Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Doria, Gibbs; Wilshere, Ramsey, Rosicky (Giroud 80'), Ozil (Cazorla 62'), Walcott (Ox 80'), Klose.
Szczesny, Koscielny, Arteta, Podolski
Per Mertesacker - 7.50
Nil-nil away to the scum; a slightly disappointing way to kick off our campaign. The stats [...]
[...] showed that Sp*rs were the better team in this one. As per usual, Arsenal ended up with more possession but failed to do a great deal with it, with the visitors having more shots. Ozil and Klose were poor on their respective debuts - however Doria played well with a respectable rating of 6.90. Rosicky had a great game before running out of legs toward the end of the match, as he benefited from Walcott making runs in behind Danny Rose. (Yes, Danny Rose. Why? I have no idea either). A solid defense but lethargic attack resulted in a bore draw at the Lane.
Fabianski; Sagna, Koscielny, Doria (Vermealen 79'), Gibbs; Arteta, Flamini, Podolski (Ox 73'), Cazorla (Ayoze 88'), Walcott; Giroud.
Unused subs: Szczesny, Mertesacker, Wilshere, Klose.
Santi Cazorla - 9.20
Konstantinou 32' - Cazorla 22' 33' 39'; Giroud 50'; Flamini 78'
A great performance from Santi Cazorla - operating in Ozil's Number 10 role - lead us to a 5-1 win going into the return leg in North London. His first goal was courtesy of a great run from Walcott, in which he cut inside and out three or four times, before smacking it against the near post. Where it then fell at Cazorla's feet six yards out from an open goal. It was harder to miss than to score. His third goal was good as well. A free-kick from just outside the area beat Tim Wiese. Flamini also got in on the act in the second half with a brilliant goal. Gibbs played a nice ball from the left flank just of the ground to Mathieu Flamini - who was stading just outside the area. Flamini hit in first time on the half volley, and the BBM's shot went straight into the bottom corner. We can't not qualify for the UCL now if we tried.
Szczesny; Sagna, Doria (Koscielny 45'), Mertesacker, Vermaelen; Wilshere (Arteta 45'), Flamini, Ox, Cazorla, Ozil; Klose (Giroud 82')
Flamini - 7.10
Not a great deal I can say about this to be honest. About three highlights in the entire match and all of which were corners. Possession was pretty even(see picture) but we only had about nine shots - two of which on target - to Hull's five - three on target. I threw on Giroud late on since Klose was having a shocker. Giroud had a shocker too. That's it really. Luckily only 57k fans watched this monstrosity. *sigh* http://imageshack.com/f/eyfRvtMzp
Fabianski; van Der Wiel (Ormonde-Ottewill 78'), Vermaelen, Mertesacker (Koscieny 45'), Sagna; Flamini, Arteta, Ayoze (Olsson 45'), Cazorla, Gnabry; Sanogo.
Unused subs: Szczesny, Toral, Ox, Giroud.
Laurent Koscielny - 9.0
Sanogo 32'; Olsson 55'; Koscielny 86' 89'
I Fielded a young side today with a few debuts (Gregory van Der Wiel, Brandon Ormonde-Ottweill, Kristoffer Olsson and Yaya Sanogo) handed out too. A Great performance from the young team too. Koscielny came on and scored twice in the dying embers of the game, twice the ball hitting him in the shin at the near post from corners from Kris Olsson. Olsson was very close to being the man of the match with a goal and two assists, but his fellow half time sub Laurent Koscielny edged it with a 9.0 rating over Olsson's 8.75. Speaking of Olsson, he scored a great goal on his debut. Cazorla played it in from a free kick on the far side, and Olsson dived in with a header. I was certain it was another one of those goals where they manage to stray offside from a free kick(!) but he was actually just onside. A great result puts us in the UEFA Champions League with a 9-1 aggregate score over PAOK. Get in lads.
Fabianski; van Der Wiel, Koscielny, Doria, Gibbs; Wilshere, Ramsey (Ozil 75'), Walcott (Ox 54'), Cazorla, Podolski (Rosicky 54'); Giroud.
Unused subs: Szczesny, Sagna, Olsson, Klose.
Bellamy 19' K. Jones 60'
Lads. . Decided to field a relatively similar team to midweek today - with under twenty-one attacking midfielder Kristoffer Olsson on the bench - and boy didn it work. Not. We were lethargic, van Der Wiel was absolutely appalling on his Premier League debut - with a rating of 5.9 - and Podolski was pretty poor too. Bellamy's goal was very good, a decent run which fooled Gibbs several times before he whacked it straight past Fabianski into the top corner. Kenwyne Jones scored a penalty, although I'm not entirely sure what the penalty was for. The ball came in from a corner, Doria headed away and the ref decided that that was a foul. Cheeky bit of match fixing from Ole Gunnar Solkjaer there, I think. Poor performance to round off an up and down month, forcing me into some business on Deadline Day...