Rating Arsenal’s Performances in the Month of September: The Nominations
Arsenal began the month of September with a hugely satisfying win over their free-spending fierce rivals, Tottenham, and after a long break due to international football, Mesut Ozil made his long-awaited debut in the 3-1 victory over Sunderland. The Gunners began their Champions League adventure with a hard-earned victory over Marseille in the south of France.
The victory in France was followed up with an unorthodox win over Stoke, as Arsenal beat the Potters in their own set pieces game, while the away side played good football, shockingly. The kids and injury returnees were given a chance in the Capital One Cup third round against West Brom but they had to rely on the lottery of penalty shootouts to qualify for a hugely-anticipated fourth round clash against Chelsea. The Gunner ended a memorable month with another well-earned victory over Swansea in Wales.
At the end of each month, Gooner Daily rates the performances of the Gunners using a series of categories. There will be three nominations for each category and the blog’s readers will place their votes on each category. A post will be published afterwards with the full results of the voting sequence.
SAVE OF THE MONTH
Wojciech Szczesny featured heavily in Arsenal’s Premier League and Champions League fixtures in the month of September while Lukasz Fabianski made his first and only appearance in the Capital One Cup encounter against West Brom. The new recruit, Emiliano Viviano, will still wait for the chance to make his first team debut.
The nominated saves for the month of September are Szczesny’s save from Jozy Altidore’s blazing shot when the Gunner’s visited Sunderland, Szczesny incredible save from Jermaine Defoe in the North London Derby and Fabianski’s magnificent save from Youssouf Mulumbu in the Capital One Cup third round.
GOAL OF THE MONTH
Arsenal all its six games in the month of September, scoring 12 goals in the process. There were a lot of wonderful goals scored in the course of the month but here’s my pick from the pack. The nominated goals are Olivier Giroud’s deft finish against Tottenham, Aaron Ramsey’s first-timed piledriver against Sunderland and Theo Walcott’s technically-astute volley against Marseille.
ASSIST OF THE MONTH
Arsenal’s 12 goals scored in the month of September came from 12 assists supplied by some of the players in the team, and it’s heartwarming to know that 33 percent of these assists came from the new recruit, Mesut Ozil. Here’s my take of the top three assists in the month of September – Nicklas Bendtner’s inch-perfect pass to Thomas Eisfeld for his goal against West Brom in the Capital One Cup, Mesut Ozil’s first assist in Arsenal colors for Olivier Giroud against Sunderland and Carl Jenkinson’s perfectly-cushioned cross for Aaron Ramsey against Sunderland.
MATCH OF THE MONTH
Arsenal were victorious in all six games they played in September, making them one of the most in-form teams in Europe. In these six games, there were three games that stood out from the rest, as it endeared the players to the hearts of their ever-loving fans. Here’s Gooner Daily’s list of the top three matches in the month of September – Arsenal’s victory over their fierce rivals, Tottenham, in the North London Derby, Arsenal’s hard fought away victory over Sunderland and Arsenal’s latest triumph against a hard Swansea side.
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE MONTH
This goes to the player that excelled admirably with vastly improved performances in the course of the month. Despite the fact that many players put up improved performances in the month of September, the performances of these three players certainly caught the eye; Mathieu Flamini, Kieran Gibbs and Wojciech Szczesny.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Arsenal’s great form in the month of September can be attributed to the standout performances of some players that were phenomenal in the month of September. Without further ado, here are the top three players in month of September; Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey.
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