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Alexis Continues his Hot Streak as Arsenal Thrash the Red Devils

Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal 3 (Alexis 6′, 20′, Ozil 7′) – Manchester United 0

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We needed a response from that horror show against Olympiakos and it couldn’t come any bigger than Manchester United, a side that simply knows how to best Arsenal. They play good, they beat us, we play better, they beat us, in their shitetest of days, they somehow beat us. But this time, we were not taking any prisoners.

Nacho Monreal knew that a strong start was vital and boy, did the Gunners have the strongest of starts. Theo Walcott has been a revelation since he made the center forward role his for the taking and on the back of this display, Olivier Giroud is set to spend quite some time on the fringes to the English speedster. Walcott created two assists in the space on one minute for Alexis Sanchez that sent the ball home with the cheekiest of finishes you’d ever see and Mesut Ozil that left David de Gea rooted to the spot. Alexis completed the blitz with another trademark sensational strike that smashed the top corner of de Gea’s net. The commentator even went ahead to see that two goalies wouldn’t have saved that effort.

That was some mesmerizing attacking display from the Gunners and Alexis almost created a fourth goal for Aaron Ramsey but the Welshman’s finish was pathetic to say the least. If it was the Ramsey of the 2013/14 season, the net would have rippled. Ramsey is one player that has divided opinion this season with his deployment on the right flank but when you consider that his real replacement in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is quite inconsistent, as well as the ‘work’ Ramsey puts in, you’d feel he’s more or less a better option there. Credit to Hector Bellerin as well, that marauds the flank with such consummate ease.

Despite Arsenal’s virtuoso performances in attack, the defense must be equally lauded for their contributions. Petr Cech proved his worth with some splendid saves as the game progressed and I can’t think of any better save than Cech’s effort to stop Anthony Martial’s shot from hitting the back of the net. The stats boys even tell us that the Gunners have failed to concede a goal in any Premier League game Gabriel Paulista has featured and there’s no doubting those stats people. They take their shit quite serious.

The only downside though was seeing Alexis hold his groin like he had twanged something. With the international break coming up, one would think that the Chilean would stay back in London to get some rest but Wenger has already confirmed that the hotshot would travel to Chile to join up with his teammates. Sanchez likes him some Arsenal but he loves him some Chile. Just when the critics were out for the Chilean, he hits six goals in three games.

I’m starting to feel really sad for Watford because the Alexis Sanchez juggernaut has started running, and with this form, it can only get better.

I just hope that we won’t suffer any injuries in the break.


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Premier League Roundup and Man Utd Preview

It’s been close to a week since I published anything on this blog but you’d have to forgive me. Work hasn’t been that forgiving and there’s no one to hold the fort anytime I’m unavailable because of work.

It’s been a very interesting weekend in the Premier League that started with Alan Pardew and his Crystal Palace side that continues to grow in strength. West Brom put up quite a resolute defensive display but in the end, they buckled under immense Palace pressure with Yannick Bolasie and Yohan Cabaye scoring the goals that sent the Eagles to third place.

Then there was the flurry of the five 3.00pm fixtures and I focused on the Manchester City vs. Newcastle game while keeping half an eye on the proceedings elsewhere. Stoke earned themselves a valuable away victory over Aston Villa which in turn would continue to pile the pressure on Tim Sherwood. The Villans have lost four in a row since the draw with Sunderland and are currently in 18th place. Bournemouth had to begin life without Callum Wilson and the fans were elated to see his replacement, Glenn Murray, get on the scoresheet but some poor play from the goalie, Artur Boruc, allowed Odion Ighalo to give the Hornets an equalizer. Murray had the chance to grab a spot in the back pages with a penalty but Heurelho Gomes continued his fine form with another great save to ensure that his team went home with the spoils of battle.

Leicester continued their fine form since the blip against Arsenal with a hard-fought win over Norwich. Jamie Vardy ensured that he leads the Premier League scoring charts with his seventh of the season through a spot kick and Jeffery Schlupp added an extra goal to extend Leicester’s cushion. When Mbokani pulled on back for Norwich, it was pretty much intense stuff as Leicester battled hard to defend their lead and it proved successful. The win puts Claudio Ranieri’s men in fourth place, just three points off the leaders, Manchester City. Dick Advocaat played his last game for Sunderland as they failed to hold onto a lead against West Ham. The Black Cats had gone in front through Steven Fletcher and Jeremain Lens doubled their money with a sumptuous lobbed effort over the hapless Adrian but West Ham put a fight back with goals from Corporal Carl Jenkinson and Dimitri Payet. The Hammers caused was helped with the fact that Lens received his marching orders from two bookable offences.

To the main 3.00pm game, I watched a remarkable piece of goalscoring display from Sergio Aguero as he let out all his frustrations on Newcastle. The Argentine maverick had not scored since opening the scoring against Chelsea as far back as August and many were starting to think if he was going to attain the very high standards he has set since he joined the club. It started rather awkwardly for the Citizens as Aleksandr Mitrovic finally proved why Steve McClaren paid so much for him with a neatly executed headed effort but it was the Aguero show afterwards as the Argentine genius banged in five goals in 20 minutes and there was even time for Kevin de Bruyne to sandwich a goal in between Aguero’s scoring fest.

That win sent Man City to the top of the pile and provided that Arsenal doesn’t lose to Manchester United today, they will remain on top. The best viewing of the house came at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea hosted Southampton in one of the most exciting games I’ve watched in a while. Willian continued his great dead ball finishing ability with another free kick from quite some distance but Steven Davis leveled the scoring with a first-timed volley that waltzed past Asmir Begovic in goal. Sadio Mane continued his fine form with a neat finish that went between the goalie’s legs and Graziano Pelle scored the goal his brilliant play deserved to give the Saints a rather surprising win against Chelsea at the Bridge.

Jose Mourinho’s post-match press conference was rather emotional as the Portuguese manager blamed the referees in typical Mourinho fashion, in his bid to deflect away from what was yet another shocking performance from the defending champions. He also issued an indirect threat to the Chelsea upper management that they can sack him if they want to, but he isn’t going to walk away like he always does.

Today, there would be three Premier League games available for viewing with the Merseyside derby taking center stage before Arsenal hosts Manchester United in what would be one of the games of the season. Arsenal vs. Man Utd games are always intense, and I don’t expect anything different from today’s game. Following yet another shameful defeat to Olympiakos in Europe, the Gunners would be hoping that they perform better today and you would expect Arsene Wenger to field his strongest possible XI with the likes of David Ospina, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returning to where they belong – the bench.

With Laurent Koscielny suffering a hamstring injury, I’d expect Gabriel Paulista to feature alongside Per Mertesacker with the Spanish duo of Nacho Monreal and Hector Bellerin providing width from the flanks. Francis Coquelin seems to have healed completely even though he struggled a bit against the Greek side and he will play alongside Santi Cazorla while Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and the in-form Alexis Sanchez will provide support to Theo Walcott.

Let’s hope for an exciting game of football.


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Confidence is Back: Can the Gunners Start a Winning Streak?

In football, confidence is such a fragile thing. If you’re losing games, confidence gets really low and things go pretty much downhill for everyone connected with the club. Losing to Dynamo Zagreb was considered as a blip but the events at Stamford Bridge left a sour taste in the mouths of the manager, players and the fans. There was a unanimous feeling that the game would have been better if Gabriel wasn’t wrongfully sent off and of course, there was the disappointment in seeing Diego Costa remain on the pitch before he eventually got substituted.

After the bad result of results, the North London Derby against Tottenham at their home ground seemed daunting but if there’s anything I’ve learned about English football, it’s that with derbies, form is thrown out of the window and you witness passion and pride take center stage. That’s how a certain forgotten individual, Mathieu Flamini, that has had his fair share of North London Derbies in his Arsenal career took the game by the scruff of its neck, etching his name into derby history with his virtuoso performance.

Following the victory over Tottenham, there was a renewed sense of optimism when the Gunners visited the King Power Stadium to take on Leicester. Claudio Ranieri’s side has been one of the bright lights of the season and the team is renowned for their attacking football, and it was no surprise that they had recorded three wins and three draws in their first six games. Going into the game against Arsenal, Leicester was the only unbeaten side in the league but after 90 minutes of wonderful football, Arsenal emerged as 5-2 winners.

Arsene Wenger described the game as his team’s best display yet,

“Certainly it was the most convincing [display of the season] going forward, yes. “It was a tricky game because Leicester hadn’t lost, and I was a bit concerned because we did not want to lose ground on the other teams – so it was a big win for us.

“I am pleased with [the strikers’] games. Giroud is sharp in training and in the matches as well, I think he played well at Tottenham.

“Walcott is improving game after game, he holds the ball better up front, his movement is great and both of them scored, which is what you want.

“I believe [Alexis] wasn’t back to his best after the Copa America, it took him a while to get his competitive edge and now he has played well again and he is back to his level.”

I vividly remember how unhappy the fans were with the club’s refusal to sign a striker in the transfer window. The goals were hard to come by and the forwards were putting up underwhelming performances. However, it was a breath of fresh air seeing Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud and of course, Alexis Sanchez get into the scoring charts and that could spur them on to do even better as the season progresses.

After the Champions League clash with Olympiakos tomorrow, the Gunners have six games in October against Manchester United, Watford, Bayern Munich, Everton, Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea. I’d expect the lads to at least five of the seven aforementioned teams, but these games aren’t won on paper.

Wenger says that the team is getting back to its level. I totally agree with him.


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