October 2013 Results and Performance
October is a month which could massively help teams. The Premier League is well underway, the group stages of the Champions League are getting close, and cups are progressing. It's a great chance to pick up the points!
West Ham United 0-2 Arsenal FC
Saturday 5th October 2013 | The Boleyn Ground | Att. 35,016 | B. Madley
Szczesny, Shaw, Koscielny, Nastasic, Bellerin, Garcia, Arteta, Rosicky, Cazorla, Wilshere, Bedtner Subs:
Goals from Matija Natastic and Jack Wilshere helped the Gunners shoot down the Hammers on a sunny afternoon. Serbian defender Nastasic opened the scoring on 21 minutes, his header finding the back of the net out of the reach of Jaaskelainen.
Just minutes later, captain Kevin Nolan was bought down in the box by Nastasic, who subsequently stepped up to convert the penalty. Nevertheless, Szczesny dived the correct way and parried the ball out to keep his side in front.
Early in the second half, Stewart Downing was also taken down in the box, this time by goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. Wojciech receieved only a warning, but had to face the wrath of Kevin Nolan again. The penalty was put wide, and the fans became very vocal.
Jack Wilshere then finished off the game with a sublime goal with 20 minutes remaining. Collecting the ball from Roman Macek, Wilshere beat three players on the run, before cutting in and placing home, the ball rebounding off the back post into the net.
Matija Nastasic (21), Jack Wilshere (71)
West Ham Goals:
Man of the Match:
Matija Nastasic (ARS) 8.4
Cardiff City 0-1 Arsenal FC
Saturday 19th October 2013 | The Cardiff City Stadium | Att. 27,500 | N. Swarbrick
Szczesny, Shaw, Nastasic, Koscielny, Bellerin, Garcia, Flamini, Ozil, Cazorla, Wilshere, Bendtner Subs:
Mathieu Flamini salvaged Arsenal FC three points in an embarrasing victory, with Cardiff possibly deserving all three points.
Gary Medel had a goal disallowed correctly for offside after 34 minutes, but was then brought down hastily in the box in injury time of the first half, which was almost certainly a penalty.
The scores were level at half time, and only Mathieu Flamini could change that, grabbing a goal in the 77th minute, a simple tap in from Olivier Giroud's rebounded shot off of the post.
Mathieu Flamini (77)
Man of the Match:
Laurent Koscielny (ARS) 8.5
Arsenal FC 2-2 Southampton FC
Saturday 26th October 2013 | Emirates Stadium | Att. 59,499 | C. Pawson
Szczesny, Gaya, Nastasic, Koscielny, Carvajal, Garcia, Ramsey, Shaw, Cazorla, Whilshere, Pozo Subs:
Luke Shaw was the focus for the media as his new club Arsenal drew his former club Southampton.
Centre-back Maya Yoshida gave Southampton the lead with a close range finish which was timed impeccably in the 15th minute. Wonderkid Luke Shaw then equalised for Arsenal in the 44th minute with a close range finish.
Arsenal captain Jack Wilshere then put Arsenal in front after 72 minutes with an effort from range. Southampton's equaliser came through Yossi Benayoun as he seized on Matija Nastasic's mistake to score a well timed close rage finish.
Southampton's Schneiderlin was forced off by injury in the 84th minute.
Luke Shaw (44), Jack Wilshere (72)
Maya Yoshida (15), Yossi Benayoun (81)
Man of the Match:
Maya Yoshida (SOT) 7.7
Arsenal FC 2-1 FC Kobenhavn
Wednesday 2nd October 2013 | Emirates Stadium | Att. 59,335 | C. Cakir
UEFA Champions League Group D Game 2
Szczesny, Davies, Gimenez, Koscielny, Carvajal, Flamini, Ramsey, Januzaj, Wilshere, Ozil, Jese Subs:
Arsenal edged victory at home against Danish side FC Kobenhavn on a very cold Wednesday night. Kovenhavn got off to the dream start, Thomas Kristensen knocking the ball past Szczesny after just 2 minutes.
Arsenal defender Jose Gimenez then found an equaliser, his first goal for the club, with a magnificent strike from 30 yards after 19 minutes, much to the avail of the fans.
Adnan Januzaj secured the victory after 77 minutes, with a lovely finesse into the top corner, beating two defenders and the goalkeeper from a free-kick from 20 yards out.
Jose Gimenez (19), Adnan Januzaj (77)
Thomas Kristensen (2)
Man of the Match:
Ben Davies (ARS) 9.1
Arsenal FC 1-1 FC Schalke 04
Wednesday 23rd October 2013 | Emirates Stadium | Att. 60,338 | C. Velasco
UEFA Champions League Group D Game 3
Viviano, Monreal, Nastasic, Gimenez, Bellerin, Flamini, Ozil, Rosicky, Januzaj, Gnabry, Giroud Subs:
Wilshere, Shaw, Arteta
A potentially serious injury suffered by Schalke's Jermaine Jones overshadowed events on what was a mild autumnal evening at Emirates Stadium.
Wonderkid Julian Draxler gave FC Schalke 04 the lead with a powerful close range effort in the 34th minute. It was a superb solo effort and Draxler looked delighted. Arsenal's equaliser came through Adnan Januzaj as he seized on Jermaine Jones' mistake to score a deftly executed finish.
Defensive midfielder Mathieu Flamini's red card for persistent fouling on 80 minutes Arsenal's position under question.
Adnan Januzaj (50)
Julian Draxler (34)
Man of the Match:
Julian Draxler (SCH) 8.4
Tranmere Rovers 1-3 Arsenal FC (aet)
Wednesday 30th October 2013 | Prenton Park | Att. 16,069 | R. East
Capital One Cup Fourth Round
Adan, Monreal, Koscielny, Pleguezuelo, Bellerin, Flamini, Zelalem, Gaya, Wilson, Januzaj, Raage Subs:
Wilshere, Jese, Ozil
Mesut Ozil played the part of super-sub for Arsenal as The Gunners came from behind to defeat Tranmere on a cold and clear evening at Prenton Park.
Things did not get off to a good start for Arsenal as midfielder Chris Atkinson seized on an error by Laurent Koscielny to score a real poacher's effort from 17 metres. Young striker Jamaal Raage then equalised for Arsenal in the 50th minute, with an accurate finish on his first-team debut.
World class winger Mesut Ozil then put Arsenal in front after 95 minutes with a fierce shot. It was a superb solo effort and Ozil looked delighted. Ozil scored from the penalty spot in the 105th minute after Howard gave away a penalty.
Jamaal Raage (50), Mesut Ozil (95, 105+2)
Chris Atkinson (7)
Man of the Match:
Mesut Ozily (ARS) 9.0
This was a mixed month for us. We managed to get the majority of the points, with two wins and a draw in the league, a win and a draw in Europe and progression to the next round of the Capital One Cup, although going to extra time didn't help! I wasn't expecting brilliant results week in, week out, as I regularly fielded weaker, less experienced sides to test them out, and some still managed to perform very well. It's not about how you win, as long as you win!
We have dropped down to third, but we are still very close to those in first and second, and can certainly get to the top if we play well next month. I'm very shocked to see Norwich City all the way down in 20th, yet to win a single game. We have scored the most goals in the league, joint with Chelsea and Manchester City, but have conceded more, so need to improve that.
UEFA Champions League Draw:
This is too close to call! We've now hit the halfway mark of the group stage, so from now on competition will be fiercer than ever! All sitting on 5 points, it seems the table has been done on alphabetical order rather than goal difference, meaning we are first rather than second or third. I can't wait for the next games, as it looks Kobenhavn have lost all hope now.
Player of the Month:
There wasn't particularly one player that stood out this month, but captain Jack Wilshere was very consistent. A rating of 8.8 against Kobenhavn, a goal against West Ham, a solid display against Cardiff, and another goal against Southampton was enough for Jack to deserve recognition. Two goals as a midfielder in a season is always good, especially for a player who has been key all season.
Barclays Premier League Awards:
No winners this month, but our Player of the Month finished third in the Young Player of the Month award, beaten by Tottenham's Erik Lamela and Villa's Jores Okore.
Elsewhere This Month:
What other big news has been around these last few weeks, and was shocked the footballing world?
- Both Atletico Madrid and Celtic sit in third and fourth of the UCL Group D.
- Real Sociedad sit in the relegation zone in 19th place in the Liga BBVA.
- Robert Lewandowski scores 4, with 3 within 5 minutes, as Dortmund beat Ludogorets 7-0.
- Ipswich knock Newcastle out of the Capital One Cup after extra time.
- Barcelona win the first El Clasico of the season 1-0, which included Arbeloa seeing red.
Under-18 Transfer News:
Arsenal FC Under-18 manager Steve Gatting has now announced a further two signings. 16-year-old right midfielder Harry Wilson has signed from Liverpool FC, and managed to feature in the recent cup fixture against Tranmere Rovers. Meanwhile, 17-year-old left midfielder Matija Miketic has signed after leaving previous club Verona.