’s appearance at #32 on Feedspot’s “Best 70 Arsenal Blogs and Websites“, a list that I hope to climb. Thank you sincerely for your visits, votes, and comments—keep ’em coming!

Arsenal 1-0 PSV Eindhoven—Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!

For more than an hour, PSV Eindhoven sat back and waited and hoped and basically did everything but get forward. They finished the half with just one shot taken but did start to show something more-closely resembled ambition, getting forward enough in the second half to launch a grand total of three more shots before Granit Xhaka broke the deadlock in the seventieth minute by lashing home from Tomiyasu’s pass. That was pretty much it, but it was enough to secure three points, solidify our position atop Group A, and move us one step closer towards winning the group. Without further ado, then, let’s get to the poll to rate the lads!

Click here to get to the poll.

Arsenal 2-1 Brentford: Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!

Emile Smith-Rowe and Bukayo Saka each scored sublime goals to fire Arsenal past Brentford, who rarely threatened but did cause a few cardiac moments before finally finding a consolation goal late on. Truth be told, though, the scoreline more than flatters the visitors as we could have and arguably should have had gone into halftime up a few. Lacazette had a goal rightly but tightly ruled out for offside, there were two handballs in the Brentford box (one from an outstretched arm), and Saka was dragged down in the box as well. Late on,  Pépé was tripped in the box as well without any call made. Still, we shouldn’t be looking to the referee, least of all the likes of Moss, for help against a newly promoted side. In the end, we got the result. Let’s get down to the poll to rate the lads!

Arsenal 2-0 Leeds: Post-Match Ratings Summary and MOTM

It looks like Arteta’s squad selection worked out really well, with most of the rotated-in players earning high marks for their efforts. Goals from Chambers and Nketiah, strong keeping from Leno, and solid effort from Holding were all trumped by Maitland-Niles’s outstanding all-around effort. It’s worth noting that Bielsa selected a squad that was just about as strong as it could be, given his injury crisis. They did start strong but couldn’t match our effort, tactics, and chemistry. We’ll have to wait until Saturday’s draw to find out who we’ll face in the quarterfinal. Until then, let’s savor the result!

Arsenal 2-0 Leeds: Vote for Player Ratings & MOTM!

After a dicey first half in a which a stronger-than-expected Leeds side looked to take an early lead, our lads found their way through to the League Cup quarterfinal courtesy of a bundled goal from Calum Chambers, who scored from his first touch just 23 seconds after being subbed on; and from Eddie Nketiah, who chipped the Leeds keeper, chased it down, and scuffed home. It wasn’t always pretty, but the only stat that counts is the number of shots that find their way to the back of the net. We’ll have to wait ’til Saturday’s draw to learn who we’ll face in the quarterfinal; for now, let’s rate ’em and see where the chips fall…

Click the link below to open a Google Form to cast your ballot. For a bit of calibration, consider a six to mean “put in a decent shift without really impressing or damaging either way”, ten to mean “did every single thing right and possibly shortened the Insulate Britain protests”, and zero to mean “scored several own-goals after which he tore off his shirt to reveal a ‘Tot ‘num 4 EVA’ halter top”.

Once we have a chance to process the results, I’ll post a graphic to show how our lads fared. Remember: this is a deeply and thoroughly scientific and sociological process that far exceeds most peer-reviewed journals, so, for the love of all that is holy, don’t throw a spanner in the works by voting all 10s across the board. At a bare minimum, thrown in the occasional six or seven to create the appearance of objectivity.

Here, then, is the ratings poll.