Showing posts with label Aaron Ramsey. Show all posts
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Monday, 23 October 2017

LaPercy Review: Everton vs Arsenal

The matchday 9 ended with a big morale boosting 5-2 victory for Arsenal at Everton's home, Goodison Park. Among the goalscorers were Wayne Rooney, Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil, Alex Lacazzette, Aaron Ramsey and Alexis Sanchez. This was a big win for the Gunners as they escaped with a difficult 1-0 win thanks to an amazing strike by Olivier Giroud in their last game in Austria as part of their Europa League campaign which is about to get a lot tougher in the Round of 32 than it's previous editions because of inclusion of Dortmund,Atletico and many other heavyweights because of their lacklustre showing in the Champions League group stage.
                The scoring started as Wayne Rooney put Everton in front in the 12th minute. Arsenal until then were completely in charge, but it was Everton who took the lead. Gueye dispossessed Xhaka high up the pitch with an excellent tackle that sent the ball into Rooney's path. Rooney took a touch and then bent one perfectly into the top corner. Wayne Rooney did the same 15 years in 2002 with Everton and he did his job again. Arsenal started like a lit rocket but since the goal they fizzled out. The home side were well on top and looked the more likely to grab the second goal. Jordan Pickford was brilliant when called upon so far. A trio of excellent early saves had kept Everton in this but Pickford could not save Monreal who hadn't scored since 2013 before this season from making the score even before the half time in the 40th minute as Arsenal's constant application of pressure bore fruit on the Everton defence as Monreal hammered home on the rebound after Xhaka's strike was saved. The Toffees were unable to stem the tide of attacks from the visitors and space opened up for Xhaka to strike. Pickford sent his effort away, but Monreal was the first to react and he hammered a low strike into the bottom corner, beating the reactions of the Everton keeper. It was all square at the break at Goodison Park. Wayne Rooney's strike from distance had put Everton ahead, but Nacho Monreal's effort five minutes before half-time brought Arsenal level. The Gunners have been the better side, but their frailties at the back were exposed by Idrissa Gueye and Rooney to take the lead. Arsene Wenger will be hopeful that his side can reaffirm their control of the match in the second half and avoid the critical mistakes but the man who was declared the criminal was Granit Xhaka. He wasn’t a popular man after last weekend’s defeat to Watford and things haven’t exactly got any better for Granit Xhaka. The Swiss midfielder failed to track Tom Cleverley for the goal that won the Hornets that game at Vicarage Road and he was at it again against Everton at Goodison Park

  But Arsenal did not choke this time as Ozil showed the world once again what he can do if he's 100% fit. Ozil put Arsenal ahead as he scored in the minute as Everton collapsed because of a quick counter down the left, which was finished by the German as he headed past Pickford from close range. Sanchez broke down the left and put in a pinpoint cross into the box for Ozil to attack. The midfielder drifted between Keane and Jagielka and simply guided the ball past Pickford, who had no chance of saving that shot. In the 74th minute, Arsenal scored their third because of a well deserved assist by Ozil as a clinical counter from the visitors on this occasion as Sanchez released Ozil down the right flank. He pulled the ball back to Lacazette unmarked in the box and the Frenchman finished in style striking the ball into the top corner. The game changed in favor of the Gunners in the 78th minute because of introduction of Jack Wilshere, who came on for Lacazette to make his first Arsenal appearance in the Premier League for 14 months. Ramsey who was equally important part in Arsenal's win alongside made it 4 in the 90th minute as he was awarded for ooking for a goal all game, and finally Ramsey was on the scoresheet. Wilshere did brilliantly to create the chance with a pin-point through ball, before Ramsey took a touch and passed the ball home at Pickford's near post. It was all over for Everton but Niasse saved some humiliation by scoring in the 93rd minute which was because of horrendous defending by Arsenal.  Monreal played his backpass short to Cech and Niasse closed down the keeper. The ball bounced favourably for the forward and he slotted it into an empty net. But Arsenal scored again in the 95th minute, courtesy of Alexis Sanchez's goal as Ramsey flicked the ball beautifully into Sanchez's pass, and the striker sidestepped his way past a few limp challenges before firing a brilliant low shot into the far corner.

Author's Comment: It was a great win for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger chose not to play his best eleven all season until his birthday. The man of the match was definitely Ozil as he entered Premier League's history books by becoming the 1st player to create 8 goal scoring chances in a single game which prompted Arsene Wenger to say that it was difficult for him to believe that Ozil talked about Arsenal's exit. It was a great day for the Gooners as Arsenal played how every football team's fan think they would play but Arsenal have to become more focussed as they need to keep this winning run going on for quite some time to have a chance at the title or a top 4 finish and Wenger has to find a solution for Xhaka as the time will come again when they have to pay dearly for Xhaka's error. 
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Saturday, 29 August 2015

LaPercy Match Review : Newcastle vs Arsenal

The closely fought match on Matchday 4 between Arsenal and Newcastle ended in a 1-0 victory for the visitors at the St. James Park, the home of Newcastle because of a own goal by defender Fabricio Coloccini in a game which was full of yellow cards and 1 red card to Newcastle's Aleksandar Mitrovic. Arsenal were obviously the more powerful team and dominated the game with a possession of 75% compared to Newcastle's 25% where Newcastle also failed to register a single shot on target whereas Arsenal registered 9 shots on target.

Arsene Wenger's side has recoverd from the shaken start to league campaign with victory at St James' Park in the early kick-off. This is just what Arsenal fans can feel after this victory but we have to keep in mind the fact that Arsenal 
should have won this easily as Newcastle played mostly played the game with 10 men and also without one of their main striker after the early red card to Mitrovic in the 16th minute. But Newcastle held their nerve and with the help of Tim Krul,they avoided themselves an agonising defeat. The match also featured 8 yellow cards from  refree Andre Marriner who was booed at the end of the match as he gave 7 to Newcastle and 1 to Arsenal. The goal happened as Newcastle's resistance was finally broken as 
Krul saved a shot from Ramsey, the rebound went out to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who drove a right-footed shot across goal that deflectd off Coloccini and went in off the far post. This goal could have gone as deflection but was finally agreed as an own goal by the Newcastle defender. The Magpies' latest signing, French winger Florian Thauvin, shone on his debut as he grabbed the headlines with a goal and three-assists in his first start as a Newcastle United player but could not do much in this defeat. The search for the first league win of season continues although Newcastle were never likely to come here once Mitrovic sent off. Newcastle battled hard after that but have work harder if they want to finish this season on a high. Wenger said Newcastle United made the game "physical" from the start. "We had to keep our nerve", he said. Newcastle signed Mitrovic from Anderlecht for £13m in the summer and the Serbia international arrived with a reputation as a volatile player. McClaren had already said that the 20-year-old must show more "emotional control" after yellow cards in his first two Premier League games. After Mitrovic's senseless high tackle on Coquelin, the former England manager's words will need to be much tougher that. McClaren cannot afford to be playing matches with 10 men and at the moment Mitrovic looks like a red card waiting to happen. Newcastle put in a good shift after Mitrovic's early red card and restricted Arsenal to few clear opportunities, but they have now failed to score for three league games in a row.

For Arsenal, a second Premier League win of the season but they will be perhaps disappointed they didn't win more comfortably against 10 men. Arsenal have got injury problems and Newcastle had a right go at them. It was another must-win for the Gunners. Arsenal went for a 1-0 win.What I believe is that if Ozil had been playing, he would have controlled the game with his pinpoint passes but Arsenal dominated mainly because of Nacho, Coquelin and Koscielnyand Sanchez was hardworking as usual.  Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger described his side's start to the season as "very average" before this game and although the Gunners secured three points at St James Park their strikers continue to misfire. After Mitrovic's 16th-minute dismissal, Arsenal dominated possession in the final third of the pitch but were unable to turn that superiority into goals. Theo Walcott's best effort was to lift a chance he should have scored over the crossbar while substitute Olivier Giroud made little impact when he came on. With the transfer window set to close on Tuesday, Arsenal's supporters will be hoping Wenger has a goalscorer lined up from somewhere.

There are still big question marks over Arsenal, who managed another 21 shots today but had to rely on yet another own goal to take the points. Still, the points they did take and that was the key thing for the Gunners today, who ensure they don’t fall any further off the pace with just a few days of the transfer window left. So goodbye and until next time folks.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

LaPercy Match Review : Arsenal vs Liverpool

The most eagerly awaited match of Matchday 3 featuring Arsenal & Liverpool ended with a hard fought 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium, home of the mighty Gunners as Liverpool maintained their unbeaten start. The match as expected was mostly in the control of Arsenal as the possession was dominated by Arsenal with Arsenal having 60% of the possession compared to Liverpool's 40% but it was the goalkeepers Petr Cech and Simon Mignolet who came to the rescue for Arsenal and Liverpool in a pulsating encounter at the Emirates.

It is three games and no goals conceded now for Liverpool. So, can we now accept that Liverpool has a decent defence line and consider Brendan Rodgers's statement that defence was easy for Liverpool?? Well that's up to you as the wise decision would be not to come to any decision this early in the Premier League and give Liverpool some time to settle in. Except this was no rearguard action. Three points here would not have flattered Liverpool, even though Arsenal had them under the
 cosh in the second half and had a perfectly good goal by Aaron Ramsey disallowed in the  first. Liverpool had dominated the opening 45 minutes and, if they failed to maintain that momentum, it was only because Arsenal came out with renewed  vigour having no doubt seen Arsene Wenger’s less professorial side in the home dressing-room at  half-time. As far as 0-0 draws go, this was a bobby-dazzler.

The game began with a blizzard of short passing. Benteke had the first glimpse of goal, 13 yards out, but his left-foot swinger flew harmlessly wide. He then found Coutinho, who hit the bar with a first-time shot! Cech barely saw it. But time would reveal in the future that it was Cech's only mistake of the day. Next it was Arsenal with a goal that was ruled offside from Aaron Ramsey. Cazorla, Ozil and Sanchez combined well to force an opening but Martin Skrtel bundled in like an impatient nightclub bouncer and made sure the ball is safely back to Mignolet. Aaron Ramsey's through on goal but the flag was up. Plenty of chatter was about Ramsey's disallowed goal , especially involving the vague concept of "benefit of the doubt". The problem with "benefit of the doubt", of course, was that it assumed the assistant referee was in any doubt. No one will ever know that, so let's give him the benefit of that doubt, eh? Half time came just at the wrong time for the visitors, because Arsenal clicked into gear in the second period and tried every key on their chain for the Liverpool lock. Crosses came in from every angle - and Olivier Giroud did his best to get on the end of them - but Skrtel and Lovren stood firm. When Arsenal bought Cech for £10m from Chelsea in June, the instant wisdom was that his presence alone could be worth an extra 10 points to the Gunners. Time will tell, but this was the night when the 33-year-old showed just how important a signing he could be as the Gunners try finally to mount a serious Premier League title challenge. Cech was castigated to an exaggerated degree after a poor debut in the home defeat by West Ham, but he was magnificent here when Liverpool laid siege to his goal in the first half. He spread himself brilliantly to turn away
Benteke's close-range effort when it seemed certain the Belgium striker would score, then showed he still retains the old athleticism to stretch and tip Coutinho's curling shot against an upright. If any Arsenal fans harboured doubts about his purchase, this was a display to dispel them. There are so many signs of promise in the understanding already established between Coutinho and £32.5m summer signing Benteke. Coutinho's darting runs and fast footwork are dangerous on their own 
while also looking for an outlet in Benteke, whose  easy movement shows he is so much more than a big target man. They have shown Liverpool can offer a different type of threat this season and manager Brendan Rodgers will face an intriguing conundrum when Sturridge finally declares himself fit. 

Karim Benzema has announced he wants to stay at Real Madrid, despite speculation linking the striker with a £45m move to Arsenal. Arsene Wenger recently revealed he expects to make another signing before the transfer window closes on September 1 with Arsenal making a goalscorer their priority. Benzema was an option for the club but the 27-year-old took to Twitter on Monday to pledge his future to the La Liga giants.

It was a good point for Liverpool, who will be happy with their night's work. Benteke, however, could have won it were it not for the heroics of Arsenal goalkeeper Cech. As for Arsenal, they are yet to win at home this season after their opening day defeat against West Ham.Thanks for joining us for this exciting tie at the Emirates. Until next time folks. 

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey declares reports of summer surgery as 'completely false'

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has rubbished reports that he is set to have surgery this summer. The Welsh international, who scored the winning goal in his club's 3-2 FA Cup Final win over Hull City 10 days ago, has tweeted that reports he is set to see a surgeon over the thigh injury that caused him to miss three months of the 2013-14 campaign are false. "Please ignore any stories about me needing surgery" tweeted the Arsenal star. "They are completely false. I'm enjoying my summer and already can't wait for pre-season." Ramsey scored 16 goals in 35 matches for the Gunners during the season just ended, including the goal that earned the north London club its first piece of silverware in nine years. The 23-year-old has been left out of Wales squad for the upcoming friendly against Netherlands however, with Chris Coleman looking for him to recuperate after the season. Speaking last week Coleman said: "We thought he could come with us, but we think he needs a good rest. He is a loss, of course he is, and we are a better team when he is with us, that's obvious. "But we didn't want to take the risk, neither did Aaron, nor Arsenal, I would have thought. "We think he needs a bit of a rest so we can get him ready for the start of the season.
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