Here are a few AAers’ comments………………….
Santi was simply amazing. As AW said in his post-match comments, he is so effective in getting us out of trouble when we’re under pressure. If any of our defenders can get the ball to him, he just starts tap dancing and defence is turned into offence…
Big performance from Le Coq as well. Wasn’t it Gary Neville who said after the Stoke win that if we went up against City relying on the likes of Bellerin and Coquelin we’d be in big trouble? Well, sorry Gary, you may be flavour of the month when it comes to football punditry, but you got that one wrong.
And big hat-tip to LB, who posted this before the game:
“Remember at the beginning of the season when we looked at the squad with its shiny new signings and thought — wow!
That excitement has dimmed by the fact that it has taken and still is taking a lot longer for that squad to gel to the potential that we all expected.
Well, it changes today.
We are capable of fielding a team every bit as good if not better than City and they are under far more pressure than we are.
Big day, big game, big result.”
We witnessed a veritable miracle today. Mike Dean actually awarding Arsenal a penalty. Who would have thunk it? Except Raddy under the influence of some psychotropics obviously.
That obviously helped us, and we were very very good almost throughout. Cazorla definitely Motm, and I loved the vine of him dancing after Groud scored.
All 4 defenders did well too, ably protected by Coquelin, who now that he is playing well, will inevitably run off at the end of the season by running down his contract. He still has some way to go in improving his passing and vision, but he can still learn. I hope he’s given an extension.
Sanchez and Ox’s dribbles didn’t really come off as usual, but there was no lack of effort from them, and Giroud as well. As you can see, I think everyone did well, and it feels good to be able to say that.
We were absolutely fantastic for the whole 90 minutes. Reminded me of the Dortmund game at the Ems where we defended as a unit and broke at pace. That first goal is so important to how we play and once again it showed.
Cazorla was quality again and Sanchez never stops. The 4 at the back were excellent as well.
Ospina – Didn’t have a lot to do except appreciate the away fans Ossssssssspiiiiiina-ing his name every time he kicked the ball………8
Mertesacker – Even had time for a little feint and drag back. Sometimes row Z is where it belongs……8
Koscielny – The Boss. He oozes class……9
Monreal – Another excellent performance from the much-maligned Spaniard……8
Bellerin – Hector seems to be growing in confidence with each game. Nineteen years old – what a prospect ….9
Coquelin – Aggressive, disciplined and effective….9
Oxlade-Chamberlain – Worked his cashews off. ….8
Cazorla – Santi was said to be surplus to requirements both in the summer and at the start of the season. How little we know….9
Ramsey – Aaron took his responsibilities very seriously yesterday. Only in that period just after half time did he lose focus and get caught too far ahead of the ball …..8
Giroud – Defended from the front and scored the crucial second…..9
Sanchez – No goal or assist from the Chilean wizard, he must have been pants!……8
Rosicky – Unlucky to lose his place to Ramsey, but very effective in possession when he came on for a tiring Ox ….8
Flamini and Gibbs – Neither on for long enough for a rating, though the Flamster should have lifted the ball over Kompany’s big toe for Giroud to score a simple 3rd goal
Cobbled together by chas