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Player Ratings vs. Southampton
MattySadler (IP Logged)
10 May, 2017 21:49
Cech - 7. Two good saves in the first half. Little to do in the second half.

Holding - 7. Good on the ball and always made himself available.
Mustafi - 7. Rusty at the start but settled well. Made a number of important tackles and clearances. Solid comeback.
Monreal - 6. Two really sloppy moments in the first half but thought he responded well in the second half.

Oxlade-Chamberlain - 6. So-so before going off injured after 36 minutes, but crossing was poor.
Ramsey - 7. So-so first half but we needed more drive going forward. Better second half. Good assist for Giroud's goal.
Xhaka - 8. Okay first half but thought excellent in the second half. Superb passing range. Good pass to Ozil for Alexis's goal.
Gibbs - 6. Very good defensively but useless going forward.

Ozil - 7. Frustrating at times in both halves but still our best creator. Lovely first time pass for Alexis's opener.
Welbeck - 6. Lively enough when we got him into the game, but didn't see a lot of the ball.
Alexis - 7. Rubbish first half but improved massively midway through the second half. Took his goal well and played a lovely ball over the top to Ramsey for Giroud's goal.

Subs:

Bellerin - 6. Slotted in well.
Giroud - 6. Scored.
Coquelin - N/A. Not on long.

We never really got going or showed any urgency in the first half, but we looked like we wanted it in the second half and were much improved. In the end, the quality of our "superstars" proved the difference, as Ozil's excellent first time pass found Alexis, who turned his marker inside out before finishing. Giroud sealed the win later on.

All about the W.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 13/05/2017 12:18 by Padre Pio.

 
Re: Player Ratings vs. Southampton
MattySadler (IP Logged)
10 May, 2017 21:55
I don't think we can argue with the results of this formation change so far. We have won 5 out of our last 7 league games, having only won 1 out of the 6 before that.

Unfortunately Theo Walcott, the highest scoring English winger this season, is the big loser in this formation, as he can't get onto the pitch.



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Re: Player Ratings vs. Southampton
MattySadler (IP Logged)
10 May, 2017 21:57
Win tonight takes us above Man United by one point, having played the same number of games. We're three points behind Man City, having also played the same number of games, and are four points behind Liverpool with a game in hand.

 
Re: Player Ratings vs. Southampton
MattySadler (IP Logged)
10 May, 2017 22:38
With 20 league goals, this is now officially Alexis's best ever league goal return. His previous best league return, 19 goals, was achieved during his final season with Barcelona.

One more goal will equal his best ever tally overall, 25, which he achieved during his first season with us.



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Re: Player Ratings vs. Southampton
MattySadler (IP Logged)
11 May, 2017 06:32
Strong from Mustafi.

11 Duels.
9 Clearances.
5 Tackles.
2 Interceptions.
2 Recoveries.

Hopefully he can return to his start of the season form.

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Most passes: Xhaka (71).
Most distance covered: Ramsey (12.45km).
Most touches: Xhaka (82).

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Giroud has now hit double figures in the Premier League for five consecutive seasons.

2012-13: 11.
2013-14: 16.
2014-15: 14.
2015-16: 16.
2016-17: 10.

6 of his Premier League goals this season have come as a substitute.

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Alexis now has 14 away goals in the Premier League, more than any other Premier League player.

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Waiting for the news on Oxlade-Chamberlain's hamstring. Fingers crossed it isn't a bad one.

 
Re: Player Ratings vs. Southampton
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
11 May, 2017 12:27
Cech has hit a rich vein of form, perhaps he prefers 3 at the back as well



- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

 
Re: Player Ratings vs. Southampton
djarse (IP Logged)
11 May, 2017 15:59
I think Giroud's goals per minute on the pitch is the best of any of the top strikers in the Premiership.

And Alexis is just one goal or assist behind Lukaku as the striker with most combined goals and assists.

 
Re: Player Ratings vs. Southampton
MattySadler (IP Logged)
11 May, 2017 17:22
Quote:
Padre Pio
Cech has hit a rich vein of form, perhaps he prefers 3 at the back as well

Cech has been very good recently. I don't doubt having an extra body at centre back is benefiting everyone at the moment. It means we have three people back, rather than two!

Quote:
djarse
I think Giroud's goals per minute on the pitch is the best of any of the top strikers in the Premiership.
And Alexis is just one goal or assist behind Lukaku as the striker with most combined goals and assists.

I'd be interested to see the goals per minutes statistics. I think Giroud gets treated harshly.


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